Yes, both Bender and McKinley are wide open. A few browns being caught at power plant. Nothing special.
Lake Michigan Bender Park, Milwaukee County
I continue with my rather long streak of being a day late. Two weeks ago chased to Sheboygan where one boat had 19 for 40 bites the day before. We did get 10 nice fish that day and the following day only five, surrounded by charters and did not see nets moving. Then changed plans from fishing a good report at Racine to fish Milwaukee last Wednesday because they did well on Tuesday and Wednesday was slow. Yesterday one friend was 20 for 30 and another 19 for 26 off Wind Point. Got there today temperature had warmed by 10 to 15 feet and the fish moved somewhere. Others I spoke with in that area with the same complaint of good yesterday and slow today.
Launched at Bender and dropped lines in the dark in 100 feet of water marking a little bait and a few hooks. Marking most fish in the top 25 and said to my comrades those fish never bite. Regardless I put out a shallow Dipsy 3 set magnum bloody nose 40 LOC. It took our first bite but that fish jumped out of the water and the profile was much like watching salmon jumping the falls out west. A pretty sight except disappointing.
We did not box of fish until 730 but a dandy 8.5 pound coho down 85 white flasher Bullfrog fly 180fow. Then a small lake trout 200 copper brad's bloody nose three fly teaser/pearl fish flash. Then a rainbow full core Brad's chartreuse jack/ Big Al silver fish flash. Then a long time for the next bite working 175 to 190 feet of water despite a good number of marks in the top 45 feet of water. We ran seven of our rods in that zone despite being in the high 60s until below 60 feet down. I missed a good rip wire Dipsy Mag UV green spoon 70 LOC and 2 on 125 copper Mag UV Orange Hulk.
Put on a pearl UV blue 11 inch paddle and LLB fly down 115 feet that captured our last three bites boxing two more lake trout up to 15 pounds and a bigger one fell off behind the boat. We did not know where the fish moved and seems like no one else was having success. Decided to troll back north meandering between 160 and 190 and not a bite the last two hours despite continued marks. Went 6 for 9 hook ups and four or five drive-bys.
It was a beautiful flat calm day to fish and fun to get Jack back out again. He's fished with me since he was not much taller than the downrigger board and now towers over all of us.
if I am gonna come fish off the shore tomorrow or Thursday- what is my best shot at a few fish? Here or McKinley? Moving soon and this is on my list to do once...
please message me!
Anyone have room for 1- I'll pay for the gas! Can't do charter- moving is expensive!!
Thanks and good luck!!