Can't help with the safety question. But you do not need spawn to catch fish. Try a 2-4 inch tube jig, usually white. Sometimes add a couple waxies or a sliver of squid and it's game on. Good luck.
Lake Michigan - Milwaukee Harbor, Milwaukee County
Is Bender park good to launch at now? Is this a safe landing as far as theft and vandalism? Was looking to come down in the boat Wednesday to try our luck. Any pointers would be great. We will be CPR. Does a guy need to have spawn to catch fish?
MOON PHASE (32%)
Trolled all over the harbor on Sunday. Threw spoons etc at the sea walls. Worked the Marina for about an hour. Had 1 fish on just out from the art museum. That's it for the day. Lots of guys fishing, didn't see anything caught. Best thing was the weather! The water outside of the breakwater is incredibly clear. At 30 feet you can see grains of sand on the bottom
MOON PHASE (60%)
Problem is you get one group that ruins it for everyone. You could have really nice guys that setup right on top of you and you guys chat all day and thats not a problem. Its the guys that setup right on top of you and you try to start a conversation and they blow you off or tell you to leave cause it is "their" spot. We have had the same problem where groups come out and setup within 10 yards of you and are complete idiots and it ruins your day. **Anyways was out today and had 5 trips with no fish. Biting very light. Didn't see anyone else pull anything else up either. Ice is getting bad on the edges, but should be fine in the middle for one more day. Stay safe guys and tight lines!**
I find the best way to get your point across is to come straight out and call someone a liar. </snark>
10 feet is pretty close and it would irritate me.
I find that if you just politely ask someone to give you a little wiggle room, people respond favorably.
MOON PHASE (78%)
We were out on Friday on the lagoon all day. Ended with 4 browns and one big pike. We were the first ones out on in the morning. We had one group set up about 75 yards from us but they angled their autos out. 30 minutes later another 2 guys came out and started drilling holes 10 feet from our autos. The whole lagoon was wide open for fishing spots and they have to come and setup right in-between us. But hey can't argue stupid. At the end of the day we still had a blast with the biggest being a 20 pound female! Goodluck out there guys and be safe! Ice is going quick.
Yes each year I hear more and more stories of local guides doing stuff like this, pretty much just one in particular. I've had one or two run ins myself where if the situation was flipped they would have went nuts. But About a month ago I fished right next to another guide I didn't know at the time was a guide. And the guy was very nice and we talked a good bit. Very friendly, no big ego, and courteous. I understand guides are running a business and they need room with more people generally. However they don't own the water, have no special privileges as to fishing it, and should give the same courtesy as everyone else should. Basswhole that's a pretty good idea I'll have to remember that. Generally I fish by myself since most of the people I fish with arent into the harbor thing and fishing solo u can get bottled up real easily in a tiny area.