Southeast Region: Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit - The ice has gone from all forest lakes. The Mauthe Lake fishing pier is installed and ready for use, and the Long Lake fishing pier will installed in time for Memorial Day. - Deb Harder, visitor services associate
Sheboygan County - The Sheboygan piers were completely inaccessible over the weekend, due to extremely cold and windy conditions, which produced very large breakers. Pressure on the Pigeon River was light this week and fishing continues to be very slow for anglers who are targeting steelhead. One fisherman who was dip netting for suckers off of the Lakeshore Bridge successfully landed 37 white suckers in 2 hours. The water level rose slightly and the water temp hovered in the low 40s. Water levels have risen on the Sheboygan River causing strong currents, which produced dirty water with very poor visibility. Water temperature was 34 degrees.
Ozaukee County - Only a few trailers were spotted earlier in the week at the Port Washington Ramp. Due to the large breakers caused by high winds, no anglers were observed at the Port Washington Piers. The Port Washington Utility is producing many suckers, a few small browns and the occasional steelhead for some determined anglers fishing spawn sacs. One angler fishing with minnows caught a smallmouth bass, which was promptly released. Fishing pressure was low in the beginning of the week; however pressure was non existent by the weekend because of the winter storm. Although fishing has been reported as slow, several steelhead and many suckers are being spotted throughout Sauk Creek. One angler who was successful at catching a couple of steelhead did so behind the high school using bead rigs. The water level has risen, clarity remains good, and the water temperature was 36 degrees. - Jarret Mapes, fisheries technician, Plymouth
Milwaukee County - The spring storm system that swept through the state this weekend (with 20-25 mph steady winds, sometimes gusting up to 40 mph and variable rain, sleet, and snow) brought very little fishing pressure. Milwaukee River anglers, mostly catch and release fly fisherman, continued to try their luck at Estabrook and Kletsch parks. Before the spring storm occurred through the weekend, water temperatures ranged between 44-45 degrees with an increase in water levels and flows. Those anglers that found success in catching targeted fish, landed 2-4 pound steelhead, close to the falls, using spawn sac but most are still reporting "soft hooking" of the fish. It is also that time of the season where anglers are seeing large schools of white suckers through the river system. Construction at Hubbard Park is complete (marked by tape) and anglers now have easier access to the river. Those anglers trying their luck downstream of the North Avenue Dam around Caesar's Park landed rock bass using live bait. The Menomonee River continued to have fishing pressure with most anglers gaining access through Miller Parkway and Three Bridges. With the increase in precipitation throughout the week, water levels and flow has increased making the water a bit more murky with temperatures ranging between 43-45 degrees. Fly fisherman landed 4-5 pound. steelhead using a variety of baits, the most popular being flies (yarn being a favorite). Action is very hit or miss and anglers continue to see small schools swimming throughout the river system, but catching is another story. There is construction occurring at MMSD, however fishing access is still available. - Reni Rydlewicz , fisheries technician, Milwaukee
Sheboygan County - DNR fisheries crews have been conducting a comprehensive fish survey on Random Lake in Sheboygan County this week and report seeing some nice walleye and musky. Walleye have ranged in size from 15.5 inches to 27.9 inches. Musky have ranged from 29.6 inches to 41.0 inches. They continued to net despite the snow and cold and ran night electrofishing recapture run for walleye.- Addie Dutton, fisheries biologist, Plymouth