Green Bay Fishing Report 7-25-2016
Green Bay walleyes have once again started eating and they’re hungry! We have had excellent catches this past week with many trophy caliber walleyes being caught and released. What a great feeling to be back on active walleyes from lower Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay north (my home waters). We have been running several boats to keep up with our clients’ demand. With hot action, let’s just say the boys have been knocking it out of the park. Thanks Max and Kyle!
Operating a fishing guide business is more than just catching fish; it’s about you the customer, and your experience. This is what matters most to us. Our business motto is based on being respectable, knowledgeable, and organized, as well as having a great attitude. Whether it is assisting you in catching a few fish for the deep fryer or learning several techniques that work on a large body of water like Green Bay, helping you to become a better angler is our greatest reward.
What’s been working for us: Crawler harnesses with one ounce in-line weights have been my favorite. Big Eye custom blades with purple/chartreuses/white combinations work on cloudy days and plain gold/silver/copper deep cut blades work on sunny days. We are typically working in 20-30 feet of water with 20 -35 feet of line behind off-shore plainer boards trolling at 1.1 -- 1.5 mph. We are fishing various rock humps and deep water structure mostly around Door County area.
Basically trolling at 2 mph, big crank baits have been effective as well as Rapala husky jerks, Berkely flicker minnows, targeting depths of 20-30 feet of water allowing the baits to reach depths of 12-18 feet looking for suspended walleyes. Keep an eye on your graph. The fish will let you know what’s going on down below! Trolling to locate walleyes on a big body of water like Green Bay is sometimes necessary and can be effective, but once walleyes are located don't overlook the possibilities of rip jigging hard baits like #6- #7 Rapala ripping raps in shallow or deep water and casting jig heads and plastics on a medium action spinning rod/reel with a super braid. This certainly can be a treat with hand-to-hand combat with Mr. Walleye.
Smallmouth Bass action continues to be fair with “smallies” in their summer patterns. Contour breaks with 10-12 feet of water seem to be key areas along with deep structure breaks 10-30 feet where bass like deeper edges. Casting a variety of plastics tubes, paddle tails, senco worms, tandem spinner rigs, and small crank baits all seem to work well.
We have openings for the remainder of July, August, and September for walleyes and bass. Don’t forget Washington Island fall bass trips. We have several boats out most days to stay on the best bites! Remember it’s TROPHY WALLEYE TIME!
From the Green Bay Trophy Fishing desk - tight lines!
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