Sturgeon Bay, Door County

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5/28/16 @ 3:31 PM
Ranger77
Ranger77
USER since 10/22/14

Until it's damaged. But what do I know

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5/28/16 @ 3:20 PM
bigdawg
bigdawg
USER since 1/7/02

I'm thinking by the way this fishery has improved over the past 10 years I really don't think fishing the beds hurts to the point we need to cancel a tournament till the fish are spawned out  Really!!! ????????

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5/28/16 @ 2:30 PM
Ranger77
Ranger77
USER since 10/22/14

8 females will use one bed one after another with one male looking after it just so you know. They will drop eggs in one night. It's always good to preserve a any fishery. Just saying...

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5/28/16 @ 3:48 AM
reel riot
reel riot
USER since 8/26/01

Billt8 check your private messages

Reel Riot <(((<

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5/28/16 @ 12:47 AM
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billt8
billt8
USER since 5/28/16

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waning Gibbous

We will be in Sturgeon Bay Sat 5/28.


What's the best place to fish from shore in Sturgeon Bay? anywhere else in Door County?


Many thanks!

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5/27/16 @ 12:12 PM
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lakeshiner
lakeshiner
USER since 7/20/09

MOON PHASE (69%)
Waning Gibbous

Technically yes because she didn't drop the eggs yet so they can't be eaten by gobies .  And she didn't get caught 10 times that same day.



I really don't care, not a bass guy.  I said it as a joke, it has been going on the same way for the 30 years I have been around and the fishing is fine. 

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5/27/16 @ 8:08 AM
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Bluealumacraft41
Bluealumacraft41
USER since 3/19/15

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Waning Gibbous

Yes because catching the big female loaded with eggs roaming off the bed is so much better .... if you are all so concerned don't fish them until July when your positive all spawning activities are finished 

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5/27/16 @ 6:11 AM
Ranger77
Ranger77
USER since 10/22/14

Yeah I was up there last week and seen a bunch of tourney anglers bed fishing and putting the fish straight into the live well. I think I've read that gobies will clean out a nest in 7 minutes if unprotected. The good thing is the main breeders likely spawn in deeper water Maki g bed fishing difficult. We did well not fishing any beds. 60 fish on Friday.

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5/26/16 @ 5:08 PM
burroak
burroak
USER since 6/26/01

Agree with you on bed fishing ethic.  With the amount of bass in the Bay and the Lake there is no need to bed fish.  I believe in fishing OFF the beds for fish moving in and out.


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5/26/16 @ 4:45 PM
Blkhwkbob
Blkhwkbob
USER since 5/27/09

The fish on the beds are protecting the eggs. Pulling them off means open season for the gobies. Fishing the beds sucks. There shouldn't be any tournaments until after the spawn.

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5/26/16 @ 4:34 PM
karasik
karasik
USER since 3/26/13

Anybody is fishing for whitefish during this time?  If yes what would be the depth to cover.  

Will be fishing for smallies but would like to get some whitefish for dinner.

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5/26/16 @ 2:09 PM
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lakeshiner
lakeshiner
USER since 7/20/09

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

Last weekend the bass were on beds in the Sturgeon Bay area.  I watched the same fish get caught over and over again.  Every hour a new boat would come through and catch them.  Then the next day was a tourney and they pulled the larger ones off the beds to go weigh them.  So the usual stuff that happens every year.  Almost feel bad for those fish, but the kids like to catch them.  Sort of funny when people are pointing out spots saying 'There's a 19"er over there, a 16"er by that rock" etc.


The fish on beds are probably males though.  I did see roaming fish not on beds as well, on the clear sunny days.

Edited on 5/26/16 2:11 PM
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5/26/16 @ 2:00 PM
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Uluaukea
Uluaukea
USER since 4/19/16

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

Fished the Ephraim and Sister Bay area last Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday I couldnt get a single fish to bite.  Sunday I did the same thing in the same spots and caught over 40 smallies on a pumpkin tube with a 1/8th oz jig.  Basically letting it sit on the bottom and just barely dragging along the bottom.  It made sense as surface temps on that side of the lake were 10 degrees warmer Sunday morning vs Saturday morning. Biggest was 19" but most were 16-17" range.

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5/26/16 @ 12:25 PM
Nivek
Nivek
USER since 2/10/15

Hi,

Thanks much for posting 'smallies in the bay' info.  Much appreciated.

-k

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5/26/16 @ 11:43 AM
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one nuthin
one nuthin
USER since 5/28/09

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

Fished last week throughout door county, sm bass action was slow...  here is some info 

Wed May 18th fished sawyer harbor:  Sunny with water temps in low 60's, did not see many bass on beds, but still spotted a few roaming the shallows.  Caught around 8 total all males in the 14-17" range.  Paddle tails worked the best for me.

Thurs May 19th tried Ellison Bay due to south winds and having a smaller boat.  Water temp around 49F, managed 2 smallies and 1 brown trout that was a nice surprise.  

Friday May 20th fished the mink river.  Really crowded with most fisherman pulling in bass off of beds on shore.  I had best success at the mouth and down the river where it opens up fishing about 20' off of shore.  Paddle tails again the best bait.  Cruised almost the entire Rowleys Bay at a slow speed and did not see one smallie.  Did this when coming in around 7 pm.  Hoping the fish move back in like 2014, but the past 2 yrs here have been slow.

Spoke with a local guide also on Saturday who was fishing Euphraim and Sister Bay area.  Said bite was slow in those areas.

Sat May 21st wind again was an issue, tried Europe Lake.  Not much here.  Some bass but not worth the drive and launch is very tricky.


Heading back up to fish Fri-Tues, hard to find any recent updates or reports.  I normally check WDOR fishing reports from Howies tackle which usually gives some good indication on bass fishing. I would imagine with the warm spell and cloud / rain forecasted for this weekend the bass fishing should improve.  



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