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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - February 10, 2020

As ice season approaches, please remember the DNR does not verify or guarantee any reported ice conditions. Anglers should proceed at their own risk. Please use extreme caution as conditions can change rapidly.

Ice Safety

There is no such thing as safe ice. You cannot judge the strength of ice by one factor like its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether the ice is covered with snow. Ice seldom freezes uniformly and can vary greatly in different areas of the same waterbody. It is important to know before you go. The DNR does not monitor local ice conditions or the thickness of the ice. Local bait shops, fishing clubs, and resorts serve winter anglers every day and often have the most up to date information. If you’re heading out onto a frozen lake for the first time, check the ice yourself and check it often.

Ice Safety Tips:

  • Carry some basic safety gear: ice claws or picks, a cellphone in a waterproof case, a life jacket, and a length of rope.
  • Dress warm in layers
  • Don’t go alone. Head out with friends or family. Carry a cell phone with you and make sure someone knows where you are and when you are expected to return.
  • Know before you go. Don’t travel in areas you are not familiar with and don’t travel at night during reduced visibility.
  • Avoid inlets, outlets, or narrows that may have current that can cause thin ice.

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: November 11, 2019

The 2019 open water creel season has ended for Southern Lake Michigan including Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan Counties. Thank you to all those who participated in the survey this year. We look forward to seeing everyone again next spring!

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: November 11, 2019

The 2019 open water creel season has ended for Northern Lake Michigan including Manitowoc, Kewaunee, and open waters of Door Counties. Thank you to all those who participated in the survey this year. We look forward to seeing everyone again next spring!

West Shore Green Bay Ice Creel Report: February 10, 2020

Brown County

  • Fox River: Most of the ice is gone with only some shore ice remaining. A few boats have been seen using the launch across the river from Voyageur Park. Fox Point launch still had ice as of the weekend.
  • Long Tail Point: Very little activity seen during the week with moderate fishing pressure over the weekend. Fishing for perch and northern pike was reported as slow with only a few small perch caught.
  • Hook Rd: Sporadic fishing for perch this week with reports of good fishing one day and nothing the next. Overall angles are seeing more slow days than good days. Successful anglers were using small jigs with waxworms or small spoons with waxworms or minnows.

Oconto County

  • Oconto Harbor: Anglers were seen venturing away from the pier area and exploring new spots this week. Fishing was occurring near shore going both north and south of the Oconto River in the bay. A few small northern pike were reported caught. Whitefish anglers were getting a few fish with 1 to 3 fish per angler being common.
  • Geano’s Beach: Many anglers were out over the weekend with some offshore fishing being seen. Anglers were being cautious and checking areas of concern as some ice heaves and cracks were needed to be crossed to get out further.

Marinette County

  • Red Arrow: Fishing pressure was consistent this week with numerous anglers out trying for perch and northern pike. Perch fishing was fair to good early in the week with slower fishing seen over the weekend. Recent slushy conditions have froze over making for slippery walking conditions and many frozen ruts from atv travel.
  • Menominee River: Low fishing pressure was seen this week with occasional anglers fishing off Hattie St. and below the dam. A few brown trout and walleye were caught with many fishing hours put in to be successful.
  • Peshtigo River Mouth: A few anglers were seen in the bay along the shore fishing for northern pike. Slow fishing was observed with only a few tip-up flags being reported.

East Shore Green Bay Ice Creel Report: February 10, 2020

With the recent freeze/thaw cycle the slush and water on top of the ice mostly froze over this week creating slick travel conditions. With the recent cold weather some anglers are reporting a layering phenomenon, the top 6” is good solid ice, then about 6”-10” of water/slush and then another 6”-10” of good ice on the bottom in some locations. With the heavy snow fall on Sunday with the area receiving 8”-12” of snow, travel should once again be slowed until the ice roads are plowed and established again. Anglers are also reporting that the ice thickness varies greatly, one spot could have a foot of good ice and just a little way away could have less than 6” of ice.

Bayshore Area - Feb 4th

  • Volks Landing- Reports of a few whitefish being caught out from Volk’s Landing and to the south.
  • Bayshore Park- Anglers report catching a mix bag of Walleyes, whitefish and a few keeper perch. Walleyes are being caught on jigging raps and jigs tipped with minnows. Whitefish and perch coming in on jigs and slider rigs tipped with waxies and minnow heads. Reports of a lot of fish seen on electronics with a lot of lookers and not a lot of biters.
  • Dyckesville and Red River- Heavy fishing pressure on the weekend. Anglers report good catches of whitefish and walleyes out of Dyckesville and Red River with the best bit during the week away from the crowds.
  • Chaudoirs and Sugar Creek- Anglers report catching a few whitefish out of these locations. Slower fishing and less pressure was seen here.
  • Rites Cove- Light fishing pressure was seen on Tuesday 2/04 with limits of whitefish being caught in a half day of fishing. Standard slider rigs with small flies tipped with waxies on the top hook catching the majority of fish.

Sherwood Area - Feb 6th and Feb 8th

  • Pot Park - Heavy fishing pressure was seen out of Pot Park both days. Anglers report catching lots of smaller perch with a few fish over 8” coming in. Anglers using jigs tipped with minnows caught the majority of bigger perch. Anglers using waxies report catching lots of little perch with reports of having to get through a layer of small perch to get to the big ones on the bottom. Most fish were being caught in 8’-13’ of water. Anglers fishing tip-ups for Northern pike report not catching anything for an all-day soak, with a few fish being reported seen on camera.
  • Oak Ave - Limits, limits, limits. VERY Heavy fishing pressure was seen both days out of Oak Ave with anglers parking over a mile away down the side roads to access Oak Ave landing. Lots of limits being reported out of Oak Ave with the majority of fish being caught in deeper water. Travel on the ice was good but with recent heavy snowfall that could change. Anglers report catching the majority of fish with slider rigs with smaller hooks seeming to be the ticket.
  • Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club - Anglers report slow fishing for Northern pike and Brown trout, with a few pike coming in on tip-ups fished with medium shiners.
Last revised: Tuesday February 11 2020