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For information on Lake Michigan Fisheries contact:
Bradley Eggold

Fishing Lake Michigan

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

Public meetings held to discuss Lake Michigan fishery

The department just concluded three public meetings to collect stakeholder input on management of the salmon and trout fishery in Lake Michigan. We are continuing to seek comments and suggestions to sustain this incredible fishery into the future.

The comment period is open until July 31, 2016. You can provide your comments via the following email address - DNR Lake Michigan Plan.

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: Wednesday July 06 2016