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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - February 19, 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 after the start of the spring creel survey season.

Kewaunee Co.

  • Reports will return after the start of the spring creel survey season.

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

  • Reports will return after the start of the spring creel survey season.

Green Bay Fishing Report: February 19, 2017

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.

Door Co.

  • Anglers fishing in Little Sturgeon over the weekend had decent success for whitefish, mostly a 3-5 fish per average per person with the occasional limit reports. Anglers were reporting about 14-16 inches of ice on Saturday with many inches of standing water on top. Most anglers were pulling their shacks off the ice this weekend after the warm temperatures have the ice melting fast. There were multiple reports of vehicles and sleds going through the ice this weekend from all over as well. Those fishing in the Sherwood area late in the week were having decent success for whitefish as well off of Oak Ave, Potawatomi Park and Cabots point. There have been anglers seen at the yacht club in Sturgeon Bay fishing for Northern pike with little to no success reported. Anglers fishing at Sugar Creek and Chaudiors dock had good success for whitefish over the weekend with limits being reported. Ice condtions were rapidly decreasing at these locations as well, as open water could be seen.

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

  • Those fishing at Bayshore and Red River reported a tough bite, but those that toughed it out all day came home with a bucketful of fish. Once again ice conditions were not great and they reported many inches of standing water on top of the ice and a decent current. There were still a few anglers at Volk’s landing this weekend but no interviews were conducted.
  • Shore anglers at Voyageur Park on the Fox River fishing open water are catching perch, white fish, and the occasional walleye. Many anglers are using crappie type rigs tipped with minnows to catch perch and white fish as well as casting small spoons and stick baits for walleye. This past weekend 100 plus boats launched from Fox point and scattered along the Fox River from the 172 Bridge to the Dam at Voyageur. I talked with a warden from the area who told me some of the boats were coming in with limits of walleye. Jigging with spoons, jigs, and jigging Rap's tipped with minnows or plastics has worked well. Angling pressure at Long Tail and Little Tail has dropped with anglers reporting some smaller perch being caught jigging with minnows or wax worms.

Oconto Co.

  • A few anglers were observed at Geano Beach mostly in search of pike, using tip ups with large shiners or dead smelt in the round. A race on the ice at Geano Beach was cancelled because of poor ice conditions. The annual Gator Fest Tournament was held on Saturday along the Bay in Oconto and Marinette County. Over 100 participants sign up and 30 fish were registered, with a 35 inch pike taking 1st place. Anglers report 12 to 14 inches of ice on the Bay were they fished, but the landing are starting to break up.

Marinette Co.

  • Anglers on the Menominee River report catching a few brown trout and steel head by the Hattie Street Dam using small spoons, stick baits, and fly's either streamers or nymphs.

Last revised: Monday February 20 2017