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Wisconsin offers a variety of fishing opportunities. Give them a try!
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Get the basic information you need to get on the water and try your luck.
Contact information
For information on Lake Michigan Fisheries contact:
Bradley Eggold

Fall shore fishing close to home - Milwaukee

The fish are running...are you? With 50 places to fish within 60 minutes of Milwaukee, it's time to get started!

50 places within 60 minutes of Milwaukee

Interested in a new spot to fish? Look no further!

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Milwaukee fall fishing brochure [PDF 431KB]
Download and print [PDF] this pocket-size brochure complete with fishing locations, directions, distance and driving time from downtown Milwaukee and the dominant fish species.
To request a hard copy, email Cheryl Masterson with your name and mailing address.

Fall fishing Google map

Get driving directions, fish species, and a picture of the fishing location with the Fall fishing Google map.

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What might you catch?

Spawning Times

Not sure what gear to use?

Get equipped by reeling in this gear before you go:

  • Rod: 8 to 11 feet long, medium to heavy action.
  • Reel: Medium-sized spinning reel with good drag system.
  • Line: 8- to 10-pound monofilament.
  • Lure and tackle: Heavy-duty, ball-bearing snap swivels for use with spoons like krocodiles,
    cleos, castmasters and daredevils will work great off piers and breakwalls.
  • For bait fishing: Small hooks in sizes 4 to 6 with slip bobbers, split shot, three-way
    swivels and bell sinkers for use with spawn, minnows and wax worms.
  • Miscellaneous gear: Long-handled landing net for fish up to 20 pounds, heavy-duty stringer,
    needle-nose pliers, extra spools of line, garbage bags, and warm clothes (weather conditions can change quickly on Lake Michigan)

What you need - Licenses and regulations

Fishing licenses can be purchased online or at DNR service centers or at license agents.

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Contact information
For information on Lake Michigan Fisheries contact:
Bradley Eggold
Last revised: Monday July 08 2019