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For information on Lake Michigan Fisheries contact: Bradley Eggold

Fishing Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan Chinook stocking

Lake Michigan, or the big pond as many Wisconsinites know it, is the No. 1 most frequently visited water in Wisconsin and it's easy to see why. Whether by boat or on shore, a fishing pole will bring you some of the state's best and most diverse fishing, not to mention picturesque views.

And with more than 15 million fish stocked annually to keep populations healthy - there's a good chance there will be a bite on your line.

The Department along with Wisconsin Conservation Congress hosted a Lake Michigan Yellow Perch Meeting on October 23, 2014. Click here to learn more about the meeting.

The Department recently hosted a meeting to inform the Charter Captains on the status of the Lake Michigan salmon and trout fishery. Click here to learn more about the meeting.

Fishing Lake Michigan

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Call the Southern Lake Michigan hotline at (414) 382-7920 or the Northern Lake Michigan hotline at (920) 746-2873 for up-to-date fishing reports and conditions.
Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2015