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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - December 2, 2019

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.

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!

Fox River and Green Bay Creel Report: December 2, 2019

The 2018 open water creel season has ended for the east and west shores of Green Bay. That you to all those who participated in the survey this year. As we await the arrival of the 2019-2020 ice fishing season on Green Bay, we ask you to please keep these important ice safety tips in mind:

  • There is no such thing as safe ice. You cannot judge the strength of ice by just 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.
  • 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.
Last revised: Monday December 02 2019