- Lake Michigan
- Making fishing better
- Contact information
- For information, contact:
- Fisheries Management
Fishing WisconsinFall shore fishing close to home - Milwaukee
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The fish are running...are you? With 50 places to fish within 60 minutes of Milwaukee, it's time to get started!
50 places within 60 minutes of Milwaukee
Interested in a new spot to fish? Look no further!
- Milwaukee fall fishing brochure
Download and print this pocket-size brochure complete with fishing locations, directions, distance and driving time from downtown Milwaukee and the dominant fish species.
To request a hard copy, email Cheryl.Masterson@Wisconsin.gov with your name and mailing address.
Fall fishing map
Get driving directions, fish species, and a picture of the fishing location with the Fall fishing map.
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- Coho salmon
- Chinook salmon
- Brown trout
- Walleye [PDF 147KB]
- Largemouth bass
- Smallmouth bass
What Might You Catch?
Not sure what gear to use?
Get equipped by reeling in this gear before you go:
- Rod: 8 to 11 feet long, medium to heavy action.
- Reel: Medium-sized spinning reel with good drag system.
- Line: 8- to 10-pound monofilament.
- Lure and tackle: Heavy-duty, ball-bearing snap swivels for use with spoons like krocodiles,
cleos, castmasters and daredevils will work great off piers and breakwalls.
- For bait fishing: Small hooks in sizes 4 to 6 with slip bobbers, split shot, three-way
swivels and bell sinkers for use with spawn, minnows and wax worms.
- Miscellaneous gear: Long-handled landing net for fish up to 20 pounds, heavy-duty stringer,
needle-nose pliers, extra spools of line, garbage bags, and warm clothes (weather conditions can change quickly on Lake Michigan).
What you need - licenses and regulations
- Fishing license if you are older than 15.
- Great Lakes Trout and Salmon stamp or a two-day Sports Fishing License to fish for trout or salmon in the tributaries (up to the first dam or lake).
- A copy of the fishing regulations.
- *Note: From September 15 to the first Saturday of the following May, there is no hook and line fishing from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise in the tributaries.
- VHS rules
- Lake Michigan fishing report
- Find places to fish from shore year-round
- Find a tributary to fish
- "Hook into a Good Time" - Questions and answers about taking your first charter fishing trip.
- Find a fishing charter
- Eating healthy: fish consumption advice
- Contact information
- For information on Lake Michigan Fisheries contact:
- Bradley Eggold