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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - January 10, 2017

In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff.

REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters.

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: December 20, 2016

DNR does not verify or guarantee the reported ice conditions, and anglers should proceed at their own risk. Please use extreme caution as conditions can change rapidly.

Kenosha Co.

  • The harbor is occasionally open water fished during the winter months for brown trout, but this harbor can freeze and is usually quite unsafe as there are aerators in operation around the docks near the boat launch. Typical baits this time of year are crankbaits, spoons, golden shiners under a bobber and spawn sacs.

Racine Co.

  • The Root River is typically iced up this time of year, but occasionally some areas are accessible for some adventurous steelhead anglers (with a few brown trout around as well). Some of the lower sections are occasionally ice fished by some anglers, but caution is advised as river ice can be extremely variable. The typical bait used in the river during the winter is spawn sacs under a bobber.
  • The harbor is typically heavily targeted by anglers during the winter months, and brown trout and steelhead are occasionally caught in the marina. There is no current information on ice conditions. The typical baits of choice are spawn sacs or golden shiners set up under Automatic Fishermen or tip ups, or using a varying assortment of spoons or jigging rapalas while jigging for brown trout or steelhead.

Milwaukee Co.

  • McKinley Marina and the Summerfest Lagoon are both locked up in ice, and a few anglers were targeting and catching a few brown trout and steelhead. As of Tuesday, December 20th, an angler reported about 6 inches of ice on the south end of the Marina (from K dock through P dock) as well as 6 inches of ice reported on the very south end of the Summerfest Lagoon. There is quite a bit of snow on the ice making it very hard to tell what is safe and what is not. If you do go out, please proceed with caution as the ice conditions can be extremely variable in very short distances. The typical baits of choice are spawn sacs or golden shiners set up under Automatic Fishermen or tip ups, or using a varying assortment of spoons or jigging rapalas while jigging for brown trout or steelhead.
  • The Riverfront launch has not been plowed and looked to be completely locked with ice up to 30 or so feet out from the launch. Anglers have occasionally targeted brown trout, burbot or perch by the Hoan bridge with some success at times. Typical baits this time of year include fathead minnows, golden shiners, and spawn sacs under a bobber or using a 3-way rig on the bottom. Anglers also have success casting spoons, jigs with plastic minnows or crankbaits for brown trout or steelhead.
  • Not many anglers fish the rivers this time of year, but some will target brown trout around the MMSD headquarters on the Menomonee through the area of the confluence as the warm waters from this area attract bait fish as well as brown trout. Anglers here use spawn sacs, golden shiners under a bobber, crankbaits, jigs with plastic minnows, and spoons. Some diehard steelhead anglers fish the Milwaukee River from Kletzsch Park down at times, but is often on warmer days where there is less ice flow coming down river. The bait of choice is typically spawn sacs under a bobber.
  • The Oak Creek power plant fishing pier has been closed since November 15th and will not reopen until March 15th (weather pending). Anglers can occasionally access the warm water discharges of the power plant by boat by launching at times from the Bender Park launch. Fishing has been good for brown trout for these anglers typically trolling near the power plant or casting spoons, jigs with plastic minnows, or crankbaits. The road leading down to launch is usually plowed, but can take a few days after a storm to do so. Also, the small area around the boat launch can freeze during cold temperatures and become inaccessible, but occasionally some diehard boat anglers will cut this ice, wait for a warm spell or wait until after south or east winds break up the ice in this area to access Lake Michigan. Please use extra caution when boating on Lake Michigan in the winter months.

Ozaukee Co.

  • Anglers have been targeting the power plant area for brown trout, with some days being better than others. Anglers typically cast jig and plastic minnows, spoons or crank baits as well as use spawn sacs or golden shiners under a bobber or on a 3-way rig on the bottom for the brown trout during the winter months. The same area has been targeted for burbot when the water is dirty in the harbor. The choice baits for burbot have been baby shad, golden shiners, or fathead minnows all dead, or alive fished on the bottom using a 3-way rig.

Sheboygan Co.

  • This year, the marina installed aerators to keep the ice from damaging the docks in the marina, and they are no longer allowing access for ice fishing. Due to the aerators, the ice is kept from thickening and becomes very unsafe for walking. It is advised to go to other harbors like Milwaukee or Kewaunee instead.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: October 31, 2016

DNR does not verify or guarantee the reported ice conditions, and anglers should proceed at their own risk. Please use extreme caution as conditions can change rapidly.

Manitowoc Co.

  • Reports will return in late March after the start of the creel survey season.

Kewaunee Co.

  • No routes were conducted in the Bayshore/Dycksville area or north of Sturgeon Bay this week. Anglers were reporting rough ice conditions from Lime Kiln Road south but many anglers were seen on the ice from Sugar Creek to Bayshore Park. No reports from north of Sturgeon Bay.
  • Please remember to check local ice conditions before taking to the ice as this report does not guarantee ice conditions or thicknesses.

Northern Door Co. and Sturgeon Bay (Lake and Bay sides)

  • After a week of single digit temperatures and nights below zero many anglers were able to get out on the ice this weekend. Many anglers flocked to the Little Sturgeon Bay area this weekend with mixed success reported for whitefish and perch. Those fishing out of Carmody Park reported up to 12 inches of ice in locations, but not in all spots, so take caution when taking to the ice. Some anglers were driving on the ice out of Carmody Park, but most were walking or taking ATV’s. Other popular spots around the area were Big Rock Place, Lime Kiln Road, Riley Bay Rd and Wood Lane. Anglers reported rough ice conditions off of Big Rock Place and Lime Kiln road and really thick ice is spots from the ice shoves.
  • The Sawyer Harbor area produced good reports for perch and whitefish with some smelt being caught as well. Many anglers were accessing Sawyer Harbor from Potawatomi Park and Bass Ln, most walking but some using ATV’s. Ice thickness greatly varied, so be sure to check on ice conditions before accessing the ice. No anglers were seen at Bullhead point this weekend, as the ice breaker is keeping the shipping channel open for now so the ice is very spotty. No anglers were seen at Oak Ave, as there is a big ice shove right off shore making access to the ice difficult. Ice shacks were seen on the ice off of High Cliff Road, but no anglers were interviewed.

Green Bay Fishing Report: January 10, 2016

DNR does not verify or guarantee the reported ice conditions, and anglers should proceed at their own risk. Please use extreme caution as conditions can change rapidly.

Brown Co.

  • Anglers at Voyageur Park report having some success catching walleye, white fish, and some perch fishing straight out from the park. Jigging with live bait and jigging raps have been working well. Anglers report the walleye bite best early morning and late afternoon. Anglers fishing the Long Tail area also report some good catches of perch fishing in 9 feet of water and jigging with minnows.

Door/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south

  • No routes were conducted in the Bayshore/Dycksville area or north of Sturgeon Bay this week. Anglers were reporting rough ice conditions from Lime Kiln Road south but many anglers were seen on the ice from Sugar Creek to Bayshore Park. No reports from north of Sturgeon Bay.
  • Please remember to check local ice conditions before taking to the ice as this report does not guarantee ice conditions or thicknesses.

Oconto Co.

  • No anglers have ventured out from the Geano Beach area as of yet. A few perch, white fish and pike are being caught at and around the mouth of the Oconto River using a variety of jigs and baits. Oconto Park II has been producing some nice perch in the boat launch area using jigs and minnows or wax worms, with early morning being the most productive time to fish. Pike anglers are setting up from Oconto Park II to the Oconto Breakwater Park fishing in 4 to 10 feet of water. Large shiner minnows or dead smelt in the round have been producing some fish.

Marinette Co.

  • The ice formations in and around the mouth of the Peshtigo River resembles Dragons teeth and will be very difficult to navigate at this time. There has been no angling pressure at Little River in the past week. Anglers report catching panfish, walleye, and some white fish out of the 6th Street Slip. Live bait and jigging spoons have been the best baits to use. Anglers report the best times to fish are early morning and late afternoon. Harbor Town Slip has also been producing some nice panfish using jigs and wax worms.

Last revised: Tuesday January 10 2017