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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - February 19, 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

  • 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: February 19, 2019

The recent snow events made for difficult access and travel on the ice was severely limited. Fishing pressure shadowed these limitations with low fishing pressure everywhere after the snow storm.

Brown County

  • Voyageur Park: High fishing pressure at Fox Point landing, while at Voyageur there was low fishing Pressure. At Voyageur there was reports of perch, small walleye and a sturgeon caught earlier in the week. At Fox Point Landing there were reports of yellow perch and walleye being caught but with little success of catching keepers. Many had no success in catching fish after a handful of hours on the ice. One group using a camera saw walleye, whitefish and sturgeon. The ice ranged from 13-16 inches. One group used minnows and waxworms for bait, while another used jigs. Both groups had no success in catching any fish.
  • Long Tail Point: Low fishing pressure; only three groups were spotted on the water.
  • Sunset Beach Lane: Moderate fishing pressure, a group of four anglers had no luck fishing after a few hours fishing.
  • Hook Road: Low fishing pressure at Hook Road.

Oconto County

  • Geano Beach: Extremely low fishing pressure at Geano Beach.
  • Oconto Breakwater- A few anglers were seen out on the breakwater. Anglers fishing to the north of the breakwater report catching a few whitefish on gold jigs and waxies and a few came on jigging raps. Anglers using tip-ups for northern report slow fishing.
  • Oconto Parks-Oconto Park 2 anglers report catching lots of smaller perch on jigs with waxies. Lots of sorting through the smaller ones for just a few keepers. Other reported fish caught are golden shiners, a few smaller bass, and pumpkinseed.
  • Menominee River- Sixth street slip anglers report catching a few smaller perch and a few smaller northerns.

East Shore Green Bay Ice Creel Report: February 19, 2019

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Sugar Creek

Little Sturgeon Bay

  • Many mixed reviews from anglers targeting whitefish this past week. Anglers heading out to Larson Reef have been fishing on top of the reef and along the breaks and report “marking” a good number of fish but have been having a hard time getting them to bite. Anglers fishing close to shore have reported the same problem getting whitefish to bite. Some of the better reports have said the key is to get away from the crowd, describing that the whitefish seem to be more aggressive when there is distance between competing anglers. Slider rigs with a jigging rap or small spoon on the bottom is the most popular rig being ran for whitefish with the slider jigs being tipped with wax worms.
  • Yellow Perch anglers have been having mixed success out of Sawyer Harbor and Little Sturgeon Bay. Sawyer Harbor anglers have reported catching some nice fish but sorting through smaller perch is required. Little Sturgeon Bay anglers have been targeting yellow perch further back in the bay and off Henderson Point. Small jigs and spoons tipped with larvae or minnow heads have produced fish.
  • There have been a few reports of Northern Pike being caught out of the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal. A decent number of bigger pike (<30 inches) have fallen victim to 4-7 inch shiners on tip ups.
Last revised: Tuesday February 19 2019