Southeast Region: Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan anglers fishing from the docks in Deland Marina report catching a few rainbows and browns. Anglers working off the south pier have been catching 12 to 18 inch brown trout while soaking minnows near the bottom. The Sheboygan River is open below Eighth Street, but most areas farther upstream still have ice. Boats launching at the Eighth Street Ramp have been returning with a few small brown trout. The Pigeon River is opening up in many stretches, but there are still floating chunks of ice scattered throughout the river. The Pigeon is still frozen over downstream near the wayside at Highway LS.
Ozaukee County - Port Washington anglers fishing near the power plant discharge have been catching a few small rainbows. Spawn sacs remain the most effective bait, but a couple of fish were also taken on small spoons. Sauk Creek is free of ice, but fishing pressure has been low. The boat ramp in Port is open and usable.
Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee the lower Milwaukee River and the majority of the harbor remain free of ice. Boats launching from Riverfront Ramp report catching browns and a few lake trout while jigging Gulp and casting crank baits in the main and south gaps. The ice has melted near the launch at McKinley, but 90 percent of the marina remained ice covered as of Sunday. South Shore Ramp is open, and only a few small ice floes were in the area. The launch at Bender Park is also open, and trollers fishing near the Oak Creek Power Plant have been averaging three brown trout per trip, with most fish being caught on small spoons and crank baits. Milwaukee shore anglers fishing behind Summerfest have been catching a few browns on minnows or roaches under slip bobbers, but fishing has been slow overall. Anglers have still been ice fishing in the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park, and they report 10-12 inches of ice toward the center of the lagoon with thinner areas along shore. Ice anglers have been catching a mix of browns and rainbows while fishing with minnows or spawn sacs under tip ups. Anglers fishing Oak Creek in Grant Park have been catching a few steelhead here and there, and most have been taken on spawn sacs or skein under slip bobbers. The Oak Creek Parkway is closed to motor vehicle traffic, so anglers have to walk to access much of Oak Creek. The fishing pier at the Oak Creek Power Plant remains closed due to the buildup of ice on the pier. The new projected opening date is April 1.
Racine County - Racine anglers have been out in decent numbers early in the morning, when they report having the best success getting bites. Parties have landed a few brown and rainbow trout along the north pier, getting bites on a variety of spoons and spinners. The harbor water was clear and cold over the weekend. The Root River Steelhead Facility should be up and running in the next week or so; please check back for updates on our fish spawning schedule throughout the spring season.
Kenosha County - In Kenosha there is still ice near Simmons Island marina, but there is open water on the south end of the harbor. Anglers were out in decent numbers over the weekend fishing around the harbor, with most anglers soaking minnows and others trying crank baits.