Headed to SB for the 1st time this upcoming weekend and I'm wondering with NW winds 10mph how rough the east shore will be? I'm guessing there will be a nice chop, but will it be too rough to fish? I have a decent sized fiberglass boat so it can handle some decent waves. Also, with being my first time would you start out with cranks or harnesses? I plan to do some jigging but I prefer to troll. I notice people saying both presentations are working but do you prefer one over the other? Thanks for the info. If you prefer to message me please do. Thanks again.
Sturgeon Bay, Door County
MOON PHASE (66%)
I hope if you go on a guide trip you learn a bunch. I see lots of customers new to trolling get on the boat being uncertain and by the end of the trip they are running the rods. Fished Friday, Saturday and Sunday with some good results. Boated fish in the 16-28" range with most being mid 20"s. All fish over 20" that weren't hooked deep were released right away. Had some fish on crawlers and some on DHJ12s that are custom painted by Warrior Lures. Purples, pinks and golds all worked for us. Fish came 12-17' down on various reefs from 12-30 feet deep. There is a great bite going on in the SB area right now so good luck and get some big ones!
Everyone has their own opinion of the merits of choosing a guide or opting to go their own route. As a guide, I offer several options to my clients. I ask them when we talk for the first time what are their goals for the trip: big fish, eaters, learning techniques, learn how to find fish, get a better understanding on how fish move, how to best use electronics, how to setup their boat, and how to fish big water are just a few of them. In many cases the client comes away with knowledge, confidence, knowledge of techniques, and hopefully some fish for the frying pan. If you or anyone else that frequents these pages have questions I'm open to help you out anyway I can. Capt. Jerry
MOON PHASE (77%)
I guess if you're a guide or hardcore, you might spend an entire day like Saturday in the rain, but not this guy.
Friday tried pretty much everything mentioned here--no walleyes. A few smallmouth but nothing to brag about. Then Sunday after the rain couldn't find a walleye anywhere, either. Caught a few perch and goats and a small northern, but that's about it. The very few boats out Sunday weren't doing crap, either.
Really sucks when you take days off work, come up for a long weekend, pay for your lodging, gas, bait, and launch fees and a front rolls in and ruins everything.
I guess fishing these days has to be a full time job, or if you want to keep paying a guide 400 bucks a day, you can do that. That's all great but a guide might show you a technique or a spot that is working on that particular day, but the next day everything changes. So do you really LEARN from a guide or do you just go to catch fish that day?
As you may see, I'm frustrated as heck. Good thing snowmobile trails open in three months or so.
MOON PHASE (86%)
Green Bay Fishing Report 8-21-2016
Walleyes were hitting the net this week with excellent fishing when we could get out we did have a few storms roll through this weekend in which we had to roll back to the boat launch and wait them out due to lighting. After the storm cells moved through we were fishing again and lets just say it was great fishing with wind directions all over the place we managed to stay on active fish making adjustments in terms of boat control, speed, depth. We had some great groups this week from newbies to repeat clients fishing with Green Bay Trophy Fishing and we certainly made some great memories laughing joking catching personal best walleyes getting to know these groups is one of my favorite parts of guiding because believe it or not fishing does become work after awhile Barbara & I do love our customers making it all worth while making new friend and meeting expectations. Walleye fishing's is excellent all over Green Bay from what I'm gathering sharing info from other guides putting your time in working key spots like off shore structure, reefs, shoreline breaks, seem to be holding walleyes. Water temps are warm so metabolism rates are high in walleyes which means eating is a priority that being said with warm water temps handling and releasing walleyes is key to ensure survival rates when releasing trophy caliber walleyes. We did catch walleyes 26 - 31 inchs this last week and a quick pic and back in the water with fish being out of the water maybe 45 seconds at most getting the fish off the hook pic and back they swam away nicely with little to no signs of stress due to mishandling or warm water. Walleye fishing should remain hot for several more weeks into September based on weather and wind and when its windy we usually fish in the Sturgeon Bay shipping channel where we finding calmer waters catching walleye, pike, bass.
Bass fishing in Door County has been fair to good with crank baits, swim baits, tandem spinner blades working covering water looking for active bass. We expect bass fishing to greatly improve when water temps start falling this fall and we will be ready! Washington Island fall smallmouth bass trips available please contact Barbara for more info 920-255-2617
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IrishMike....Good for you.....Unfortunately, I haven't had the benefit of having others to provide me with the where-a-bouts of being put on the fish in strange waters without my expensive and technical electronics. Fortunately, I do have a Hummingbird Helix 10 GPS DI/SI locator with an I Pilot Link and a Lake Master chip that I have extensively studied how to use and it puts me on those elusive walleyes regardless of the conditions. My acquired knowledge and learned skills can then provide the correct presentation to get them to bite and into my live-well. Believe me when I tell you that this DOES WORK and it's well worth the cost if you are a serious fisherman. I don't fish Sturgeon Bay often but when I do I definitely use my electronics and I catch fish!!!!!
MOON PHASE (96%)
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Fish the shallow and the deep (mud) color didn't matter. don't use a locator . Just watch my bait for correct. speed. Most fishermen. get to hung up on electronics. And big boats. All that fancy equipment. Don't catch the fish. Learned from guys with fishing facts. Put in the time that's what fishing is all about.
MOON PHASE (96%)
Sturgeon Bay area continues to produce a mixed bag of trophy caliber walleyes along with some eater sized walleyes great action the last few mornings. We have been starting early in the morning when the sun is coming up typically around 5:30 am with bites usually right out the gate. Nightcrawler harnesses and crank baits working equally as well for us depending on what your most comfortable running and where your confidence and knowledge base lies in each tactic. This mornings trip was incredible with over 20 fish keeping a few for the deep fryer releasing the bigger walleyes for another day thinking this north wind was going to make fishing tougher it was not the case this a.m. Working depths of 18-33 feet walleyes were mostly concentrated on the bottom 8 feet so adjusting your baits accordingly was the ticket.
If your new to the area or looking to learn some new water on Green Bay or possible a few new techniques that work on Green Bay to add to your fishing arsenal give us a call we love the Sturgeon Bay area.
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