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fishing whitefish in Green Bay

3/13/14 @ 11:07 AM
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luckyfish
User since 1/19/14
Haven't fished whitefish. was wondering if anyone could help me out on what type of rods to get, length, light, ultra light, etc., line. would like to get some for pickling.

Thanks for your help

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2/25/15 @ 11:25 AM
gunnysack
User since 2/24/06
Could have sworn i read or watched something about whitefish being the most healthy eating fish out there? That they had very low levels of pollutants in them????

1/13/15 @ 2:53 PM
pikeboy221
pikeboy221
User since 4/10/11
does anyone fish out of marinette or peshtigo for whitefish?

1/13/15 @ 11:07 AM
JamesD
JamesD
MEMBER since 2/16/04
Now that the ice is better I'm going to give it a shot. Like lots of fishing, there is a balancing act between stealth approach, and getting a big, hard fighting fish on the ice. Expect to lose a few fish at the hole. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing fish on the camera approach your waxie or minnow head only to see it bump into your bait without even trying to eat the bait. I'm a noodle rod fan with light mono line (#2-4). Because there are some swirls of current on Green Bay I usually rig baits 8" off bottom with a small chain of split shot on the bottom. If they don't bite try dropping the food to the bottom. Mixing in a small spoon jigged in the area won't always get bit but it does draw fish into the area. Good luck to all this season!

1/13/15 @ 9:34 AM
Cold Front
MEMBER since 7/9/01
I just had to comment on the recommendation not to eat any whitefish over 16 inches. WHAT????? They aren't worth cleaning until they are over 18 inches and 20 is better. I will have to read the specs. Thanks for the heads up. Mrt.

1/12/15 @ 9:38 PM
RedHorseSucker
RedHorseSucker
User since 3/20/13
Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the whitefish on the bay to be extremely fatty this winter? What is the best way to get rid of this fat when filleting? It seems to stick to the meat pretty good.

3/18/14 @ 3:23 PM
Cold Front
MEMBER since 7/9/01
For deeper water, braid is the only way to go. There is way too much stretch on lighter poundage mono etc for the deep stuff. I tried 4 pound test a couple of years ago in deeper water and it was like fishing with a rubber band.Mrt.

3/16/14 @ 6:02 PM
luckyfish
User since 1/19/14
Thanks for all the input on setting up equipment for fishing whitefish on GB. Much appreciated.

3/16/14 @ 7:49 AM
eyesman
eyesman
User since 1/7/02
I have several medium light 24-28" rods set up for whitefish using the same reels and 4# test mono I panfish with in the summer. I do fish in 15' or less of water. Deep water may need braid for better hook sets. Small jigs like a Genz Worm/Lindy Worm and a slider rig works well for me. A Swedish Pimple or Jigging Rap also work with the slider rig.

3/15/14 @ 10:15 PM
jigginfireman
jigginfireman
User since 1/27/02
Thanks Perch.. Appreciated. Tight lines.

3/14/14 @ 2:05 PM
Foundry Rat
User since 1/21/10
I prefer a 24" light action rod with 4 lb test copolymer for working depths up to 50'. Deeper than that I use 8 lb test Fireline with a Florocarbon leader. Sometimes in water less than 25' I will use a panfish rod with 2# test if they are being picky. I'll then use crappie jigs, Genz worms, Bro Bugs and such. Fast tips and a good spine for hook setting. I don't like a longer rod because I'll look down the hole as they get near it to guide them in. It helps to minimize lost fish at the hole. Because they are so slippery I use a large scoop to lift them out of the hole. Too hard to grab onto them for me.

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