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Midwest Fishing Report: Lakes and rivers around Chicago fishing (Powerton updated)
The photo sent by Ken “Husker” O’Malley of a smallmouth at LaSalle Lake and the one sent by Alan Epich of a sucker caught at Geneva Lake show the range of early spring conditions for this Midwest Fishing Report.
This is the extended online version of the MFR, which appears on the Sun-Times outdoors page on Wednesdays.
I debated splitting up the rivers and lakes sections, but think I will wait at least another week.
Normally, I post Wednesday mornings.
If you have suggestions, post in the comments section or let me know at email@example.com.
Spring trout opens Saturday. Daily bag of five, those 16 and older need a fishing license and inland trout stamp. Area lakes include Axehead, Belleau, Sag Quarry East (Cook County; Silver, Pickerel, Grove (DuPage); Gebhard Woods State Park Pond (Grundy); Bird Park Quarry, Rock Creek at Kankakee River SP (Kankakee); Big Lake at Silver Springs SP (Kendall); Banana, Sand, (Lake); Lake Atwood, Hollows Conservation Area, Piscasaw Creek (McHenry); Lake Milliken at Des Plaines Conservation Area (Will).
Click here for the IDNR release for the state.
The old tradition on the Chicago lakefront of smelt netting opened Monday night with a handful caught at Montrose. The usual Chicago Park District regulations apply, such as nets may go in at 7 p.m.; netters must be out of parks by 1 a.m. Water remains cool in the 30s for much hope. Maybe the nice weather this weekend and warmer conditions will help.
The big thing is spring trout opening Saturday at some local lakes. See above. Ice is finally giving way on northern lakes and ponds, and grudgingly beginning to warm in shallower or muddier bottom areas.
I started some early reports on river fishing, guys are getting out. Or at least getting itchy to get out. I expect next week to begin splitting the rivers section out separately. Then again, I said that last week, too.
For a general overview of nearby river conditions, click here. Probably a good idea to check this.
To get to more specific gauges, even on creeks, in Illinois, click here.
BIG GREEN LAKE, WISCONSIN
For guide Mike Norton’s report, go to www.nortonsfishingandhuntingadventures.com, then click on fishing, then lake report.
From licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and guide Glenn Moberg of Hooksetters Guide Service:
(Head): Open water anglers starting to hit some walleyes, with ice fishing
remaining strong for panfish, walleye and northern. Wild turkey hunters
starting pre-season scouting; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin
River in Wisconsins Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and
Wausau). Editor’s Note: The walleye and northern season REMAIN OPEN on many
of the waters of the central Wisconsin area. Check with the DNR about the
particular water you want to fish before going out to make sure that water
is open for walleye and northern.
In the central Wisconsin area open water anglers are starting to get their
lines wet, but ice fishing still going strong.
With open water below many central Wisconsin area dams anglers are starting
to get out for walleye fishing. A few nice walleyes have fallen to jigs in
1/8th and 14 ounce jigs, and the bite will continue to get better as we move
into the spring spawn. Right now for consistent action, target the deeper
pools on the Wisconsin River system throughout the daytime hours, but during
low light periods don’t be afraid to move up shallow and target fish that
will be in less than 3 feet of water.
Ice fishing in the central Wisconsin area remains very good for panfish on
our lakes. Both bluegills and crappies have been consistently taking our
presentations as have a few nice perch. Most of the fish we are getting are
in 5 to 10 feet of water associated with muck and wood. Look for areas that
may be close to traditional spring spawning locations as the fish will be
headed in that direction as the weather warms.
Most central Wisconsin anglers have put their tip-ups away but there is
still plenty of ice on the backwater areas off of the main Wisconsin River
system to target walleyes and northerns. With that said, right now is the
best time to tangle with the trophy of a lifetime. As spring nears both
walleyes and northerns seek out shallow backwater areas off the Wisconsin
River in search of prey, and the savvy angler can cash in on these predators
by simply running their trip-ups in less than 3 feet of water. Bait the
tip-ups with golden shiners or suckers and get ready. The largest northerns
and walleyes of the year are now in the central Wisconsin area.
Wild turkey hunters in the central Wisconsin area are now starting to do
some pre-season scouting for the upcoming season. With all the snow on the
ground the birds are going to be herded up in tight locations that have
ample food. Find their feeding grounds and you will get your bird!
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA
Time to call it an ice-fishing season and begin open-water fishing. Staff at Triangle Sports and Marine suggested focusing on crappie in back channels and creek areas. Or trying for the walleye gathering below the McHenry and Wilmont dams.
For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
More Chain info at www.foxwaterway.state.il.us.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS
LaSALLE: In April, the lake is open daily, 6 a.m. to sunset. Have not yet heard on the concessionaire.
O’Malley sent this report, which sounds typical of those who have done well:
I had the day off from work, so I took a few friends out to LaSalle. What a picture perfect day for LaSalle in March. Calm winds, partly sunny, and temps in the 50′s. We launched at 7. Water temps were 57 at the launch and 85 near the hot water shoot. Good current was going. We caught bass on a multitude of baits from drop shotting, crankbaits, and a variety of texas jigged plastics. We would get into a few, things would get slow, then we would get into them again. That is how the day went. We even managed two smallmouth on the day. They are getting harder to find out there. For those who like cats, there are plenty to be had. The shorelines were loaded with them. Later in the afternoon, the stripers turned on. We found a school busting shad and it was game on! One after another. At times we had two in the net. Great way to end the day. Water temps rose to 63-64 at the launch when we pulled out.
I attached a few pics from the day..
Ken “Husker” O’Malley
“Tame that water and remember to practice CPR!”
Water Werks Fishing Team
BRAIDWOOD/MAZONIA: Bill Anderson, after being unable to launch at Heidecke Monday, went to Braidwood and sent this report:
We went to Braidwood and caught a few small channel cats, and I got a Largemouth that was probably a couple minnows short of 3 lbs. When we left at noon, we were the only trailer in the north lot. It was tough in that wind but the wildlife viewing was great. There were deer, turtles, pelicans, and all the other usual birds and critters that you normally see around the lake.
Mazonia lakes, like most lakes, remain very cold.
Hours are 6 a.m.-sunset. REMINDER: Anchoring outside the restricted area on the north end of Braidwood, then casting in is illegal.
HEIDECKE: Boaters be warned the temporary launch is very shallow and gets icy very easily. Water temperature was 41-43 on opening day and fishing was tough. Lake is open daily until sunset. Launch opens at 6 a.m.; bank angling, 6:30 a.m.
DELAVAN/LAKE GENEVA AREA, WISCONSIN
Alan Epich sent this sort of swan song to ice fishing:
On Saturday myself and Any Luc (Bill Lanham)fished on Lake Geneva.
There was still 13″ of Ice in the morning. By late afternoon
theice began to deteriorate.
Attached is a Photo of a Sucker which was my first fish of the day.
I was using fiskas jig with a wax-worm and two lb. line
Overall it was a good day on the ice and probably my last.
Brian Gates at Geneva Lake Bait and Tackle said pulled his last shanty off Delavan Tuesday morning. The problem by the weekend will be the shorelines.
DES PLAINES RIVER
Marcus Benesch sent this:
Low water temperature may be behind the poor pike fishing this month.I recorded some 39-40 degreewater tempsearlier in the weekwhile fishing near Park Ridge.A pretty notorious cold waterfish can stillhave it’sshy moments throughout the year I guess. The warm up in air temperaturehas created a rise in river levelsfromthemelting going on up north near Wisconsin. With that comes stained, murky water that really slows down the catch. Inlast four outings only been able to hook into a couple small fish while slowing running large colorado blades in some of the deeper pockets. Have yet to see any female Pike with eggs or any spawning activity for that matter. By the end of next week that mightchange.
River Grove, Illinois
POWERTON LAKE: [UPDATED: Because of our winter weather, the closure to all fishing will be extended. The reopening date is now Friday, May 3. If they get the levee work done sooner, that could be moved up.
EVERGREEN: The 2013 passes are available. Any updated fishing report from site staff will be posted here.
Another sign of spring, Mike Steffa sent this:
Bait Shop & Boat Rental Opening For The Season at Evergreen Lake/COMLARA Park.
The Evergreen Lake/COMLARA Park Bait Shop & Boat Rental will be opening for the Season onSaturday, April 6, 2013.
Bait Shop Hourswill be: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Boat Rental Hourswill be: Friday – Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday – Thursday
Expanded hours for both beginning the end of April.
Frank Macikas expects to start reports soon.
Sam Bennett sent this report:
Well, the Fox is up to 44 degrees and it’s getting closer to go-time.
I managed to scratch out a single smallie last weekend, but it’s a slog. They’re not staged up in any numbers in the faster stretches of the river yet. I’ll be hitting the slower water from boat later this week or this weekend. That’s where I’m putting my time for the short term.
I hope the warmer temps and the possibility of warm rain this weekend and early next week might get the smallmouth up where guys expect them to be.
I’ve seen a few nice eyeballs reported here and there but haven’t fished for them myself. Those in the know are having what I’d call an average start. Walleye just aren’t plentiful enough for me to justify the chase most of the time.
I saw that there’s a new bait shop opening in South Elgin. No details yet, just a sign by 31 that says “Coming Soon.” I know the live bait guys will be happy to have a place to gear up close by the river again.
I also heard that a bait shop opened at 25 and Wilson in Batavia. In the “place where the old bait shop” used to be. I’ve never been down there but plan to stop in and check it out.
Finally, the Fox River Angler Diary Project is in full swing. Anyone can sign up to participate athttp://data.foxriverfishing.com. So far we’ve had lots of signups and reports. It’s encouraging.
That Fox River Diary Project is a rather cool citizen project.
Ken Gortowski sent this observation on the year, with a side of pond fishing:
I have yet to throw a lure in the Fox River this year. A far cry from year’s past where by now I’ve made numerous trips to the river and pictures show that I’ve done well at times. Not interested yet. Seems like more work than I care to put in right now.
Instead I’ve been waiting on the creeks. I’ve always spent time in them this time of year, but this year I’m curious about the effects last year’s drought may have had on them. We really haven’t had that much water so far this year and the creeks are already low. It’s still early in the year, we’ll have to wait and see.
Saturday I spent a half hour in one. The results were the same as last week. Completely devoid of life. This is the latest I’ve seen the creeks go with nothing to show. The predators won’t move in till the different carp and sucker species move in, along with the minnows. The predators feast on the carp and sucker eggs and the minnows. There’s a reason brighter colors work in the creeks this time of year. Google carp and sucker spawn.
I’ve been keeping an eye on three other creeks. So far they’re all behaving the same.
Sunday I went pond hopping. There’s a series of four ponds I like to fish. Three of them hold decent populations of gills, crappie and largemouth. Two weeks ago the two deeper ponds were 90% ice covered. Only the shallow pond was open. They’re now all open. Though fish could be seen in the deeper ponds, the fish were noncommittal.
The shallow half of the shallow pond was where the fish were hanging out, nothing in the deeper end. Wound up catching a dozen largemouth and a crappie and the bite from all of them was still a bit tentative.
The ten day forecast shows that after Wednesday there will be no more nights below freezing. This is what’s needed. The water has been ice cold. I have a feeling next week I’ll start seeing fish in the creeks and from then on, I’ll be following them up stream.
I’m also predicting that in the next two weeks the dam on Blackberry Creek will be gone. The timing on this couldn’t be more perfect.
Bennett has a getting started guide for the Fox posted here.
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
The Wisconsin DNR report had this report:
Green Bay Fishing Report: April 1, 2013
West Shore:Temperatures this week are starting to rise which also increased fishing activity on the Fox River. The Lower West side of the Bay is very quiet, but lots of snow is melting on the ice. There are no open patches of water you can see from shore yet.
Fox River:The Fox River was very busy this week with fishermen targeting Walleye. The main baits used were various types of minnows, jigs with minnows, and plastics (chartreuse and other various colors). Fishing depths ranged anywhere from 15 feet to 22 feet overall and the water temperatures were around 40-43 degrees. Other species caught were Whitefish, Suckers, Catfish, Sheepshead, Carp, White Bass, and a few Saugers. Shore fishermen were also targeting Walleye, but the numbers were low. They were also using various kinds of minnows and jigs for bait.
Creel routes were not run on the East Side of the Bay this week due to the large amount of ice cover. Open water creel will resume tentatively the week of April 15.
No report. Open water creel will begin in April, and reports will resume after that.
No report. Open water creel will begin in April, and reports will resume after that.
Time on the Water Outdoors reported good sauger fishing, both vertical jigging and pulling, in many spots; big females are just beginning or peaking.
Some steelhead are in the streams. Weekend rain could make it interesting.
Click here for the Indiana DNR’s map of Trail Creek access.
River is lower than spring normal. Walleye fishermen are out, I see them at the likely spots around inflows, as Norm Minas calls them.
LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON
For Ohio DNR report go to wildohio.com and or call (888) HOOKFISH.
CHICAGO: Park Bait reopened. Hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m. There’s been a few browns, coho and steelhead around the Chicago harbors. This could be the weekend for coho. For smelt, see top.
WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph at Salmon Stop reported reported shore fishermen taking browns with roaches on the bottom; some steelhead on shrimp under a bobber; a few coho and pike off the South Rocks. One boater limited on browns in 25-30 feet.
CHICAGO PIER PASSES: Good time to remember the $6 pier passes for Chicago harbors, except 31st, are available at Henry’s Sports & Bait.
CHICAGO FISHERMAN’S PARKING: The fisherman’s parking pass–$10 for two months and available at Henry’s Sports & Bait–is needed to park south of the main building at Northerly Island. . . . That’s the same pass good for the small fishermen’s lots at Burnham and DuSable harbors.
MADISON CHAIN, WISCONSIN
Click here for any updates from D&S Bait, but ice fishing is nearing the end, though there is ice.
MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop sent this:
Though the calendar says April, don’t put your ice fishing gear away yet!Looks like there will be plenty of ice fishing for panfish here in the Northwoods for weeks to come.With night time temps in the teens and twenty’s and daytime temps in the low 30′s to 40′s, we won’t be losing any ice for a while.
Fishing hasn’t been great.There has been small windows of good ice fishing (generally towards dusk), but a lot of poor reports.The best is coming.Signs of activity are showing up.Anglers biggest concern has been access across lakes – it’s not good.Snow levels have dropped on the ice, but layers of snow/ice/slush/water make travel very difficult.Even snowmobilers are having difficulties.
Perch:Fair.Best on wigglers over mud in 12-20′.Place wigglers on small spoon for flash (Hali, Swedish Pimple, Forage Spoon).Very nice fish of 10-12″ though ability to follow schools hampered by poor travel conditions.
Bluegill:Fair.Spikes, waxies, plastics best.While some action in usual weed areas, nicer fish being found suspended out away from weeds.Look to mud of 12-10′ and near any drowned wood or pilings.Gill gills at this time to 8″.
Crappies:Fair.This species will take over the bulk of the attention for April once the conditions improve.Suspended fish at dusk (4-6′ off bottom) over mud of 14-24′.Tip-downs with minnows for these fish.Anglers slow dropping rockers with plastics/Chena working for few bites, but better fish than earlier.
Ice thickness running 26-30″ on average.Still layers of crust, ice, slush protecting from the sun.Ten day forecast shows little change.Expect lots of improving ice fishing.
Kurt’s Island Sport Shop
EAGLE RIVER: On Sunday, Creative Brilliance sent this update for the Chamber of Commerce:
(Head): Crappies, bluegills and perch putting on a fair to good bite; and
wild turkey hunters are scouting out areas to hunt in the upcoming season.
All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice is 20-24 inches thick (lake dependent) in the Eagle River area. Travel
on the ice is extremely difficult. Slush continues to form, with a heavy
snow cover. All vehicles are having trouble. Stick to traveled areas only,
or you’ll get bogged down or stuck tight regardless of what you’re using.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are putting on a fair to good all
day bite in the Eagle River area.
The crappies and bluegills are just starting their upward spring migration
in the water column, so make sure you use electronics to locate where the
fish are on any given day – - and during day-parts each day, as well.
The crappies and are suspending, with the perch tight to bottom. Fish two
areas: Deep water (10-30 feet) mudflats, or shallow areas (10 feet or less)
in and around weeds. Use a wiggler, spike, waxie or crappie minnow under a
slip bobber, small jig, or tip-down.
Hunting report: In anticipation of the upcoming season, smart Eagle River
turkey hunters are scouting out areas to hunt. Turkeys like the edges of
open fields. In the heavily forested Northwoods, these are rare. So
looking for these open areas is a good place to start your scouting.
Satellite mapping sites such as ScoutLookweather.com or Google Earth are
helpful in finding them. Managed wildlife openings in the Vilas County
Forest and wide open power line corridors are also good bets. When
scouting, look for tracks in the snow or droppings to indicate there are
birds in the area. Another way to scout is to drive back roads at dawn or
dusk and listen for gobblers. Blowing a crow or owl call will often get a
gobbler to reveal his location.
A permit is required to hunt turkeys in Wisconsin. Your permit will specify
the dates you are allowed to hunt. The first hunting period in the Eagle
River area starts April 10. Good luck!
(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance
interviews with Eagle River guides “Muskie Matt” of Wild Eagle Lodge,
“Ranger Rick” Krueger of Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, and Mat Hegy).
Contact info for Eagle River:
* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
* “Muskie Matt”, 715-891-5980; e-mail: email@example.com
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner “Ranger Rick” Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
Coho and browns have been variable, Glen Gajewski at Mik-Lurch, credited the impact of the full moon. That should change to the phase change this week. Gajewski said one of better spots has been in the warmer, cloudier water coming out of the Ditch; and warmer water of the shipping channel. Trollers are using Brad’s Thin Fish; casters, Little Cleos. He said trollers need to slow down. Key is warmer water. Shore fishermen are using spawn, spoons or jig and squid.
ROOT RIVER, WISCONSIN
Here is the Root River Fishing Report from the Wisconsin DNR, first of 2013, a beginning sign:
Root River Fishing Report for April 1, 2013
Water flows increased throughout the weekend as ice and snow melt with some limited rains brought the water and flow levels up on the Root River. Fishing conditions are not ideal at the moment but watch for declining flows through the week as that should bring about good steelhead action. The water temperature warmed to 39F which should improve the movement and catchability of the steelhead.
For up to date river conditions, check out theUSGS web site of stream flow conditions in Wisconsin.
Above the weir: Fishermen concentrated at the Horlick Dam as water level and flow rate continued to rise from melting snow. Steelhead up to 31″ in length and some brown trout were reported taken. Successful anglers used floating spawn sacks in the areas of slow water. One angler took some nice steelhead averaging 8 to 10 pounds on Sunday casting a pink fly with silver flash in the pools near the base of the dam. Other fly fishermen casting streamers around the dam were not as lucky.
Below the weir:Anglers at Lincoln Park reported limited success on Friday due to fast and dirty water. The water began to clear up slightly on Easter Sunday as anglers took a break for the holiday. The water temperature warmed to 39F
Nearly two dozen rainbow trout have been passed upstream at the weir.
Denny Sands at Lakeside reported about 60 percent open water and they are hoping by the weekend that the boat launch will be open. Lakeside will open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for spring and summer, beginning Friday.
Check updates at shabbonalake.com.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT
Here is the Lake Michigan Fishing Report:
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: April 1, 2013
Ramp:The boat launch was active on Saturday as the docks have been installed for the season. Boaters were seen trolling in the harbor near the piers and shoreline. Some boaters reported good catches of brown trout while trolling crank baits. Other boaters fishing for perch and coho along the lakeshore reported limited success.
Shoreline:Casting crank baits from the North and South piers produced some nice size brown trout on Saturday. One angler landed an 8 and a 15 pound brown while casting Lucky Craft pointer 100 crank baits from the piers. The bait colors used were white and olive green.
Pike River:Fishing pressure on the Pike River was light on Saturday. Water temperatures have been slowly rising from 34-38F. The flow rate on the river remained fast and the water was muddy due to continued melting of snow. Fly fishermen were seen near the mouth of the river and along the 13th Avenue bridge with no report of fish being taken. The air temperature had warmed to 57F on Saturday.
Lakefront:The docks have not been installed at the Pershing Park boat launch but that didn’t keep boaters from launching their boats on Saturday. Most of the boaters headed to the Oak Creek Power Plant with good catches of brown trout being reported. Successful anglers were trolling crank baits in 10-20 feet of water.
Root River:Fishermen concentrated at the Horlick Dam as the water level and flow continued to rise from melting snow. Steelhead up to 31″ in length and some brown trout were reported taken. Successful anglers used floating spawn sacks in the areas of slow water. One angler took some nice steelhead averaging 8 to 10 pounds on Sunday casting a pink fly with silver flash in the pools near the base of the dam. Other fly fishermen casting streamers around the dam were not as lucky. Anglers at Lincoln Park reported limited success on Friday due to fast and dirty water. The water began to clear up slightly on Easter Sunday as anglers took a break for the holiday. The water temperature warmed to 39F. Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday April 1. A total of 22 steelhead were passed upstream, and our next processing day is scheduled for Monday, April 8.
North Shore:Strong northeast winds on Sunday kept most of the boats willing to go out and troll limited due to rough waves. McKinley harbor is still completely frozen, but the Riverfront boat launch is clear of ice and is open for launching. When the wind has been light, boats were reporting a good number of lake trout and brown trout being caught either jigging or trolling the gaps. Summerfest was reporting good numbers of browns and rainbows caught by using live bait such as medium golden shiners under a float, but using spawn sacs on a three way swivel was producing the most fish by far. Similar to the boats, the best shore fishing occurs during light winds, otherwise fishing can be slow. Only a few small perch were caught in the area.
South Shore:The South shore boat launch is open, and a few of the boats that made it out did report good lake trout fishing in the gaps either trolling or jigging when the winds were light. A few fishermen were under the Hoan Bridge fishing for browns, and a few fish were reported caught on live bait. There were no people fishing for perch in the area. There were some people fishing for rainbows at Oak Creek, but fishing was very slow with only a few fish being seen in the creek. The Oak Creek power plant has slowed down in recent days due to the discharge not being on all the time, but a few browns and rainbows are being caught on spawn.
Milwaukee River:The river is running at moderate to high levels with low water clarity due to the recent snowmelt. The water temperature was approximately 36-39 degrees. Fly fisherman below the North Avenue dam were reporting some number of steelhead being caught on spawn sacs. However, upstream of the dam did not produce many fish.
Menomonee River:The river is running higher than normal but is still fishable with fairly clear water. The water temperature was approximately 38-40 degrees in the shallows. A few fishermen were catching a few brown trout over at MMSD; however, anglers targeting perch were reporting minimal catches. Fly fishermen were seen at Miller Park with only a few rainbows being caught and not many fish being spotted visually in the area.
Port Washington Shore and Power Plant:In Port Washington both the angling effort and the amount of fish being caught has diminished this week. Anglers who caught fish seem to be more concentrated on the pier or by the discharge area. Spoons or spawn sacs seem to be the baits of choice. The catch has been a mixture of brown trout and steelhead, but the bite has not been too consistent.
Sauk Creek:Sauk Creek is running high and dirty. Because of the water conditions there has been very little angling effort lately. The water temperature was roughly 36 degrees on Saturday.
Sheboygan Shoreline:There have been a fair amount of anglers targeting the Sheboygan harbor and the south pier in the last week. Some days seem better than others, but quite a few brown trout and steelhead have been caught. Anglers with the best success have been casting spoons or using spawn sacs.
Sheboygan River:Winter is finally starting to lose its grip in the Sheboygan area. The Sheboygan River has now lost most of its ice. However, a combination of floating ice chunks, high water levels, and dirty water has made fishing nearly impossible in most areas. Most angling effort on the river remains focused around the Kohler dam. Anglers have been rewarded with a few steelhead and northern pike. Water temperature at the Kohler dam was around 34 degrees as of Sunday night.
Pigeon River:The Pigeon River is, for the most part, ice free in its lower stretches. Water levels are high and dirty at the current time. Angling effort has increased here in the past week, but fish are not easy to come by. Drifting bobbers with spawn or casting spoons seems to be the favorite angling methods this week.
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT
Tyler Harmon messaged:
Steelhead are still being caught, by shore and boat anglers. Spawn and drift fishing have been taking fish. Action on the piers has been consistent “should be” really hot next week. Steelhead, browns, whitefish and coho are all being caught from the many piers in the Southwest Michigan/Northern Indiana area. Fresh skein has been best, but crawlers and cured eggs are also working just fine. Many inland lakes are now open water, panfish fishing has been slow, but should be picking up as well. Dont forget to renew any old fishing license as the last day for the old license was March 31.
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