Fished both the harbor and Lake with very limited success. Couple Brown,few Shaker salmon and a bonus 18" smallmouth. Pretty slow.
Lake Michigan - Milwaukee Harbor, Milwaukee County
MOON PHASE (16%)
31° - 35° F
Fished from 6:30 am to 11:30 am today, first near the Hoan Bridge, and then behind the Summerfest grounds and caught nothing. First, but the Hoan Bridge, I saw a couple of guys who had 9 Burbot. They caught them late at night using shiners. They were huge fish!
I wasn't using live bait. I had a Berkley Shad minnow and got no bites at that spot. I was there from 6:30 to 7:30. Then I walked to where the Summerfest Grounds were and fished from the rocks for the next 4 hours and caught nothing. There were fish. The Brown Trout were jumping clean out of the water often, but they wouldn't bite anything I was trying. Twice I saw a trout real close to shore, cast my Berkley White minnow right in front of its face, reeled it right across their face, and they just shrugged their fishy shoulders and swam by. I tried tube jigs, too. Nothing. I tried spawn sacks, too. Nothing. The fish are in there. They just weren't buying what I was selling.
MOON PHASE (16%)
Hey guys! I have been getting alot of calls about my annual salmon school. I have posted the details in the forums section on Lake Link. Give me a call if you want in!
IMO, the biggest factor regarding a successful release of a trout and said fish surviving to be caught again has a lot to do with the time the fish is out of the water, especially on those bitterly cold days and not as much as how the fish is held. I see it far to often where fish are out of the water for 2+ minuets before being set free, especially on the ice. I get it, everyone (my self included) wants to get that perfect picture so they can brag to all there friends. Trust me, my phone if filled with blurry pictures of half a fish.
I my self try to release all of the browns I catch, unless it takes the hook bad and is bleeding pretty bad, not because they taste poorly (I agree with Blitz, the winter browns are top notch table fair) I just like catching them more.
All this scientific talk brings me back to my fisheries and DNR days, especially the links posted by X-Ray, I totally nerded out on it. Thanks for the intelligent conversation, I enjoyed hearing all your opinions.
Like most instances, I agree with you guys, I think you're dead on regarding spawning fish all winter long and the majority of the winter fish being the seeforellens. I imagine the only time of year that will be affected heavily will be the early fall run but only time will tell. All this scientific talk brings me back to my fisheries and DNR days, especially the links posted by X-Ray, I totally nerved out on Them. Thanks for the intelligent conversation, I enjoyed hearing all your opinions.
Mike- There are fish around, some are catching, others aren't, but it's always worth a try.
Also, I was going to make an argument for holding a fish vertically. I know better than to touch the gills, but apparently even if one is careful to avoid the gills, the vertical position can dislocate a fishes lower jaw or cause problems with the backbone. I always knew that the spine needed to be supported when holding a fish horizontally, but I didn't know that damage could be caused by a vertical hold, even if the gills are carefully avoided. Learned something else today.