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Date 20-May-16
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Conditions : Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - The Pigeon River was 50 degrees on Saturday; it is higher than last week. Many alewives remain around south pier in Sheboygan. Fishing pressure was relatively low this weekend with cold weather and occasional snow fall on Saturday. Earlier in the week there were a few brown trout and a coho caught from south pier, most success was seen further out on the pier. Anglers used alewives, minnows, and spoons.

Ozaukee County - Sauk Creek is high and very rapid after rains this week, it measured at 46 degrees on Saturday. There were many alewives around the lakeshore this week, some anglers targeting them to use as bait fish were successful near the power plant. Some brown trout and a few rainbow trout were caught from the south pier or nearby shoreline this weekend with alewives and spawn sacs. There was very high boating pressure on Sunday; boat anglers had high success catching coho. An occasional chinook and lake trout were also caught. Spoons and a wide variety of flies were the boaters baits of choice. The Army Corps of Engineers has started repairs on the breakwall of the north pier in Port Washington, and access to the pier is prohibited. Construction is projected to last until July 3.

Milwaukee County - The catch rate on the shoreline increased during the week. Large schools of baitfish continue to move into the area with chinook and coho salmon following close behind. Anglers are starting to see schools of alewives on the lake side of McKinley Pier. Nice catches of coho and a couple of chinook were landed on the pier during the week. Anglers fishing with alewives had better luck landing trout and salmon. The surface water temperature on the lake side of McKinley Pier decreased from 49 degrees last week to 46 on Sunday. Anglers landed a few brown trout, coho, and chinook while casting spoons and crank baits and soaking alewives in the harbor behind Summerfest. The surface water temperature in the lagoons was 58 degrees. Nice size kings (up to 17 pounds), brown trout, and coho were caught in the harbor and between the south gap and the Milwaukee River on crank baits and small spoons. Boats were marking large amounts of bait near the mouth of the Milwaukee River and in front of Jones Island. Boats that trolled outside the break wall on Sunday landed more fish than the boats in the harbor. Some of the charters reported good luck trolling in 200-250 feet of water at the start of the week but ended up in 100-120 feet of water by the end of the week. Fishing pressure on the shoreline was low at the start of the week due to strong winds off the lake, 4-6 foot waves, fog, and rain. The water along the shoreline was cloudy/turbid over half a mile offshore. Small craft advisories were in effect on Monday and Tuesday. The wind chill dropped to 29 degrees on the weekend with snow flurries on Saturday. The anglers targeted brown trout, smallmouth bass, and panfish but caught only gobies and a couple of carp. Anglers on the Grant Park shoreline have been targeting brown trout and coho with spawn sacks, crank baits, and spoons but the catch rate has been low due to the cloudy turbid water along the shoreline. The majority of the fishing pressure on the Oak Creek was at the pool below the dam. Most of the fish caught in the pool recently have been carp. The water temperature in the creek decreased from 62 degrees last week to 56 on Sunday. Nice catches of trout and salmon were landed on the Oak Creek Power plant fishing pier. Most of the fish were caught by anglers drifting crank baits in the current on the lake side of the pier. A few nice size carp (up to 15 pounds) were landed in the discharge chute by anglers fishing with bread dough. Boats out of Bender Park have been targeting coho salmon with crank baits, spoons, and peanut flies from Wind Point to the South Shore water treatment plant. The anglers had good luck landing coho in 200-250 feet of water earlier in the week. Menomonee River water level and flow rate increased with over 1.5 inches of rain falling at the start of the week. The water temperature at Miller Park was the same as last week at 56 degrees. The water temperature at MMSD was 62 degrees. Most of the fishing pressure continues to be downstream from Miller and Three Bridges Park. The fishing pressure increased at the MMSD fishing site. The catch rate for crappies has tapered off with only 1-2 occasionally being landed. Weed beds near the river bank held most of the panfish. The river restoration project above Miller Park is almost finished. The brush, buckthorn, and large vines along the shoreline at 45th and State Street fishing area will be removed this summer (in July and August). All of the trees will be removed except for the smaller willows.

Racine County - A few boats were out this weekend, most of which concentrated their efforts around the water treatment plant to the south. Most of these boats were getting a few coho. The boats were using the standard coho flasher/fly rigs and some also trolling flicker shads. Water temperature was 47 degrees. A few anglers have been fishing the piers this weekend, with most success coming off the south pier. Coho were being caught using alewives on the bottom or under bobber, casting little cleo spoons, or casting crankbaits. Water temperature was 47 degrees. Fishing pressure on the Root River is way down, with most anglers targeting smallmouth bass or suckers. One angler reported seeing a few steelhead in the river, but the water clarity then went way down with last week's rain. Bait of choice was primarily worms with a split shot and hook.

Kenosha County - A few boats were trolling close, but the more consistent bite for the boats this past week has been out in 210 to 260 feet of water (12 miles out) for coho. These boats were fishing 50 to 70 feet down using any sort of flasher/fly combo, with no particular colors standing out. Water temperature was 47 degrees. The best baits were alewives on bottom rigs, jigs and white fluke minnows, or casting spoons. Water temperature was 47 degrees. A few anglers were fishing various spots around the harbor this week. No fish were examined, but one angler had said that a few browns had been caught earlier in the week. Baits of choice were spoons and crank baits. Water temperature was 50 degrees inside the harbor. No anglers were interviewed fishing the Pike River this weekend despite the warm weather. The river was fairly turbid from the rain this week. Water temperature was up to 58 degrees.

Reported by: Wisconsin DNR

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