Northeast Region - Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
Snow and drifting snow is making for difficult to impossible travel on the ice this week. Low fishing pressure was observed at almost all the stops except the Fox River saw decent fishing pressure.
Oconto County - Anglers fishing to the north of the Oconto breakwater report catching a few whitefish in the morning using jigheads tipped with waxies. Anglers fishing northern report slow fishing, with a few coming in on tip-ups and shiners. Oconto Parks- Oconto Park 1 anglers report catching good catches of keeper perch if you can find the schools. A few whitefish are also being caught on jigging raps and jigs with waxies. Tip-ups are taking a few northern pike as well. With a 42" northern reported being caught. Oconto Park 2 anglers are still catching lots of little perch with no keepers. Geano beach anglers report catching a few whitefish off the reefs, and a few keeper perch away from the reefs using jigs and minnows.- Alexandria Keiler-Klein, fisheries technician, Green Bay and Ben Ewoldt, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Brown County - Voyageur Park: High fishing pressure reported at Voyageur park. Many anglers reporting catching several walleyes. The thickness of ice was reported to be anywhere from 11-18 inches. Anglers were using shiners, jigging raps as well as minnow heads. Most anglers were located north of Fox Point, underneath highway 172. No interviews were recorded by those located underneath the highway. Long Tail Point: Extremely low fishing pressure. Anglers report catching nothing for an all-day outing Ice was recorded to be 20 inches thick. Sunset Beach Lane: Medium fishing pressure was recorded. Ice was recorded to be 16-18 inches thick. Hook Road: Low fishing pressure at Hook Road. Anglers report catching a few perch with some sorting of smaller fish. - Alexandria Keiler-Klein, fisheries technician, Green Bay and Ben Ewoldt, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Door County - Sunday's snowfall and resulting poor roads resulted in low angler turnout last weekend. Anglers fishing Little Sturgeon Bay reported catching some whitefish in the 17-20 inch range. On angler fishing for pike and perch reported not catching anything.- Jeremiah Shrovnal, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Door County - Ice breaking activity has recently occurred in waters of Sturgeon Bay, with a track being cut from Bay Shipbuilding in the city of Sturgeon Bay, south to Lake Michigan. All Door County snowmobile trails are still listed as excellent. Northern Pike fishing through the ice appears to be picking in the Door Co area, with a number of fish observed on the ice. Northern Pike are one of the first game fish to begin spawning, starting in late March and early April with ice break-up.- Christopher Kratcha, conservation warden, Sturgeon Bay
Waupaca County - Ice conditions are still conducive to ice fishing. Many anglers are reporting over 2 feet of ice. There has been a decent panfish bite on several lakes in the Central Wisconsin area. Please check your regulations before placing food out for wild animals. Wardens have been reporting some people are concerned about our the wild animals because of the deep snow and cold temperatures.