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Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 13, 2011

June 17, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Kenosha Co.

  Fishing remains good for trollers off Kenosha, with the best activity focused in 110 to 160 feet of water, although some anglers are also reporting decent numbers of fish around 60 feet. Coho are still the main target with flasher and fly combinations providing the best success. Some Chinooks and lake trout are also being harvested on spoons and J-plugs fished 60 to 90 feet down. A few steelhead were taken near the surface in water over 200 feet deep. Water temperatures remain cold with surface readings below 50 degrees in almost all depths. Shore and pier activity in Kenosha has been slow overall, with a few brown trout and coho taken on the south pier on alewives fished on the bottom.

Racine Co.

  Coho still comprise the majority of the catch out of Racine, with the majority of the effort focused on the morning bite. Some anglers are still having success in 70 to 90 feet of water, while others are reporting their best success in 110 to 140 feet of water. Water temperatures remain quite cold for this time of year and may be one of the reasons that fish can be found in such a variety of water depths. Dodgers in red, orange or white with combinations of blue or green flies have been productive for coho. Some Chinooks and lake trout have been taken on spoons and J-plugs in the deeper depths in the very early morning hours. Shore activity in Racine has been slow, with an occasional trout or salmon reportedly caught off of north and south piers on alewives. Renovation has started on the south pier and is expected to last 2 to 3 months. The area from the Fisherman’s access near the cleaning station east to the newer flat section is now closed.

Milwaukee Co.

  In Milwaukee trollers continue to catch good numbers of coho. Flashers coupled with peanut flies in purple or green have taken some coho in and around 60 to 120 feet of water, and limits of coho have been taken in 200 to 250 feet of water. Milwaukee shore fishing has been slow recently.

Ozaukee Co.

  Port Washington Ramps: Fishing pressure has been very high lately, and the catch rate has remained very good. The fishing has been best around 200-300 feet of water. Trolling with orange dodgers and green or silver flies has been the most productive. Coho salmon continue to dominate the catch although some lake trout, steelhead, and Chinook salmon have also been caught. Most boats are still coming back in with limit catches in a very short period of time. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing effort at the power plant and in the harbor has been very light, and fishing has been slow. The water temperature is around 56F, and the power plant flow has decreased. Most anglers are casting spoons or using alewives with the main catch of small stocker size brown trout. Port Washington Pier: Fishing on the pier has been hit or miss. The few coho taken off the pier have been caught on spoons or alewives fished on the bottom. The water temperature was 56F, and the water has been very clear.

Sheboygan Co.

  Watch out for the orange flags and buoys that mark commercial fishing trap nets set in Lake Michigan. Steer clear and give these markers a wide berth to avoid getting tangled and capsizing. Learn where the nets are set on our Trap Net page.

  Sheboygan Ramps: Fishing pressure on the lake has been moderate to high at times, and the catch rate is consistently very good. Most boaters have had success trolling with flashers or orange dodgers and green or blue flies. Some salmon and trout have also been taken on spoons. Water depths of 200-350 feet of water have been the most productive, and coho salmon have been the main catch along with a few lake trout, rainbow trout and Chinook salmon. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: The water was around 58F. Fishing pressure has been light, and the success rate has been low. Most anglers are casting spoons or using alewives off the bottom.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 13, 2011

Manitowoc Co.

  Watch out for the orange flags and buoys that mark commercial fishing trap nets set in Lake Michigan. Steer clear and give these markers a wide berth to avoid getting tangled and capsizing. Learn where the nets are set on our Trap Net page.

  Early week southeast winds at 10-15 mph switched northerly at 5-10 mph for the rest of the week. Temperatures near 70 degrees at the start of the week dropped to the mid-40s mid-week, rising to 60 degrees by the weekend. Harbor temperatures remained around 65 degrees, with surface temperatures ranging from 47 degrees in 100 feet of water to 52 degrees near the pier heads. Fishing has picked up out of both ports this week, with many boats picking up large numbers of cohos. Out of both Two Rivers and Manitowoc, the best depths have ranged from 90-120 feet with a few other fish caught out to 170 feet. Boaters reported every spoon they threw out there for coho worked, with most of the coho caught in the top 40 feet of the water column on high lines and dipsies. By the weekend, a mix of rainbows and cohos was reported. Only a small number of kings have been landed, with success in the same depths using green/green flasher/fly combos 70 feet and deeper in the water column on the downriggers. Nearly every coho has been around 4 pounds, with a few nice kings being landed in the 15-18 pound range. Boats at the ramps have been averaging 3-5 fish, but several boats have come in with their 3-5 man limits. Pier fishing slowed by the weekend in Manitowoc, with only one or two coho or chinook salmon caught a day. The Two Rivers piers remain to see very little angler activity. In Manitowoc, the pier fishermen have reported luck on blue/silver and green/silver champs.

Kewaunee Co.

  The weather continued to be inconsistent this week with earlier half of the week having temperatures reach into the upper 80s and 90s. The latter half of the week temperatures dipped all the way down to the low 50s during the day. The wind also shifted from a southwest wind to a mostly northeastern wind in the second half of the week. The drop in temperatures and shift in the wind caused water temperatures in the Kewaunee and Algoma areas to remain in the mid-40s for the majority of the week. Algoma: The Algoma area has seen increased fishing pressure from boats launching from the ramp, but the fishing remains slow. A lot of anglers are reporting that they are marking a lot of bait fish and a lot of fish hanging around the bottom. Towards the weekend anglers started to catch a few more fish in 120-140 feet of water. Kewaunee: The fishing pressure is slowly starting to pick up, but unfortunately the amount of fish being harvested still remains very low. A few anglers reported success during the weekend in water depths of 150-170 feet, but the hits have been very sporadic. The more popular color of choice has been aqua flies.
Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)
  Boaters and anglers: Watch out for the orange flags and buoys that mark commercial fishing trap nets set in Lake Michigan. Steer clear and give these markers a wide berth to avoid getting tangled in the nets. Learn more on our Trap Net page.

  Avid anglers were doing very well on smallmouths in Sawyer Bay using tube baits. The wonderful Sunday brought out many boats. Family fishing excursions did not produce many fish, but fun was still had. Mid-week warmth warmed many bays in the upper Door peninsula to the mid and upper 50’s. Both Rowleys Bay and Ephraim were showing good catches of smallies from both piers and by boat. Boats were preferring tube baits, while pier anglers were using crawlers and leeches.

Green Bay Fishing Report: June 15, 2011

Brown Co.
  Fox River: Shore fishermen have had luck fishing for catfish the last week with some nice channel cats over 10 lbs being caught as well a few flatheads. Shore fishermen are also reporting drum, some perch, and bass being caught. Musky are still being caught by anglers casting or trolling for them. Walleye fishermen have been trolling University Bay with good success. Suamico: Anglers have had good success finding numbers of walleye the last few weeks using harnesses.
East Shore
  Sturgeon Bay: Anglers have been perch fishing with little success. Most have been targeting perch in the shallow weeds with slip bobbers and minnows. Smallmouth bass have been active with good numbers of fish being caught in 10 feet of water or less. Most fishermen have been utilizing soft plastics fished slowly over spawning bass. Also walleye have been hit or miss inside the ship channel itself, but anglers are finding some luck on Larson’s Reef. Little Sturgeon Bay: Bass have been the only constant action over the last week; with most fish coming off or around bedding areas. In any regard, fishing slowed some later in the week with the colder weather. Also, there have been some anglers fishing musky with some success, but overall it has been slow. Chaudoir’s Dock: Walleye fishing has been good with anglers trolling harnesses. Most have been targeting water shallower than 20 feet. Low light periods have been the most productive. Anglers are reporting lots of small walleye being caught as well with most fish being in the 13-14 inch range. But, numbers of legal sized fish are being caught as well. Perch fishing has been good with some limits being reported. Most anglers are finding fish in 20-30 feet of water. Some perch have been a rather large size. Bayshore Park: Walleye fishing has been good the last week. Most anglers have been targeting 10-15 feet of water. The anglers who are fishing this depth have been catching respectable numbers of small walleye and drum. Trolling harnesses seem to be producing the best results, but some fish are being caught on crank baits as well. Anglers that have trolled some of the deeper water have found large numbers of bigger fish well away from the larger groups of fishermen. Perch fishing has had its ups and downs over the last week with some nice samples being caught in 20 feet of water. Also, a few bonus musky have been caught by anglers trolling for walleye.

Oconto Co.

  Water temperatures at the landings are in the low 70’s, with fishing pressure light to moderate. Windy weather has kept most people from fishing the Bay. Stiles Dam fishermen are reporting a few panfish and smallmouth being caught from the Dam down to the Highway 141 bridge using slip bobbers for panfish and spinners or crank baits for smallmouth. Reports of some walleye still being caught in the 7 to 12 foot range from the Pensaukee River mouth to Oconto Park II, trolling crawler/harness.
Marinette Co.
  Water temperatures at the landings are in the low 70’s, with fishing pressure light to moderate. Windy weather has kept most people from fishing the Bay. The catfish bite is going strong at the Peshtigo Harbor fishing crawlers on bottom by the river’s mouth. Some nice panfish are being caught in the vicinity of the Peshtigo Dam using slip bobbers and leaf worms. Some walleye are being caught on the Menominee River with many of the fish being too small to keep. Efforts to catch salmon on the Bay have been unsuccessful up to this point.

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