Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: horeline salmon/trout, wondering on warming week [UPDATE 1]

Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: horeline salmon/trout, wondering on warming week [UPDATE 1]

Michael Jacobs caught this iconic photograph of an unknown angler targeting fall salmon on southern Lake Michigan. | Michael Jacobs

Shoreline salmon and trout, scarce as they have been are on southern Lake Michigan, lead the sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; and there is wondering how the beautifully warm week will impact effort for fishing and catching.

[UPDATE 1: Fox River report added, well tributaries]

Once again shoreline salmon lead this sprawling raw-fie Midwest Fishing Report, but I suspect the forecast warm weather will spark a weekend to remember for inland and river fishing, too.

Michael Jacobs emailed the photo at the top of salmon fishing on southern Lake Michigan. BTW, if you happen to be the angler or know him, contact me. Jacobs would like to give a copy to the angler.

It’s one of my favorite photos a reader has sent.

SHORELINE SALMON/TROUT

Action has been slower than most would like.

Stacey Greene at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor texted:

I heard there’s Kings starting to porpoise around the harbor.I weighed a nice 9 lb Brown yesterday [Monday]. Truthfully the past week hasn’t had very many fishermen around.

Lori Ralph at the Salmon Stop in Waukegan texted:

Yes, browns starting tight to the bottom on govt pier . . .

Capt. Scott Wolfe emailed about Waukegan:

Hi Dale

. . .

Things got really slow in the harbor. The salmon still there are almost dead and inactive. The snaggers are out in full force on Government Pier and all the giant hooks and 100# braid tearing through the water typically causes the fish to be “off”. Weather permitting people in kayaks and boats should move toward the South Harbor or North of Johnson Pier in the shallow bay between Waukegan Harbor and the Midwest Generation plant to jig, cast, troll or drift skein.

Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station texted:

Still some coho and few kings in area tributaries mostly mid to upper stretches

INLAND TROUT

Early catch-and-release trout season is open at nine sites statewide. In northern Illinois, those are Rock Creek at Kankakee River State Park, Pine Creek at White Pines Forest SP and Apple River at Apple River SP. A fishing license and an inland trout stamp are required for those 16 and older.

For some updates (and some remaining questions) on Cook County sites, click here.

Some basic information on the regular season, with some changes and remaining questions, opens Oct. 17. Click here for details.

SALMON SNAGGING

Salmon snagging on the Illinois shoreline of Lake Michigan runs through Dec. 31.

Here are the key details from the IDNR:

4) Snagging for chinook and coho salmon only is permitted from the following Lake Michigan shoreline areas from October 1 through December 31; however, no snagging is allowed at any time within 200 feet of a moored watercraft or as posted:

A) Lincoln Park Lagoon from the Fullerton Avenue Bridge to the southern end of the Lagoon.

B) Waukegan Harbor (in North Harbor basin only).

C) Winnetka Power Plant discharge area.

D) Jackson Harbor (Inner and Outer Harbors).

I stopped by Lincoln Park Sunday afternoon and didn’t see a single salmon snagged, and a relatively few snaggers were out on a beautiful afternoon. There have been lots of snaggers out in Waukegan, action fair.

ILLINOIS FROGGING

Bullfrog-only season runs through Oct. 15 in Illinois. Daily bag is eight.

A couple key notes from the Illinois DNR:

A sport fishing license is required to harvest bullfrogs. Bullfrogs may be taken by hook and line, gig, pitchfork, spear, bow and arrow, hand, or landing net.

No person shall harvest bullfrogs or any other reptile or amphibian by commercial fishing devices, including, hoop nets, traps or seines or by the use of firearms, air guns or gas guns or during bowfishing tournaments.

CHICAGO FISHING PARKING PASSES

The parking passes for the fisherman’s parking lots are not being sold while the lakefront remains officially closed.

ILLINOIS RIVER LOCKS

Closures are on for the Dresden Island, Marseilles, Starved Rock, and LaGrange locks on the Illinois River to facilitate major repairs. Peoria Lock has reopened.

Here are the two lead paragraphs from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Beginning July 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District is temporarily closing the Dresden Island, Marseilles, Starved Rock, Peoria and LaGrange locks on the Illinois Waterway to facilitate needed repairs and maintenance. The closures, which will be conducted simultaneously to limit impacts to navigation, are scheduled to last through late October.

During the closures, no vessels will be able to pass through the closed locks. Navigation on the rest of the river, between the locks, will be able to continue without impact as water levels will be maintained at a normal level throughout the season.

Click here for details on the timing and other details on the closures.

AREA LAKES

I would expect a lot of people will be out at least trying this week with the forecast for summer-like weather, just keep in mind many waters had cooled into the 50s and will take some time to warm.

Ken O’Malley with a typical largemouth bass on inland waters. Provided photoProvided
Ken O’Malley with a typical largemouth bass on inland waters.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley emailed the photo above and this:

Hey Dale,

Here is a recap of this past week’s fishing.

Area lakes-bass and crappie are excellent. Focus on midday and early evening hours. Work lipless crankbaits along outside weedlines. Minnow baits worked in the same area have been taking crappie as well.

. . .

TTYL

Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Husker Outdoors
Waterwerks fishing team

Pete Lamar emailed:

Hi Dale,

The only local fishing I did this week was in a couple of nearby ponds. I think nighttime temperatures had dropped into the 30s, but the water hasn’t been all that affected, at least not yet. Bluegills and some bass were still coming up and hitting on the surface; poppers are still effective. That is unlikely to change with such a warm week ahead of us. Anything that extends topwater season is alright with me.

Pete

My thoughts, too, on topwater.

BRAIDWOOD LAKE

The cooling lake in the southwest corner of Will County is open daily 6 a.m. to sunset. Final day of fishing is Tuesday, Oct. 13.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA

Water is low, so use caution.

Arden Katz said, “Fall bite is on.” Water dropped to upper 50s; white bass, to 14 inches, are good, trolling his tqo-hook rig with minnows at .75 to .8 mph in 8 to 12 feet on Marie and Bluff; some walleye mixed in, some in the slot and some not.

Brad Irving at Triangle Sports and Marine in Antioch said a few more muskies , not real big, are being caught on suckers, water is still warm; white bass are going on spinners, bladebaits or small crankbaits, yellow bass are best on worms; catfish best on cutbait or stinkbait; crappie starting to move into channels, then they kick out in warmer afternoons; not much on walleye

NOTE: Check updates on water conditions at foxwaterway.com or (847) 587-8540.

NOTE 2: The Stratton Lock and Dam is closed for the season.

DELAVAN LAKE, WISCONSIN

Dave Duwe emailed:

Delavan Lake 10/5/20 – 10/12/20

This past week, it was hard to find time to get out on the lake with strong winds and rain. With the cooler weather, the lake temperature is cooling rapidly and the walleyes are starting to bite.

Walleye pike are off the main lake points in 22-24 ft of water. They can be caught on lindy rigged nightcrawlers with a 24-30 inch leader. I prefer using a painted hook on my lindy rig in either pink or chartreuse. As the water cools, the fish will switch to an all fat head minnow bite within the next 10 days or so if the water continues to cool.

Largemouth bass have been spotty due to the ups and downs of the temperature. One day we struggle to hit 60 and the next day it’s 80+. The bass I’ve been catching are on the weed lines in 15-17 ft of water. Look for the fish just east of Willow point or just west of Browns Channel.

Bluegill fishing has been very slow. I’ve only been catching a few fish each trip out. The fish I’ve been catching are in 12-13 ft of water right in the weeds. Look for the fish by the buoy line in Viewcrest and Highlands Bays.

Northern Pike action is steady. The fish are in the weed flats in front of Lake Lawn Lodge, Highland Bay and Viewcrest Bay. White spinner baits and chatter baits have been producing the most action. The only downside is that the fish have been on the small side.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063

DOWNSTATE

POWERTON: Final day of regular fishing is Oct. 16.

HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Closed for the year.

EMIQUON: Basically, go to the launch. General information at http://experienceemiquon.com/sites/default/files/LakeAccessRules.pdf.

SHELBYVILLE: Check with Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Check with Jason Johns of Boneyard Fishing.

FOX RIVER

Pete Lamar just emailed a Tuesday evening report I thought worth adding as an update:

Here’s you go:

Just fished two branches of the same creek in Kane County, not much more than walking distance apart. But one was high and off color. Definitely fishable but not crystal clear as is typical. The other branch looked as if it had been up but had already receded. As per out email exchange from a couple of weeks ago, I started with a topwater and never changed. A nice mixed bag: rock bass, bluegills and a few smallmouths, the biggest of which was nearly 16 inches. They’re still feeding on top, even though the water is actually cold to the touch. I started out fishing sunlit areas thinking that an extra degree or two of warmth could result in more active fish. But all fish came from shaded areas: under bridges, high banks, overhanging vegetation.

So happy to see good smallmouth fishing, probably for a few more weeks.

GENEVA LAKE, WISCONSIN

Dave Duwe emailed:

Geneva Lake 10/5/20 through 10/12/20

With the cooler weather we’ve had this past week, fishing has been difficult. The most consistent bite for me has been the deep water bluegills. As the water cools a few more degrees, the bite will switch from nightcrawlers and leaf worms to fat head minnows and golden shiners.

Northern pike action has been good in the weed flats such as Williams Bay and Trinkes. Most of the success is coming off of trolling medium diving crank baits in a perch or fire tiger pattern. The best depth has been in 12-15 ft of water. This bite should be consistent throughout the rest of the fall season.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good by the Yacht Club and by South Shore Club. Use lindy rigs with nightcrawlers is 21-25 ft of water. The bass are feeding on small yellow perch so when you find a school a perch the bass should be right behind them.

Musky fishing will be improving after the lake turns over in the next few weeks. I will be trolling large suckers in 12-15 ft of water. Most time will be spent on the inside turns off of main lake points, like Black Point and the 700 club by Trinkes. The suckers should be between 12-13 inches on a quick strike rig. Depending on the sucker, you may need to adjust your weight to keep the bait down. Some will pull away and naturally keep deep but others may need some weight to keep the bait the 3-4 ft above the weeds.

Walleye fishing remains a constant bite in the overnight hours. Look for the fish in Trinkes Bay or by Knollwood bay. The best depth is 12-14 ft of water. Trolling medium diving stick baits has been the best presentation.

Rock bass fishing has been slow. I’ve been catching a few in 12-13 ft of water. The best location has been just east of Cedar Point near Williams Bay. I’ve been catching them on split shot rigged nightcrawlers trolled right on bottom.

Bluegill fishing has been great, the fish are in 18-20 ft of water. I’ve been catching a bunch by Covenant Harbor, Elgin Club and by Gage Marine. The best success has come where there are light winds where I can keep contact with the bottom using a light sinker and leaf worm. The fish are about 6 inches to 1 foot above bottom.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water for guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063

GREEN LAKE AREA, WISCONSIN

Tyler Uteg (left) and Brad Goetz with four of their five winning fish in a recent Big Green Lake tournament. Provided by Mike NorrisMike Norris
Tyler Uteg (left) and Brad Goetz with four of their five winning fish in a recent Big Green Lake tournament.

Guide Mike Norris texted the photo above and emailed this:

Fishing Report 10/02/2020

Mike Norris

Big Green Lake – Cold and wet weather kept most anglers off the big lake last week but there was signs this past weekend that the fall smallmouth bite is heating up. Tyler Uteg from Glenview, IL. and his partner Brad Goetz from Princeton, WI. weighed in a five bass limit of 18.67 lbs. to win a Wisconsin Elite Series tournament on Big Green last Saturday. The duo relied on dragging Get Bit tubes through patches of gravel and sand and reported they had over 30 bites. As Big Green continues to cool down I am getting reports that the walleyes are also biting again. Try trolling over deep weed beds with crankbaits or spinners tipped with nightcrawlers.

Little Green Lake – Last week’s cold front has slowed down the muskie fishermen, but the fishing should pick right back up when the weather improves this week. October and November ate the two best months to try for bigger muskies on Little Green Lake. Drift outside the edge of remaining green weeds and across the lake basin with suckers. Crappies are still biting well but the largemouth bass fishing has slowed.

Beaver Dam Lake – Shoreline anglers are catching a few legal sized walleyes and pan sized crappies and perch from shore. Shoreline access can be found at any of the public parks around town. Also look for crappies in the neckdown area off Hwy G by the Dockside Pub & Grill. The best walleye fishing is below the Beaver Lake Dam and in deeper holes down river from the dam. Try fishing with a jig and minnow.

Fox Lake – Anglers are catching a few walleyes at Fox Lake, but it is hit or miss proposition. Some anglers are trolling crankbaits out in the lake’s basin while others are pitching jig and minnow combinations to weed edges.

Phone me at 630-842-8199 to book a guided fishing trip or contact me through my website at www.comecatchsmallmouth.com

GREEN/STURGEON BAYS, WISCONSIN

Click here for the Wisconsin DNR weekly report.

Lance LaVine at Howie’s Tackle in Sturgeon Bay emailed this:

Good morning fellas

Here is a quick update

Perch fishing has been fantastic and that fishing will continue to stay really good just as it has the past 4 or 5 years. With all of the high water, the recent spawns have been phenomenal and there are a lot of Perch around. The Sturgeon Bay ship canal, Sawyer Harbor, Riley’s Bay, Little Sturgeon along with some of the deeper to the south of Little Sturgeon south past Chaudoir’s Dock. A mix of crawlers, leaf worm and fathead minnows still working well. Once the water really cools off it will change to all minnows

Pike fishing is also starting to get rolling as it usually does this time of year. Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer Harbor, Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay all very good areas to try for some Pike. Trolling and casting along with live bait fishing with sucker minnows all very effective methods

The fall King Salmon run is starting to come to an end, but there is still some decent opportunity for small boat fishermen along with shore fishermen to get in on the action. Casting and trolling spoons and crank baits along with soaking spawn sacs all very good methods

Walleye fishing has been going pretty good at night as of late and that fishing should just continue to get better and better as the water cools and those fish really put on the feed bad. Trolling over the tops of the many reefs throughout the county along with trolling and casting the primary and secondary shoreline drop-offs. Suspending crank along with deep diving crank baits generally the best baits in the fall

Thanks;

Lance LaVine

Howie’s Tackle
1309 Green Bay Rd
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Ph: 920-746-9916

HEIDECKE LAKE

Closed for the season.

ILLINOIS RIVER

Remember the continuing closures of many locks.

As to sauger fishing, the first 20 places in the Masters Walleye Circuit event on the Illinois River limited both days, Friday and Saturday. Adrian Cliffe of DeKalb and Brent Nix of Byron won with 22 pounds, 8 ounces for 10 fish. Click here for results.

KANKAKEE RIVER

Brian Forden with a beautiful Kankakee walleye. Provided photoProvided
Brian Forden with a beautiful Kankakee walleye.

Joe McCartin texted the photo above and this:

26.5 from Kankakee

Tim Mannix ‘s friend Brian [Forden]. Friday on a 3” golden roach 5pm

Ken “Husker” O’Malley emailed:

Hey Dale,

Here is a recap of this past week’s fishing.

. . .

Kankakee River-water is cooling and is gin clear. Now is the time to get out and explore new exposed areas for when levels go back to normal. Work Kalin jerk minnows, Storm chug bugs, and TRD’s along current seams.

TTYL

Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Husker Outdoors
Waterwerks fishing team

I think too few anglers take that advice to explore at low water and learn more about your favorite fishing creek or river, Kankakee or otherwise.

George Peters emailed the photo below and this:

low with water temp down to mid 50’s. Got this 18” and noticed the lack of flesh in the lower body. Probably an injury many years ago. Maybe as a baby when a Heron took a chunk out. Amazing survival in nature. G. Peters

George Peters with a good smallmouth bass from the Kankakee River. Provided photoProvided
George Peters with a good smallmouth bass from the Kankakee River.

I kinda enjoy that photo.

LAKE ERIE

Click here for the Ohio DNR Report.

LAKEFRONT

In Chicago, people are walking or biking in to fish the lakefront. Fisherman’s parking passes are not being sold while the lakefront remains officially closed.

See shoreline salmon/trout reports at the top, same with snagging report.

Jeff Mucksavage caught a tremendous freshwater drum at Montrose Harbor. Credit: Miguel RomeroCredit: Miguel Romero
Jeff Mucksavage caught a tremendous freshwater drum at Montrose Harbor.

Miguel Romero texted the photo above and this:

Good morning Dale,

I wanted to share that my buddy Jeff Mucksavage and I went out to the Montrose Harbor on Saturday to fish for salmon but instead ended up hooking into this monster drum! It was his first time fishing the lake and I’m pretty sure it won’t be his last. Thanks for all that you do for the sport of fishing. Hope all well and have a great day!

Stacey Greene at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor texted:

I heard there’s Kings starting to porpoise around the harbor.I weighed a nice 9 lb Brown yesterday.Truthfully the past week hasn’t had very many fishermen around.

Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters said, “It is lake trout season.” Out of Chicago, the bite is in 110-150 feet and moving north, more toward the R4. “There are plenty of fish off Chicago,” he said.

Out of North Point, best is in 180-200, or fishing for lakers around the South Reef. With the wind shifts, he said, “Any day we should start seeing more.”

Lori Ralph at the Salmon Stop in Waukegan texted:

Yes, browns starting tight to the bottom on govt pier, snaggers getting fish, and guys regular fishing getting fish. Boats still getting out, depths have varied

Capt. Scott Wolfe emailed:

Hi Dale

Windy weather limited offshore trolling this week. The lake trout are moving in to their shallow water winter grounds. There are still some trout on the deeper reefs. These are mostly smaller fish under 10 pounds. We found most big fish (10 to over 20#) moving up to the Glencoe Shoal area. The big trout were on humps between the shoal and Julians Reef. There are humps all over the place there up to 90 feet from 140-150. Some trout have moved all the way up on the shoal and several friends did very well in 20-30 feet of water off Wilmette and Winnetka. There are likely a mix of lake trout, brown trout and next year’s coho anywhere from Great Lakes NTC South all the way off Chicago. In 2 weeks nearly all the trout should move to those waters and stay there all winter.

In the deeper waters the big trout wanted bigger laker rigs with Size 1 metal Luhr-Jensen Dodgers and big ProTroll flashers in front of larger Jimmy Fly Mo rigs with Yellow and Clown (Yellow with spots) being best. Bright silver dodgers and flashers seemed to out perform whites, glows and all painted colors.

The shallower water can be trolled with 2 and 3 color lead cores off planner boards and slidedivers about 50 back and 20 – 40 out. Spoons, plugs and body baits can all work at times for these fish. I recommend changing baits frequently until the fish tell you what they want.

Things got really slow in the harbor. The salmon still there are almost dead and inactive. The snaggers are out in full force on Government Pier and all the giant hooks and 100# braid tearing through the water typically causes the fish to be “off”. Weather permitting people in kayaks and boats should move toward the South Harbor or North of Johnson Pier in the shallow bay between Waukegan Harbor and the Midwest Generation plant to jig, cast, troll or drift skein.

Only one more week of chartering this season. I might sneak out once or twice after that to load up my own smoker before the boat comes out.

Capt. Scott Wolfe

schooloffishcharters.com
630-341-0550

LaSALLE LAKE

The cooling lake, south of Seneca, is open daily 6 a.m. to sunset. Final day of fishing is Oct. 15.

MADISON LAKES, WISCONSIN

Click here for the update from D&S Bait.

MAZONIA

Lakes are open daily for fishing 6 a.m. to sunset. Final day is Tuesday, Oct. 13, but Monster Lake at Mazonia South stays open year-round.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN

Kurt Justice at Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua emailed:

More late October-like weather with wind, rain and SNOW, made for tougher conditions than most are used to for the first weekend of October. Water temps ranged from 52- 57 degrees putting many lakes right in the midst of turn over. Despite the finger chilling wind, some nice reports, especially from the esox anglers, came in.

Musky: Very Good-Fair – Things got tougher closer to the weekend. Prior to, nice reports of fish on top-water (Flap tails, Hawg wobblers), gliders (Smity & Phantom) and twitch baits such as Cranes and Bucher Shallow Raiders. Large swim baits also effective. Good sucker reports, as well as Musky hitting trout. Call ahead for quantities as suckers still limited in supply. Several fat fish from 46-48” C&R this past week from our guided clients.

Northern Pike: Very Good-Fair – Most incidentals of Pike caught by Musky anglers on swim baits. Fish of 34-36” tops, but plenty of others in the 26-30” range.

Walleye: Good-Fair – Turn over affecting these already finicky fish. Lakes off during turn over, Flowages best choice. Use jig and large fats or small chubs. Once turn over complete (usually 3 days or so) head deep on natural lakes, vertical fish humps and transition areas 18-30+’. Be careful bringing fish up in water deeper than 30’, not to harm those you can’t or don’t want to keep. Or don’t fish for these guys at this time.

Crappie: Fair-Good – Action picking up as fish moving into somewhat tighter schools. Hard to fish in wind, but those being caught running thick in 11-13” range.

Smallmouth/Largemouth Bass: Fair – Not many reports, though a fairly strong tournament out on the chain this past weekend, but tight lipped about their success. From the few reports from locals both species are surprisingly shallow requiring jigs to be worked slow in pockets, Wacky worming and weedless Ned rigging also effective.

No reports on Bluegill or Perch

A relief from the cold is in sight for this weekend, traditionally best time to hunt Musky and some deep-water Walleye.

Kurt Justice

Kurt’s Island Sport Shop
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NORTHWEST INDIANA

Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station texted:

Still some coho and few kings in area tributaries mostly mid to upper stretches

Crappie action at wolf lake and lake George in Hobart minnows fixed under a bobber best

Christina Petrites at Stan’s Bait & Tackle Center in Hammond emailed:

Hi, Dale. Here what we’ve got for this week…

Fishing has slowed way down in the rivers due to rough water & the sudden temperature drop; area lakes/ponds, lagoons, & the lakefront performing better.

~Salmon: There are a few being caught in the rivers & at the marinas; burns ditch is showing decent action. Spawn saks & nightcrawlers doing well.

~Bass: Lots of small mouth are being caught.

~Bluegills/Redear: Fishing has turned back on on several inland lakes with big reds being the bait of choice; Willow Slough excellent bluegill performances lately

~Bowfin: Good; area lakes doing well

~Crappie: Good; most are limiting out with nice-sized slabs within a couple hours; 5-10 FOW the depth to try

~Catfish: Great; area lakes performing well on stinkbait, Nightcrawlers, & livers

~Carp: Moderate; worms, corn, & dough bait working well

ROOT RIVER, WISCONSIN

Click here for the Wisconsin DNR’s report, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN

Steve Fiorio with a tremendous king at Pere Marquette in Michigan. Provided photoProvided
Steve Fiorio with a tremendous king at Pere Marquette in Michigan.

I’m stretching the definition of southwest Michigan, but Steve Fiorio messaged the photo above and this:

Fish I got the other day on the Pete Marquete.

Thing looks like a whale.

Staff at Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor said not much is going, a few coho and Chinook are at the Berrien Springs dam and there are still some lakers being caught on Lake Michigan

SHABBONA LAKE

Clint Sands at Lakeside said fishing was tough, but there are still lots of crappie being caught, surprising shallow (even some off the handicapped pier) on soft plastics or minnows); , but everything else is slow, a couple muskies have been caught in the last week. If the forecast heat comes, bass might turn on again.

Site hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Columbus Day, Oct. 12, will be the final day for Lakeside, Pokanoka’s Cafe and the camp store. Lakeside will reopen if and when ice fishing comes in time.

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT

Click here for the southern Lake Michigan reports from the Wisconsin DNR.

Bryan Gay with a brown trout from Sheboygan, Wis. Provided photoProvided
Bryan Gay with a brown trout from Sheboygan, Wis.

Bryan Gay emailed the photo above and this:

Hey Dale

Thanks for producing a great fishing report, keep up the good work.

I thought I’d share news from Sheboygan. I fished the harbor piers this past weekend, we caught a few beautiful brown trout. One monster brown trout 30-1/2”. The strong winds cut our trip a bit short. Anyone who goes up should be aware that only the North Pier is open, the South pier is under construction and closed.

I attached a pic of my brown trout caught on a purple and glow white 3/4 Oz spoon.

I believe that is a first for Sheboygan in the MFR.

WOLF RIVER, WISCONSIN

Guide Bill Stoeger in Fremont texted:

Crappie fishing has been good, not much for white bass. Water temp 51.6 today. Some walleye action starting

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