Actually, Smokeys has been sold the the Pewaukee Dept of Recreation, who has leased it out to a private concern. They will again have the bait shop open , but they are more interested in renting canoes and kayaks and pontoon boats. Their posted opening hours last summer for the bait shop was 7:00 A.M which made me chuckle, not exactly great for the serious fisherman. You will be able to launch there too. Last year the fee was $7.00. Hope this helps.
Yes,he died. They are closed for the winter, there is no way they would just close up shop. I have seen nothing that has stated that anywhere so I would like to know where you got that information from.
I could be wrong, but I just find it hard to believe.