Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - East winds and warm water has slowed fishing some in Sheboygan, wavy and stormy conditions this week kept most anglers at the dock, those few that did venture out found a few fish in 60-100 feet of water chinooks and rainbows were caught on spoons and jplugs fished off of leadcore or dipsy divers in the top 50-60 feet of water. Wire dipsy divers fished with flashers and flys also took some fish. Shore anglers casting off of the north and south piers early in the morning had limited success with only a handful of brown trout being caught, best baits have been spoons jigged off bottom or a live alewife fished off a three-way rig off bottom. Cooler water and calm weather will be needed to improve pier fishing in the coming weeks.
Ozaukee County - In Port Washington its much of the same story as most other ports trollers are having a tough time finding any pattern with sporadic action for both chinooks and rainbows anywhere from 90-140 feet of water fishing from 40-60 feet down flashers and flys seemed to be the most productive lure with magnum sized spoons taking a few fish as well. Warm water has slowed shore fishing off of the south pier and the area surrounding Rotary Park and the power-plant discharge, only an occasional brown has been caught on a spawn sac floated off bottom or casting and jigging a spoon near bottom early mornings have been best.
Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee fishing remains rather slow, high winds and rain have warmed near shore waters and shore fishing has shut down. Boat trollers continue to find some fish mostly chinooks and rainbows anywhere from 90-110 feet of water, best lures have been spoons or white flasher and fly combinations fished from 50-60 feet down. 5-7 color leadcores off of boards, wire dipsys, and downriggers have all caught fish, some calm stable weather this weekend should help improve fishing
Racine County - Racine fishing has actually picked up somewhat this past week with some good catches of all species lake trout, chinook, coho, and steelhead have all been taken in decent numbers when anglers were able to get out. 70-100 feet of water has been best with fish coming in at 30-40 feet down spoons off of leadcores and flashers and flys fished off down-riggers have taken the most fish, white and green seem to be the best flasher/fly combination. Medium to magnum sized spoons are also taken fish, silver and blue or green and silver seem to be the best colors, spoons have been best fished off of 7-8 color leadcores and planer boards. Wire dipsy-diver rods have also been productive, early mornings remain best with the bite slowing down by 7 a.m. Warm water and stormy weather has shore fishing to a halt, little to no action for perch or browns was reported this week off of any of the piers or harbor area. The only action reported was for an occasional brown trout or northern pike off of the fishing pier in the Pugh Marina area. There spoons and crank baits have worked best early or late in the day. Fishing out of Kenosha has also been slow with only a few browns biting off of the south pier early in the day.