I am definitely not as experienced as some of the anglers out there, but I had some success out there about a week ago that I wanted to share on this video. Boated 2 and missed several others!
|@ the lake|
46° - 50° F
46° - 50° F
Buddy browns are always biting this time of the year... check other Milwaukee county reports...
Are the Browns biting yet?
Below 40° F
36° - 40° F
Had a decent outing using fathead minnows on the automatic fishermen and jigging blade baits, gulp, and cast masters. Also tried my luck trolling for a bit, was a tad bit windy but was able to find a few spots to fish out of the wind. It's finally time for open water! Have fun, good luck, and tight lines!
jcc... alewife numbers are way up compared to what they were 5 years ago...
There were excellent perch hatches in 2015-2016. I caught over 300 perch last summer.All between 4-8". I wonder if it's because alewife numbers are down?
I've wondered that as well. From what I've seen recently the alewives are very much under control but the new issue is the gobies - which both Browns and Lakers eat, as well as smallmouth. It seems to me that the better course of action would be to increase stocking of trout and either maintain or reduce salmon plants.
If the problem is that the forage is in dire shape, why would you stock more of the fish that feeds much more than a brown? If I remember correctly, it takes 2 1/2 browns to eat as much as 1 Chinook. It seems like they are more worried about keeping the Charter boats in business than they are about helping to correct the forage base.
JMO and I am sure that I will get blasted for it.
Yes, Lake Michigan is a world class fishery for trout and salmon. But the forage base is at a critical low point (disappearance of alewives, smelt, perch, bloater chubs). In order to ensure that all the large predator species populations don't collapse due to starvation, Michigan and Wisconsin determined that they had to cut back on stocking of some species. The fish managers are not making a big mistake...they are being proactive so there still is a world class fishery for some species.
All of the DNR Stocking information is available on their "Fisheries Stocking Database" run through USGS. The data isn't usually the most up to date but it will give you all the info from 2017 at least. The stocking of browns has been reduced a lot (mainly due to the charter captains wanting so many more Coho/Kings... in my mind). Just my two cents though! All of the WDNR data is public so don't be afraid to email the local biologist they are usually more then receptive to assisting the public!