hey im new to this site but i hunted @fish point lodge and fish point game area nov 3-5,lodge was nice we rented blinds on bay,got 4 ducks in am all divers,seen lots of ducks.but the game area was cool lots of mallards,and geese,lots of water,we walked to each blind,and feild.but a canoe would be fine ,not enough places to do much with a boat?,i printed a map from dnr site was helpful. i would surely go back,people there helpful, good luck!!
Small boat for managed area, at least 14' or larger up and down the bay. Fish Point used to be great 10 or so years ago even when the limits were lower. It seems to be on the decline for the obvious (too many people, ignorant hunters, weather, etc). That being said, it is still a good place to show your kids some of the finer points..good luck
Yea I was lucky enough to get into the draw for opening day. It was the greatest hunt that I will probably ever have. We shot 4 limits in 2 hours. I HIGHLY recommend signing up for that draw online for opening day. Otherwise throughtout the season it gets pretty shot up. But you will most likely always get some ducks. On the boat point I recommend have a small boat for the refuge, and larger for the bay. In the refuge though the boat will most likely just be used to haul of your gear to your spots...Hope that you enjoy your trip
Fish point has had a few down years but it provides a ton of value for the entire area.
If you take a boat you can hunt the bay. Come early and scout the water for a great spot. Set up for the right wind and have a blast.
You can also hunt the draw as well without a boat and the refuge itself.
Late season hunting has always been great near fish point. Its very easy to watch the birds flight pattern when they leave the refuge to feed in the fields. Any old farmer will give you permission to hunt and you can have some really crazy days shooting in a hot field.
I grew up with a cottage on fish point(which has been gone for several years) and my dad was a world class duck caller. We had an amazing time in FP growing up.
I probably spend 15 to 20 days total in the draw areas and this year it is not near as good in years past. 4 days up there so far and barely getting limits where in years past I would be walking out by 9am. Not near as many geese this year either and I blame it all on the lack of food. The crop / cover is poor at best in most zones but there is water. I have been hunting it since it opened in the 70's (as a managed hunt area) and at one time the zones would have thigh deep water. Now your lucky to have it just deep enough to float decoys but it is due to the low water levels in the bay making it hard to pump water for the zones (thank you Chicago). I use 16 to 18 foot boats on the bay but in the zones I use decoy totes or my deer carts to haul the gear out. hoping to buy a cabin on the bay next spring so I can spend more time there :thumbsup:
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