Waded the river in Mequon for a couple of hours this morning. Got several nice smallies and a couple small northerns. All on a torpedo. I was surprised they wanted nothing to do with the ned rig. It was interesting to notice that the water coming out of Cedar Creek is much cooler than the Milwaukee River. I guess it cools faster due to the lower volume.
Milwaukee River (Grafton), Ozaukee County
MOON PHASE (98%)
Great morning on the river. Always nice to go home with a shredded thumb. Caught close to 20 smallies. Most were in the 10-11" range. Did get 3 around 15", a 16" and an 18" that fought like hell. Got all of them on a torpedo and twister tail. Started just after the heavy rain stopped. Didn't get too wet.Started just after the heavy rain stopped. Didn't get too wet.
MOON PHASE (2%)
76° - 80° F
I normally wouldn't give up a "secret" spot, but I think there's a cool opportunity that needs to be shared. Right now, they're doing riverbank stabilization work just upstream of the Hwy 60 dam in Grafton. Because of this, the dam is open, dropping water levels considerably (at least a couple feet). This has opened up wading to some areas that are typically too deep to wade.
You can get in the river upstream at the Ozaukee Interurban Bike trail and wade all the way down to the park. However I *strongly* recommend that you stop when you get to the golf course. I continued all the way to veteran's park but it is perhaps dangerously silty past the golf course. I ultimately gave up trying to get to shore in the park and just went back upstream because I was sinking into the muck too deep. (Maybe being a little melodramatic, but better safe than sorry.)
I fished this stretch yesterday and caught a handfull of smallmouth. Nothing huge (biggest was probably 13"). However, it's a unique opportunity to see the river closer to it's natural flow.
MOON PHASE (79%)
MOON PHASE (96%)
Right at Twilight, I had a hard hit on a 3/8 oz. strike king spin bait rigged to a baitcaster and pulled in this nice smallie.
The right conditions for sure.