Lake Michigan - Milwaukee Harbor, Milwaukee County

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7/30/16 @ 6:01 PM
FISHING REPORT
fischkiller
fischkiller
USER since 1/1/11

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

Fished from the pier in mckinely harbor from 5-8:30 probably 75 people fishing only saw 2 fish caught. I lost one on an alwive on the bottom bit through a 14lb flouro leader waves were terrible washing up onto the pier. Had to keep clearing the bait that was covered in seaweed

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7/29/16 @ 11:14 AM
xdonkey99x
xdonkey99x
USER since 8/21/10

I run a SWR on one of my 2 riggers.  That's 35ft mono and 2 colors of lead.  Deep or shallow it out produces the other rigger 9 out of 10 times.  I think the bait below the ball is more important than how far behind the ball.

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7/29/16 @ 10:37 AM
team phillips
team phillips
USER since 2/12/14

Is it a fair assumption if your shallow you should run further out from your ball? To stay away from the boat? 

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7/29/16 @ 10:27 AM
cycleguy
cycleguy
USER since 2/8/05

Inside the harbor… I have the same boat and would be fine with it.  Outside in the lake is sort of a different deal.  I go out, big thing is if the wind is changing directions, or gusting above that.  A lot of it comes down to comfort level, and boat set up.

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7/29/16 @ 10:24 AM
Rickyw689
Rickyw689
USER since 6/3/07

Will the harbor be manageable this afternoon with 13mph NE winds? I have 17 ft lund. is it wOrth it without the west winds?


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7/29/16 @ 9:17 AM
Ryderz
Ryderz
USER since 7/23/12
All the fishermen that I know differ in opinion.  Some run them 75-100 behind, some run them 17 ft.  Both can work really well.  toyman2k gave a good rule of thumb.  I like them further back, and do really well on the them at times, but I've been out with other guys that run short and they do well too.

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7/29/16 @ 8:42 AM
FISHING REPORT
toyman2k
toyman2k
USER since 5/15/02

MOON PHASE (20%)
Waning Crescent

Spoons usually go 25-50 behind ball depends on how deep you are fishing.  Flashers 20-30.  J plugs are always 50-70.  And this is what works on my rig.  

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7/29/16 @ 8:06 AM
CJ_1080
CJ_1080
USER since 6/20/15

Quick question for you guys. What is your go to length for running lures behind a downrigger ball? Do you run your spread all the same or stagger them out in some fashion? Is there a reason why you would change the "normal" length behind the ball?

Just trying to get some info about how to run a good setup! Thanks again guys!

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7/21/16 @ 4:20 PM
big walleye master
big walleye master
USER since 6/1/13

You can still go back there and fish

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7/21/16 @ 7:12 AM
Fish Tales
Fish Tales
MEMBER since 9/14/07

Looking for a little information.  I've fished the red railing around the Hoan Bridge and Summerfest grounds in the colder weather.  What is the access like for fishermen down there now, with all the festivals that take place down there?  I am looking to gain access Friday and this weekend to the parking/fishing area from under the Hoan Bridge around the red lighthouse to that park east of the Summerfest grounds.  What are my chances?

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