Green Bay/Lower Bay, Brown County
I use 12 lb Trilene Big Game. It is the same diameter as 10 lb Trilene XT, which is the line used for the crankbait and snap weight dive charts for Precision Trolling App. It has the stretch element I like and its very abrasion resistant. Because I have people who do not regularly fish, I want the stretch so when someone is horsing a fish there is a little give besides my drag. I am not a fan of superlines for any trolling applications. They work great for jigging but I like that give one gets from monofilament for trolling. Capt Jerry.
MOON PHASE (61%)
Is there a good walleye trolling bite on the bay this time of year? Not sure if the islands would be good or maybe sturgeon or the mouth of de pere. I finally have a few days to get out and would love to pull some boards. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
The shad in the photo is larger than most I've seen. There were huge schools of them by the treatment discharge near the mouth of the Fox River. The guide to Wisconsin fishes says 11 to 13 inches is the average adult size gizzard shad but the largest I've seen on Green Bay was 8 inches and deeper bodied like a bluegill. Years ago net traps were strung up out of Algoma to catch them for pet food, I was told.
MOON PHASE (28%)
Shad species spawn both in spring and fall. This is a typical shad found in the bay, one I accidentally snagged along a rock reef. They were indeed spawning. I'm not sure which species of shad this is, but I assure you they do spawn in both spring and fall.
I refer to Longtail and Littletail as points. They look like points to me. They have shallow shoals on their edges which attract bait and gamefish, due to the near constant current flowing at their edges. When I speak of the musky bite and trolling these points, in most cases, I'm not trolling the edges, just between them. Capt Jerry