A Door and Kewaunee County fishing guide is not quite worried about the milder temperatures this year. Captain J.J. Malvitz, the owner of J.J.’s Guide Service, says the ice fishing season normally doesn’t pick up until the middle or end of January. Malvitz says the Bay of Green Bay and other lakes in Door County are primed for safe ice fishing if the weather cooperates in the next couple of weeks. The captain expects to have a full season of guiding ice fishing tours this winter which is normally six to eight weeks long. J.J. added the impact of ice anglers coming to Door County to fish is a big bonus for the local economy.
Captain Malvitz has done some ice fishing himself in some of the inner harbors but has not guided tours yet so far this winter. As for ice fishing safety Malvitz says you should tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back and carry some ice picks that will help you get back on the ice in case you fall in the water.