Great report Wojo we experienced the same conditions we also fished with crawler harness with great success tight lines
Green Bay Oconto Area
MOON PHASE (44%)
56° - 60° F
56° - 60° F
Saturday morning was very hard with the recent rain & runoff blowing marsh grass through the entire bay near Oconto. Not to mention 150+ boats at the mount (literally). Saw a ton of guys casting Zip-Lure like presentations with little luck. I'm assuming that was the hot ticket in the previous week while coming back from spawn. We fought winter weed runoff with Zero fish all day until we switched it up and went to live baits near the bottom. Caught 7 Walleye, 2 Pike, & two 12"+ Perch. By the way; don't keep the Perch here as they don't open until later in May. I saw a few boats keep them and thats a No-No. They are likely in there getting ready for spawn and DNR wants to get the populations a chance to bounce back like back in the 70's & 80's.
Sunday and Monday was much better with less weed run-off from mid week's monsoon. This is when we caught most Walleye but the wind was brisk. Sunday we boated at least 35 with 2 boats and had to throw back 7 that were less than 15". We hardly saw anyone else catching them and staring at us frustrated, so it cleary was the presentation of baits. I forgot to take photos from Monday morning but that was the best morning by far.
I highly recommend going with 1 or 2 days vacation during the week with good weather and pair a Sunday up to a Monday in your trip. You have very few boats; more options & less pressure on the fish. Say what you want, but fish definately spook from high pressure and the bite can be difficult then. Still lots of water to find fish unspooked, but I always have better luck with less boat traffic if you know where the fish are.
Good luck, get good sleep and keep working and switching and moving until something hits. This is good fishing if you stick with it.
We lost a 30+ inch Walleye from a missed net and the hole boat was sad for a while but the mood switched after we landed a few more. Put your time and energy in and it will eventually pay off.
Don't always get hung up on trolling.it works but sometimes sitting and casting is way better.use trolling to find active fish then bomb some baits on them.hard to beat chrome and purple stuff.at dark firetiger and u.v. lots of turns is my tip.it varies the speed of the crank and triggers them.I don't touch a crawler ever .just me I much rather throw hardbaits then crawler harness fish.plus the sheepshead really like them cranks and they tear up hooks all the time.down side to trolling you get a lot of sheeps.they are hard on your hooks.get by the reefs at dark and cast baits.the eyes move very shallow at dark sometimes 1-4 ft of water and they like the sand bottom post spawn.if you troll don't just go straight mix it up and be irratic.vary the speed and direction.get yourself some shad raps.that's all I got for tips.night time Is better the further north in the bay you go.in the lower bay it's more day time.and remember safety equipment because this bay will reach out and punch you out.it can get ugly real quick in smaller boats.I would say 10 -12- mph winds are starting to be a concern for small boats.be safe ,be prepared have fun everyone.good luck!!
navyguy - trolling crawler harnesses i typically go about 1/2-3/4 mph with trolling motor (some blade shapes and sizes need more or less speed) and cranks in cold water around 1.5-1.75 mph and 2-2.25 mph in warmer water
trolling can work all year long - just need to troll the proper depth that the fish are at
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I Just bought a boat this year that I'm able to use for trolling on the bay, i have 4 rods and some boards and some flicker shads, I'm very new to this and I'm wondering if anyone can give me any information helping a new trolling guy out. I have tons of experience jigging walleyes but really wanna learn trolling. Is it worth coming up and fishing the mouth of the river for pre and post spawn walleyes? what would be a good technique? how does one go about trolling crawler harnesses? speeds for crawlers and cranks? any info would be greatly appreciated, feel free to PM me with info. Wanting to try saturday morning. Also willing to take an experienced trolling guy out on my boat to teach me and show me tips and tricks!
MOON PHASE (87%)
56° - 60° F
Got another 4 pike for the freezer today. Yesterday they wanted a Cop-E-cat, today they wanted the Wabler. Got enough for the year, time to work on eye's after the opener...
MOON PHASE (93%)
56° - 60° F
Went to one of my favorite early pike areas, and brought home 3 nice ones for the freezer. Threw back 4 smaller ones, and lost 2 monsters. One was only hooked for 1 surge. The other I fought for 5 minutes or so, but never got a good look at her as she stayed deep. Not sure how she got off, but life goes on. By the way it was feeling, I would have just measured her and released anyways. I still haven't got one over 40"! One of these days one of the big girls will stay buttoned long enough to get her to net...
March here, and soon with it, warmer spring temperatures and open water!! We are booking trips now for huge pre-spawn walleyes out of Oconto, with a target date of around March 25th. While this may seem a bit optimistic, we are more than will to accomodate based on bad weather or ice. I have a few openings in March and April, so now is the time to book a trip. This is a good shot a true trophy, with walleyes over 10 lbs taken every day once the ice goes out. Check us out in the Businesses section here, on Facebook, or through my website at www.anglersplusguideservice.com