ABOUT US

First we’d like to emphasize why we choose to Fish Sturgeon Bay!

Sturgeon Bay’s rich fishing history goes back centuries.
Both commercial and sport fishing have thrived ever since man arrived on the Door Peninsula. Its uniqueness completely evolves around its geological existence. When great glaciers carved out the Great Lakes, it formed a peninsula surrounded by two distinct bodies of water.

THE BAY OF GREEN BAY

The bay side is known for its trophy Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Musky and an excellent Perch fishery. Couple this with access to Lake Michigan allows opportunities for some of the best King Salmon, Brown Trout, and Steelhead, as well as Lake Trout.

LAKE MICHIGAN

On the lake side of Sturgeon Bay’s shoreline lies one of only a handful of reefs along lake Michigan’s shoreline. Known to the Lake Angler as the Bank Reef, it holds the distinction as Lake Michigan’s most popular reef structure. Schools of bait-fish are attracted to the Bank and naturally the BIG fish follow. The Wisconsin State Record Chinook Salmon came from the Bank.

If that’s not enough to have you thinking Fish Sturgeon Bay, let’s add some more reasons.
The same scenic shorelines that offer ideal habitat for all of the fish, also allows anglers to fish more in Sturgeon Bay. Both shorelines have bays and harbors that offer protection from wind and waves that no other area can provide. There is always a protected shoreline that’s waiting to be fished. And while your fishing you will be treated to the finest scenery found anywhere. With the best fishing on the planet, great scenery, loads of fish to catch, and an endless season…
That’s why we Fish Sturgeon Bay!

Sturgeon Bay’s rich fishing history goes back centuries.
Both commercial and sport fishing have thrived ever since man arrived on the Door Peninsula. Its uniqueness completely evolves around its geological existence. When great glaciers carved out the Great Lakes, it formed a peninsula surrounded by two distinct bodies of water.

THE BAY OF GREEN BAY

The bay side is known for its trophy Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Musky and an excellent Perch fishery. Couple this with access to Lake Michigan allows opportunities for some of the best King Salmon, Brown Trout, and Steelhead, as well as Lake Trout.

LAKE MICHIGAN

On the lake side of Sturgeon Bay’s shoreline lies one of only a handful of reefs along lake Michigan’s shoreline. Known to the Lake Angler as the Bank Reef, it holds the distinction as Lake Michigan’s most popular reef structure. Schools of bait-fish are attracted to the Bank and naturally the BIG fish follow. The Wisconsin State Record Chinook Salmon came from the Bank.

If that’s not enough to have you thinking Fish Sturgeon Bay, let’s add some more reasons.
The same scenic shorelines that offer ideal habitat for all of the fish, also allows anglers to fish more in Sturgeon Bay. Both shorelines have bays and harbors that offer protection from wind and waves that no other area can provide. There is always a protected shoreline that’s waiting to be fished. And while your fishing you will be treated to the finest scenery found anywhere. With the best fishing on the planet, great scenery, loads of fish to catch, and an endless season…
That’s why we Fish Sturgeon Bay!

OUR MEMBERS

All our members are licensed & insured captains who are not only experienced professionals, but also have an appreciation for quality service and are amazing hosts.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Sturgeon Bay Sport Fishing Association recommends these area businesses.

Howie's Tackle & Archery

1309 Green Bay Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

(920) 746-9916

Howie’s Tackle is your local sport shop selling licenses, live bait and everything you need for Green Bay and Lake Michigan fishing. Howie’s Tackle is also the home of the original Howie Fly made in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Full service Mathews, Mission and Hoyt archery sales and service with indoor range.

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

1640 Memorial Drive
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

(920) 743-5555

The Lodge at Leathem Smith is the gateway to Door County entertainment, adventure, and relaxation. The 63 room property is the epitome of a lavish getaway and fitting for the entire family. Only steps away from the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan and Sturgeon Bay, this resort is loaded with favored amenities such as Madelyn Marina’s 48-slips offering seasonal and transient dockage for vessels up to 60 feet.

Summer heats up with not-to-be-missed Lodge Events including live music from international recording stars and open-fire fish fries.

Madelyn Marina

1640 Memorial Drive
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

(920) 743-5555

Madelyn Marina is a fisherman and pleasure-boater’s paradise. Located adjacent to the Bay View Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, and within sight of Lake Michigan, our location is ideal. Seasonal slip holders enjoy access to onsite launch ramp, fish cleaning station, and restrooms/showers. You will also enjoy all the amenities that the adjacent Lodge at Leathem Smith has to offer, including lodging, delicious dining, bars, and access to the heated swimming pool. Seasonal slips available.

Cherryland Motel

1309 Green Bay Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

(920) 746-9916

Completely remodeled Cherryland Motel offers 12 multi-occupancy all non-smoking rooms next to Howie’s Tackle and Archery. All rooms offer microwave, fridge, and easy access to indoor archery range. We offer a knowledgeable staff at Howie’s, plus beer & pizza available on premises. We cater to fishermen & hunters, but all are welcome! Conveniently located just south of CTH S on HWY 42/57. Reasonable rates.

Countryside Motel & RV Sites

3120 Stevenson Pier Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

(920) 824-5309

Welcome all to Countryside Motel and RV Sites. Located a stones throw (half mile) from the highest rated bass fishing waters in the country, Little Sturgeon Bay. Also hot for other fish species including, walleye, perch, blue gill, salmon and whitefish. Countryside Motel & RV Sites offers the quiet clear skies away from the city. Our rooms are clean and affordable; 16 rooms all with AC, heat, television and refrigerator. 3 kitchenettes which include microwave, large refrigerator, sink, dishes, hotplate and sit down eating area.

Sturgeon Bay Visitor's Center

36 S. 3rd Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

(920) 743-6246

The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) is dedicated to promoting Sturgeon Bay as Door County’s premier destination to live, work, stay and play.
Our staff are Certified Tourism Ambassadors ™ here to help you discover all of the secret treasures of Sturgeon Bay that perhaps only the “locals” know.
Need a place to stay or a recommendation for dining? We’ll personally help you “filter” all of the options so that you get the perfect Door County experience.
At the SBVC, we live out our brand of “Come for the Fun. Stay for the Memories” and are here to help you find that fun and make those memories.

Howie's Tackle & Archery

1309 Green Bay Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Howie’s Tackle is your local sport shop selling licenses, live bait and everything you need for Green Bay and Lake Michigan fishing. Howie’s Tackle is also the home of the original Howie Fly made in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Full service Mathews, Mission and Hoyt archery sales and service with indoor range.

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

1640 Memorial Drive
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

The Lodge at Leathem Smith is the gateway to Door County entertainment, adventure, and relaxation. The 63 room property is the epitome of a lavish getaway and fitting for the entire family. Only steps away from the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan and Sturgeon Bay, this resort is loaded with favored amenities such as Madelyn Marina’s 48-slips offering seasonal and transient dockage for vessels up to 60 feet.

Summer heats up with not-to-be-missed Lodge Events including live music from international recording stars and open-fire fish fries.

Madelyn Marina

1640 Memorial Drive
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Madelyn Marina is a fisherman and pleasure-boater’s paradise. Located adjacent to the Bay View Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, and within sight of Lake Michigan, our location is ideal. Seasonal slip holders enjoy access to onsite launch ramp, fish cleaning station, and restrooms/showers. You will also enjoy all the amenities that the adjacent Lodge at Leathem Smith has to offer, including lodging, delicious dining, bars, and access to the heated swimming pool. Seasonal slips available.

Cherryland Motel

1309 Green Bay Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Completely remodeled Cherryland Motel offers 12 multi-occupancy all non-smoking rooms next to Howie’s Tackle and Archery. All rooms offer microwave, fridge, and easy access to indoor archery range. We offer a knowledgeable staff at Howie’s, plus beer & pizza available on premises. We cater to fishermen & hunters, but all are welcome! Conveniently located just south of CTH S on HWY 42/57. Reasonable rates.

Countryside Motel & RV Sites

3120 Stevenson Pier Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Welcome all to Countryside Motel and RV Sites. Located a stones throw (half mile) from the highest rated bass fishing waters in the country, Little Sturgeon Bay. Also hot for other fish species including, walleye, perch, blue gill, salmon and whitefish. Countryside Motel & RV Sites offers the quiet clear skies away from the city. Our rooms are clean and affordable; 16 rooms all with AC, heat, television and refrigerator. 3 kitchenettes which include microwave, large refrigerator, sink, dishes, hotplate and sit down eating area.

Sturgeon Bay Visitor's Center

36 S. 3rd Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) is dedicated to promoting Sturgeon Bay as Door County’s premier destination to live, work, stay and play.
Our staff are Certified Tourism Ambassadors ™ here to help you discover all of the secret treasures of Sturgeon Bay that perhaps only the “locals” know.
Need a place to stay or a recommendation for dining? We’ll personally help you “filter” all of the options so that you get the perfect Door County experience.
At the SBVC, we live out our brand of “Come for the Fun. Stay for the Memories” and are here to help you find that fun and make those memories.

ICE FISHING

Winter-time fun with the hard-water specialists

When the open water season comes to an end and ice forms a cover over the bayside it’s time for another season. Ice fishing at it’s best. All around the area you can see small villages of ice houses dotted along the frozen waters.

Virtually every fish that’s available to anglers in the summer can be caught through the ice in Winter. Whitefish, perch, walleye, northern pike and brown trout are caught by the many ice fishermen who come to Sturgeon Bay.

Many of our members offer guided ice fishing trips. Check out their websites for more information.

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Contact Us

The SBSFA staff is available to help you with any questions you may have or get more information about membership with the SBSFA. Please use the contact information below, and we will be in touch with you shortly.
SBSFA Mailing Address:
Sturgeon Bay Sport Fishing Association
711 Hickory Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 743-1100

Currently we are accepting membership from establishments & businesses within the 54235 zip code. Every type of business is welcome. If you’re interested in joining the SBSFA download, print, and complete this form.Then mail to the contact address listed.

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