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Lake Michigan fishing report (Sep. 7 2011)

September 07, 2011 at 09:33 PM

Wisconsin DNR

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 6, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  In Kenosha trollers have had success catching coho, rainbows, and Chinooks offshore in 160 to 200 feet of water. Both flashers and flies as well as spoons have taken fish. A few brown trout in the five to seven pound range have been caught in the harbor, but those have been spotty. Most browns have been taken on small white tubes jigged vertically along the wall. A few Chinooks have also been reported taken after dark near the end of the south pier.
Racine Co.
  In Racine decent numbers of mature Chinook salmon have been caught by trollers working in 50 to 100 feet of water. Others fishing further offshore have been catching good numbers of coho, rainbows, and immature Chinooks in 170 to 250 feet of water. Most fish have been 50 to 100 feet down. White, green, or blue flies have produced, as have green or blue spoons. The water in front of the Racine harbor is warm, and shore fishing has been generally slow. A few Chinooks, however, have been caught between dusk and sunrise. Water levels on the Root River are very low, and fishing is slow.
Milwaukee Co.
  Trollers fishing off Milwaukee have been catching mature Chinooks and coho just outside the harbor. Fishing remains generally slow in the harbor, although shore anglers have taken a few salmon here and there. Water levels on the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers and Oak Creek are very low, and we need some more rain in the area to draw the fish in.
Ozaukee Co.
  Port Washington Ramps: Fishing pressure has been light, and the catch rate has been good. Most fishermen have had the best luck fishing in 200-300 feet of water. Spoons and flasher flies have been the most productive, and green, blue or purple has been the most productive color. The main catches were King salmon and rainbow trout, with a few lake trout. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing pressure has been high and the catch rate is very good. Most fishermen have had very good success drifting spawn sacks for trout and salmon. The clear water temperature was 58F and the main catches have been King, Browns, Cohos, and Rainbows. Port Washington Pier: Fishing pressure has been light and the catch rate been hit or miss. The water temperature was around 64 F. Spoons have been the most productive lures and fishermen have caught browns and Kings off the end of the lighthouse.
Sheboygan Co.
  Sheboygan Ramps: In Sheboygan most trollers have been concentrating around the harbor, and they have been able to catch a few Chinooks and browns. Spoons and J-plugs have been the most productive. Other trollers have worked out to 400 feet of water, and they have been catching a mix of immature Chinooks, rainbows, and lake trout. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: Fishing pressure has been high. The fishing has been very spotty, with some Kings, Browns and Cohos being caught. Spoons and alewives have been productive lures, and green has been the most productive color for spoons. The water temperature was around 64 F. Sheboygan River: The water temperature was at 70F and the pressure was light. The water was muddy but has started to clear up a bit. The water level is very low and fishermen have been able to catch some Kings near the mouth of the Sheboygan. Spawn has been the most productive bait. Pigeon River: The water temperature was at 66F and the clear water level is very low. There were no fishing pressure as of yet. The water flow is very slow due to the low water levels.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 6, 2011

Manitowoc Co.
  High temperatures hung around the 70 degree mark with southeast winds at 10-15 mph for much of the week. Sunday, winds switched out of the northwest and later straight north around 15 mph resulting in cold temperatures late Sunday. Water temperatures have declined throughout the week, with temperatures ranging 54-57 degrees at the surface around the pier heads and offshore. Heavy rain and thunderstorms created tough fishing conditions over the Labor Day weekend, but anglers still had plenty of success. It appears the colder water is here to stay, with water temperatures holding steady between 54-57 degrees off Two Rivers and Manitowoc. Pier fishing is hit and miss from day to day with 12-15 fish off of the Two Rivers piers one morning and 4-5 fish the next morning. On average, it remains about 6-8 fish off each pier per day, with better numbers seen off of the Two Rivers piers. The catch has consisted mostly of chinook salmon ranging from 15-25 pounds, with an occasional brown trout under five pounds. Green and silver champs once again have been the most successful this week, with very few coming off bottom rigs. Near the mouth of the Manitowoc River has also been a consistent spot this week also using green champs. The majority of the salmon off the piers and harbors have been silver, with no salmon or angling activity seen around the dams up the tributaries. Fishing remains relatively slow for those trolling the pier heads. An occasional boat will land 6-8 chinook salmon and brown trout with the majority of the boats landing 0-2 salmon. Green spoons and J-Plugs up high in the water column remains hot for those fishing the gap in Two Rivers and Manitowoc. Those boats who tried out deeper had greater success in numbers but with smaller fish. Fishing the deeper water resulted in mostly two and three year old chinooks and a mix of an occasional coho salmon, brown, and rainbow trout. 150-200 feet of water outside the nets has been the best area in deeper water, with green/green dodger fly combos and spoons of various colors on the down riggers 40-70 feet down taking most of the fish.
Kewaunee Co.
  The start of the week was ushered in by gorgeous weather; sunny, seventies, and light winds. Unfortunately, Friday brought in severe weather followed by a stormy Saturday morning. Algoma: Once again bad weather limited activity. The few boats were staying near the harbor mouth with little success. One boat had three “shakers” and reported 57 degree water. A few pier anglers were interviewed showing no results. Kewaunee: Many Chinook were seen jumping in the harbor and river. The strong winds kept most boaters away, but pier/shore anglers showed up with the fish. Although I saw no fish caught, many short hits were seen, much to the disapproval of the anglers.
Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)
  The nice weather Sunday brought out numerous boaters. Peninsula State park was particularly busy on Sunday. Monday the area became quiet once again. Interviews yielded mainly pleasure boaters. The few anglers were targeting walleye and smallies with little success, although one boat out of Peninsula caught a 30”+ walleye over 10 lbs. Sturgeon Bay: Perch fishing in Sawyer Harbor has been on the slow side. Anglers have been looking for perch in 5-10 feet of water. Most of the perch caught have been small in size. Some perch are being caught in deeper water along the ship channel as well. Walleye fishing has been slow; most anglers have been trolling at dusk or dawn.

Green Bay Fishing Report: September 7, 2011

Brown Co.
  Fox River: Shore fishing continues to be good, with anglers catching a wide variety of species. Catfish and drum have been the predominant catch but a few perch, crappie, and bass have been caught as well. Anglers have been trolling for musky with a few fish being caught, but overall it has been slow. Geano’s Beach Anglers have been fishing perch and walleye with good catches of both.
East Shore
  Little Sturgeon Bay: Perch fishing has been good for most anglers. To find success fishermen are targeting weed lines or rock humps. Minnows have been producing larger fish, with worms catching more numbers of fish. Also a few nice bluegill are being caught by perch fishermen while using worms. Anglers are reporting the bass fishing to be slow as well. The bass that are being caught have been between 10-14 inches in size. Bass fishermen have been targeting bass in water as deep as 20 feet. Anglers have started spending time targeting musky the last week or two with fish being seen and a few follows. Musky fishermen have also reported catching some nice pike with some being as big as 35 inches. Walleye fishing has been hit or miss mainly due to the rough seas over the last week. The few anglers that did venture out had a hard time getting any walleye. Drum seemed to make up the bulk of their catches. Chaudoir’s Dock: The wind and the waves the last week have kept a lot of the anglers off the water. The few anglers that did get out did very well. Perch were being caught in varying depths depending on the day. Anglers reported catching limits of perch on Thursday. A bit of sorting was required but the majority of the fish that were caught have been keepers. Bayshore Park: Pier fishermen are starting to catch some perch, most however have been 5-6 inches long. They are also catching drum and some large channel catfish. Anglers targeting perch have found some numbers of fish as well but the strong winds have made life interesting when out in a boat. A few walleye are being caught by anglers trolling crank baits and harnesses.
Oconto Co.
  Fishing pressure this past week was slight to moderate due in part to the weather. Water temperatures at the landings were in the mid 70’s with Bay fishermen reporting temps in the upper 60’s. The panfish bite at the Stiles Dam on the Oconto River has picked up with fishermen reporting nice catches of bluegill in and around the pilings. Slip bobbers and garden tackle have worked well. Crappies are being caught near the Dam itself using minnows drifted in the deeper water. Pensaukee Landing fishermen are reporting some nice catches of walleye in 5 to 15 feet of water, trolling crawler/harness and casting small spoons and Rapala’s. The perch bite is going strong with lots of small fish being caught, moving until you find the school is your best bet. Crappie Rigs and slip bobber tipped with minnows or crawlers are the baits of choice. Oconto Breakwater Park and Oconto Park II fishermen are reporting good catches of walleye in the 16 to 22 inch categories. Trolling remains the go to method although some fishermen are doing very well casting stick baits and spoons. Some really nice catches of perch have been reported in 18 feet of water using crappie rigs.
Marinette Co.
  Fishing pressure this past week was slight to moderate due in part to the weather. Water temperatures at the landings were in the mid 70’s with Bay fishermen reporting temps in the upper 60’s. Little River continues to provide excellent perch fishing around the weed beds in 8 to 10 feet of water using crawlers and minnows fished close to bottom. The Menominee River remains slow except during periods of low light ( early morning, evenings). The walleye bite in the evening is best with Rapala’s being trolled from Stephenson Island down to the mouth. The salmon bite remains slow.

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