Went put with my son yesterday morning and this evening with lots of action both trips. Both times we launched at Villa Grove and motored up to Highland then trolled back down, with 9 in the boat yesterday and 6 tonight, all on Mepps. Biggest northern was 24’’ and the top smallie was this 13’’ tank. Lots of boats out tonight; yesterday it was just us and the DNR, nice to see him out there
Milwaukee River at Thiensville
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71° - 75° F
Went out this evening from Village Grove Park down to below the dam in Thiensville. Way to many people and boat traffic, didn't expect that. Once I was able to find a spot every cast I threw got snagged on something, so with no live bait with me I went to Village BP bought 12 canadian worms for $3.50, they were big and juicy so I was pretty happy with that. Tried this time just old school bobber fishing and wamo! caught a sunfish right off the bat. I think you need waders so you can go further out in the river but you can't go to far because of kayakers and boats. Keep in mind this was a Sunday afternoon, probably less busy in the morning and during weekdays. Notheless it still was great to get out and fish.
66° - 70° F
71° - 75° F
Went out today north of Highland road, the bite was really slow but probably would have been good for a fly rod. Bass were jumping everywhere but would not hit anything I had. I eventually got some hits on a orange craw wake bait and after the storms it picked up and got a pike and a few more smallmouth on a paddle tail grub.
I missed a really big smallmouth right at the yak because it broke the jig hook clean in half
61° - 65° F
61° - 65° F
Mostly because there hasn’t been a report all year I launched the Minnow at Villa Grove yesterday and motored up to Pioneer Road, then trolled back down. Water level back to normal, but be careful on the pier at the launch...super wobbly. Water clarity low due to lots of rain, but this is not a clear river to begin with. One dink northern on a Mepps #5 Black Fury, and a little smallie followed a white spinner to the boat before turning away. Had the whole stretch to myself from 3-6 pm. Lots of houses with frontage don’t even have piers or boat lifts in yet, it’s been that kind of spring
We fish the same spots and have most likely caught some of the same fish that we released.
Been working on this since I can't kayak fish anymore until maybe April, if we are lucky and don't get a repeat of the spring of 2018..
51° - 55° F
The river is back to normal. Went fishing for carp in the afternoon above the farm in the park. No carp but found a school of smallies that were biting on nightcrawlers on a bottom rig. Caught a 12", 15" and 16" one and missed one.
Yep, last time it was really fishable was before the big rains at the end of Aug. I am giving up on river fishing for the year.
At that time the CFS was over 5000, so not as bad as before but with the colder temps on the way just not worth it.
Probably wont fish it again until May 2019.
The water level on the Milwaukee River continues to run very high. This afternoon on the USGS, the flow was 1760 cfps. The average at this time of the year is 234 cfps. It is very frustrating not to be able to get on the river to fish. Until the flow would goes down to between 200 cfps and 300 cfps, the river will not be very fishable.
Nice job. Looked fun.