Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan anglers fishing off the piers have been catching a few browns on spoons and spawn sacs. Sheboygan trollers have been catching a few browns on brightly colored spoons in about 20 feet of water, and some lake trout have also been taken in 30 to 40 feet of water. The Pigeon River is at fishable levels, and the water temperature is about 50 degrees. The Sheboygan River remains a little murky with a temperature of 50 degrees. Anglers have been doing very well fishing for steelhead, especially at the Kohler dam. Egg patterns and egg sucking leeches have been the most popular choices for fly fishermen, but spinners continue to work also. There are reports of a decent number of pike being caught as well. Overall, the fishing has been great most of the past week, so it's a good time to get out there.
Ozaukee County - In Port Washington shore anglers fishing near the power plant and off the rocks at Rotary Park have reported increasing numbers of fish this past week, with mostly browns and a few rainbows taken. Spawn floated off the bottom was the most popular bait, but others have had success using crank baits. Some lake whitefish have been reported caught on spoons off of the pier. Sauk Creek is fairly clear with a temperature of 50 degrees. Good numbers of steelhead are in the creek, and anglers have had success near the bridge behind the high school and further upstream near the Nature Conservancy. Egg patterns and spawn have both produced fish. Very few boats have been fishing out of Port Washington recently.
Milwaukee County - Flows on the Milwaukee River are dropping back down, but the water remains somewhat murky. Menomonee River flows are about average for this time of year. Steelheaders fishing near Miller Park are advised to check the Brewers schedule, as the roads around Miller Park are closed off about 4 to 5 hours prior to the start of home games. The Menomonee River canals have been producing panfish and a few nice northerns near 11th and Bruce Streets, as well as smallmouth bass at Reed Street Yards Park. The water temperature in both the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers is in the low 50s. In Oak Creek the water is fairly clear with a temperature of 51 degrees. Most anglers have been fishing near the dam, and a few rainbows and browns have been caught on white tube jigs and spawn sacs. Large numbers of suckers have also been reported in the creek. A few brown trout have been caught along the Milwaukee lakefront behind the Summerfest grounds, but the perch fishing has tapered off over the past couple of weeks. McKinley pier has produced a few coho, browns, and rainbows, and spoons and crank baits have taken the most fish. The Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier has produced a few coho, browns, and rainbows on white tube jigs or twister tails tipped with wax worms. Strong winds and high waves have limited boating activity around Milwaukee over the past week. When trollers have been able to get on the water, they have been catching fair numbers of browns off of the Oak Creek Power Plant as well as inside the South Shore Park break walls.
Racine County - At the Racine lakefront trollers have reported catching good numbers of coho and browns, especially in the early morning hours, with many boats back in by 9 AM. Fishing has been productive in the olive green water just outside the breakwall, and fish have been hitting on bright or reflective colors. Pier anglers have had success off of both the north and south piers, although the majority of fish have been small. Soaking bait with a strong scent has been most productive, as the water clarity remains poor. Flows on the Root River are dropping but are good for fishing. Steelhead have been caught on bright orange or green flies, but the bite drops off after 10 AM. Anglers have reported increasing numbers of suckers in the river. Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, April 20. An additional 140 steelhead were released upriver, for a total of 627 so far this spring. Over 326,000 Chambers Creek strain eggs and 328,000 Ganaraska strain eggs have been collected. We will process fish at the facility one more time and shut it down on Monday, April 27.
Kenosha County - In Kenosha trolling has been less productive than in Racine, but a few coho have been picked up just outside the muddy water close to shore. Water clarity in the harbor remains poor, and shore fishing has been slow overall. The mouth of the Pike River has narrowed, but a good amount of water is still flowing into Lake Michigan. Anglers have had varied success catching steelhead and suckers throughout the river.