Green Bay Oconto Area
MOON PHASE (15%)
76° - 80° F
76° - 80° F
Friday I had a 2 person charter in the Oconto area with new friends Kevin and Tony. We worked several offshore structures, with success in each area. Crawler harnesses pulled at 1.0-1.3 mph were the ticket, with several fish over 20" released and a nice 2 person limit of 17-19". This was the first time Tony had ever used planer boards, and he had it down pretty quick!! He also caught the biggest fish of the day at 28".
To ensure this fishery stays great I encourage people to release fish over 20". There are plenty of great eating sized walleyes in the 16-19" range. The over 20" fish are the female fish that keep this fishery world class, and ensure our children and thier children can enjoy it for years to come. Capt Jerry.
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