Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine – Aug/Sept 2016
PORT WASHINGTON, Wisconsin has long been known for having some of the best trophy fishing on Lake Michigan, but what many pilots didn’t realize until recently, they can fly there!
“Port” is a historic fishing town with a New England flare that is sure to impress. The state-of-the-art marina is located in the heart of downtown Port Washington where you can walk to everything – hotels, shops, restaurants and your choice of 13 different taverns. Summertime in Port is extremely popular as it hosts numerous festivals, the biggest of which is the annual “Fish Day Festival” held in July (www.portfishday.com).
For the fishing enthusiast who would like to fly in for the trout and salmon experience on Lake Michigan, there is a private grass airport (2800 feet long) on the north side of the city called “Didier Farms Field.” The GPS coordinates are as follows and can be found using Google Maps or any other site: N43 26.629 W87 52.161. (http://harborcitycharters.com/getting-here/)
You won’t find “Didier Farms Field” on any sectional maps, but the owners are happy to provide free rides downtown, where you can spend the entire weekend on foot and never have to eat at the same place twice. Fuel and car rental is available at West Bend Municipal Airport (KETB), 13 miles west of Port Washington, if you would rather use a hard-surface runway.
Fishing charters depart twice per day, usually at 5:00 AM and 1:00 PM, and can accommodate six (6) guests.
For more information on Port Washington, Wisconsin, visit www.visitportwashington.com.
For information on West Bend Municipal Airport (KETB) and car rental, call West Bend Air at 262-334-5603.