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Date 20-Aug-15
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Conditions : Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan trollers averaged a couple of fish per boat over the weekend. chinook, rainbows, and lakers were reported in similar numbers, with the most success coming from water 70 to 90 feet deep. The fishing has been better during the early morning, as most boats reported little to no action after 10:00am. Small spoons in a variety of bright colors were reported to work better than other lures. Pier fishing has been slow overall, but a few chinooks and rainbows were taken off the north pier near the lighthouse. All fish were caught by soaking alewives, and early morning hours produced the best. One or two browns and a sheepshead were reported off of the south pier, and they were taken on spoons. The water on the lake side of the north pier was 61 degrees on Sunday, and the harbor side was 64 degrees.

Ozaukee County - Trolling improved on Sunday, with boats averaging about five fish each. Rainbows were the most common, followed closely by chinooks. Most fish were taken by trollers working in 80 to 100 feet of water, and watermelon, white, and glow spoons all produced. chinooks and coho have been taken by shore anglers fishing off of the breakwall in Port, but fishing has been generally slow. Almost all fish have been taken by soaking alewives, but alewives have been harder to come by than in previous weeks. A few browns have been caught along the south wall of the harbor. Spawn and plastic Gulp minnows have taken the majority of fish. The Port Washington harbor is up to 67 degrees, but the lake side of the breakwall remains cooler at 58 degrees.

Milwaukee County - Milwaukee trollers have been fishing 90 to 110 feet of water from the filtration plant north to the towers on Capitol Drive. A mix of chinooks, coho, rainbows, and lake trout have been taken, with chartreuse spoons producing well. Success has tapered off for boats jigging spoons and Gulp in the gaps. To the south of Milwaukee, boats targeting chinooks and coho has decent luck trolling between the #14 and #16 cans off of Wind Point in 55 feet of water. Shore anglers in Milwaukee have been struggling to find alewives off of McKinley pier. Some anglers have been using golden shiners instead of alewives, but dead alewives have out-produced the shiners. A few chinooks and rainbows have been taken. Fishing pressure on the river side of the Summerfest grounds picked up this week. A few small, 8 to 9 inch perch and 2 to 3 pound brown trout have been caught at the mouth of the Milwaukee River. The gate to the long fishing pier at the Coast Guard station was open for anglers this week, but perch fishing has been slow. A few small brown trout were landed at the Lake Express Car Ferry fishing area on small blade baits and spoons. At the Oak Creek Power Plant pier large numbers of sheepshead have moved into the discharge chute over the past several days, and anglers have been catching them on small crank baits and spoons.

Racine County - In Racine the majority of boats fishing over the weekend were targeting chinooks and coho in 55 feet of water off of Wind Point. Two boats returned to the ramp with a two-person limit on Sunday morning. Boats that trolled near the 3 mile reef averaged a few fish per boat, mostly rainbows with a few chinooks and coho. Fishing around the Racine shoreline has been slow, and the water temperature at the lakefront was 66 degrees on Sunday.

Kenosha County - Kenosha trollers have been catching a few chinooks and rainbows in 60 to 70 feet of water, and others have reported some limited success for chinooks while fishing on the hill. Brown trout fishing has begun to improve for shore anglers in the Kenosha harbor, with white tube jigs and glow-in-the-dark spoons producing. A few rainbows have also been caught off the south pier on alewives. The weed beds in the Simmons Island boat harbor are loaded with bluegills and a few crappies. The water in the boat harbor is clear, and the fish are easy to locate.

Reported by: Wisconsin DNR

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