Welcome Fishermen!

The member captains and guides welcome you to the Sturgeon Bay Sport Fishing Association of Door County.

We would first like to emphasize why we chose 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 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. Just outside of Sturgeon Bay’s shoreline lies one of only a handful of reefs on the “Lakeside”. 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. How Big? The Wisconsin State Record Chinook Salmon came from the “Bank”. Each year many trophy salmon and trout are caught from Sturgeon Bay.


If that’s not enough to have you thinking “Fish Sturgeon Bay” lets 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 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, and loads of fish to catch, along with an endless season that’s why we "Fish Sturgeon Bay!"

Captains & Guides

Winter Ice Fishing


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. 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. All around the area you can see small villages of ice houses dotted along the frozen waters.

  • Many anglers actually prefer fishing through the ice to open-water fishing.
  • Anglers can go just about anywhere on the Lake during ice fishing season
  • Those without a boat can enjoy fishing the Bay & Lake

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament: May 19th & 20th, 2017

Enjoy Incredible Sturgeon Bay

Door County's Activity Center

Sturgeon Bay has amenities only one of the top destinations in the Midwest could offer. All the activities of a larger city with the hospitality of a small town. If you are wondering how to spend you time “off the water”, there are countless shops, museums, wineries, art centers and more awaiting you. Just don’t forget you came to fish!

Sturgeon Bay Lodging

Sturgeon Bay's has many lodging choices. From romantic bed & breakfasts to full service resorts, historic inns and major chain hotels. So many to choose from!

Sturgeon Bay Dining

And when your hungry Sturgeon Bay's restaurant list is endless. From a romantic candlelight dinner for two, to a casual family dinner, or even a snack at a cozy cafe. You're sure to enjoy a delicious dining experience here.

Sturgeon Bay Activities

Sturgeon Bay’s unique location gives visitors the ability to enjoy all the comforts of the city as well as the great outdoors. Concerts in the park, and even the fast action of the local raceway give visitors plenty to choose from.



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2017 Fishing Seasons

  • April 27 to May 24 Our Spring season starts with fast action on Jumbo Perch, Walleye, and Brown Trout. Icy cold water concentrates these fish close to shore. A great way to start your fishing season!
  • May 15 to August 31 This is simply the best time and for "Fishing Fun" as all species of Trout and Salmon are active as are the Large and Small mouth Bass. This is an excellent time for all types of sport fish.
  • July 15 - August 31 The Salmon have grown larger by the end of August and are getting ready to spawn. You will continue to experience excellent catches of Salmon and Trout as well as the smaller gamefish.
  • September 1 - October 15 September normally offers the best chance for a very large Salmon as they are at their peak size. They have now moved into shallow water. You can also experience nice catches of Bass, Walleye and Northern Pike late in September and into October.


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