Over 25 eyes today........half 18" to 22"........only kept 4
Talked with another fella that had 25ish perch 9" to 12"
Nice limit of eaters (16-17) on monday--old school with slip bobbers and 1/8 once jigs--skunked tues with same tec,--limit wends same place same tec---sometimes they just dont bite---mostley fishing breaklines--white jigs with 1/2 crwler---no fishing preasure--a few nice 10 inch + perch thrown in
"LBDN is junk. I've heard guys say fill it in with gravel and use it as a parking lot. I agree. really the guides killed it so make no mistake, they did it to themselves."
That has got to be one of the most asinine comments I have ever read about the bay. We still have excellent perch, pike, and smallmouth fishing in the bay. And as "poor" as some people like to make out the walleye fishing to be, it's still better here than probably 99% of places you could fish in the upper midwest. But if someone that hasn't fished the bay in the last 11 years says the bay is dead, well then it must be so.
Guides didn't hurt the fishery - illegal gill netting did. One small group of less than a dozen people were taking as many fish out of the system annually, if not more than, all the legal sport fishermen combined. By the way, the fish for the "all you can eat" whitefish dinners, likely came from the same wholesaler that bought and sold our walleyes.
This past weekend, the Cabela's North American Bass circuit held an event on Saturday. http://northamericanbasscircuit.com/tournaments/resultsstandings/ You needed to have over 21 pounds for 5 fish to be in the top 10 spots. 26-01 took 1st place, and the big bass of the tournament went 6-11!. Yep, LBDN is junk.
On Sunday, the Walleye Federation held a small tournament on the bay. https://www.facebook.com/TheWalleyeFederation/ Top spot was #25-13, with the big fish going #10-5. Not bad since each team could only weigh two fish over 23 inches. Many teams complained they couldn't find their "slot" fish under 23. Breezy Point was crankin"! But yeah, fill it in with gravel and use it as a parking lot.
Bayshore Resort shared the picture below on their Facebook page Monday, saying "A beautiful 31" bay de noc eye caught last night, and it was this young man's first time fishing the bay and his first walleye! Congratulations." really the guides killed it so make no mistake, they did it to themselves.
We never kept fish. you could hardly catch a fish to eat. We went for a trophy. I never took one fish out of that body of water. I do know a few 30+ that were taken and mounted, but big deal. I never got a fish I wanted to mount, 12 lbs was my mark, never got one. Many 10's and 11's, but never a 12
LMAO, fishing not what it was, that started a LONG TIME AGO. I stopped going in 2006 because it was getting worse and worse every year. I started fishing BDN in the late 80's when no one had a clue. we used to catch 10-12 fish a guy on ice averaging around 26-27 inches. We always caught at least 1 30+ incher, one year we had 6 between 4 guys. one guy had a back to back 11 and 12lb fish. LBDN is junk. I've heard guys say fill it in with gravel and use it as a parking lot. I agree. really the guides killed it so make no mistake, they did it to themselves.
Do they still get fish, of course, but it isn't what it once was. Greedy people taking everything. I think I kept maybe 10 fish in my life there they were to eat, 15-18 inch fish. most trips we had to got to rapid river for a all you can eat whitefish fry cause we didn't have a eater fish. everything over 25 inches.
Depere will be the next Bay De Noc, I know the fishing isn't what it was in Depere and the bay like it was 10 years ago either. over harvest and greed.
Cross this place off your list then... It would suck to have to dodge your boat while landing another double-header.
I kid, I kid. Sorry your trip was a bummer. I do have to say, you might have picked what has been, historically, the worst month to fish walleyes on Little Bay de Noc. The alewife are in full swing at the moment. Mayflies can be a tough bite, but it's nothing compared to the ales.
I have been going there for a number of years (closing in on 20 years) both spring and late-fall and I've seen things change a lot. We've had to change tactics along the way as well. It might not be the fishery it was in the 80s, but that could be said for a large number of places. The netting is a problem, no doubt, but I would argue that the fishing pressure 20 years ago was much greater than it is today.
Best of luck. If you make it back, support the local businesses and enjoy everything the place has to offer. It's so much more than just a fishery.