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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - January 15, 2018

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

  • 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

The 2018 open water creel season has ended for Southern 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!

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: November 26, 2018

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: January 15, 2019

Brown County

  • Fox River- The Fox River at Voyageurs Park is mostly open water with some thin ice forming. Anglers fishing the lock canal earlier in the week caught perch and small walleye open water fishing, while anglers fishing the 2” of ice that formed later in the week didn’t catching anything.
  • Longtail area anglers said fishing was slow for perch and pike with very few of each caught. All the perch they caught ran in the 5”-6” range with no keepers. Anglers reported 8” of ice off of Longtail Beach Road, off Harbor Lights Road open water was seen early in the week directly in front of the access point.
  • Hook Road anglers saw good numbers of perch. Some anglers come in with over 20 fish for two anglers for a half a day fishing.
  • Sunset Beach Lane- There were only a few anglers out. There’s a large pile of ice right off the access point which makes getting onto the ice tricky. Anglers saw slow fishing here as well. Anglers reported 6” of ice with some pockets of thinner ice.

Oconto County

  • Geano’s Beach- No reports were taken but a few anglers were out with tip-downs and tip-ups. A few decent sized perch were caught on the tip-downs.
  • Oconto Breakwater and Harbor- Anglers fishing the harbor caught lots of small perch in the 5-inch range and a few pike around 20-inches were also caught on tip-ups.
  • Oconto Park 2- Anglers fishing Oconto Park 2 caught lots of smaller perch with a few keepers mixed in. Using minnows and jigging aggressively seems to be the ticket to avoiding the smaller perch and catching the bigger ones.
  • No anglers were seen at either the mouth of the Peshtigo or off Little River.
  • Anglers fishing off the sixth street slip on the Menominee River report catching a few keeper perch but need to spend all day there to do so.

East Shore Green Bay Ice Creel Report

Little Sturgeon Bay

Little Sturgeon Bay Area

  • Lime Kiln Rd: Large ice shoves were observed this week with some reaching over 2 feet. No anglers were observed.
  • Claflins: The ice was flat and smooth off this access of Henderson Point. Very few anglers used this as an entry, and the ones who did only went out a couple feet to jig for perch. Most folks are accessing Little Sturgeon Bay from Carmody Park.
  • Big Rock Place: Early this week the ice was not thick enough, though by the weekend 3” had formed. The shove conditions were rough, but anglers caught a few perch.
  • Sand Bay Resort: The ice was bumpy and shoved up with open water observed early in the week. Later the winds pushed more shove in keeping folks away.
  • Town Park Rd: Riley’s Bay has remained flat and level with shove observed much further toward the mouth. Most of the anglers were going out from Riley Bay Rd.
  • Riley Bay Rd: Around 20 shanties were observed further in on Riley’s Bay with some folks after pike with no luck. Perch anglers fared better.
  • Wood Lane: A few folks were coming in from Stevenson Pier Rd. East on the bay was flat and smooth while northwest towards the mouth there was much rougher shove. Around 40 shanties were observed in Little Sturgeon Bay and many of them were after perch. The catch was consistent though small in size.
  • Carmody Park: Carmody continues to be an active spot with relatively even and uniform ice. Folks stayed away from the mouth of the bay and got most of their catch inside the bay. Ice was reported to be around 7-8”. There were good reports on perch using minnows, though most of what they caught was small.
Last revised: Tuesday January 15 2019