Lake Michigan Bender Park, Milwaukee County

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3/20/17 @ 2:50 PM
Musky IL
Musky IL
USER since 4/10/10

MKE Park Stickers are In

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3/19/17 @ 9:26 PM
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runner4life7
runner4life7
USER since 2/27/16

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waning Gibbous

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

First, big thanks to all the reports, helped us finally get a successful day after some recent struggles.


Waters were a little rough in the dark for our boat but launched around 6 am. Headed north towards the boils and first hit was right around 7am when we got near them.  Caught about 12 in the next hour and a half finishing 15/21ish with one triple.  Stayed in that area 22-30 fow. All browns and the fishing definitely slowed down after 830/9ish.  Saw many others having success as well and heard one boat say they had a quad.


Every lure out caught a fish today, but as many have said spoons have been the winner:


yozuri brown crank - dives ~ 10 ft

yozuri red/orange crank - dives ~ 7 ft

had 2 - 2 color lines on a board and 2 dipsy 25 loc - all spoons.

Caramel dolphin was the best, but blue dolphin, bloody nose and wonderbread all caught.

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3/10/17 @ 12:05 AM
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Tom920
Tom920
USER since 3/9/17

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Fished in 15-20 FOW south of the plant, Got 6 browns in about 1.5 hours of trolling Green and Gold Crank baits.  Packers Vs the Browns out there.

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3/9/17 @ 5:24 PM
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irishff
irishff
USER since 1/17/07

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

I fished solo today. I Started out by the boils but after 5 passed with only one fish (a brown off a green dolphin Michigan Stinger on a 3 core) I decided to pull the lead cores and work shallow. I stayed in 15 FOW running two mini slide divers and one long line. I ended up going 17 for 18 catching fish from the boat launch to South side of the power plant. All were Browns minus one Laker. Spoons were best taking 12 of the 18 hits. Two best spoons were a Carmel Dolphin Michigan Stinger and a Pro King Medic Pro Spoon. The best body baits were an Orange Thin Fin and a Bay Rat Coho Crushed S3. 

Just some observations:

.The water for the most part was 38 degrees but the water near the discharge was 47 degrees. I caught a lot of fish near that warm water.

.I didn't get a single hit on a copper spoon today. Bright colors were much better.

.Fishing shallow my smaller body baits got hit. My bigger ones did not. 

Good Luck, stay safe

Edited on 3/9/17 5:27 PM
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Lake Michigan Bender Park, Milwaukee County Photo
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3/2/17 @ 6:48 PM
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HDfisherman
HDfisherman
USER since 1/26/17

MOON PHASE (21%)
Waxing Crescent

When do we have to start paying to launch? Any feedback is appreciated, thanks in advance 

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2/28/17 @ 7:59 AM
bass ackwards31
bass ackwards31
USER since 1/18/17

Landin lunkers, look a few posts back to slot fishs' report. Tons of info in there. I'll give you my tip to stay to the west side of exit from the launch. Also trim your motor way up. A few weeks ago the sand bar was only 1.1ft under my transducer. 

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2/27/17 @ 10:13 PM
Landin' Lunkers
Landin' Lunkers
USER since 6/4/12

I'm sure I will get some flack for this so forgive me, my friend and I (I know it sounds cliche) areally heading out Friday to hopefully boat some fish. We're looking for the salmon trout deal. He's done this before with his dad, but it's been some time. Now owning our own boats were trying to get into this Michigan deal instead of constant inland lakes. We plan on heading out early Friday and spending the day jigging, casting and pulling boards. If anyone would be so kind as to p.m. me some tips for this time of year on what to look for and any baits that would be good for a beginning great Lakes angler please let me know. I appreciate it and can swap info on Oconomowoc, waukesha area lakes for multi species. Thanks alot.

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2/27/17 @ 2:28 PM
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irishff
irishff
USER since 1/17/07

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Today I tried fishing shallower off Grant Park 10 - 15 FOW. I ran orange thin fins off long lines and a copper confusion spoon off a mini slide diver. No luck. I picked up and ran back south. I managed two small browns both on a green dolphin spoon. No bumps on copper today.

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2/23/17 @ 12:16 PM
Packerhouse
Packerhouse
USER since 1/3/16

Slotfish nice report, basshole, can you message me or a way I can contact you?

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2/22/17 @ 10:11 PM
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slotfish
slotfish
USER since 4/20/15

MOON PHASE (16%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Foggy

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
After reading all the reports on lake link about the great fishing for trout and salmon in the Oak Creek area, I decided to give it a try.  My son a Chicago area resident and me from La Crosse met Tuesday morning, at a bait and tackle store near the Bender Park entrance.  After driving 200 + miles I was told to try a small florescent white tube jig and a waxie.  HUH?  Not to question ones recommendations on where, when, and how, we were off with the goods to the park.   The tube/waxie combo worked well at the south discharge area.  Drifting with the outflow and pitching to the rocks produce all the 16-18 inch cohos one would want.   None kept, just a confidence builder for a new area.   Tuesday afternoon fished the north end  water discharge flow.   The other recommendation, a Kastmaster, gold 3/8 oz lure was lights out for brown trout..  Drifting with the flow, using the trolling motor for slower drift speed, and casting upstream,  snap-jigging the lure on the retrieve.  20 + brown trout 4-7 pounds in 2 hours.  Wednesday was a 1/2 day for us.  Same approach at the large discharge,  Kastmaster, slower bite this day, but a waxie on the lure produced fish, no waxie no fish.  Great time for the first time there.  Nice facilities at Bender Park. 

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