Port Fish Day to Sunset

In existence since 1964, organizers call this a ‘hard day.’

Port Washington, Wisconsin – January 24, 2023 – After nearly six decades, the Sun will Set on Port Fish Day.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce to our loyal and talented volunteers, sponsors, and the thousands of patrons, that Port Fish Day is being sunset after 58 meaningful years,” said Mary Greisch-Monday, President & Chairman of the Board since 1993.

The Fish Day Committee of yesteryear and today wish to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who brought Fish Day into existence and helped to grow it into an annual event in which the community had come to love and celebrate.

“Port Fish Day has welcomed countless community members and visitors from far and near to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Port Washington. Most importantly, it has generated significant financial support for our civic, service, and fraternal organizations,” said Greisch-Monday. “The impact Port Fish Day has had on the City of Port Washington will be missed.”

Many extenuating circumstances played a role for the board of directors to reach the difficult decision to put Fish Day on hiatus at this time.
Port Fish Day, Inc. will retain the name, the corporation, and the tax ID as a 501(c)(3).


Help us come back with a bang!

Hello fellow Fish Day Fans! It’s been far too long and we need to celebrate our return! Things have been tight and Fish Day hasn’t been immune and we need your help! Please consider making a donation towards bringing the fireworks back at our Go Fund Me link below.
Growing up the fireworks at Fish Day were ALWAYS a highlight. They were the biggest and best and always signaled the end of the day, and the start of the clean up job that always left our town in pristine condition.
For us to put on the firework show we all know and love, we need your help. Please consider donating to help us give the younger kids exciting memories and grownup kids sparkling nostalgia. Pre-pandemic it took us 15k to put on the show you know and love and that’s our goal.
We thank you, so very much, for your contribution!

*** If our goal is not reached all funds will go towards other Fish Day related expenses ***


Port Washington Fish Day Announces The Cancellation Of This Year’s Event

After careful consideration of the current pandemic situation and related issues, and considering what is in the best interests of our visitors, volunteers, and community, Port Washington Fish Day will not be taking place in 2021. Fish Day President, Toni Brown, says: “While we hoped the festival could take place this July, we don’t see a path forward to producing the event we all know and love. Don’t worry, the “Worlds Largest One Day Fish Fry” will be back and better than ever for July 16, 2022. Thank you to all of our supporters and we look forward to seeing you next year.”



Do you like to draw?

Do you like graphic design?

How about putting your creative ideas towards designing artwork for this year’s


You are invited to design artwork used to promote the 2020 Portal Fish Day Run/Walk and the Port Washington Fish Day Festival.

 Submitted artwork will be judged for:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • The graphic best representing the theme – “Fin-tastic Fun for Everyone”


Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.

The 1st place design is used on T-shirts and promotional materials for the Fish Day Run/Walk, benefiting Portal, as well as by the Port Washington Fish Day Festival.  The individual submitting the winning design is invited to serve as Junior Parade Marshal for the Fish Day Parade on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in downtown Port Washington.

Contest Details:

  • All designs must be submitted to Portal, inc. by Monday, March 2, 2020.
  • Artwork must be original and include elements reflecting theme (computer generated artwork preferred).
  • The live matter area on the T-shirt is 11” x 11”.
  • Design must be adaptable for use on t-shirt and marketing materials (i.e. poster, brochure, event button).
  • Must be in color and can be up to four colors using silk screen inks (Black is considered a color, avoid using fluorescent colors).
  • Final design and color selection is the responsibility of the selection committee and the printer.
  • All designs must include:
    • Theme:  “Fin-tastic Fun for Everyone”
    • Date:  Saturday, July 18, 2020
    • Location:  Port Washington, WI

All designs must be submitted by Monday, March 2, 2020. Mailing address:  Portal, inc., P.O. Box 65, Grafton, WI 53024-0065 or deliver to Portal, 1015 Cedar Creek Rd., Grafton (Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm).

Please contact Marlene Morgan at 262-377-4410 regarding any questions.

Print or type your name, age, school, home address, phone number and email on the back of your design.  This information must be included for your design to be considered.


Helpful Hints for Design:

  • Fish Day is a celebration of fishing in Port Washington.  Try to use Great Lakes sport fish (salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout, etc.) in your artwork – avoid using tropical fish or highly stylized fish.
  • Avoid using trademarked art such as cartoon characters, action figures or other graphics requiring a royalty payment to use.
  • A border around your design is not necessary; however, all required elements must fit within the 11” x 11” square – live matter may go out to the edge of the design limit.
  • T-shirts are printed using up to four colors (black is a color).  Since this is not four-color process lithography, you cannot add two colors to get a third (blue and yellow won’t make green via silk screen process).  Also, shades of a color are more difficult to achieve.

Have fun and good luck!

Portal, inc. and Port Fish Day, Inc. reserve the right to accept, reject, or modify any designs submitted.

Download Fish Day Logo Design Contest information


Port Fish Day Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to assist in the planning of Port Washington Fish Day?


Port Fish Day, Inc Now Accepting Applications!

Available Positions
Arts & Crafts


Position descriptions are available by clicking the above position title.

Application is available here.

Port Fish Day, Inc. is seeking several mature, professional, and enthusiastic team players to join the Volunteer Fish Day Committee

Eligible applicants must be able to successfully pass a background check.

Please submit your application or any questions to info@portfishday.com

Port Fish Day is held on the 3rd Saturday of July every year in the beautiful historic harbor of Port Washington, WI.


What does Port Fish Day do for the community

By hosting an event that provides local charitable organizations with an opportunity to raise funds for their individual missions Port Fish Day enables many community events and giving programs.
 St. John XXIII Men’s Society

Boy Scout Troop 875, Leaders Summer Camp Fees.
Boy Scout Troop 875, Camping Equipment.
Boy Scout Troop 855, Leaders Summer Camp Fees.
Cub Scout Pack 3855, Registration.
The Food Pantry, Food and Equipment Donations.
Character Counts.
St. Simons Parish.
St. John XXIII Parking lot maintenance.
St. John XXIII Kitchen equipment (repaired or paid to have repaired.)
St. Mary’s Church (new roof) (donation.)
St. John XXIII paper product for meeting usage, (plates, coffee cups, napkins, etc.
Eagle Scout Projects
Port Exploreium ( Stair Donation)
Relay for Life
Lung Cancer (US Bank Building Climb)

Port Washington Lion Club

Lions Parks
Lions Fish Cleaning Stations
PWHS Schollarships
PWHS Awards Banquets
Port Washington Food Pantry
Lions Bluff Shelter
Portal Industries
Sight & Hearing Requests
Badger Boy & Girls
Port Washington Youth Baseball
WLF Wisconsin Lions Camp
LCIF Lions International
Leader Dogs

Port Washington-Saukville Rotary Club

Port Senior Center
Wounded Warrior Project
Paul Watry Scholarship fund
Port Soccer Club
Friends of Park & Rec
United Way
Dunwiddie School
MS Society fund raiser
Fisher House
Zablocki Medical Center
Nativity Fund
VFW National Home for Children
Disabled Vet Fish Outing
Scout Troop 875
Relay for Life
Food Pantry

Ozaukee Lodge

Family Share Ozaukee County
Saukville Food Pantry
Advocates of Ozaukee County
WI Masonic Foundation (AED placements)

Port Yacht Club

The Port Washington Yacht Club’s Scholarship program offers one or more scholarships each year to graduating seniors who are residence of Port Washington that plan to pursue post-secondary education at a 2 or 4-year College, university, vocational-technical College, or proprietary school.

The PWYC donates annually to the Port Washington Waterfront Safety Committee and their initiatives. Boating and waterfront safety is promoted and supported with various seminars and presentations from guests speakers that are held at the club. The PWYC also holds an educational flair shoot annually that is open to all that allows boaters to safely dispense of expired flairs.

The PWYC supports various boating events including the Disabled Veteran’s Fishing Outing, the Venetian Night Boat Parade and others. The PWYC invites our members as well as non-members to be involved in our sail racing program

Port Washington Kiwanis Club

Week of the Young Child (WOYC) since 2001
Hippity Hop Easter Egg Hunt
Port Washington Child Wish June 2014-2018
Badger State Boys and Girls
Four Port Washington High School Scholarships
The Port Washington High School High Honors Banquet
Safety Town
Pre-school scholarships
Port Washington High School Key Club sponsor
Local Food Pantry
Possibility Playground
Aktion Club at Portal Inc. sponsor