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Fishing Greater Green Bay

With many different bodies of water, Greater Green Bay provides quite a selection of fishing opportunities. The Fox River, Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan and other small lakes and streams in Northeast Wisconsin make for a great angling experience any time of year. As enjoyable as fishing is around Greater Green Bay, there are plenty of things to know before packing the tackle box and fishing poles while donning your lucky fishing hat.

Fishing License

Who needs one?

Both Wisconsin residents and visitors 16 years or older need fishing license to fish in any waters of the state.

How much does a fishing license cost?

Annual Fishing License - $20.00
First Time Buyer - $5.00
*Note: Depending on what type of fish you plan to catch, you may need a specific stamp as well.

Where can one be purchased?

Cabelas – 1499 Lombardi Avenue, Ashwaubenon, WI 54304 (920.264.0154)
DNR Green Bay Service Center – 2984 Shawano Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54313 (920.662.5100)
Complete List of License Vendors

 

Fishing Season

Each fish has its own season; however, as a general rule, opening day for Wisconsin fishing is traditionally the first Saturday in May. For a detailed list of what fish you can fish for when, check out this detailed fishing season schedule.

 

Fishing Fish

Musky

The muskellunge, better known as musky, is so prevalent in Wisconsin, it became the official state fish in 1955. More world record musky have been caught in Wisconsin than anywhere else. The current state and world record is an impressive 69 pounds 11 ounces. If you’ve got a real whopper on the end of your line, be sure to follow these guidelines so as not to jeopardize your chance at fishing fame http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/recordfish/index.html. Musky fishing is best done in the Fox River but have also been caught in many other bodies of water around Greater Green Bay. Musky season around Green Bay begins on the nearest Saturday to Memorial Day and ends November 30. The daily take is one fish with a 54-inch minimum length.

Walleye

The Fox River is one of only 60 rivers worldwide to flow north. Whether you have a successful day hooking walleye or not, this is still a pretty neat water to fish. With that said, the Fox River is a trophy walleye haven every spring. Walleye leave the larger waters of Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay early spring to head up stream—south—on the Fox River to spawn. It is estimated this 7-mile stretch from the De Pere Dam to the mouth of the Bay of Green Bay is populated with over 50,000 walleye. To help protect these fish during their spawning period, the Department of Natural Resources has implemented special regulations on the Fox River. From March 2 to May 1, the bag limit is one walleye with a minimum length of 28 inches. During the rest of the year, regulations return to normal with a daily bag limit of three walleye with no size limit.

Trout & Salmon

Algoma, a small, maritime community on the shores of Lake Michigan, about 30 minutes east of Green Bay is known for its trophy catches of salmon and trout. Wisconsin state records for Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon, Pink Salmon and Pinook Salmon have all recently come out of the waters off Algoma. Salmon and trout over 30 pounds are regularly caught in Algoma year after year. If you're looking for large fish, Algoma is where it's at. Lake Michigan salmon season is continuous, except the open season for lake trout is March 1 to October 31.

Boat Launches

Brown County Fees

Daily Pass—$5.00
Annual Pass—$30.00
Mooring Fee—$20.00  
Boat Launch Vendors
You can also pay right at the boat launch
 

Bay of Green Bay access

Bay Shore Boat Launch
5637 Sturgeon Bay Road (Highway 57), New Franken, WI 54229
Located on the east side of the Bay.
Hours: One hour before sunrise until sunset

Suamico Boat Landing
777 Sunset Beach Road, Suamico, WI 54173
Located on the west side of the Bay.
Hours: One hour before sunrise until sunset

Metro Boat Launch
102 Bay Beach Road, Green Bay, WI 54302
Has access to both Bay of Green Bay and the Fox River.
Open 24 Hours
 

Fox River access

Fox Point Boat Launch
1075 N. Broadway Street, De Pere, WI 54115
Hours: 4:00am – 11:00pm

Bomier Boat Launch
700 Fox River Drive, De Pere, WI 54115
Hours: 4:00am – 11:00pm

Perkofski Boat Launch - Brown County Fairgrounds
1500 Fort Howard Avenue, De Pere, WI 54115
Hours: 4:00am – 11:00pm

 

Lake Michigan access

Algoma Marina Boat Launch
For boating on Lake Michigan, head to the quaint little town of Algoma. The marina is open May 1 – October 1. For information or reservations, call 920.487.2232.
60 Steele Street, Algoma, WI 54201
Daily Launch Pass—$8.00 can be purchased at Walter’s Do It Best Hardware or Algoma City Hall.

 

Fishing Guide Services

Haasch Guide Service

Captain Lee Haasch, an Algoma-native, has been fishing Lake Michigan for nearly 50 years. He is among the leaders in time-logged sport fishing on all of the Great Lakes. He will share his passion for fishing and expertise with you for an enjoyable outing on the water.

Fishin' Magician

Whether you are charter fishing for the first time or an experienced angler, Fishin' Magician will allow you to enjoy a wonderful fishing trip on Lake Michigian with their six-boat fleet. These experienced fishing captains grew up fishing these waters and will show you their favorite hot spots.

Fish Anytime Charters

Fishing the Bay of Green Bay for walley aboard Captain David's 2017 Nitro ZV21 is a great way to spend some time on the water. Whether you're looking for a trophy catch, family dinner, or just some family bonding time, Captain David will take you out day or night for a trip to remember.

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