Sturgeon fish

Any time of year, many fish are moving about in Wisconsin's waters. They are exciting to watch as they dance, wiggle, and sail through the shallow waters of our rivers and lakes to find their breeding places. Here are some hot spots for watching fish.

Walleye (late March-Early April)

  • Eureka Fishway at the Eureka Dam on the Fox River (Winnebago Co.)
  • Spoehr's Marsh, 5 miles north of Shiocton on HWY 187
  • Turtle-flambeau Flowage, Lake of the Falls Co. Park on HWY FF, southwest of Mercer
Walleye

Smelt (late March-early April)

  • Red Arrow Park, Marinette
  • East Shore of Green Bay, Red River, Kewaunee Co.
  • Oconto fishing pier, Oconto
  • Public boat landing along Lake Michigan coast (Kewaunee Co.)
  • Public beaches and landings near Ashland

Northern Pike (April-June)

  • During high water, flooded ditches which feed into Green Bay, Green Bay
Northern Pike

Steelhead (migratory rainbow trout) (March-April)

  • Lake Michigan tributary streams: Root River, Racine
  • Kewaunee River, Kewaunee
  • Menominee River, Marinette dam
  • Peshtigo River, Peshtigo
  • Kewaunee Anadromous Fish Facility, Kewaunee
Steelhead

Lake Sturgeon (mid April-early May)

  • Highway X crossing , Wolf River between New London and Northport
  • Shawano Dam, Wolf River, Shawano
  • Shiocton along HWY 54 near "Bamboo Bend"
  • Sturgeon Trail, New London
    The Lake Winnebago system has the world's largest single concentration of the amazing lake sturgeon. These prehistoric giants annually swim upstream from Lake Winnebago to spawn on the rocky shores of the Wolf and Embarrass Rivers. *This event is highly dependent on water temperature, but usually occurs for several days between late April and early May when waterflow is high. Call ahead to find out when the fish are active. Contact New London Chamber of Commerce at 920-303-5444 or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at 920-424-3050.
Lake Sturgeon

Suckers (April-June)

  • Kewaunee River Egg-Taking Facility, Kewaunee
  • Peshtigo River at railroad bridge, Peshtigo

Lake Sturgeon (mid April-early May)

  • Highway X crossing , Wolf River between New London and Northport
  • Shawano Dam, Wolf River, Shawano
  • Shiocton along HWY 54 near "Bamboo Bend"
  • Sturgeon Trail, New London
    The Lake Winnebago system has the world's largest single concentration of the amazing lake sturgeon. These prehistoric giants annually swim upstream from Lake Winnebago to spawn on the rocky shores of the Wolf and Embarrass Rivers. *This event is highly dependent on water temperature, but usually occurs for several days between late April and early May when waterflow is high. Call ahead to find out when the fish are active. Contact New London Chamber of Commerce at 920-303-5444 or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at 920-424-3050.
Chinook Salmon

Brown Trout (Late September-November)

  • Kewaunee River Egg-taking Facility, Kewaunee
  • Big Rock County Park, Sioux River near Washburn

Coho Salmon (October-November)

  • Kewaunee Anadromous Fish Facility, Kewaunee
  • Root River Steelhead Facility, Racine
Coho Salmon

Cisco (November)

  • Tenny Park Locks, Madison
Wisconsin's state fish hatcheries

At a Glance