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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - February 4, 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 4, 2019

Brown County

  • Fox River- Heavy fishing pressure was observed at Voyageur’s Park. Anglers report catching a decent number of walleye, with a few perch and a few whitefish mixed in as well. Early morning and late afternoon seeing the best action.
  • Longtail area- Anglers fishing Longtail area are still struggling to find and catch fish. A few perch and northern are being caught by anglers willing to stick it out all day.
  • Hook Road- Anglers report good catches of keeper perch at the Hook Road access. Anglers using small minnows and jigs seem to be doing the best. A few northern have also been caught on tip-ups with shiners.
  • Sunset Beach- Little fishing pressure was observed at Sunset Beach. Anglers report catching a few keeper perch and some pike in the high 20” range. Anglers venturing north of the landing report slow action on tip-ups for pike.

Oconto County

  • Geano’s Beach- A few limits of whitefish have been coming in from off the reef with a few bonus walleyes thrown in the mix as well. Most of the whitefish coming to the hole have been on jigging raps. Anglers fishing away from the reefs report catching a few smaller perch and northern.
  • Oconto Breakwater- Anglers fishing the breakwater area report slow fishing for whitefish with only a hand full reported caught over the weekend. An angler fishing tip-ups in the harbor area reported slow fishing with no fish caught all day.
  • Oconto Parks- Oconto Park 1 anglers report slow fishing for perch and northerns. Fish are being seen on electronics but catching them is another story. Anglers fishing Oconto Park 2 report fast action for perch under 6” with very few if any fish over 6 inches. Anglers fishing outside the breakwater area report slow fishing for whitefish off the rock piles.
  • Peshtigo Harbor- Two anglers interviewed reported 8 flags but no fish in a morning of fishing around the Peshtigo harbor area.
  • Menominee River- Sixth Street Slip has seen decent fishing pressure over the warm weekend. Anglers are reporting catching quite a few walleyes under 10”, a few small northerns, and a handful of smaller perch thrown in as well.

East Shore Green Bay Ice Creel Report: February 4, 2019

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Sugar Creek

Little Sturgeon Bay

  • Claflins: Most folks were coming in from the northern part of Little Sturgeon Bay with reports of small perch in 20ft of water with the occasional whitefish. Ice was reported to be 13” or more. More whitefish were reported in 25ft of water closer to the north end of Henderson Point.
  • Big Rock Place: This weekend was slow when it came to whitefish. Anglers were getting a couple fish here and there with the best luck in 35ft of water. Ice was reported to be 14”. Those in 40-45ft of water did not fare as well.
  • Lime Kiln Rd: The catch rate for whitefish has remained high at this point. Most folks out in 25-30ft of water did very well while those in 35-40ft of water had lower catch numbers. Ice was reported to be 10-12” with some in the 13-17” range due to shove. Good luck was had using wax worms, raps, and Swedish pimples.
  • Sand Bay Resort: Shanties were observed mostly on the east side of the bay with a low catch rate for whitefish. Anglers were about a mile out in 30-35ft of water and stopped before the heave. Ice was reported to be around 14-16” or more. Folks were catching with wax worms and jigging techniques.
  • Town Park Rd: Access to Riley’s Bay from this point has been difficult due to lack of plowing and snow. Most folks went onto the bay from Riley’s Bay Rd. No anglers were observed.
  • Riley Bay Rd: Folks tried out in 25ft of water with some luck getting whitefish using wax worms and jigging raps. There were still large amounts of shove reported around the mouth. Not too many perch were reported.
  • Wood Lane: Anglers were out at the mouth of the bay in 25-30ft of water catching the occasional whitefish. Ice was reported to be 15-20” thick.
  • Carmody Park: Perch anglers coming in from the middle of Little Sturgeon Bay did well this week. Most were in 12-14ft of water and reported around 12” of ice. Good luck was had using wax worms or minnows on little jigs.


  • Red River: Whitefish anglers were relatively unsuccessful this weekend though seemed to be better out in 15-17ft of water using wax worms and small jigs. Ice was reported to be 13” or more. Many folks were getting lost out in the thick fog. Use precaution while traveling.
  • Chaudoirs: Very few anglers were fishing Chaudoirs due to the hazardous shove conditions that have remained even after the polar vortex. No interviews were taken.
  • Sugar Creek: A low catch rate was reported for whitefish this week. Many anglers were in 13-17ft of water with ice at 14”. The thick fog made it difficult to view fish with cams due to decreased sunlight. Folks used wax worms and small rapalas.
  • Volks Landing: Fishing pressure was low late this weekend due to fog and a slow whitefish catch rate. No interviews were taken from either side of the reef.
  • Bayshore Park: The catch for whitefish has remained slow. Foggy weather conditions made fishing difficult.
  • Dyckesville: No anglers were observed. No interviews were taken.
  • Rites Cove: Folks were getting set up even with inclement weather conditions. No interviews were taken.
Last revised: Monday February 04 2019