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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - March 18, 2019

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.

Ice Safety

Milwaukee river thawing out after winter

Milwaukee River

  • 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.

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: November 26, 2018

Sheboygan County

  • City of Sheboygan: Following a wet and windy Friday, Saturday and Sunday were drier and warmer. Although the ice was thick enough for fishing earlier in the week, blocks of thin ice and potential for riptides prevented boaters from venturing out. The Pigeon River was running high, flooding its banks in many of the parks which provide access.
  • Sheboygan River: Much of the Sheboygan River, and Weeden’s Creek was inaccessible due to flood water fed by ice melt and rainwater. In some areas, such as Kiwanis Park flooding caused road closures. Although waters are receding, most access areas are still inaccessible as of Sunday.

Ozaukee County

  • Port Washington: Water was running fast due to ice melt and the recent rain, making it difficult to catch anything. Ramps, much like Sheboygan, were left unused due to difficult lake conditions. Sauk creek was flowing especially fast, preventing effective use of fly-fishing tackle.

Milwaukee County

  • Milwaukee Shore – North: Fishing efforts were most successful along the north city shoreline. Ice fishing in the harbors and marina slips remain popular. Many people are reporting brown trout and steelhead in Lakeshore State Park. Anglers at McKinley Marina were having some success with brown trout, and even saw a coho on Saturday!
  • Milwaukee Shore – South: The majority of fishing effort was seen at Jones Island, in Oak Creek, Bender Park Ramp, and at the Oak Creek Power Plant Pier. Those at Jones Island had the most success catching browns and steelhead. Anglers targeting steelhead at Oak Creed did not have much success and the only fish reported at the power plant were carp. The Bender Park ramp saw a lot of action this weekend, but most anglers did not report any fish.
  • Milwaukee river thawing out after winter

    Milwaukee River

  • Milwaukee River: Fishing efforts were very slow on the Milwaukee River. The warmup over the weekend helped melt much of the snow and ice from Kletzsch Park to Humboldt Ave, which led to fast-moving water and moderate flooding (especially near Estabrook). The ice still remains south of Humboldt Ave as of Sunday.
  • Menominee River: Fishing efforts were also slow on the Menominee River, with just a handful of anglers trying their luck at MMSD. No fish were reported during survey times. The Menominee River is also higher than usual, but not experiencing any flooding at this time. Water temperatures were just above the freezing mark in Three Bridges Park.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: March 18, 2019

The 2018 open water creel season has ended for Northern Lake Michigan including Manitowoc, Kewaunee, and 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: March 18, 2019

Snow and drifting snow is making for difficult to impossible travel on the ice this week. Low fishing pressure was observed at almost all locations except the Fox River saw decent fishing pressure.

Brown County

  • Oconto Breakwater: Anglers fishing whitefish report slow fishing with lots of fish seen on camera but few willing to commit. Anglers were averaging 1 or 2 fish for a half day fishing. A few walleye and northern were also being caught on jigging raps tipped with minnow heads. Tip-up anglers reported slow fishing inside the river mouth and the harbor area.
  • Oconto Parks: Anglers fishing out of Oconto Park 2 report catching limits of perch before the season closed. Whitefish anglers heading out to the rock piles and reef report catching a few whitefish on jigging raps and jigs with waxies.
  • Mouth of the Peshtigo: Pike fishermen report slow fishing for pike on tip-ups. One or two fish being caught for an all-day sit, although the fish being caught are a little larger than other areas.
  • Menominee River: Anglers fishing Hattie street and the dam deck report slow fishing for brown trout with no fish being reported caught.

Oconto County

  • Geano Beach: Geano beach anglers report catching a few whitefish off the reefs, and a few keeper perch away from the reefs using jigs and minnows.
  • Oconto Breakwater- Anglers fishing to the north of the breakwater report catching a few whitefish in the morning using jigheads tipped with waxies. Anglers fishing northern report slow fishing, with a few coming in on tip-ups and shiners.
  • Oconto Parks- Oconto Park 1 anglers report catching good catches of keeper perch if you can find the schools. A few whitefish are also being caught on jigging raps and jigs with waxies. Tip-ups are taking a few northern pike as well. With a 42” northern reported being caught. Oconto Park 2 anglers are still catching lots of little perch with no keepers.

East Shore Green Bay Ice Creel Report: March 18, 2019

Bay Shore (Tuesday AM/Saturday PM)

  • Rites Cove: Plenty of cars seen around the court during the week, three parties observed going on ice but no return interviews taken. A few cars present on Saturday but no activity observed.
  • Sugar Creek: Parking area near full at location on arrival on both days, only two parties actually observed going on to ice. Two angler interviews taken, one who only caught a 15 inch whitefish in just over two hours of fishing and another of an angler who caught two whitefish in 5 hours of fishing. Snow melt has made it easier for trekking over the ice, and the depth was reported at 20 inches on Saturday.
  • Chaudoirs: No parked cars observed in bottom lot on either day, no traffic observed nor interviews taken.
  • Red River: Three separate parties observed going out during the week. One party of three was interviewed returning on the weekend, they caught 11 whitefish among them throughout the whole day.
  • Dyckesville: No traffic observed nor return interviews taken.
  • Bayshore Park: A few vehicles with trailers in the lot. One party seen going out during the week and one return interview taken on the weekend. Fishing party of four caught one juvenile perch and one juvenile walleye in total while spending the whole day fishing for whitefish. Three of the four in the party blamed the youngest member for being bad luck.
  • Volks Landing: Lots of cars in parking area both days, one party seen going on to ice during the week and one return interview taken on the weekend. The party of three was fishing for whitefish all day and caught 15, and also set some walleye and pike lines for short periods and caught one of each.

Little Sturgeon Bay (Wednesday AM/Sunday AM)

  • Lime Kiln Road: One parked vehicle but no outgoing or incoming traffic observed during week. Cars were parked down surrounding roads on arrival during weekend. One party seen going out but no return interviews taken.
  • Big Rock Place: A few cars at launch during the week, one party observed going out. Cars parked outside main road on the weekend, two parties seen going on to ice but no return interviews taken.
  • Clafins: A lot of cars observed at launch over the weekend, two parties seen going on ice. No return interviews taken.
  • Carmody Park: Two parties observed going on to ice during the weekend. One return interview taken during the week, angler was on ice for two hours and caught one small yellow perch.
  • Wood Lane: Two parked cars at this location, one angler observed going on to ice. No return interviews taken.
  • Riley Bay Rd: One parked vehicle observed on the weekend, no traffic observed nor interviews taken.
  • Town Park Rd: A few cars parked on the weekend, no traffic observed nor interviews taken.
  • Sand Bay Resort: No traffic observed during the week, a few parked vehicles in the lot on the weekend. Lots of traffic removing the shanties from the lot. No parties observed going on ice nor return interviews taken.
Last revised: Monday March 18 2019