Fishing Schedule in Wisconsin

To help you plan your charter fishing trip, here's an approximate timetable that indicates peak periods for gamefish species in the Sturgeon Bay/Door County area:

Big Boat Fish Species:

Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Trophy King Salmon.

Light Tackle Fish Species:

Brown Trout, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Muskie.

January – early March

Ice fishing for Perch, Northern Pike, Brown Trout and White Fish.

March – April

Ice-out Brown Trout, large Walleye and Northern Pike begin actively feeding.


The first Saturday of May is the Bass opener. Large Small-mouth Bass are smacking lures and Walleye limit goes from 1 to 5 per person. Day or night Walleyes are hammering lures. Flatlining for big Brown Trout on the lake and bay shorelines is going strong. Big Northerns are being caught on live bait drifting and big crank baits casting and trolling. Mid-month King Salmon/Steelhead are starting to get real active.


On Lake Michigan, King Salmon are in full swing with limits of Kings/Steelhead being caught.Walleyes are feeding furiously after the spawn. Smallmouth Bass are hitting jerk baits and plastics, while the Brown Trout are still biting along the shorelines. Northerns are being caught trolling and casting.

July - August

Enormous King or Chinook Salmon are striking hard and you can still catch Steelhead.

September – October

Trophy King Salmon are smashing lures while Rainbow Trout are beginning to become active. Trophy Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike are available during the day while wall-hanger Walleyes can be caught during the day and evening hours.


You must dress for cooler weather, but now is the time to catch trophy Walleyes and Pike.