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Thu, January 06, 2011

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: January 4, 2010

Kenosha Co.
No report.

Racine Co.
Fishing effort over this past New Year’s Eve day was considerably higher than the last few weeks. The warmer weather and recent rains, in combination with a holiday, really pulled a lot of anglers outside. Fishing pressure was evenly spread out from the dam downstream through the upper half of Lincoln Park. The water temperature was still holding around 33-34 degrees Fahrenheit, and water clarity had significantly decreased compared from earlier in the week. Many anglers were fishing Lincoln Park for the early morning bite. Anglers were focusing downstream from weir’s refuge all the way down to the walking bridges. Most anglers were drifting spawn sacs or artificial baits on a bobber, while a few others were using wet flies. Catches of brown trout were limited to only a couple of harvested fish. The browns caught ranged from 2-6 pounds. A few anglers in Colonial Park had a slow day of fishing. They covered a lot of area in the park but were unsuccessful in landing any trout. They reported spooking a few browns out of the holes while working their way downstream. The Horlick dam and downstream through Quarry Lake Park felt steady fishing pressure all day. One fly fishermen concentrating tight to the dam mid-afternoon landed a nice spawning female brown trout that weighed 6.5 pounds. Another angler that covered a lot of water between Quarry Lake Park and downstream through the Racine Country Club caught a big steelhead that weighed 8 pounds. It was caught on a small tube jig tipped with a wax worm.

Milwaukee Co.
Milwaukee area tributaries are freezing over, but open water fishing can be found in the lower stretches of the Menomonee River and canals. The mouth of the Milwaukee River has some ice cover, but conditions have been changing daily. Riverfront Ramp has been usable at times.

Ozaukee Co.
In Port Washington, the area near the power plant discharge provides good winter open water fishing opportunities. Brown trout and steelhead can usually be found there this time of year.

Sheboygan Co.
No report.

Green Bay Fishing Report: January 6, 2010

Brown Co.
Voyageur Park is reporting some success with walleye fishing in about 10 feet of water using jig and minnow. A few small perch are also being caught in shallow water using wax worms. Ice thickness, according to the fishermen, is in the half foot range close to shore; use caution when ever venturing out on the ice. Fishing at Sunset Beach was slow, with only a few small perch being reported.

East Shore
Sturgeon Bay: Ice conditions are very poor because of the warmer weather last week and overall wind conditions. Prior to this weekend, a few walleye and some whitefish were being caught. Some yellow perch have been caught around the state park as well. Little Sturgeon Bay: The wind played havoc on some of the permanent ice shelters during the last few days, with some being ripped apart or blown across the bay. Anglers, however, have been finding some perch in the weed beds, and most have been using wax worms and minnows. Anglers have been finding good numbers of whitefish from Lime Kiln Road to Sand Bay. Use extreme caution though when venturing out in these areas due to poor ice conditions. Anglers have been fishing with small jigs or jigging spoons with a wax warm or a small piece of Berkley gulp for bait. Bayshore Park/Dyckesville: Anglers have been fishing for yellow perch and whitefish. Most anglers have been fishing in 15-25 feet of water and have been using jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads or wax worms. Most of the Lower Bay seems to have good ice on it; however, it would be prudent to use caution there as well.

Oconto Co.
Geano Beach had no activity.

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