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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - March 3, 2015
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
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- Green Bay Fishing Report
- In Kenosha some ice anglers have been working in Simmons Island Marina, and they report a foot of ice or more in spots. There are aerators running near the docks, however, so use caution when out on the ice. Anglers at Simmons Island have been catching occasional brown trout on tube jigs tipped with wax worms or on spawn.
- In Racine the harbor in Reefpoint Marina remains frozen over. There are aerators running near some docks, so be aware of varying ice depths. Anglers fishing in Reefpoint have been catching a few browns on minnows, spawn sacs, and jigging Gulp. A few rainbows and northerns are in the area as well.
- In Milwaukee ice is impeding fishing in the harbor and river mouth. With cold weather in the forecast the rest of the week, the ice will continue to be an issue. When it becomes fishable again, the area under the Hoan Bridge should be producing a few browns and rainbows. Spawn, minnows, and Gulp are generally good baits to try. Ice anglers have been fishing in the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park as well as in McKinley Marina, but fishing has been spotty in both locations. The fishing pier at the Oak Creek Power Plant is scheduled to reopen for the season on March 15.
- The south end of the Port Washington harbor stays open over the winter due to the power plant discharge. This area provides a good open water fishing opportunity, and anglers there have been catching a few browns and rainbows. Spawn sacs remain the most effective bait.
- Anglers fishing around the docks in Deland Marina report catching a few rainbows and browns. An occasional northern pike has also been taken through the ice.
- Manitowoc County fishing report will return after the start of the creel survey season in mid-March.
- Kewaunee County report will return after the start of the creel survey season in early April.
Northern Door Co. and Sturgeon Bay (Lake and Bay sides)
- Northern Door report will return after the start of the creel survey season in early April.
- Remember to use caution when out on the ice, especially now with warmer weather moving in soon. Ice conditions can change rapidly, so always check local ice conditions before taking to the ice. DNR does not verify or guarantee the reported ice conditions, and anglers should proceed at their own risk.
- Brown/Kewaunee County: No new report.
- Door County: Many anglers have been seen accessing the ice out of Sand Bay with good numbers of whitefish being caught here. Some anglers park just on the ice and use an ATV or sled and others are seen driving right out to their fishing location. There are many shacks on the ice in the bay by Carmody Park with low angler activity seen mid-week but busy on the weekends. The number of anglers fishing off of Lime Kiln Road is pretty consistent with moderate catch rates for good sized whitefish this past week. Anglers are reporting 16-24 inches of ice here. Anglers have been seen driving on at Wood Lane and walking on at Big Rock Place, two popular locations, but no interviews were conducted here this week. Anglers fishing on the south side of the canal, off of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, for northern pike have increased this past week with some success being reported. Most are using tip-ups in between the docks with shiners for bait. Many anglers have taken to the ice out of Potawatomi Park in hopes of catching some perch. Some anglers have been successful here, but most are reporting small sized perch. They are also catching walleye and whitefish here. Anglers fishing out of the Stone Quarry continue to be successful for whitefish out in deep water, up to 90 feet, using rapalas, gold spoons or swedish pimples tipped with wax worms or minnow heads.
- Fishing pressure was low to moderate this past week. Warmer temperatures helped to bring the anglers out and very little snow made traveling easy.
- Brown County: Anglers at Voyageur Park are still catching walleye and quite a few whitefish. Jigging has been working well for both species. Anglers are fishing in 9 to 16 feet of water with Jiggin Raps and colored jigs tipped with minnows. Some Perch and a few walleye are being caught at Long Tail off the Lineville Road access. Jig and minnow as well as tip ups with jig heads and minnows are catching some fish. The pike bite still remains slow.
- Oconto County: Geano Beach anglers are catching walleye and whitefish on the reef south of the landing in 5 to 10 feet of water. Jigging with minnows or minnow heads has been effective. The northern pike bite has been slow, with only 7 fish being registered at this year's Gatorfest. Warmer weather and some runoff should turn these fish on. No whitefish activity was observed off the mouth of the Oconto River.
- Marinette County: A few walleye and pike are being caught just north of the Peshtigo Harbor. Anglers are jigging for walleye with Raps tipped with minnows and using tip ups with large shiner minnows or smelt in the round. No anglers were observed out of Little River for whitefish this past week. Walleye are still being caught at the Hattie Street Dam on the Menominee River; jigs and minnows are working the best.