Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - Many baitfish remain around the lakeshore in Sheboygan, especially by south pier. The water was pretty choppy all weekend with waves coming from the south, but was calm and very clear on Memorial day. A fair number of anglers fished from the piers over the weekend. Success was overall low, but some whitefish were caught from both piers mostly at the far ends throughout the week. Boat anglers had more success, catching mostly coho salmon and some rainbow trout. Both spoons and flies were successful. - Jacklyn Bruss, fisheries technician, Sheboygan
Ozaukee County - There are still many baitfish all around the lakeshore this week. A large 16-pound brown trout and three (4- to 5-pound) coho were caught on alewives from Rotary Park on Saturday. Occasional coho were caught by Rotary Park, the power plant, and from south pier on Memorial Day; all were in the 4- to 5-pound. range. Boating pressure was high all weekend. Boat angler's success has slowed down a little, but is still very good overall. They are catching mostly coho and occasionally a chinook. A variety of flies and spoons all remain the successful baits of choice. The Army Corps of Engineers has started repairs on the breakwall of the north pier in Port Washington, and access to the pier is prohibited. Construction is projected to last until July 3. - Jacklyn Bruss, fisheries technician, Sheboygan
Milwaukee County - Anglers on McKinley Pier are off to a good start this year with nice catches of coho being reported along with a few kings, rainbows, and lake trout. Anglers have been landing fish along the entire length of the pier. Bottom fishing with alewives with a "bottle rig" was the most popular setup. Most anglers catch their alewives by jigging a "sabiki rig" over the side of the pier. A sabiki rig has three small hooks on a leader with a small weight attached to the bottom. Nice size rock bass were landed on night crawlers in the fishing area around the old Coast Guard station. Large carp (up to 20-30 pounds) moved into the fishing area as well. Crappies, rock bass, and a couple of largemouth bass were landed in Lakeshore State Park over the Memorial Day weekend. The surface water temperature in the lagoons was 64 degrees on Sunday. Boats out of McKinley are landing nice catches of coho salmon along with a few kings, rainbows, and lake trout as far north as Mequon. Nice catches of coho were landed in 35-50 feet of water on orange flashers and blue green flies on Sunday. The catch rate for anglers fishing from the shoreline on the south side of Milwaukee continues to be spotty. A few small brown trout were caught and released under the bridge by anglers fishing with shiners. Anglers targeting browns and rainbows in the fishing areas around the Coast Guard station pier reported seeing mostly large carp. Anglers on the Cupertino Park fishing pier targeted smallmouth bass and panfish with nightcrawlers but landed mostly gobies. Anglers on the Grant Park shoreline caught and released small brown trout, small rainbows, and a couple of large carp on minnows, spawn sacks, and spinner baits. Small brown trout and rainbows were caught in the Oak Creek power plant discharge chute along with large carp and sheepshead. Most of the anglers fishing in the discharge chute used natural bait like raw shrimp, tube jigs tipped with wax worms, and jig heads tipped with nightcrawlers. Boats out of Bender were going far offshore (at least 130 feet of water and deeper) in order to catch trout and salmon. A large number of the boats out of South Shore Park were fishing north of the McKinley Marina over the Memorial Day weekend. Limits of coho were being caught with standard coho rigs in 180 feet of water, straight out from South Shore Park on Memorial Day. One of the South Shore anglers reported that "there were tons of boats in 180 feet of water".
Racine County - Fishing was much slower for anglers this week. Most boats trolled in 35-70 feet of water and reported zero to six fish. Anglers used a flasher/fly combination, spoons and crank baits. Most of the fish caught were on the flasher/fly combination. The water temperature was 44 degrees. Some boats went out to 200 feet with similar results and the water temperature was reported as 43 degrees. Anglers fishing from the piers had a very slow week. Most of the reported catches were brown trout caught on alewives. The alewives were used on bottom rigs and bobbers. Only one coho was reported being caught and it was caught on a crankbait. The water temperature was 45 degrees. - Dominic Cavalieri, fisheries technician, Sturtevant
Kenosha County - Overall fishing has been much slower this week. Most boats trolled in 40-75 feet of water. These boats used a flasher/fly combination or spoons. Most anglers fished their lures from 30 feet down to the surface. Catches varied greatly with some boats catching five to six fish while others caught none. The fish caught were mainly coho, but a few lake trout and brown trout were also caught. The water temperature was reported as 47 degrees. Some anglers fished deeper out to about 120 feet. These boats used similar methods and had similar results. The water temperature was reported as 45 degrees. Anglers that fished the piers had a slow week for the most part. Some coho and brown trout were caught, and one steelhead was caught. Alewives on bottom rigs are still catching the most fish, however crank baits and jigs have caught some coho. The water temperature was 47 degrees. - Dominic Cavalieri, fisheries technician, Sturtevant