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Date 15-Apr-16
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Conditions : Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - Water levels on the Sheboygan and Pigeon rivers have dropped to a more normal level, but both are still slightly murky. Both rivers were measured at 34 degrees over the weekend. Fishing pressure has been very low and the few anglers that were interviewed this weekend had no catches. The South pier in Sheboygan had some higher fishing pressure on Saturday, but all anglers interviewed reported no catches.

Ozaukee County - Sauk Creek has lowered and cleared up slightly from last week, and the water temperature is around 35 degrees. Fishing pressure has been picking up, many anglers were out on Sunday late morning/afternoon and had some success catching steelhead with spawn sacs and flies. Some reported a few suckers being caught in between. In the harbor, some brown trout and occasional coho have been caught by the north slip on crank baits. A few brown trout have also been caught with shiners near the power plant discharge.

Milwaukee County - Shore anglers in Milwaukee have been catching brown trout, rainbows, and a couple of coho in the harbor by Lakeshore State Park over the past several weeks. Anglers have reported good luck fishing with fathead minnows and shiners on the bottom, and rattling crank baits produced a few browns and rainbows as well. Anglers fishing off the Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier have also reported catching browns and a few rainbows on white tube jigs tipped with shrimp or wax worms. The majority of fishing boats in the Milwaukee area have been working inside the break wall for brown trout. Very few boats launched from the Bender Park ramp this past week due to high waves. Steelhead fishing on the Milwaukee River has been slow due to high water. Nice catches of rainbow trout continue to be caught on the Oak Creek. Anglers had good luck drifting spawn sacks and small tube jigs tipped with wax worms under a slip bobber.

Racine County - Shore fishing in the harbor has been slow over the past week due to strong winds and high waves. A few coho have been caught by boats trolling in about 50 feet of water. Fishing pressure on the Root River in Racine has been fairly low with high and muddy water hampering fishing efforts. Conditions are improving, and a few steelhead have been caught upstream of Lincoln Park. Spawn sacs, egg pattern flies, and spinners have been used. DNR crews processed fish at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, April 11

Kenosha County - Fishing pressure remains low in the Kenosha harbor. Those fishing were having no success fishing with spoons or crank baits. On the Pike River, a few anglers have had success catching steelhead. Anglers reported that most fish were done spawning and seemed to be heading back to the lake already. The rain last week had the water fairly high through Saturday, but conditions should continue to improve this week. The baits of choice were spawn sacs, egg pattern flies, and wooly buggers. Anglers also report seeing quite a few suckers in the creek now as well. The water temperature was up to 48 degrees midweek, but dropped to 44 degrees by the weekend.

Reported by: Wisconsin DNR



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