Sturgeon Bay, Door County

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6/17/18 @ 4:06 PM
reel riot
reel riot
USER since 8/26/01

Navyguy, 

Nice going in this hot weather on those smallies ! You may want to try launching up more by Sister Bay, as they are spawning & just coming off the spawn up there ! Get some good lake maps of that area and fish those reefs ! they used to have a party boat out of the Hub Motel years ago , that took 20-25 people out to the reefs to fish ! Ask around some of the old timers up

there, and i hope you bought that book, "Fishing The Door " as it shows hotspots and launch ramps all over Door Co. ! 

Now go have a nice dinner at Sister Bay Bowl of Chicken & Ribs combo, with potatoes and warm homemade white & rye Bread ! Its usually on special Sunday ! 


  

Edited on 6/17/18 4:08 PM
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6/17/18 @ 3:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Navyguy03
Navyguy03
USER since 5/2/12

MOON PHASE (21%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Fished from 6 to 12 today all over the sturgeon Bay Area, all on the bay side, sawyer harbor, stone quarry shoreline, we ended up with 6 smallies all around 2-3 pounds. Got a few big sheep head also. Used tube jigs and shallow crank baits. Got very hott very quickly. Seen multiple fish in about 8 to 10 feet of water along scarce weed edges. I was hoping to find some better weed edges to fish but had a very hard time finding any. All in all it was a success for a few first timers. Not as easy as many people make it out to be. Lol. Tight lines! 

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6/17/18 @ 12:57 AM
reel riot
reel riot
USER since 8/26/01

Navyguy,

Your Welcome, and let us know how you do ?

If you would like any of my favorite restaurants in Door Co. just pm me, but don't tell my cardiologist ! LOL

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6/16/18 @ 5:27 PM
Navyguy03
Navyguy03
USER since 5/2/12

Thank you reel riot! I appreciate the info! I’ll stop at Howies bait tomorrow morning and see what he says! 

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6/16/18 @ 1:18 AM
reel riot
reel riot
USER since 8/26/01

NavyGuy,

Right now if your shore fishing, i would fish from the Old Stone Quarry Park for smallies ! Located on Cty Hwy. B about 6 miles north of Sturgeon bay on the ship canal . There is a fishing pier that is very long, and you can park right up to the water !Anything brown, Tubes, plastics, crawfish, etc. as they are eating gobies which are brown. My favorite is a weighted slip bobber with a nightcrawler set at about 6-8 ft, depending how far you can cast out !  Bring a long handled net, as its a 4 ft drop to the water. Small kids should wear life preservers, as there are boulders and strong currents right below edge of pier. If you stop by the Door Co. Chamber of Commerce on rte 57 coming into Sturgeon Bay, pick up that book "FIshing The Door", as its worth its weight in gold. Also stop by Howies Fishing and Tackle Shop a few blocks from Chamber of Commerce, and pick Lance Lavine's brains, as he puts out the daily Door Co. Fishing report on WDOR 94 FM? Spend some money in there ,he knows the score in Door ! In fact maybe buy that book from him !

If you have a boat, that Stone Quarry has excellent launch ramps, and that whole shoreline is a smallie heaven ! Right now the spawn is almost over, but i hear their still in pre-spawn and spawn up by Sister Bay yet . 

Wet Nets & Tight Lines

Reel Riot <((((< 

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6/16/18 @ 12:16 AM
Navyguy03
Navyguy03
USER since 5/2/12

Hi, I’ve always wanted to come up and fish for smallies in the door county area but honestly have no idea where to start. I live in Appleton and am looking to come up on Sunday morning, I’m just wondering if anyone had any good info on a place to start or where to target and what kinds of baits to use. I know tube jigs and swim baits but what colors and what types. Tubes and swimm baits is kind of vague, I don’t have much experience with them so just wondering what to look for at the store. Any info or tips are very welcome! Pms also welcomed! Tight lines! 

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6/16/18 @ 12:11 AM
dinucci
dinucci
USER since 7/27/17

I'm limited to shore fishing at night as I only have a 14ft boat I use at the place I stay at,but it's good for use during the daytime. 

After reviewing the contour map of monument shoal, I am convinced that murphy park could be a good spot for nighttime walleyes. The shoal is separated by a 30 ft trough 2 to 3 blocks out from the pier. 

I know it to be a good spot for Smallies having caught a few there before,but want to give it a go some night for eyes.

Anyone ever catch them there?

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6/15/18 @ 11:59 PM
dinucci
dinucci
USER since 7/27/17

Flyfishmike..as you.go east of the boat ramp about 500 yards??..there's a white tower. I've caught Smallies there along that shore area + - 50 yards. It's downhill from the walk path,so you'll have to find an easier spot to get down to the shoreline and walk or wade. Lots of algae on the slab rocks makes it a bit slippery to wade through.  Further east,you'll see an inlet bay with gravel that's shallow,but drops quick 20 yards out. This spot holds a lot of small rock bass ect..so pike are nearby as well

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6/15/18 @ 12:27 PM
splashman
splashman
USER since 6/26/01

Mike,


If your limited to shorefishing, then I'd stick with earlier suggestion to Stone Quarry. It's closer to Bailey than Pot Park and offers better fishing.

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6/14/18 @ 12:48 PM
flyfishmike
flyfishmike
USER since 6/13/18

Are there any decent shore accessible spots for smallies in Potawatomi State Park?

Edited on 6/14/18 12:57 PM
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