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Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - July 15, 2024

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Generally, fishing reports will be updated weekly on Tuesdays. This may change based on the availability of reports and the field staff's work schedules.

Unless otherwise indicated, this fishing report information comes from our Creel survey clerks who work in the lakeshore areas from March through October and in the tributary rivers seasonally in spring and fall. Creel clerk schedules are random and vary in the days and times scheduled to be in a specific location. This allows us to generate statistically valid fishing efforts and harvest information.

Information for these reports is based on the days and times of the week that creel clerks are present. You can obtain additional fishing information by contacting local bait shops, charter captains, guides and marinas.

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July 15, 2024: West Shore Green Bay Fishing Report

Brown County

Duck Creek: Shore anglers reported catching sunfish using live worms. There were no boating anglers interviewed this week.

Fox River Boating Anglers: There was heavy boating traffic observed this week, although most of the boaters interviewed were not fishing. The boaters that were fishing mostly reported catching white perch and sheepshead/drum. One angler reported catching 70 yellow perch in 15 feet of water using live night crawlers. The reported water temperature was around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fox River Shore Anglers: There was moderate fishing pressure observed this week. Anglers reported catching sheepshead/drum, white perch and channel catfish using live night crawlers.

Suamico River: There was moderate to heavy boating traffic observed this week. Most of the boaters that were interviewed were not fishing. Boaters that were fishing mostly reported catching sheepshead/drum and white perch. One angler reported catching three yellow perch in 15 feet of water near the weeds using night crawlers. The reported water temperature was around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Marinette County

Most activity seen this week was out in the bay from pleasure boaters and anglers. Both the Menominee and Peshtigo rivers had low angling activity. Anglers on the bay were trying for trout and salmon. The better catches were still coming in from Chambers Island and to the north where salmon were mainly being caught. Lots of smaller salmon around 2 to 4 lb. were being caught with the occasional fish over 15 lb. as well. A few brown trout were caught closer to town. Areas by the trout bar off of Little River and north into Michigan waters were starting to see a few fish caught. Water was fairly warm with a thermocline seen 55 feet down or deeper.

Oconto County

Fishing activity picked up quite a bit this week. Walleye and perch were being caught in good numbers. Walleye anglers were having luck trolling crawler harnesses around 20 feet of water from Oconto south to Pensaukee. Walleye of various sizes were being caught along with sheepshead and catfish. Yellow perch were active in weeds and rocks around 10 feet of water as well as deeper mud areas of 20 to 30 feet. Both crawlers and minnows were working. White perch and sheepshead were also being caught by perch anglers.

Geano Beach: This week moderate fishing pressure was observed. Anglers reported an increase in walleye catches compared to the past 6 weeks or so. Anglers had success catching walleye by trolling flicker minnows in 10 to 20 feet of water. The reported water temperature was around 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

July 15, 2024: East Shore Green Bay Fishing Report

Bay Shore Park: There was moderate fishing pressure observed this week. Boating anglers were targeting yellow perch and walleye. Most yellow perch anglers were able to find active perch. On Saturday, yellow perch anglers reported catching a large number of perch ranging in size from 8-12 inches. Anglers who caught the most yellow perch were fishing in 18 to 20 feet of water using live nightcrawlers and minnows. The successful walleye anglers were using leeches, crankbaits, and hair jigs in 12 to 20 feet of water. There was one report of boating anglers catching a musky in 21 feet of water trolling flicker minnows. Boating anglers also reported unintentionally catching rock bass, white bass, white perch, channel catfish, round goby, and sheepshead/drum. The water temperature was between 72 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Chaudoir’s Dock: This week had limited to moderate fishing pressure. Boating anglers were targeting yellow perch and walleye. Walleye anglers had mixed results with the greatest success coming from anglers trolling crank baits in 15 feet of water. Yellow perch anglers had mixed results throughout the week with the number of yellow perch caught ranging from one to six yellow perch per boat. Yellow perch anglers that had the best success were fishing in 20 feet of water using minnows. Anglers also reported unintentionally catching white bass, catfish, round goby and sheepshead/drum. The water temperature was around 73 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Little Sturgeon Bay: A few anglers were targeting smallmouth bass, yellow perch and walleyes. Fishing for all three species was slow with reports of a couple of each species being caught. Anglers targeting all three species reported catching good numbers of freshwater drum/sheephead.

 

July 15, 2024: Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report

Kenosha County

Boating anglers are regularly filling their limits with coho and Chinook salmon, with an occasional lake or rainbow trout. Anglers should aim for cool water when trolling. Shore anglers report success when targeting perch off Kenosha piers. 

Milwaukee County

Boating anglers are having success catching Chinook and coho salmon in anywhere from 35 to 180 feet of water.

Racine County

Boating anglers are reporting success targeting Chinook, coho, rainbow and Lake trout. Anglers have reported the most success in 100 to 150 feet of water. Shore fishing continues to be productive when targeting perch and rainbows, with the occasional coho being caught.

Sheboygan County 

Sheboygan Harbor and Piers: Catches of Chinook and coho salmon have been reported off North Pier and South Pier this week. Most people have been having the most success jigging spoons and using alewives as bait as well.

Sheboygan Ramps: Most boats were reporting catches of Chinook salmon and coho salmon as well as a few steelhead as well. A lot of tactics have been produced such as using coho dodgers with peanut flies and flasher flies in a variety of colors as well as spoons in generally 80 to 120 feet of water. Lots of lake trout have also been biting in deeper depths trolling along the bottom.

Ozaukee County 

Port Washington Harbor and Piers: Lots of people have been catching a lot of smallmouth bass and bluegill off the Coal Dock pier this week. Occasional carp, bullhead and catfish have also been caught as well. People have been having success off North Pier catching Chinook and coho salmon as well as steelhead jigging spoons and using live alewives.

Port Washington Ramps: Most boats have been reporting success catching Chinook salmon and coho salmon with a lot of steelhead being caught as well. The main tactics of choice have been using flasher flies or spoons in anywhere from 100 to 150 feet of water. Some boats are having success on lake trout at deeper depths as well.

 

July 15, 2024: Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report

Door County

Lake Michigan: Anglers launching out of Baileys Harbor, Rowley’s Bay and Gills Rock have been doing well fishing for trout and salmon. Anglers were catching Chinook salmon and rainbow trout, and one angling group also brought in a coho salmon. Anglers aimed to troll in 115 to 160 feet of water and had slightly better luck using spoons than flasher flies, but fish were still caught on both. Anglers favored the colors blue, green, white, aqua and purple. Surface water temperatures on Lake Michigan ranged from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sturgeon Bay: Along the shorelines, anglers were targeting smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Both yellow perch and rock bass were caught using soft plastics. Water clarity was reported to be very clear. Boaters fishing the canal reported catching smallmouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, rock bass, white bass, freshwater drum and bullhead throughout the week. Smallmouth anglers were mainly fishing in 10 feet of water using darker-colored soft plastics and crankbaits. Anglers going for yellow perch were fishing between 10 to 16 feet of water using both worms and minnows as bait. Walleye anglers fished in 12 to 20 feet of water using hair jigs and blade baits as lures. Surface temperatures in the canal ranged from 69 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Boaters fishing in Lake Michigan were going for both trout and salmon with rainbow trout, coho and Chinook salmon being reported caught. The depth of bites reported mainly fell between 60 to 90 feet down. These boaters were mostly fishing in 130 to 140 feet of water. Spoons and flasher flies were common and equally used with light green being a popular color. The trolling speed average was about 2.3 mph. Surface temperatures were higher than last week ranging from 62 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit with an average of around 66 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Kewaunee County

Algoma: Between Olsen Park and the dog park, anglers were targeting a variety of fish, including smallmouth bass, northern pike and yellow perch. Northern pike were reported caught using chatterbaits. Water clarity here was around one to two feet. Boaters fishing on Lake Michigan were targeting both trout and salmon with rainbow trout, coho and Chinook salmon being reported caught. Boaters reported depth of bites between 50 to 80 feet down and they were mainly fishing in 100 to 130 feet of water. Spoons, flasher flies, J-plugs and meat rigs all took fish. Alewife-colored lures were reported to work well. Trolling speed averaged around 2.2. mph. Surface temperatures increased from last week ranging from 62 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit with an average of about 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Most groups preferred to head north after launching.

Kewaunee: Some anglers reported catching fish off the Kewaunee pier this week. Rainbow trout and coho salmon were recorded as caught using both alewife and green spoons. Anglers fishing under the bridge were targeting channel catfish and reported catching bullheads with worms as bait. On Lake Michigan, boaters were catching rainbow trout, coho salmon and Chinook salmon. The depth of bites ranged between 25 to 50 feet down and boaters were primarily fishing in 70 to 115 feet of water. Spoons were the preferred lure for the week with some using flasher flies. Orange-colored lures worked well. The trolling speed average was around 2.4 mph. Surface temperatures rose a good amount this week ranging from 61 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit with an average of about 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Most groups reported marking a good number of fish and bait fish throughout the week.

Manitowoc County

Anglers continue to catch Chinook salmon and rainbow trout with a few coho salmon and lake trout mixed in. The average amount of fish caught per trip is about four. Multiple groups recorded 7-9 total fish. Most groups have been in 90 to 130 feet of water, with the most consistent action coming 20 to 30 feet down. Surface water temperatures are running anywhere from 68 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Subsurface temperatures between 90 to 100 feet down are at around 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Trolling speeds run from 2.2 to 2.8 speed to the ground. Groups have been using a combination of flasher flies along with spoons. Anything including white was a standout. A few groups using only spoons had great results. Pier anglers have seen success catching rainbow trout and coho salmon. Five rainbows and five cohos were reported caught off the piers this week. One group caught a couple of smallmouth bass, along with some freshwater drum. Almost all Pier anglers are using spoons or blade baits.