Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - Success for trollers in Sheboygan dropped somewhat this past week compared to the previous week. The anglers that had the most success were fishing southeast of town in 180 to 220 feet of water. Others were in 80 to 90 feet of water straight east of the harbor. Shore fishing has picked up off of the south pier. Anglers fished the lake side of the pier with green or glow spoons and reported catching 1-3 brown trout and an occasional lake trout. Water clarity is still poor in the harbor near the river due to the heavy rainfall. Lakeside the visibility goes approximately 3 feet down.
Ozaukee County - In Port Washington the north pier is closed to public access. Signs have been posted at the entrance to the pier to remind the public that no one is allowed on the pier because it has stability issues. Numbers of alewives in the area have tapered off, but there are still a few lingering around. The harbor water has cleared up, and shore fishing has improved near the power plant and around Rotary Park. Browns and a few rainbows have been taken on white tube jigs, night crawlers, alewives, spinners and spoons. Trollers fishing out of Port Washington had the best action straight east or northeast of town in 110 to 170 feet of water. Coho have been hitting flashers and champagne flies, and lake trout been taken off of dipsy divers and downriggers that were set about 40 feet down.
Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee fishing effort has increased in the past week, and catch rates have slowly shown signs of improvement. Trollers have been catching some chinooks, and fish have been spread out relatively evenly from 60 feet of water and deeper. Shore anglers have been catching both steelhead and browns off McKinley pier, both on the inside and the outside of the pier. Live bait and spoons have both been productive. Alewives have produced a few browns behind the Summerfest grounds, and a few small ones have also been caught at Grant Park on spoons and spinners. Browns and steelhead have also been taken by anglers fishing at the Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier, but numbers of fish here have been lower than the north side of Milwaukee. Perch fishing around Milwaukee County has been slow, with very few fish reported from Cupertino Pier, South Shore Marina and the Bender Park shoreline. Boaters have been catching a few perch off of the South Milwaukee boils on minnows fished early in the day.
Racine County - Trollers in Racine have been scattered and have had varied success. Some have caught a mixed bag of fish in water around 55 feet, and browns have been taken shallower in 30 to 35 feet of water. Other trollers have been fishing farther offshore, in 250 to 300 feet of water or deeper. A few browns and coho have been taken off the piers, and anglers have been using a variety of baits including alewives, spawn sacks, and glow in the dark spoons and spinners. Shore anglers in Racine have taken a few nice size browns while casting spoons near the water treatment plant. Perch fishing has been relatively slow both for shore anglers and boaters alike. Fishing pressure in Racine has been high and is expected to remain above average through next weekend due to the Salmon-a-Rama fishing tournament.
Kenosha County - Kenosha trollers have had to head out to deep water to find fish, and even then fishing has been relatively slow. Coho and rainbows have been taken 50 feet down in 250 feet of water, and other trollers have been fishing out to 300 feet of water. Perch fishing has been relatively slow for boaters working the breakwall, the bubbler and the mouth of South Port Marina. Shore anglers, however, have been able to catch some perch off the piers and off the rocks between the south pier and Southport Marina. The bite has been light, but small minnows or small jigs and plastics have taken fish. A few perch limits were reported over the weekend. Shore anglers in Kenosha have also been catching a few browns in the harbor and off the piers. White tube jigs tipped with wax worms fished under a slip bobber has been effective, as have green and silver spoons.