Good morning, Friends.
What a busy week it has been since our last Fishing report. With guided fishing trips most every day, (sometimes two trips a day), as well as traveling all over the Door County area to lower Green Bay to chase the walleyes and bass, we certainly have been putting on some miles with the start of the summer months, and right on our heels is our new Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy, Maggie.
Walleye fishing remains steady to excellent in lower Green Bay with limits of walleyes most days but with weekends a little tougher due to fishing pressure on known spots. Berkley Flicker minnows & Shad are both hot baits, and even the Big Eye custom blades tipped with night crawlers are starting to do some damage. Our best luck has been in 6-10 feet of water with many shorter walleyes (12 -14 inch), but have to sort through them to find the legal walleyes 15 inches and bigger.
We have been fishing Sturgeon Bay and North looking for the elusive 30-inch fish and have been catching a few trophies in the 26-28inch range, but I believe it will still be a few weeks because of the unpredictable winds and the cold water pumping in from Lake Michigan which makes for inconsistent water patterns.
We have been working islands, shoreline breaks in mid-water structure and have a few big walleyes starting to show up for our efforts. Making long casts with Berkley Fireline, we used a #6--#7 Rapala Ripping Raps in natural colors. We chose this because of the clear water and our rip and pause technique. Most fish were hitting on the pause.
Please note ~ We will be running trophy walleye trips around Sturgeon Bay and North into Door County starting in July.
Smallmouth Bass have been fair to good with weather playing a role in the days we get into good action. Light to moderate winds are best for bass but really windy days makes bass fishing tough. Sturgeon Bay Flats, Door County towns, e.g., Ephraim, Sister Bay, and Fish Creek have been producing better numbers of bass sizes ranging from short males to longer females in Door County. Saturday we had 25 bass in a 6-hour trip with a few tipping 5 to 5 1/2 pounds. Howie’s Salted Tubes, Kietech Fat Swings, Howie’s Senco worms fished wacky style using a drop shot rig all worked well.
Bass should be finishing up their spawning season especially in northern Door County and Washington Island where water temps are usually cooler as the bass transition into summer patterns. We will be chasing bass the rest of summer into fall, so stay tuned.
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