Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - Shore fishing in Sheboygan remained good all of last week until it started to slow down on Friday night and remained very slow throughout the weekend. A few brown trout were caught Sunday morning from the end of North pier on alewives. Trolling success also slowed down a little this weekend. Most boats caught one to two fish per person, with mostly chinook and coho taken but also a few rainbows. Most boats were in 80- 120 feet of water and using flasher and fly combinations.
Ozaukee County - Fishing from the north pier was good last week, with mostly coho being caught, up until Friday night when the winds shifted. After that, Saturday and Sunday were very slow. One angler had success catching perch from the end of the pier on Saturday and Sunday. The north pier will no longer be closing in August for repairs, and will remain open until further notice. Boating pressure was relatively low on Friday and Saturday, but those who did go out did okay. Sunday morning had very high boating pressure. Some boats were hitting their limits in just a few hours early in the morning. Mostly chinook were being caught, but also many coho and a few rainbows and lake trout. Flasher and fly combinations were most popular, and some anglers used spoons. Most boats seemed to be out anywhere from 65-145 feet of water.
Milwaukee County - When nearshore waters are cool, coho and occasional chinook have been biting off McKinley pier on spoons and alewives. The water was warm over the weekend, but it has once again cooled off during the week. One angler caught a limit of small, 7-9 inch perch on Saturday while casting a small goby colored tube jig by the Coast Guard station memorial bridge in McKinley Marina. In addition, nice catches of rock bass continue to come from the fishing areas around McKinley marina. Anglers had good luck using red worms, wax worms, and nightcrawlers. A few nice size perch were caught on the Grant Park shoreline by anglers soaking fathead minnows and jigging small smelt gulp. Anglers continue to land sheepshead on the Oak Creek Power plant fishing pier along with nice size coho after a couple of days with west winds. Fishing effort from boats in Milwaukee was high over the weekend despite 10-20 mph north/northeast winds and 2-4 foot waves. Some of the boats caught kings, coho and browns while trolling near the break wall gaps and inside the harbor until the winds and waves settled down. Over 50 boats trolled in 70-90 feet of water from the water filtration plant to Fox Point on Sunday, July 10. Most of the fish seen at the McKinley fish cleaning station over the weekend were chinook salmon, followed by coho and rainbows. Boats out of Bender had good luck most of the week while trolling with flashers and flies in 40-60 feet of water. Half of the Bender boats headed north toward Grant Park and the other half headed south to the Oak Creek Power Plant and Wind Point. Boats out of South Shore continue to have good luck trolling north of McKinley harbor in 70-90 feet of water between the water filtration plant and the Capitol Drive TV towers. Some of the South Shore boats reported good luck trolling with glow-in-the-dark spoons south of the Green Can Reef. One of the South Shore boats (2 anglers) caught a limit of coho and kings while jigging smelt gulp on a darter jig head in the south gap on Saturday. South Shore Park and the South Shore boat ramp will be closed for the Water Frolics at midnight on Tuesday, July 12 and won't reopen until Tuesday, July 19.
Racine County - Boats fishing out of Racine are catching some fish, but it has been more difficult to find them in recent days. Trollers reported fishing from 35 feet out to 130 feet of water, and 90-120 feet seemed to produce the most fish. Most anglers used flasher/fly, dodger/fly, or spoons to catch their fish. A few boats reported using j-plugs and meat rigs with some success as well. Boats ran their lures from the 15 feet down all the way to the bottom, with many boats reporting that around 40 feet down was the best. No perch anglers were interviewed this past week, and the nearshore water temperature was 69 degrees over the weekend. The nearshore water has cooled down as of Wednesday, July 13, and anglers fishing off both the north and south piers are once again catching fair numbers of coho and brown trout, along with occasional chinook.
Kenosha County - Kenosha boats trolled in 80-130 feet of water this week with their baits from 20-60 feet down. Spoons and flies with flashers or dodgers worked the best. Anglers caught a mix of rainbows, kings, and coho salmon. Some lake trout and brown trout were also caught. In addition, some perch were caught by boats this week. The water temperature was 69 degrees. Pier and harbor anglers in Kenosha caught some brown trout this week. Most of the fish were caught on spoons or live alewives during low light periods. A handful of perch were reported this week as well. The water temperature was 67 degrees.