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Lake Michigan

Fishing Wisconsin

Chinook Salmon

Lake Michigan, or the big pond as many Wisconsinites know it, is the No. 1 most frequently visited water in Wisconsin, and it's easy to see why. Whether by boat or onshore, a fishing pole will bring you some of the state's best and most diverse fishing, not to mention picturesque views.

And with millions of fish stocked annually to keep populations healthy - there's a good chance there will be a bite on your line.

Plan your trip, get information about charter fishing and learn more about how the department works to protect and enhance the Lake Michigan fishery through the links below.

Fishing Lake Michigan

Find places to fish on your own! This information will help you get started.

Lake Michigan's Fish of the Future

Lake Michigan groups and projects

What Fish Might I Catch?


Research Vessel

Get Weather Conditions

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