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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - February 1, 2016

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.

Recorded versions of this information are also available. For Northern Lake Michigan and Green Bay, call 920-746-2873. For Southern Lake Michigan, call 414-382-7920.

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: January 25, 2016

General Conditions

  • 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.

Milwaukee Co.

  • The lower Milwaukee River and Milwaukee harbor is iced up. Freighters have broken up the ice, but conditions are not conducive to recreational boating. The mouth of the Menomonee River stays open during the winter due to the warm water discharge from the Valley Power Plant, and the MMSD office building provides good access for anglers looking to catch brown trout. McKinley Marina is iced over, and anglers have reported up to 9 inches of ice. However, the ice thickness varies considerably due to aerators running in the area.

Ozaukee Co.

  • The Port Washington harbor is open near the power plant discharge and in the north slip. Brown trout and occasional steelhead are being caught, and anglers have been using a variety of baits such as spawn, shiners, crank baits, and plastics.

Sheboygan Co.

  • In Sheboygan, the Sheboygan River is partially open below the 8th Street bridge, but there are ice floes moving through that section of river. The harbor is iced over in portions of Harbor Centre Marina, and anglers have been seen fishing off of the docks.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: November 11, 2015

Manitowoc Co.

  • Fishing reports will return after the start of the creel survey season next spring.

Kewaunee Co.

  • Fishing reports will return after the start of the creel survey season next spring.

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

  • Fishing reports will return after the start of the creel survey season next spring.

Green Bay Fishing Report: February 1, 2016

DNR does not verify or guarantee the reported ice conditions, and anglers should proceed at their own risk.

East Shore

  • We had a great week of weather, and many anglers took advantage of the conditions and flocked to the Bayshore Park/Dyckesville area. Anglers were out in high number and fishing from 6-20 foot depths with the mid-range depths producing the best numbers this week around the Dyckesville area. Anglers up around Sugar Creek and Rites Cove reported high numbers of Whitefish caught with limits being reported. Many are driving on in these locations, but with the warmer temperatures and rain we got over the weekend anglers were reporting cracks opening up and ice shifting.
  • No routes in the Little Sturgeon area this week.
  • Anglers started taking to the ice in Door County this week as Stone Quarry and Murphy Park saw high numbers of anglers out with permanent shacks being taken out as well. Most anglers are still walking on in these locations; some anglers chose to use sleds or ATVs as well. Most anglers over the weekend at the Stone Quarry stayed close to shore, but those that ventured out reported having to cross multiple cracks to get toward Larson’s Reef. Those anglers reported low numbers of Whitefish and no Perch being caught but marking a lot of fish. The channel through Sturgeon Bay ship canal remains open as ships continue moving through, so take extra caution when taking to the ice in and around the canal.
  • Remember to use caution when on the ice and to check local ice conditions before taking to the ice.

Brown Co.

  • Angling pressure was light during the week but with the warmer weather fishermen were out in force this weekend. Ice conditions remain unstable with anglers reporting 10 to 12 inches of ice in some places and as little as 3 inches in others; use extreme care. Voyageur Park saw the most activity with anglers targeting whitefish, walleye and perch. Jigging with small spoons, jigging Raps and jig heads tipped with minnows or wax worms are working the best. Long Tail Point and Sun Set Beach anglers report poor water clarity resulting in rather poor catch rates for perch.

Oconto Co.

  • Angling pressure was light during the week but with the warmer weather fishermen were out in force this weekend. Ice conditions remain unstable with anglers reporting 10 to 12 inches of ice in some places and as little as 3 inches in others; use extreme care. Most anglers are concentrated from Oconto Breakwater Park to Oconto Park II with pike being the target fish. Tip ups with large shiner minnows or smelt in the round fished near or on bottom have been producing some fish. Perch anglers fishing in the pocket of Oconto Park II are still having success jigging with wax worms and reporting many small fish being caught along with some 8 to 11 inch perch; patience is the key.

Marinette Co.

  • Angling pressure was light during the week but with the warmer weather fishermen were out in force this weekend. Ice conditions remain unstable with anglers reporting 10 to 12 inches of ice in some places and as little as 3 inches in others; use extreme care. A few pike anglers have been observed north of the mouth of the Peshtigo River, catch rates have been slow. The 6th Street Slip on the Menominee River has been the hot spot for walleye due in part to the lack of ice by the Hattie Street Dam. Jigging with a variety of small spoons and jigs tipped with minnows have been producing some nice fish. Open water anglers fish by the Hattie Street Dam have been catching a few rainbow and brown trout casting small Raps and spoons.

Last revised: Tuesday, February 2, 2016