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Date 19-Sep-14
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Conditions : Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan over the weekend numerous boats were fishing near the gap of the harbor, the boats were picking up some chinook while trolling around the piers and gap. Most anglers had some success catching chinook on spoons ran off of planer boards. Shore anglers fishing off of the piers had action off of both piers over the weekend some anglers reported having the best luck catching chinooks and a few browns early in the morning on the harbor side of the south pier. There was numerous anglers fishing on the south side of the Sheboygan River over the weekend, most of the anglers were casting spoons, spinner baits, and crank baits. Some fishermen were also catching chinooks using a small chunk of a white twister tail or spawn fished off of bottom on a slip sinker or 3-way rig. Anglers were also catching large chinook by the 14th street ramp, crank baits and inline spinners were the best lures.

Ozaukee County - In Port Washington access to the north pier is not allowed. There are signs that have been posted at the entrance to the pier to remind the public that no one is allowed on the pier for their own safety. Fishing slowed some over the weekend but there was still some action for both chinook salmon and brown trout early in the morning. The WE energies discharge and the Rotary Park rocks were the most productive areas with the south pier along the coal dock giving up several fish as well. The north and west slips had some activity but overall fishing was slower than previous weeks. Best presentations were a little bit of everything from spoons, to crank-baits, and spawn fished below a bobber or near bottom. The water has cooled and fish seem to be near bottom and deep diving lures or spoons jigged off of bottom have been the most productive. Boat trollers were still heading out to 140-170 feet of water and having action catching a mixed bag of trout and salmon, flashers and flys and spoons ran off of lead core or dipsy divers worked shallow in the top 30-40 feet of water was best.

Milwaukee County - Fishing in Milwaukee was slower over the weekend, most shore anglers caught a few fish from the Mckinley Pier or the Summerfest grounds early in the morning some chinooks and primarily browns were biting on spoons, crankbaits, and spawn fished off bottom. Fishing should improve as more and more fish move into the harbor and river in the coming weeks. Many boat trollers were out over the weekend and were having success getting mostly browns with an occasional chinook. Most boats were fishing the gaps and the inner harbor up into the mouth of the Milwaukee River, the most productive lures have been bright colored spoons or j-plugs fished shallow off of dipsy divers or leadcore and planer boards. A few fish have also been taken by anglers drifting and casting jigs and plastics or jigging spoons in the harbor and marina area. The area rivers are still running low and warm and no fish have been observed beyond the mouths of the streams, with some rain and cooler river temperatures more and more fish will begin to head up stream on their spawning migration in the up-coming weeks.

Racine County - In Racine traffic at the Pershing Park boat launch was heavy over the weekend with 27 trailers counted in the parking lot on Sunday most boats were fishing the mouth of the Root River over the weekend. Overall fishing was slow with only a few fish being caught trolling crank and stick baits in the Root River up to the Main Street Bridge early or late in the day. Fishing pressure on the piers has been steady with the majority of anglers showing up for the early morning and late evening bite. The south pier has been the best with most anglers getting a fish or two in a few hours, best lures have been spoons in silver and blue or silver and orange, jigging spoons off bottom has been the most successful method. Some fish have also been taken off of the north pier but overall action has been hit or miss, and the bite changes daily from one pier to the other. Shore fishing pressure was low during the week but increased on the weekend. The Reichert Court fishing pier and the shoreline along the mouth of the Root River received most of the pressure. Some anglers on the Reichert Court pier tried fishing for perch on Tuesday with minnows under slip bobbers but reported no luck; some fishermen were getting a few chinooks casting spoons at the mouth of the river and also up river as far as the Fifth Street boat club. The best fishing seems to be in the lower sections of the root out into the harbor area. The Root River is running low and clear and no fish were seen or reported being caught over the weekend, some rain will be needed to increase flow and draw fish further up river. In Kenosha fishing has been slow, with the best luck coming from the beach at the mouth of the Pike River, there anglers were catching chinooks and browns on spoons or spawn sacs fished off bottom.

Reported by: Wisconsin DNR

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