No matter what age or level of experience, ice fishing enthusiasts are invited to enjoy the wintery outdoors of Door County for an action-packed angling experience. Door County is home to a strong population of fresh water fish, and the boisterous waves of Lake Michigan and the immaculate waters of Green Bay offer visitors multiple fishing experiences. Visitors can take pleasure in numerous fishing options including heated ice shanties, transportation across the ice or a friendly guide that stays with you all day.
With ice fishing growing in popularity, fishing has become a year-round activity in Door County. The peninsula and surrounding islands have 30 designated boat access sites as well as private and municipal marinas to access the ice. Boat rentals and charters are also available in locations including Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor, Rowleys Bay and Ellison Bay. Many sell fishing licenses as well.
With 300 miles of scenic shorelines around the Door Peninsula and 10,000 acres of parks, it’s easy to understand how Door County has something for everyone when it comes to four-season, outdoor recreation. While the winter views are truly one-of-a-kind, the county’s striking natural beauty makes it a dreamy vacation spot any time of the year!
Door County is home to 19 picturesque county parks, 11 historic lighthouses and 53 Lake Michigan beaches. With its small, waterfront towns full of home décor, art and clothing shops, its mouthwatering local cuisine and its never-ending, magnificent terrain that ranges from bluff and forest to swamp and farmland, the peninsula provides some of the most beautiful experiences in the Midwest.
Anybody interested in ice fishing has a plethora of choices when it comes to fish types during the exciting ice fishing season in Door County! Northern Pike can be found year-round in the Bayside waters and the Detroit Harbor. Perch can also be found year-round in the inland lakes, Bayside and Lakeside. Burbot swim along the Northern Door and Washington Island areas throughout winter while Whitefish are in the Bayside waters in January, February and March.
Enjoy an enhanced experience by booking a guided trip that includes a heated ice shanty, a hot meal and fish cleaning. Let the professionals showcase the best waters for catching those trophy fish to take back home. Large group tours are available for visitors interested in a party on the ice, or a more tranquil option is a private tour with just a few people. Charter companies abound around the Door Peninsula to provide these one-of-a-kind experiences, such as JJ’s Guide Service, Hooked Up Sport Fishing, Wacky Walleye Guide Service and Fish Anytime Charters in Sturgeon Bay. More charters can be found at www.fishsturgeonbay.com.
For more information, visit www.doorcounty.com/experience/fishing/.
Scenery in Door County is breathtaking year-round which makes finding a suitable location to start an ice fishing trip so enjoyable! Take in the visions of winter along the shorelines while finding the perfect ice fishing site. There are many access sites along Lake Michigan, such as Baileys Harbor, Bues Point Ramp, Jackson Harbor and Liberty Grove Boat Ramp, numerous inland lakes and dams including Clark and Europe lakes, Forestville Dam Park Ramp and Kangaroo Lake Boat Ramp, and plenty along Bay Side, such as the Alibi Dock Marina, Egg Harbor Municipal Marina, Fish Creek Ramp and Nicolet Bay.
To find the best places for tall tales, get information on fishing licenses, find bait and tackle locations or for all other fishing inquiries in Door County, visit www.doorcounty.com/experience/fishing or call the fishing hotline at 920-743-7046.