Southeast Region: Milwaukee County - An angler at the Lakeshore State Park lagoons on Saturday remarked that the Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Rescue Team was doing practice dives in the lagoons the previous week while she was fishing. The dive team told her that a large school of perch was stacked up in the east/southeast section of the south lagoon where she was fishing. The firefighters had to push the perch out of the way while they were diving.
Strong winds on the lakefront have made fishing on the shoreline a challenge over the past three weeks. Small craft advisories were in effect on Thursday and Friday (April 20-21) with five to 15 miles per hour northeast winds and two to four foot waves. The majority of anglers on McKinley Pier continue to target coho and chinook with spoons and kastmasters. There were no reports of alewives seen on the lakeside of the pier during the week. The surface water temperature on the lakeside of the pier was 46 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday (April 22). The majority of fish landed in the harbor behind Summerfest were brown trout (three to four pound average). The surface water temperature in the harbor was 48 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday. A few anglers targeted northern pike in the fishing areas around the McKinley Marina with crankbaits and daredevil spoons. Activity at the McKinley and Riverfront ramps continues to increase with the warmer weather. A couple of nice size chinook salmon were landed during the week by boaters out of McKinley. Anglers under the Hoan Bridge continue to target browns and rainbows with shiners, spawn sacks, and fathead minnows. The surface water temperature in the harbor increased from 45 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit last week to 48 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday (April 22). The fishing pressure and catch rate for rainbows on the Oak Creek is starting to taper off. The number of rainbows seen in the creek has decreased with the rising water temperatures. Male and female rainbows were seen pairing up in the creek over the weekend. Boats out of Bender Park landed mostly browns and coho in front of the Oak Creek at Grant Park, the South Shore water treatment plant, and the Oak Creek Power Plant. Fly fishermen at Kletzsch Park have been wading close to shore or casting from the river banks due to the high water. Most of the fish landed at Kletzsch Park this week were smallmouth bass and northern pike. The season for smallmouth bass is closed until May 6. Anglers targeting northern pike and walleye at Estabrook Park on Sunday (April 23) caught and released a large number of smallmouth bass while casting small tube jigs.
Racine County - No boaters were interviewed this week, but many were spotted trolling in the 25-30 foot range straight out from the harbor and south down the shoreline. A few anglers have said that the boats are catching mostly brown trout but a couple of coho salmon here and there on small spoons and crankbaits. About ten to 15 anglers were fishing from the pier this week. The fishing has been mostly slow around, two to four brown trout have been landed each day. Spoons and crankbaits that are at least partially green or chartreuse seem to be working the best. A few have been caught on live roaches and spawn sacs as well. The water temperature was 50F. Only a couple of anglers were fishing from shore this week. Only one fish was reported caught this week. The angler caught the brown trout on a green and silver spoon fishing off of the rocks near 21st ST and Wisconsin AVE. The water temperature was 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The Root River is currently flowing at 230cfs. The steelhead fishing this past week was good for anglers and the water visibility was about 12 inches. Anglers had also continued to catch a few of suckers as well. The water temperature upstream of the steelhead facility was 54 degrees Fahrenheit and 55 degrees Fahrenheit downstream of the facility. This week most anglers focused their effort at Horlick dam. About 15 anglers were fishing upstream of the facility on the 21st and the 23rd. Three steelhead were reported caught on the 21st and 12 were reported caught on the 23rd. Anglers also reported catching a few suckers as well. Most of the fish caught by anglers were hooked on a orange, pink, chartreuse, olive, or a multi colored yarn egg and no colors seemed to stand out as catching more fish. Some anglers also had some success on nymphs, no specific pattern worked best but most of the nymphs were pink, orange, or olive. A couple of anglers also reported catching steelhead on pink tube jigs and spinners. There was very little fishing pressure below the facility this week and no particular stretch of river that anglers seemed to prefer. Only a handful of anglers were interviewed and none reported catching any steelhead. Most of the anglers fishing downstream were using yarn egg flies and spinners.
Kenosha County - About five anglers were interviewed fishing from the south pier this week. Only two fish were reported caught. Both of the fish were brown trout and they were caught on roaches and gobies. The water temperature was 48 degrees Fahrenheit. About ten anglers were fishing in the harbor this week. Five brown trout were reported caught on live roaches under a bobber and on bottom rigs. The water temperature was 51 degrees Fahrenheit. Only one angler was interviewed fishing the Pike River this week and did not report catching any fish. The mouth of the river is open and water visibility is very good. The temperature of the water was 54 degrees Fahrenheit.