Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cast a line at Oak Creek Power Plant's fishing pier

Open for just another two weeks, the Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier extends into Lake Michigan to provide anglers a place to cast their lines. The pier is open daylight hours through Nov. 15 – weather permitting – and will reopen in the spring on March 15, or once it’s clear of snow and ice.

While on private We Energies property, the pier is open to the public for fishing and provides picnic tables, trash bins and access to a nearby public beach. Swimming, boat launching and fires are not allowed, but the beach welcomes walkers and dogs.

Lake Michigan has been fruitful for past visitors to the pier. “Hit the pier for a few hours today. And the one thing I can say is ‘should have brought more bait,’” wrote fishcrazy53220 on Lake-Link, an online forum for fishing enthusiasts to share stories and tips. “All fish still swimming,” he added.

Al Kunda, maintenance planner – We Energies at the Oak Creek plant, uses Lake-Link’s Oak Creek Power Plant pier forum to update fishing enthusiasts on the pier’s status and closures. He noted the pier is subject to closures “at any time due to poor weather conditions, early snowfalls in fall, late snowfalls in spring and extreme high surf due to strong easterly winds,” making Lake-Link a good resource to check before taking up your tackle.

The Oak Creek Power Plant pier is a good spot to catch coho and chinook salmon, and brown, rainbow and lake trout, among other types of fish. The fish are attracted to the change in water current and the slightly elevated temperature of the water discharging from the power plant. On a clear day, fish can be seen swimming in the plant’s discharge channel.

Although we can’t promise a good catch, we can provide a scenic space to try your luck.

To access the pier, take East Oakwood Road from South Howell Avenue, turn onto Fishing Pier Road and then take North Bowl Road to park.

The Oak Creek fishing pier, located near our power plant, is open 
through Nov. 15.
Map to the fishing pier.

Fishing reports
DNR (check Milwaukee South)

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