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Fishing Lake Michigan

Nancy Ruff with a nice chinook taken out of Sturgeon Bay.
Photo by Bill Ruff

Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum Information

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff met with stakeholders at the August 29 meeting of the Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum. The department staff discussed high-priority management actions for the Lake Michigan fishery identified by charter captains, recreational anglers and other stakeholders. Results from the meeting along with plans for 2017 are posted.

Important information from past meetings can be viewed on these webpages.

Lake Michigan Chinook stocking

Lake Michigan, or the big pond as many Wisconsinites know it, is the No. 1 most frequently visited water in Wisconsin and it's easy to see why. Whether by boat or on shore, a fishing pole will bring you some of the state's best and most diverse fishing, not to mention picturesque views.

And with millions of fish stocked annually to keep populations healthy - there's a good chance there will be a bite on your line.

Plan your trip, get information about charter fishing and learn more about how the department is working to protect and enhance the Lake Michigan fishery through the links below.

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Last revised: Monday December 05 2016