Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - Many coho were caught from both piers last week with alewives as the most common bait. The winds changed from West to East on Friday night and slowed everything down for the weekend. There were a couple brown trout and a couple coho caught from North pier on Saturday and a couple brown trout and two smaller kings caught on Sunday. The Cleveland Fishing Derby was this weekend. The winning fish were a 14.89 pound rainbow trout, a 14.91 pound brown trout, a 17.69 pound lake trout, a 14.15 pound coho and a 26.48 pound chinook. The boats in Sheboygan were very hit or miss this weekend. Those that were successful were usually in 100-120 feet of water and used j-plugs or flasher and fly combinations. Southwest winds were forecasted for Tuesday (8/2) night and west wind on Wednesday. Anglers are optimistic that shore fishing will pick up again this week.
Ozaukee County - Fishing on north pier was really good last week with mostly coho and a few chinooks being caught. The winds changed from West to East on Friday night and slowed everything way down for the weekend. One brown trout and two coho were all that were reported caught on Saturday out of over 20 people fishing. On Sunday only one small perch was reported caught. The Port Washington Lion's Club Fishing Derby brought out many boats this weekend. The top fish were a 25 pound chinook, an 11.2 pound coho, a 12 pound rainbow trout, an 11.1 pound brown trout and a 16.1 pound lake trout. Anglers in Coal Dock Park caught a few brown trout on Saturday. Southwest winds were forecast for Tuesday (8/2) night and west wind on Wednesday. Anglers are optimistic that shore fishing will pick up again this week.
Milwaukee County - Fishing pressure on the shoreline was steady but the catch rate tapered off after a cold front moved through the area on Thursday, July 28. The surface water temperature on the lake side of McKinley Pier increased from 50-58 degrees last week, to 67 degrees on Saturday, July 30. The catch rate dropped off on the weekend when some of the trout and salmon followed the alewives to colder water. Nice catches of coho, kings and a few nice size brown trout were landed on McKinley Pier at the beginning of the week. The majority of the fish were caught with alewives fished on the bottom. Kastmasters, glow-in-the-dark spoons and 4 inch long gulp minnows took a few fish as well. Rainbow trout (2 to 3 pounds average) and brown trout (up to 10 pounds) were landed before sunrise in the Summerfest harbor. Anglers under the Hoan Bridge continue to land brown trout (3 to 4 pound average and larger). Activity at the McKinley Ramp tapered off this week due to the northeast winds and 2-4 foot waves. Some of the boaters reported better luck fishing at night. Most of the boats interviewed at South Shore ramp and Bender Park ramp on the weekend came in with one-two fish. A large number of charter boats were out in 200-250 feet of water on Sunday morning according to boaters at the ramp.
Racine County - Early in the week fishing was very good for Racine trollers, but since the winds shifted and the warm water made its way back nearshore, anglers are having a hard time catching fish. One boater reported catching a few king salmon after dark trolling glow in the dark with spoons in 40 to 50 feet of water. Another boat reported fishing from 30 feet out to 100 feet and only catching one coho. No boats fishing for perch were interviewed. The surface temperature is 70 degrees. Early last week Racine pier anglers were catching coho and king salmon and a few even got their limits. Since the winds shifted and brought back the warm water only a couple of coho salmon were reported caught on spoons. Racine shore anglers reported a few perch in the past week.
Kenosha County - A few Kenosha trollers went out to 170 to 220 feet of water and caught some rainbow trout and lake trout. Another boat fished from 125 to 160 feet with similar results. The water temperature at the surface in 40 feet of water was 70 degrees and at the surface in 125 feet the temperature was 75 degrees. Some brown trout are still being caught by shore anglers in the harbor. Most have been taken early in the morning or late evening, although a couple were caught during the afternoon. Anglers are catching brown trout on spoons, tube jigs, jerkbaits, crankbaits and spinners. No anglers reported catching any perch. The water temperature was 70 degrees.