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Flanked on either side by Green Bay and Lake Michigan, the waters off of Door County offer some the best fishing in the country. Sturgeon Bay, recently named Bassmasters best place for bass, is the hub of the angler community, but communities throughout the county have developed their fishing industries to make sure you land your best lunker.


What to Catch

While Sturgeon Bay may have been named the number one spot for bass in the country, the rest of the county waters feature trout, salmon, whitefish, walleye, northern pike and perch.

Lake Michigan

Launching into the lake water on the east side of the peninsula, you can expect to find record trout and salmon. Gills Rock has frequently been the site of chinook salmon stocking by the Department of Natural Resources. While salmon season doesn’t end, the open season for lake trout is March 1 to Oct. 31.

Green Bay

The calmer waters of Green Bay will ensure a good harvest of brown trout and walleye in the spring and even more walleye in the fall. The Sturgeon Bay Canal and surrounding waters into Green Bay are where smallmouth bass are rampant. Those waters served the 2015 Bassmasters Angler of the Year Championship in 2015.

Inland Waters

At many of the county’s inland lakes including Clark Lake, Europe Lake and Kangaroo Lake, you will find panfish such as bluegill and perch. The calmer inland waters allow anglers to fish from vessels as simple as a kayak.

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Fishing Licenses

Most bait shops or fishing charter companies offer fishing licenses for sale, which are required for all Wisconsin residents and out of state visitors over the age of 16. Depending on resident status and the duration of the license, a license can cost anywhere between $8 and $65. The state offers family licenses as well as multi-day licenses for anglers on a long weekend.

Fishing Charters

The county’s robust fishing industry is complemented by professional level charter services that operate throughout the year, offering a no-hassle way to fish the waters of Door County. Most companies provide a guide and all the gear required to harvest the waters and handle processing and packaging for everything you catch.

Ice Fishing

In just the past few years, ice fishing in Door County has added to the winter appeal of the county. Whether you need a charter service to set you up out on the ice or have your own shanty to plant on the frozen water, make Door County your year round fishing destination.