Time to resurrect this thread. Decided to hit the harbor yesterday to see if any kings were beginning to show up. Three of us fished it pitching and jigging plastics and blades from 3 till 7 pm. Hit all three gaps with not even one hit. Water temps were 68 to 70; no major bait fish pods. Should start to show up any time now.
Lake Michigan - Milwaukee Harbor, Milwaukee County
MOON PHASE (37%)
71° - 75° F
51° - 55° F
Tough morning. Dropped in at around 3am fished til 8. Tons of bait around the gaps. From 3 to 6 we marked a lot of uncooperative fish. Most were hanging deep beneath the bait pods, almost on the bottom. From 630 to 8 we bounced around different locations and marked less and less fish as the morning went on. Found the most active fish about 1/2 mile south of the south gap
Smallies you shld be able to find forsure. I dont own a boat but have caught them from shore all over the harbor from south shore to summerfest pond and the inside of mckinley off the rocks. With a boat im sure u cld find more i hear the area by the new fbi building is good for smallmouth some largemouths around too. This is one of the bigger ones i have caught from shore
goto mckinley pier cast castmaster spoons or cleos or a jig and a pearl fluke along bottom early or late in the day, or catch and soak alewifes on a bottom slip sinker rig. you will catch trout and samunz all summer,
Here's a link to the pier thread: https://www.lake-link.com/wisconsin-fishing-reports/mckinley-pier-lake-michigan-milwaukee-county/19064/
That said, your best info comes from some footwork. From the river by Summerfest grounds under the Hoan Bridge - north to the Mckinley breakwall you can find different spots with guys fishing. Also, check the Rideshare thread on the Forums page under Great Lakes....I've had luck hitching rides with guys going out of McKinley launch early in the morning. Just gotta ask and possibly offer gas $. Many guys prefer not to fish solo.