Welcome to our Door County, WI Fishing Home Page

Rated as one of the top ten vacation destinations in America, Door County has so much to offer.  With hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline, there are numerous recreational opportunities in this area.  From swimming on the beaches, shopping, dining, hiking, sight-seeing, boating or fishing, Door County has something here for everyone.

Door County is known for having a great salmon and trout fishery as well as being one of the top smallmouth bass destinations in the country.  Walleye, northern pike and perch are also plentiful making this area an unbelievable place for fishing. With all of the different opportunities, you might catch your personal record for a variety of species all in one vacation.

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Primary Species of Fish

Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Salmon & Trout

The smallmouth bass fishery is world class.  It may be the best in the entire country, however, the Lake Erie anglers might have a problem with that statement.  You will find so many 2 to 3 pound bass here with 4 to 5 pounder being very common and some fish pushing 6, 7, 8 pounds and even bigger.  The salmon fishing in Door County is some of the finest you will find in all of Lake Michigan, especially in the Sturgeon Bay area.  There are numerous ports on the Lake Michigan side of Door County that offer some excellent salmon fishing each summer through fall.  Door County is a unique walleye fishery.  The waters of Green Bay are loaded with walleye, but anglers fish for them a little different than they do in other waters.  Walleye are commonly caught throughout North America by jigging, casting and trolling.  While jigging and casting can put plenty of walleyes in the boat in the waters surrounding Door County, the best walleye anglers have found that nothing beats trolling up here.  Walleye up to and above 10 pounds are fairly common here among the top walleye anglers who consistently target them.

Secondary Species of Fish

Northern Pike, Muskie & Perch

With all of the excellent fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye, salmon and trout, many anglers don’t even realize that there is a pretty good fishery for some other species of fish too.  The perch fishing can be hit or miss, but when it is on, some trophy fish are caught here.  There are some very big northern pike caught here, however, don’t expect to find them in big numbers.  There are even some muskie caught in the Door County area, however, the better muskie fishing usually occurs farther south around the town of Green Bay.

Door County, WI Fishing Tips

We have plenty of fishing tips in the following sections:

Learn the Area

The Fish

Fishing Calendar


Door County, WI Fishing Reports

WDOR Fishing Reports

Door County, WI Fishing Regulations

The Door County area has some different regulations based on where and what species you will be targeting.  You will need to check the current regulations for the inland lakes, Lake Michigan, Lake Michigan’s tributaries and the Washington Island area.

Here is a link to the DNR fishing regulations page.