The 2020 Sport Fishing Reports will return on air for the year Friday, May 22nd through Labor Day...tune in to WCUB 980 at 6:20 am, 7:20 am, 8:30 am and 9:30 am Fridays & Saturdays...and on holiday weekends we will air them also on Sundays!
July 3rd Fishing Report:
Dumper Dan Fishing and Lodging out of Sheboygan says that fishing out of Sheboygan is just fantastic.
They were picking up some high numbers and some very large fish as well. They were fishing from 80 to 320 feet of water. The Kings were being caught closer to shore, in 80 to 150 feet of water. The average was around 18 pounds with the biggest ones being between 30 and 31 pounds . Coho’s and Lakers were being caught in deeper water. Lures used were Spoons , flashers and fly combinations. Trolling was east to west and speeds were at 2.4 knots . The surface water temperature was in the mid 50’s and deeper down where the fish were being caught was at 48 degrees. The thermals are setting up in Lake Michigan. Check out Dumper Dan’s face book page for pictures or check out their website. www.dumperdan.com.
The North Eastern Great Lakes Sports Fishing Derby here in Manitowoc maybe cancelled for the 2020 year, but sports fisherman up and down Lake Michigan have been having some good catches. From Sheboygan up to and past Kewaunee many anglers have been have been reporting catching Kings and Cohos. Plus a good number of Rainbows and Lakers. Some in the double digits. Down south in Sheboygan most of the best fishing has been in 80 to 150 feet of water or deeper . Many found Spoons in bright colors such as chrome, yellow, chartreuse, moonshine, chrome, chrome silver and many other bright colors were useful in addition to stinger spoons. when catching coho’s and rainbow’s.
Flasher flies and combinations were good for catching kings. Thermals are setting in so many fish will be schooling in some area. So keep an eye out for those areas.
The North Eastern Great Lakes Sports Fishing Derby here in Manitowoc maybe cancelled for the 2020 year, but sports fisherman up and down Lake Michigan have been having some good catches . Just out of the harbor and south of Manitowoc, Many sports fisherman are reporting some good catches just out of the harbor or south of the harbor in 80 to 120 feet of water. Once again a lot of Kings, coho’s, lakers and rainbows are being caught in larger numbers. Many Kings are being caught on pro kings and other spoons in mainly orange and black market flies. Depending on the area you are fishing Rainbows have been caught using Prokings and different spoons in bright colors. Yellow, Green, chartreuse and pink. Trolling speeds between 1.5 and 3 gave the best results.
Northern Zone Smallmouth Bass
Season Opens June 20
Smallmouth bass season opens on June 20. Wisconsin DNR
SPOONER, Wis. – With waters warming up, smallmouth bass season will open beginning on June 20 for the northern management zone.
While smallmouth bass season is currently open in southern Wisconsin, anglers will now have the opportunity to harvest them from these additional waters:
Wisconsin-Michigan Boundary Waters;
Northern management zone;
Tributaries to Lake Michigan – north of Hwy 29 in Door and Kewaunee counties; and
Lake Superior – including Kakagon River and Slough.
Smallmouth bass harvest season varies by location. Anglers should consult the 2020-2021 Hook and Line Fishing Regulations for daily bag and size limits and season durations. All regulations and license requirements apply.
“The beginning of smallmouth bass season offers another great angling option in northern Wisconsin,” said Craig Roberts, a fisheries biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “Smallmouth bass are known for their tenacity and being both aggressive and hard fighters. They will bite all summer long in both lakes and rivers and offer great fishing for the whole family.”
The DNR encourages anglers to continue to fish close to home, practice safe social distancing and adhere to Gov. Evers' Badger Bounce Back Plan.
For specific information regarding COVID-19, we encourage the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or @dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information is available on the CDC website.
Fishing Report from Andy Wyatt 6/12/20:
Anglers on Lake Michigan were having some all around good luck with catches of Kings, Coho's and other salmon. Various trout including Rainbows and Lakers being caught. Many of the Salmon were 15 pounds and up. Pete out of Manitowoc, was fishing out of 50 feet of water just outside of the harbor. He picked up a 20 pound king He was using Orange, Green and Yellow spoons and flasher fly combinations. The water temperature was between 50 and 53 degrees at the spot he was fishing from. He also picked up a Rainbow and a Laker he had released, because it was too small.
Dumper Dans Charter Fishing and Lodging was out of the Sheboygan Harbor trolling east to west in 80 to 200 feet of water. The kings being caught were between 15 to 20 pounds each. The largest was 30 pounds you can see that on their facebook page or check out their website www.dumperdan.com. They were also catching Coho's and lakers plus a few Rainbows and Lakers. Water temps were in the lower 50's most catches were between 40 and 6o feet of water.
Spoons were used as well as flasher flies adn dodger fly combos.
Lake Superior Management Update Held Virtually June 23
JUNE 9, 2020 (ASHLAND, Wis.) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, June 23 at 6 p.m. to discuss the management of Lake Superior’s unique resources.
Members of the public will be able to access the meeting via Skype or by calling 866-715-6499 and entering the passcode: 8395854504#.
Due to the significant, community-wide impacts of the Lake Superior fishery, the DNR actively engages with diverse stakeholders to develop, implement, and evaluate management goals and activities as outlined in the Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan. This plan was approved by the Natural Resources Board on May 27, 2020.
The virtual meeting on June 23 will discuss:
the results of creel surveys
bycatch monitoring during commercial fishing
“While these will be the primary topics discussed, there will be an opportunity for participants to give input on any fisheries management topic they are interested in,” said Brad Ray, DNR Lake Superior Fisheries Supervisor.
“Creel surveys and commercial bycatch results were topics that were routinely asked about during the development of the Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan and we felt that this was a good time to talk about the results of our recent surveys,” said Ray. “This meeting will also allow us to update the public on the surveys we use to monitor trout and salmon populations.”
Report from 6/8/20:
Bruce Grossheim: Some rainbows 120 to 270 top 30 ft anything orange. Kings to 70 to 150 top 30 ft green f/f. Blue f/f. Spoons. Green blue and bloody nose off downriggers and wire dipsies.
Average Guy Adventures
Kings were being caught in depths of 60 to 120 Feet of water Chrome based Flashers with black market flies have been doing well. From 180 feet if water Rainbows were being caught using bright colored spoons Orange and Chartreuse worked the best. On the bay Walleye fishing has been good using either crank bait or crawler harneses.