With the beautiful weather last weekend, lots of people were out on the water. Pleasure boaters outnumbered fishing boats at many Green Bay launches, but many anglers continued to have success. Anglers are catching greater numbers of walleye all along Marinette and Oconto. Additionally, a lot of people were targeting brown trout in Marinette over the past week with decent success.
Anglers fishing the west shore of Green Bay reported fair walleye catches with many reports of people catching numerous freshwater drum. Those fishing the east shore reported slower walleye fishing but still reports of high numbers of drum and catfish being caught.
On Lake Michigan, reports were good for chinook and steelhead early in the week out of Sheboygan and Manitowoc, with decent amounts of fish being caught through the Fourth of July. However, as the Manitowoc derby rolled around it seemed like the fish developed lock jaw. There was a 32-pound chinook caught on the Fourth of July. The largest fish caught in the derby was a 29.8-pound chinook. There was heavy fishing pressure out of Algoma, Two Rivers, Sheboygan and Port Washington with folks coming back with mostly chinook and steelhead, with early morning anglers having the best luck.
Farther south, trollers out of Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha were also having the best luck getting out early and reported more of a mixed bag with chinook, coho, rainbow and lake trout all landed.