Late report, I made the trip up to sturgen bay and fished Thursday the sixteenth through Saturday the eighteenth. The fishing was outstanding Jiggin raps with a stone fly slider was working well for me. Thursday and Friday the ice was in good shape and by saterday it started to detoiat fast. I would like to thank everyone who posts on here ,ice conditions, tactics and everything else. It really helps someone who is not local get out and catch some fish. Saterday afternoon watched a SUV hauling a shanty go through the ice at the hotel we were staying at . Kinda looks like the ice is done for the year was hoping to get another trip in , looks like next trip will be in a boat.
Sturgeon Bay, Door County
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Pretty much all over now folks..... West shore Green Bay has ice shoves piling up with the NE wind today, and the East Shore has open water all along in several spots, which probably means as the wind switches back NW tonight and tomorrow the ice will come back and smash and shove into the East Shore. This moving pack means it s nearly 100% un-safe to ice fish on Green Bay. Conditions are way to unpredictable.
Be smart and stay home - or go to a Fishing show or stop by Cabela's in Green Bay tomorrow from 9AM to 2PM as I will be there talking Lowrance Electronics and open water fishing!
Picture attached is Sugar Creek on the East Shore
Photo Courtesy of Why Knot Charters from Face Book
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Thanks for all the kind words guys. Jerry thanks for sending a few guys my way I appreciate it.
We do try really hard to give our customers as much personal attention as we can even if they are not fully Guided. Some days it is harder with all the running around but I truly enjoy talking to and fishing with each and everyone of my customers. It is what makes me do what I do! I never got into this Guiding gig to become rich and famous, only to hopefully teach others what I know and learn from others on a daily basis. Oh and catch fish!! LOL
As for ice .... I will be checking tomorrow AM to see what we have left but mother Nature is not doing us any favors... NE wind gusting to near 40Mph today switching to NW late and overnight gusting to near 30Mph tomorrow just may tear up what ever we had left.
Here is yesterday's satellite shot ..... Not looking good.
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Had a chance to scout a bit this afternoon.... even though we found some ok Ice that was fishable, with the strong winds I would recommend staying off All Green Bay Ice tomorrow. Even the ice we walked on today was heavily honeycomb, I was able you spud through 12" in 7-8 hits with out much effort. This NE wind may just buckle what is out there.
I'd meant to post this last weekend, but due to log-in issues, I've been unable to. Still having Messenger glitches.
Ennaway...Dad & I utilized Capt Bob's FinFanatic services last Fri the 17th. Dang happy & satisfied we did. While we didn't end up keeping a limit, we very easily could have. Though we're seasoned icemen, it was our first hardwater whitefish outing.
Once we hit the FF main compound Cap Bob gave us a brief tutorial on the program. I'm positive he'd have gone into more detail if we'd have needed him to. He uses top notch equipment so there were zero worries about malfunctions other than a couple of operator errors that occurred. And those were the fishies' faults ennaway...they swam in REALLY big circles 70-80 feet down. Those were teaching moments for us, heh, heh
The thing I was really impressed with during Cap Bob's check-ins with us was his willingness to talk fishing & share info in a friendly, positive way that anyone can understand. Be it biological, technical, local ice dynamics, or ennathing else of a piscatorial nature. Truly a FinFanatic.
I have no idea how the other guides operate their services but I do know that if'n we need the services of a guide again, Cap Bob's getting contacted.
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I went with wacky walleyes only once and never again. Guide was a a-hoe cocky one of his vehicles on way out.went through and he continued to take all clients out to shacks. We caught fish near the edge of.3 inches of ice in 100ft of water.
Not worth it. Now I marked his spots and return when safe. Or sit outside sandy bay and wait to follow him and fish right near him. My friend went on 1 trip with him and now is a guide thanks to wacky walleyes he learned how not to treat customers and safety.