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Date 22-May-15
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Conditions : Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan dense fog at the lakefront was an issue over the weekend. Many boats did not venture out on the lake, but earlier in the week trollers were catching a mix of browns and lake trout. White, blue, or green spoons fished in 20 to 35 feet of water were producing. Shore fishing off the piers in Sheboygan has slowed. A few browns were reported, along with a lake trout and Chinook. Spoons, cranks baits, spinners, and shiners have all taken fish at times.

Ozaukee County - Port Washington trollers have been working the nearshore waters around the harbor. Good numbers of browns and a few rainbows, chinooks, and lake trout have been caught on blue spoons and crank baits in 20 to 30 feet of water. Shore anglers fishing near the power plant and off the rocks at Rotary Park have been catching a 50/50 mix of browns and rainbows, with alewives producing the most fish. Anglers on the north pier have reported catching browns and a few coho on alewives or silver spoons.

Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee anglers on McKinley Pier have reported good luck landing nice size brown trout on the lake side of the pier when the winds are out of the west and the water is clear. Glow in the dark or blue and silver spoons and crankbaits have produced fish. A few alewives are also starting to show up off of the pier. A few browns have also been caught along the shoreline behind the Summerfest grounds on golden shiners or fathead minnows. Anglers fishing off the Oak Creek Power Plant pier and off the pier in Grant Park have been catching browns and coho on spoons, Gulp, or white tube jigs tipped with wax worms. When the lake is calm, trollers off Milwaukee have begun targeting coho with dodgers and flies, however, when the lake is rough a few browns are still biting in the harbor and around the gaps. Steelhead fishing has been tapering off in the Milwaukee area. Anglers fishing on Oak Creek have reported that the steelhead remaining in the stream have been skittish in the clear, shallow water. Fishing in the deeper holes with trout beads has worked well for some.

Racine County - Racine trollers have reported catching decent numbers of coho early in the morning off of the south breakwall. The paving of the parking lot at the Pershing Park boat launch is complete. Pier fishing has generally slow lately, with strong winds and high waves making conditions difficult. Most anglers have been getting only occasional bites in recent days.

Kenosha County - In Kenosha trollers fishing with downriggers in 100 feet of water have been catching good numbers of coho and occasional lake trout. Catch rates have been lower on days when the lake is choppy, but on calmer days limits of fish have been taken. Shore fishing in Kenosha has been hit-or-miss, but anglers who are willing to put in some time fishing off the ends of the piers can have a decent chance at catching coho. Most successful anglers have been fishing with minnows or other live bait. Shore fishing further inside the harbor has been slow.

Reported by: Wisconsin DNR

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