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Lake Michigan Wisconsin Outdoor Fishing Report
« on: May 18, 2016, 10:43:55 AM »
Lake Michigan Wisconsin Outdoor Fishing Report
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Lake Michigan Wisconsin Outdoor Fishing Report
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2017, 07:12:18 PM »
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 12, 2017

Kenosha Co.
Ramp: No boaters reported catching any fish.
Pier: No boaters reported catching any fish.
Shore: 5 king salmon were reported caught this week. All of the salmon caught were reported to have been caught on skein under a bobber. The anglers that caught the fish said orange was the best color and that time of day did not seem to matter. The water temperature was 65F.
Racine Co.
Ramp: No anglers reported catching any fish this week.
Pier: Three brown trout and one king salmon were reported caught this week. The king salmon was caught on a green/white glow spoon. The brown trout were caught on blue/chrome spoons and blue/white glow spoons. The fish were caught during the early morning and late evening. The water temperature was 64F.
Shore: No anglers reported catching any fish.
Milwaukee Co.
Shoreline: Shoreline fishing for the week has been picking up for anglers. More fish are getting caught in the gaps and the mouths of rivers than in recent weeks. This is a good sign for shoreline or pier anglers, after a slow summer those anglers who stuck it out, should be rewarded with higher catch rates during the spawn run. The weather has been inconsistent this last week with storms, and high east winds to no wind with a west breeze. The water temperature for the Milwaukee County shoreline averaged 68° F, which is a little lower than the previous week. This temperature is unfortunately still rather warm water for the salmon and trout anglers are trying to catch. Another week closer to spawning season should still keep your hopes up for better things to come. Anglers have been catching fish on firetiger flicker shads, and jigging spoons to get some chinook salmon hanging around the bottom.
Offshore: Offshore fishing for this week has been inconsistent due to weather and storms than last week. With some having good luck in the early mornings, a lot of anglers haven’t had much success this last week. The anglers who have had success, have fished in shallower compared to the 100ft to 120ft of water that anglers have normally fished in. The big east winds recently could have messed with water temperatures and the thermocline. So before you go to your golden spot maybe get out a little earlier and try to find where the cooler water is, it could help catch more fish. A lot of anglers have been trolling closer to the gap at Mckinley Marina and by the mouth of the river by the north city shoreline. Most of the fish caught were Chinook or Lake trout, using the usual tackle you would use for trolling (spoons, fliers, etc) with the majority of hits coming on spoons. Good luck this upcoming week.
Sheboygan Co.
Fishing pressure was relatively low during the week due to windy and rainy weather conditions. The ramp and piers were not sampled this week, and interviews were only obtained from the Sheboygan River.
Rivers: Only one catch of chinook salmon and two smallmouth bass were reported on the Sheboygan River. Most anglers were using worms, plugs, and spoons. Water temperature of the Sheboygan River ranged from 62-64ºF. The Pigeon River was not sampled this week.
Ozaukee Co.
Similar to Sheboygan County, fishing pressure remained low at the beginning of the week due to poor weather conditions. However, many anglers were observed fishing off the shoreline and utility area over the weekend. Most of the success was reported from anglers off of the utility area as few boaters were present throughout the week.
Sauk Creek: No interviews were obtained on the Sauk Creek this week. Water levels remain low, and the water temperature was 55ºF.
Port Washington Harbor and Piers: While only a couple of rainbow trout and chinook salmon were caught off the piers and shoreline this week, several chinook salmon and some brown trout were reported off the utility area. Most of the chinook salmon weighed 12-21.5 pounds, however, there were a couple smaller ones that weighed in the 5-8 pound range. The brown trout weighed on average 7 pounds. Most catches were made on spawn sacs, although some were also made on spoons. The surface temperature of the water was 61ºF.
Port Washington Ramps: With so few boats present this week, there were only two reported catches of chinook salmon. These chinook salmon weighed 14 pounds and 17.5 pounds, and were caught in 40ft of water on spoons.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 12, 2017
Manitowoc Co.
Manitowoc and Two Rivers have had some salmon action start to pick up as of last weekend. Both chinooks and browns have been caught upstream of the harbors in the East and West Twin Rivers. All reported fish from the West Twin River have been chinooks caught near the dams in Shoto on spinners, beads, and artificial spawn sacs, and fish have ranged from about 10 to 20 pounds. There haven’t been huge numbers reported yet, and some rain might be helpful to get more fish up, as no water was coming over the small dam as of Sunday night. The East Twin River has had a mix of browns and chinooks caught, but more fish can be seen sitting in pools farther downstream of the dam. Fish have been caught all the way up to the dam in Mishicot though, and the same tackle mentioned from the West Twin has been taking fish. Pier anglers have had no success this weekend for any species of fish, but some have reported silver fish jumping out of casting range.
No interviews were recorded on the Manitowoc streams this week, but anglers have been reporting only a few fish being caught in the Manitowoc River via word of mouth.
No interviews were recorded from boats fishing the lake this weekend either, likely due to strong easterly winds.
Kewaunee Co.
Action on the lake has been slow with very few anglers to report. Boats fishing shallow water and near the piers have been able to pick up the occasional 4 year old king while other boats are heading out to 400+FOW in search of rainbows and younger kings. Most anglers have been focusing their efforts on the piers. In Algoma a few kings have been caught in the morning off the south pier on spoons. The Kewaunee pier has been slow but not for lack of effort. Fly fishermen have been targeting the first few pods of kings moving upstream on the Kewaunee River with limited success. Look for salmon action to pick up as the water cools off and more chinook keep moving in for the fall run.
Sturgeon Bay
Bad weather has limited fishing opportunities in the Sturgeon Bay area for both boats and shore anglers. Very little success was reported by any boats coming off the Lake Michigan side, with only a single fish here or there reported. Perch fishing has slowed according to reports over the past week also, and fewer boats than normal have been out to boot. Some walleye anglers have had some success trolling crawler harnesses out on the bay in 20-30 feet-of-water, but they have also reported a lot of sheepshead and catfish bycatch.
Shore anglers have had very limited success for smallmouth or any species besides gobies for that matter, as storms and changing weather seemed to scatter fish.

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