Tuna; not sure if there is a best time for steelhead in fall. There seems to be a slow but constant trickle during the winter months as they stage for their spring spawn. December and January 4 me seem to have a bit more catches… In Milwaukee there should be some going up the Milwaukee and Menomonee now. Klutchze and Estabrook should have some already. I’ve seen several caught the past 2 weeks, but nothing special for #’s.
As of 11/9, McKinley marina still has all 4 launch piers in. They are hoping to have them in until at least 11/15, but removal is up to the skilled trades' crew schedule, so the piers may get removed earlier. At McKinley, after the piers are removed, the gate on B dock is kept open, so a boater can easily get in/out of a boat that is already in the water.
South Shore removed their launch piers on 11/2, one day after the close of the boat launch season. Riverfront still has it's launch pier in as well.
At ALL Milwaukee County Boat ramps, boaters DO NOT have to pay launch fees during the off-season which runs from November 1st to April 30.
At South Shore launch ramps, some Parks Dept employee put Parks department launch fee envelopes on vehicles w/trailers that launched last weekend, November 4th & 5th and posted a sign at the launch ramp attendant booth stating that all boat launch users must pay launch fees. This is incorrect-no launch fees should be collected after October 31st. Parks Department managers have been notified that South Shore is not following Parks policies by collecting launch ramp fees after the close of the season.
Are West winds best for calm water and water clarity? I fish a small boat and plan to stay inside the breakwater and realize this is a lake that demands respect. Any feedback would be appreciated. Boat going into storage soon so may not get there until spring. Just looking for the smart way to try this. I’m 20 minutes from the launch in Milwaukee.
I don't know where all the reports are. It would be nice to hear from people even if the news is not good. Between warm water, east wind and construction I haven't been out much since July. Maybe that's why others aren't reporting. You could try the fishin hole hot line (414) 481-9090 but according to Roger the fishing always seems to be good. Maybe I need to go back to salmon school but I've been struggling. Hope to start seeing some reports