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Fishing in Door County

Bordering Green Bay and Lake Michigan, the peninsula of Door County is probably one of the best places in the States for freshwater fishing. Throw in the canal waters of Sturgeon Bay, and you can’t go wrong. A whole host of Door County fishing charters are waiting to take you away to get your hands on a prized fish!
 
If you’re looking for trophy-sized fish in the Great Lakes, then Door County is the place to be. Huge Chinook and Coho Salmon, along with tough-fighting Walleye, make their way around the tip and into Green Bay. Some of the country’s best Smallmouth Bass fishing is also on offer. Add this to the Musky, Pike, Catfish, and Rainbow Trout bite, and you’ve got yourself an all-star cast to target. 
 
Beginners can get hooked with a four-hour trip, and there’s also the option of trips as long as 11 hours. Pros will be able to head to the deeper waters of Lake Michigan on one of these adventures. Choose from a trip that’s dedicated to targeting a specific species, or go after ‘em all. You even have the option of a night trip. The fishing never stops! When the lake is frozen, there’s no need to miss out on the fishing, as Door County fishing charters turn their attention to ice fishing.
 
Take to Green Bay at Brussels, hit the 10-mile long Sturgeon Bay for some Smallmouth action, or hit the deeper waters out of Ellison Bay, and you’re sure to have a fun-filled day out! 

Rules & Regulations

Every angler over the age of 16 will need a valid Wisconsin fishing license when fishing in Door County, regardless of the season. Not only that, but if you want to take some delicious Salmon or Trout home with you from the Great Lakes, you’ll need an additional permit too. Purchase them alongside your license, and you’re good to go.
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Door County Fishing Seasons

There’s no need to hide from the cold in front of the fireplace. Come out and engage in the joys of ice fishing on the rich waters of Lake Michigan! Target Perch, Pike, and Walleye and head home with a warming treat.
There are plenty of Door County fishing guides waiting to take you out onto the ice. Get ready for a fun-filled day on the water with your nearest and dearest as you try to pull out whatever’s biting down there. 
Make the most of the last chance to get out on the ice at the start of the month, and head out aboard a charter vessel at the end of the month to get your fill of Rainbow Trout, Walleye, and even returning Salmon. 
Not only is the weather getting warmer, but the fishing is heating up too. A range of fish come out to play in spring, so get your hands on the best species that the Great Lakes have to offer come April. 
You’ll see exactly why this is peak season to visit the waters of Door County: you’ll take hit, after hit, after hit of exciting fish! Target Perch, Walleye, Trout, and a range of Salmon to fill the boat with meat.
Sturgeon Bay’s Smallmouth Bass come into their own with the high temperatures of summer, giving you the chance to catch some prized fish nearshore. Try this or head offshore for Salmon to get what you want. 
Tourists start making their way to the stunning towns and villages along the 300-mile coastline of Door County, and for good reason too. The fishing has never been better, while you can enjoy a BBQ into the night.
With school out for the kids, why not bring them to these productive shores and get them hooked on fishing? There’s something for everyone as all the big, small, and medium-sized fish are biting. 
Forget the fact that summer is over and participate in the range of Harvest Festivals around Door County, as well as getting on the water for your fill of Bass, Walleye, Perch, and Salmon to take home.
You may feel that the fishing season is coming to an end, but there’s still plenty of fish to go after. Salmon, Walleye, and Bass are still biting, while Muskies come into their own in the deeper waters.
While the lake may not have frozen over yet, you’ll feel the chill if you want to get out on the water. Wrap up warm and stay on your toes by targeting Bass, Musky, Walleye, and the last of the Salmon. 
It’s not safe enough to get out on the water by foot or snowmobile yet, but there’s still some ice to prevent some of the boats too. Get in touch with a professional captain to see if you can go out on the water.

Door County Fishing Calendar

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Top Fishing Techniques in Door County

  1. Ice Fishing
  2. Fly Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Door County

Walleye

Walleye

Bass (Smallmouth)

Bass (Smallmouth)

Muskellunge (Musky)

Muskellunge (Musky)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Coho)

Pike (Northern)

Pike (Northern)

Lake Trout

Lake Trout