Any ice around the boat slips? 1-2 inches?
Mckinley Pier Lake Michigan, Milwaukee County
Esterbrook is on Capitol it's a nice place to fish gets packed later in run fish haven't made it there yet maybe couple days just started in milw river I saw my first torpedoes of the year today. Was hitting SM mouth n eyes on river lately in spare time haven't seen salmon till today was running SM spinner on my wife's little pink zebco she left in car after labor day always got little box mixed stuff for putzin around salmon came zipping up grabbed that little panther Martin n took off snapped POS rod on half I fought it with bottom half pole till line got wrapped around something n broke it was a big bass turd but dark already murky water might be playing a role. Getting ready for next adventure.
Until November, best fishing will be at night/very early morning on the pier, IMO. Glow spoons may be the most effective method for casting at night - cranks and spoons during the day (I prefer a 1/2 ounce zip lure). If you have time and a few rods, catch some alewives with a Sabiki rig and soak them on the bottom or under slip bobber. Around November, switch to browns - any time of the day. Can catch those casting - a lot of fishermen prefer a gulp minnow. I prefer fishing with minnows/shiners and I still cast zip lures. You may catch the occassional coho or rainbow as well. November also a great time to catch eelpout near the lighthouse at the river mouth. It's an ugly fish and not a lot of meat considering their size - normally 2-5 lbs, but it is delicious (see pic from previous November catch). I use minnows for them on the bottom. Most fisherman on the shore are willing to trade secrets, so don't be afraid to talk to the guys out there. Try some of the local bait shops. R&R in Cudahy is a great place to get tips, tackle and maybe a report.