Shoreline perch fishing and bedding panfish lead this Midwest Fishing Report.
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It varies greatly day to day, but there's perch reports for Chicago. It's a minnow bite. Steve Palmisano at Henry's said a 1.59-pound perch was caught Monday to lead the Daley Derby. Best spot has been the outside of Montrose, according to Stacey Greene-Fenlon at Park Bait; also some at Belmont. Palmisano reported some at the Planeterium, behind McCormick, 31st and 39th. Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch reported some being caught at the pipe at Burnham. Boaters have picked up sporadic catches off Belmont, inside Burnham and off Navy Pier. Starcevich also reported boaters taking some at Cal Harbor at the breakwall and green can.
FREE FISHING DAYS
Illinois' Free Fishing Days are Friday through Monday; no licenses or stamps are needed, other regulations apply. . . . Michigan's is Saturday and Sunday.
Bluegill and redear are bedding or starting to on most waters, time for shore fishing with kids. Largemouth are bedding on some lakes, too.
BIG GREEN LAKE, WISCONSIN
For guide Mike Norton's report, go to www.nortonsfishingandhuntingadventures.com, then click on fishing, then lake report.
From licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and guide Glenn Moberg of Hooksetters Guide Service:
(Head): Walleye, crappie, smallmouth bass and musky hitting; all in and
amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln
Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
There's a good walleye bite on the Wisconsin River in the central Wisconsin
area right now with anglers picking up nice fish in 8 to 12 feet of water
associated with current breaks and downed timber. Run weedless lead head
jigs tipped with fathead minnows right on the bottom, and right in the wood
for best action.
The crappie bite in the central Wisconsin area is fantastic with limits of
very nice fish being caught regularly. Most of the action is coming from
crappies that are holding up in shallow wood cover, but a few are now
suspended over deeper water in 10 to 15 feet of water. Run slip bobbers
with minnows to pick up these feisty fish.
Smallmouth bass action in the central Wisconsin area is heating up and we
are picking up some nice fish in the 16 to 20 inch range with a few going
over 20 inches. Just last week we had one come in at over 6 pounds which is
a whopper anywhere. With the water temperatures now in the 60 degree range
a lot of these fish are taking top water baits like Zara Spooks and Chug
Bugs, but we are also picking up a lot of fish on jigs with plastics and
some crankbaits, too.
Musky season in the central Wisconsin area is off to a good start. We have
been getting a few nice fish on bucktails, but some of the larger fish came
on Bulldawgs. For early season success target shallow weeds or weed edges in
3 to 6 feet of water, but don't overlook targeting deeper rocks in 8 to 12
feet of water, as the fish are post spawn and are holding on structure that
will warm up throughout the day. One of the muskies that we picked up was
still spewing eggs indicating a very late spawn. This is the first time in
over 40 years that I had a musky still dumping eggs this close to the opener
in the central Wisconsin area.
CHAIN O'LAKES AREA
Triangle staff reported bluegill are top bite, shallow; catfishing is excellent on stinkbait; walleye remain good, best on leeches in current areas; muskie are more active; white bass are improving.
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COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS
HEIDECKE: Fishing slowed some with the cool down, but the walleye bite should still be on the cusp. Remember, be patient and prepared with only the one temporary launch. Lake is open daily until sunset. Launch opens at 6 a.m.; bank angling, 6:30 a.m.
LaSALLE: The lake is open daily, 6 a.m. to sunset.
BRAIDWOOD/MAZONIA: Hours are 6 a.m. to sunset. With the water temperatures lingering around the 60s, I think the good fishing should go on at the Mazonia lakes. REMINDER: Anchoring outside the restricted area on the north end of Braidwood, then casting in is illegal.
DELAVAN'GENEVA LAKES, WISCONSIN
DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe sent this:
Delavan Lake Fishing report 6/3/13 through 6/10/13
Fishing remains above average overall. Most of the fish remain in the shallow waters, under 10 ft for the most part. The best bite on the lake is Bluegills and Largemouth bass. Crappie fishing has been above average by Belvidere Park or by Brown Channel. The best depth has been 7-10 ft of water on the weedline. You want to use a 1/32 oz Arkie jig with a purple or chartreuse plastic. Look for the fish east of Willow point or on the outside of Viewcrest Bay by the no wake buoys. Northern pike action has been excellent due to the colder water temperatures. Most of the fish can be caught in 7-10 ft of water. Look for the fish in Browns Channel or in Viewcrest Bay. You want to fish a slip bobber rigged medium sucker about 1 ft above the weeds. I've been using 20 lb monofilament with the bobber set about 4 ft down in 8 ft of water. Big bobbers have been allowing the bobber to lie flat on the water and when the bait become excited the bobber stands erect and lets you know the pike is close at hand. I wait about 30 seconds before setting the hook after the bobber is submerged. Largemouth bass remain in the shallows in 3-4 ft of water. The best approach is fishing Texas rigged Yum Dingers in green pumpkin or watermelon seed. Look for the fish in Viewcrest Bay or by the outlet on north shore drive. I fished my Yum Dinger on fireline. It seems to help with a positive hook set. I rig the Yum Dinger with a 3/0 worm hook. When the fish bites, I give them about 5 seconds before setting the hook. This gives the fish enough time to eat the bait. Bluegill fishing is best in the 6-7 ft water depth, which is basically the outside of the piers. The best presentation has been either small leaf worms or hellgrammites. I've been using Thill spring bobbers about 3 ft down in the 7 ft water depth. The key is that you want to find the piers with sand bottoms. The bluegills I've been catching have not yet spawned since the water is too cold. I expect them to spawn in about one week and then they will move shallow making the bigger fish more accessible. Walleye action has been a bit slow. The best action has been in the 20-23 ft depth range on the outside of the weedline. With the cold water temperature, large fat head minnows have been working the best. You want to lindy rig them with a 3/8 oz walking sinker and a 24 inch Snell. You want to slow back troll into the wind. The best location has been by the Yacht Club or over by the old marina on the north shore. Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
GENEVA: Duwe sent this:
Lake Geneva Fishing Report 6/3/13 through 6/10/13
As long as the weather keeps warming, the fishing keeps improving daily. This past week we had significant SW winds which made most of the lake unfishable. I've been catching most of my fish from the Abbey Springs area to the Military Academy. Rock bass are in the shallows in 10-15 ft of water. The best approach is a split shot rigged minnow. I've been either drifting or back trolling for the best success. Last week I caught some in excess of 1-2 lbs. The best location has been by Shadow Lane in 12 ft of water. For artificial fisherman, white hair jigs have also been producing some good catches. Smallmouth bass have not yet spawned, this is the latest spawn I can recall. The fish are still suspended around their spawning flats in 15 ft of water. The fish I've been catching have been on a split shot rigged minnow or a white hair jig with a pink head. If you find the pods of minnows in the lake, you will find the smallies. The best location has been near Belvidere Park or east of Abbey Springs. Yellow perch have been biting in the 8-10 ft depth range. The best approach has been slip bobber rigging small fat head minnows about 1 ft off bottom. The best location has been by Belvidere Park or by Knollwood. You have to do a lot of sorting to catch a few nice ones. The best bluegill action I've had has been in Abbey harbor or Trinkes harbor. I've been working a depth of 3-4 ft. The water is substantially warmer in each of these locations. The bluegills and sunfish are preparing to spawn. I've been concentrating on the holes in the weeds for the most action. I use leaf worms with a small bobber. Northern Pike has been relatively good. The fish remain in the shallows in 8-10 ft of water. Look for the fish in Williams Bay or in Fontana Beach. The best approach is fishing Thill slip bobbers with large golden shiners. Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
6/1/13 - Delavan lake - sunny, 75 degrees, SW winds at 10 mph. Water temp 57 degrees. Went bluegill fishing today and caught about 70 and kept about 35. They were in the front of the piers in 5-7 ft of water about 4 ft under the water surface. The best bait was leaf worms. 5/31/13 - Delavan lake - 75 degrees, SW winds at 20 mph. Water temp 60 degrees. Caught 15 largemouth, 2 northerns and 30 crappies. The crappies were caught on small purple plastics outside the weedline in 5-8 ft of water. Look for the fish by Browns channel or by Belvidere Park. The bass were caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers in 2-3 ft of water. The biggest was 22 inches. 5/30/13 - Lake Geneva - sunny, 75 degrees, SW winds at 15 mph. Water temp 56 degrees. Caught 8 smallmouth bass and a boat load of rock bass. The smallmouth bass were in 15 ft of water and the rock bass were in 12-15 ft of water. Split shot rigged minnows worked the best. Caught most of the fish by Abbey Springs.
POWERTON LAKE: Reopening is postponed indefinitely because the record flooding delayed the work on the levee trees.
EVERGREEN: The 2013 passes are available. Any updated fishing report from site staff will be posted here. The bait shop and boat rental should have expanded hours now, I just have not seen them.
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
From the Wisconsin DNR report:
Green Bay Fishing Report: June 3, 2013
No report; please check back next week.
Sawyer Harbor: Fishing pressure remained low this week due to rain and isolated thunderstorms in the region. A few anglers reported success catching smallmouth bass with night crawlers in 3-6 ft. of water. Water temperature rose from 55 to about 58 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the week.
Little Sturgeon Bay: Fishing pressure was moderate with anglers catching smallmouth bass, using grubs and jigs of various colors, in an average depth of 6 ft. of water. Anglers reported large spawns of carp by week's end. Water temperature rose from 55 to 58 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the week.
Rites Cove: No fishing pressure was observed or reported at this time. Low water levels in the Bay continue to make this launch ramp to be used at anglers' own risk.
Sugar Creek: No fishing pressure was reported or observed due in part to low water levels which made the launch ramp difficult to access.
Chaudoirs Dock: Fishing pressure was low due in part to rain and isolated thunderstorms throughout the week. Some anglers reported success catching walleye with night crawlers in about 20 ft. of water. Water temperatures hovered at 54-55 degrees Fahrenheit all week.
Red River: No fishing pressure was reported or observed due in part to low water levels making the launch ramp difficult to access.
Bay Shore Park: Fishing Pressure ranged from moderate to low due in part to rain and isolated thunderstorms throughout the week. Anglers reported some success in catching walleye, using crank bait and night crawlers, in a depth of 12-14 ft. of water. By mid-week a few anglers reported catching yellow perch, using grubs and crawlers, at a depth of 18 ft. Water temperature held steady all week at 53-55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Boat landings were busy this past week with many anglers pre-fishing the Cabela's Walleye Tournament out of Oconto Breakwater Harbor. Water temperatures are being reported in the mid 60's. The Stiles Dam area has been producing a few smallmouth with anglers using crank baits, spinners and live bait being drifted in the current, a few brown trout are also being caught using these methods mainly down stream from the Highway 141 Bridge. Red Horse suckers are still being caught around the Iron Bridge mostly on live bait. Walleye anglers are reporting good success from Pensaukee to Oconto Park II using crawler/harness and stick baits fished at various depths. Most fish are being caught in the 8 to 14 foot range with purple and orange and green being hot colors.
Boat landings were busy this past week with many anglers pre-fishing the Cabela's Walleye Tournament out of Oconto Breakwater Harbor. Water temperatures are being reported in the mid 60's. Smallmouth are being caught in the Peshtigo River from the Dam to the mouth in fair numbers with anglers using tube jigs and crank baits. Goby brown has been working well. The Bay from the Peshtigo Harbor to the Menominee River mouth has been fishing well for walleye using crawler/harness and stick baits trolling in 8 to 14 feet of water. The occasional brown and catfish are also being caught while trolling. Anglers at the Dam at Hattie Street are also reporting some walleye being caught with the best fishing being during periods of low light.
LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON
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CHICAGO: See top for perch. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported coho with some kings are in 40-120 feet, but scattered; lakers are good in 60-100.
WAUKEGAN/NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported excellent salmon and trout; some are right on the beach, but best has been on the hill in 40-100 and there's some out deep.
DALEY DERBY: The Richard J. Daley Memorial Sport Fishing Derby runs through Sept. 30 for fish caught on the Chicago River, the Chicago Park District lagoons and Lake Michigan within Chicago. Register fish at Henry's Sports & Bait, 3130 S. Canal St., or at Park Bait, 600 W. Montrose Ave. The fish for June are carp, catfish, perch, coho, Chinook, steelhead. July fish are carp, catfish, coho, Chinook, steelhead and perch (15 and younger). Species for August are carp, catfish, panfish, steelhead, perch and Chinook. Species for September are carp and Chinook.
CHICAGO FISHERMAN'S PARKING: The fisherman's parking pass--$10 for two months and available at Henry's Sports & Bait--is needed to park south of the main building at Northerly Island. . . . That's the same pass good for the small fishermen's lots at Burnham and DuSable harbors.
MADISON CHAIN, WISCONSIN
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MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice of Kurt's Island Sport Shop sent this:
I thought we were in the clear, but Mother Nature has her own ideas. Wind switches and cold temps have confused fish and fishermen alike. It's been tough getting a handle on the bites as things seem to be in a constant state of change here in the Northwoods.
Pike: Good to Very good. This species seems to not mind the cooler than usual temps of early June. Though not hitting hard, they are hitting often enough to take up the slack of the other species. Live bait rigs such as jig and minnow combinations or chubs under slip-floats are doing best. Some action on spinnerbaits, paddle-tailed soft minnow baits. New, green weeds from 3-8' is key depth.
Crappies: Good to Very good. Finding the good bite depends on locating crappies on their beds that have committed and are staying put despite the cold nights. Reed beds and drowned wood are the places to search. Crappie minnows, Gulp Alive 1" minnows, mini-mites have been the ticket. If not finding bedded fish, move out to next available weed cover to find staging fish in 4-8'.
Musky: Good. Done with spawn for the most part. Search shallows with 4-6" twitch baits (Cranes, Grandmas, Husky Jerks) as cool temps require a bit of slow down approach.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Shallow, soft bottom areas holding nice largemouth, look to warmest areas of the lakes. Floating Rapalas and Smithwick Rattlin Rouges slow retrieved or just twitched scoring nice bass up to 18-20". Try jig and plastic worm.
Walleye: Fair. Wind switches and cold fronts affecting these fish. Soft bites, lots of drops. Down size to smaller minnows, medium leeches or ½ crawlers. Work windward side of lakes for warmest water and most active fish.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Still staging, if water warms a few more degrees, they will be up on beds. Tubes on 1/8oz jigs or twitch X-Raps near fish breaks to likely spawning areas.
Bluegill: Fair. Wind and cold not a good weather for gills. Thunderbugs and small leeches best bait choice.
Perch: Fair. Light bite for now. Small minnow, leeches and thunderbugs in 4-7' weeds.
Playing the wind has been key lately. A 180 degree wind shift recently left a "hot" walleye/pike shop shut out - a move to the opposite end of the lake where water temps were 5 degrees warmer found the fish in that portion of the lake turned on.
Storms, rain, hail, wind and cold have made success brief for some species on some lakes. Most surface temps average 60-62 degrees, with warm, windward areas as high as 65 degrees, pay attention to these areas for now. Also weed growth is still behind, green weed = success. Most lakes and flowages are full, the deeper water and lack of sun, plus late ice-out has delayed weed growth.
Kurt's Island Sport Shop
EAGLE RIVER: On Sunday, Creative Brilliance sent this update for the Chamber of Commerce:
(Head): Walleye, northern, bass (bass are strictly catch -and -release right now) and panfish all providing good to excellent action, with musky bite good and improving. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the uppers 50s to low 60s. Best all around action on the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world).
Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 12 feet of water or less off of weed edges or in and around weed clumps.. Use a 1/8th or 1/16th ounce jig tipped with a fathead minnow. The walleye are tight to bottom. All day bite, with peaks in the evening. Good excellent action.
Northern are locating in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds in the Eagle River area. Use a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), bass style spinner bait, small Mepps, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day bite. Good to excellent action.
Bass (strictly catch-and-release right now) in the Eagle River area are still on their beds in 8 feet of water or less over sand and gravel bottom. Use a Carolina rig with plastics, or a jig and a minnow. All day bite. Good to excellent action. One of our guide sources recommends that all anglers not go near spawning females. "Let's all work together to protect this vital resource, for our own and future generations" he says.
Crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River area are in 12 feet of water or less, off of weed edges or in and around weed clumps. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column. Use a small jig tipped with a crappies minnow, or a chunk of crawler under a slip bobber. All day bite, with good to excellent action.
Musky in the Eagle River area are providing good action which is improving slowly and steadily. Fish ten feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a small bucktail, crankbait, or glide bait. All day bite with peaks
(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance
interviews with Eagle River guides "Muskie Matt" of Wild Eagle Lodge,
"Ranger Rick" Krueger of Guide's Choice Pro Shop, and Mat Hegy).
Contact info for Eagle River:
* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
* "Muskie Matt", 715-891-5980; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e-mail: email@example.com
* Guide's Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner "Ranger Rick" Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
Starcevich reported bluegill and redear still on and off beds at Willow Slough; Pine has bluegill and bluegill going with crappie in and out. On Lake Michigan, salmon are from the wreck to Chicago in 50-90 feet.
Denny Sands at Lakeside reported crappie are back in the deep trees, bluegill are under lily pads along shoreline and bass are setting up to spawn and catfish are off the earthen piers; some muskies trolling Super Shad Raps.
Lakeside will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for spring and summer.
For more info, check www.shabbonalake.com or call (815) 824-2581.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT
From the Lake Michigan Fishing Report: by the Wisconsin DNR:
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 3, 2013
Ramp: Boating action was down at the ramp on Thursday and Friday as a steady line of storms moved through the Kenosha area. On Friday, a charter boat captain reported that the cohos had moved close to shore again. On Saturday, another charter boat captain caught his limit of coho and lake trout while trolling in 10-30 feet of water. Many of the boaters headed to Racine as reports came in over the radio that anglers were catching their limits of coho near the mouth of the Root River. Some boaters wished they had gone to Racine on Saturday when they returned to the boat harbor with no fish in the cooler. Another cold front moved into the area on Sunday. Three boaters who fished in 15-25, 50, and 40-50 feet of water returned to the harbor Sunday night with only one coho between them. Rain and cooler temperatures have been forecast for the rest of the week.
Shoreline: Saturday and Sunday were free fishing days in the State of Wisconsin. Lots of anglers reported that they came out this weekend to take advantage of the free fishing offer. A couple of anglers were teaching their young daughter how to fish for the first time at Southport Marina. She was fishing for northern pike with a small piece of hot dog under a bobber with no reports of fish taken. Other anglers at Southport Marina were casting cleos and mepps spinners for northerns and largemouth bass. A couple of anglers were casting cleos and ko wobblers from the rocky point behind the Best Western with no reports of fish taken. A lot of anglers interviewed this weekend said that they just came out to enjoy the weather and to fish for fun. It didn't matter to them whether they caught fish or not. The average surface temperature at the lakefront was 49F on Saturday.
Piers: Fishing pressure on the piers tapered off towards the end of the week. Earlier in the week, anglers reported nice catches of coho off South Pier, some weighing up to six pounds. A steady line of rain and thunderstorms moved through the area on Thursday and Friday. There have been no reports from anglers on the piers of fish taken ever since the storms rolled through. Anglers are still catching alewives from the piers, but the gamefish haven't been hitting them lately. The most productive fishing conditions over the past few weeks have been calm to light winds out of the south, clear water, and 51-53F surface water temperature.
Ramps: The Pershing Park boat ramp was very busy this weekend. Approximately 40 boats were entered in the Salmon Unlimited Open which started at 5:00 AM on Saturday. One of the boats reported catching two or three cohos at a time while trolling off the point of North Pier. All of the anglers at the weigh in station had nice catches of lake trout, coho, and chinook. Other anglers who were not in the contest came in with nice catches of coho as well. One group of anglers reported that they caught their limit of coho (fifteen fish) within 2 hours and they had to release two coho that they caught while they were reeling in their lines to leave for the day. The line between the one mile marker and the tip of North Pier saw heavy boat traffic most of the day. A cold front and rain moved through the area Sunday morning and only few trailers were in the lot compared to Saturday. The boaters on Sunday were seen trolling from the breakwater off Myers Park to the Racine water treatment plant. Two boaters who were interviewed on Sunday reported no fish taken.
Shoreline: On Saturday, a couple of anglers tried casting blue fox spinner baits for rainbows and browns from the wooden pier in the Pershing Park boat harbor. Earlier in the week, anglers reported catching a few northerns while bottom fishing with alewives in the harbor. On Sunday, a couple of anglers with cane poles tried fishing for panfish with crab tails from the wooden pier with no reports of fish taken. A few anglers on the Reichert Court floating dock were casting spinners and buzz baits for northerns and largemouth bass with limited success. The surface temperature at the lakefront was 49F on Sunday.
Piers: Reports came in from charter boats on Friday that the cohos were back in shallow water again. One angler reported landing a 15-20 pound chinook and a few coho while bottom fishing with alewives from South Pier on Friday. On Saturday, a couple of anglers fishing from the tip of North Pier caught their limits of coho and a few coho were taken from South Pier. A cold front and heavy rain moved through the area early Sunday morning and fishing success from the piers cooled off as well. Fishing pressure on the piers was steady on Sunday but only one coho was reported taken by midafternoon. The majority of anglers on the piers are now fishing with alewives. An occasional fish is being taken with cleos, kastmasters, and other spoons but the majority of fish taken so far have been caught with alewives.
North Shore: Fishing has stayed consistent for Coho salmon over the weekend. Trollers were having success fishing in 70-120 feet of water fishing anywhere in the water column from 25 to 50 feet down. The best presentations were large or small orange flashers paired with peanut files in variety of colors. Blue and green flies seemed to produce the most Coho. There are still a fair number of limits coming in especially Saturday morning, but there have been fewer limits than in previous days. A few lake trout and a few small Chinooks have been caught along with the Coho. Fishermen off of McKinley pier had excellent fishing for Coho on Thursday through Saturday but struggled on Sunday. Nearly every fish was caught before noon on Thursday through Saturday. Fishing with alewives on three ways produced the most fish. Casting small spoons have produced additional cohos though nearly of the fish caught casting was caught in the early morning. Summerfest and the rest of the shoreline had little success with anglers catching a very few brown trout while casting spoons or other crank baits. Live bait only produced a few extra brown trout.
South Shore: Fishing was consistent for Coho salmon over the holiday weekend. Trollers seemed to have their best luck fishing in 70-125 feet of water stretching from outside the south shore yacht club down to the boils. The best depth to catch Coho seemed to be 25-50 feet below the surface. The best baits were large orange flashers with peanut flies of white blue or green in color. The fish were not concentrated to any one particular area so covering the most ground produced much more fish. A few rainbow and Chinook were caught along with Coho. There were no reports of people catching fish from underneath the Hoan Bridge. Oak Creek power plant has produced a few brown trout with the best presentations being alewives under a float or casting plastics or crank baits off the end of the pier. A few cohos were caught as well but the number of Coho being caught has dropped in recent days. NOTICE: Bender Park is officially closed for boat launching until further notice. The county is dredging the harbor and has blocked all the launches with equipment and even installed a fence in the harbor to prevent boats from either entering or leaving the harbor.
Fishing pressure has remained low, but steady, in all areas.
Port Washington Pier: I was able to interview a few fishermen on North Pier in the past couple days; most were using dead Alewives on the bottom or casting spoons, but no catches were reported. Water clarity on the lake side is quite good, and schools of fish (both alewives and trout) are commonly seen.
Port Washington Shore: Fishing pressure has remained steady in the marina, but has decreased near the power plant (I've only seen a couple kids fishing here, but I was not able to get an interview). Most anglers were fishing from the rocks and metal wall east of the power plant discharge. Most groups were reporting no catches on spoons, but one angler caught some Browns using dead Alewives (none were big enough to keep). Another group fishing in North Slip caught a couple small Northerns. The path to Fisherman's Park is still closed for construction. Anglers can reach the park by walking down Wisconsin Street (north of Sauk Creek) and following the Harborwalk along West Slip. Lots of dead Alewives are floating around in the marina and are most highly concentrated in West Slip. Water clarity continues to improve near the power plant discharge, but is still quite murky in the northern portions.
Port Washington Ramp: Unstable weather conditions likely kept fishermen off the lake on Friday (May 31), but there was a steady stream of anglers on Saturday (June 1). Good catches of Coho are still being reported, as well as a couple Steelhead and Chinook. Most fish were caught in about 150 feet of water, but some fishermen reported catches in as little as 40 feet and as much as 275 feet. The lure of choice continues to be peanut flies. Anglers were also spending a few hours yesterday afternoon to catch a few fish, but only a couple groups caught their limit. I heard secondhand that groups fishing early in the morning were having better luck, catching their limit in just a couple hours.
Amsterdam Road Ramp: The Amsterdam Road Ramp is still only partially installed.
Fishing pressure has remained low on the ramps and the piers.
Sheboygan Ramps: Fishing pressure has remained low from the marina ramp. No trailers were in the parking lot on Friday, May 31, and I spotted only three in the afternoon on June 1.The constantly shifting wind direction and variable weather patterns are making it difficult to target fish, as well as creating hazardous fishing conditions, as evidenced by the heavy rainfall and thunderstorms last night. Before the storms rolled in, I talked to a group that caught two nice Steelhead (both about 8 lbs) and two Lakers in a couple hours; they were fishing about 160 feet deep, trolling flies and spoons. The 8th Street ramp remains closed.
Sheboygan Piers: Fishing pressure has remained low on the piers, again likely due to unstable weather conditions and low catch rates. Wind direction this week has been predominantly out of the South, which has made fishing on the South Pier difficult; waves are washing onto the rocks and occasionally making their way onto the pier, forcing the anglers I spoke with to focus on the marina side. Fishermen reported a couple strikes, but no fish were caught. Because of wave action and rains, water clarity in and around the marina is very low overall, but clarity along North Pier is good.
Sheboygan Shore: I have seen no anglers on the lake shore or the Sheboygan River. I expected to see some people taking advantage of the free fishing weekend, but I believe the weather and catch rates are keeping most anglers away. Rainstorms continue to wash sediment into the Sheboygan River, keeping clarity along the reach and in the marina low. There are still many Alewives in and around the marina.
Cleveland Ramp: The Cleveland Ramp is still receiving little traffic, likely due to variable weather conditions; I observed no trailers here during the past two shifts, but it is possible fishermen may have used the ramp in the morning and left before I arrived. Wave action and a brief, but heavy, rainfall on Saturday, June 1 have kept water clarity low near shore.
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT/LAKES
Tyler Harmon messaged:
As for the fishing, Catfish action has been great on the rivers. Channel and Flathead Catfish being caught on everything from live bait to lures. We had a major cold front move through the area, which has slowed down panfish and bass action on inland lakes. Sheephead and catfish are being caught from the piers, lots of Alewife (baitfish) around. Salmon trollers out on the Lake Michigan are still having large mixed bags, and the catch really varies day to day.
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