Fished from evening of 6-29 thru 7-2. Nice to find good numbers of fish after the past couple of years. Found all age classes of fish and lots of skippers which I hope means good fishing in the future. Seemed to be about a 50/50 split on stocked vs wild fish. Was mostly a magnum spoon bite for us. Struggled to hook fish on plugs or flashers. Found most fish in 60-95’ FOW 30-60’ down. Riggers were hot. Actually outperformed boards & dipseys most of the time.
56° - 60° F
Lance Lavine owner of Howies Bait & Archery in Sturgeon Bay, puts out Daily Fishing reports on WDOR 93.9 FM or 910 Am radio in early morning about 6am & again around 4pm . If you go to wdor.com/fishing-report/ you can get his weekly report on line. Better yet you may want to stop in his shop and buy a couple items (ie. Howie Flies ) , and get the latest info first hand if he is there ? Another good source of info is the cleaning station at Sawyer Harbor launch between 11am and 1pm when the boats come in from the morning fishing ! If i had a boat , and the weather & waves were forecast to be 0-2 ft. I would launch from Whitefish Bay boat launch in Valmy then you could fish the Cave Point area north of launch or Bank Reef south of launch located about 2 miles from launch . You can also launch in Baileys Harbor and fish that area. If you launch from Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay it gets very foggy before sunrise and freighters also use that ship canal. Most charters fish the Bank Reef from there which is about 1 mile North/NE of ship canal entrance . You will see the boats fishing the east side of the reef using downriggers and dipseys , as the boats try and follow the dropoff from 40ft to 100 FOW right on the edge, in early morning . The reef runs about a mile long and drop off is fast like falling off a cliff ! The Kings like too herd the baitfish against the sheer drop, and you have to be carefull trolling watching your depth trying to stay in that 100-120 ft depth , and not snagging the bottom if you stray in off dropoff to far !!! Most fisherman start moving out farther to 180-250 FOW by 7AM .The Bank Reef is where the RECORD WIS. King Salmon (44 + lbs ) was caught about 30 + years ago ! I was there that day and saw it . Was a Monster !!! Hope this helps .
REEL RIOT <((((<
Thanks for the responses, but I was wondering about the trout and salmon.??
I like to fish by the Old Stone Quarry in George K Pinney County Park .Located on Bay Shore Drive on Ship canal almost straight across West from Baileys Harbor . Get yourself a Door Co. Fun Map it shows all the local county roads. They have a great shore fishing pier you can park right up to water or launch a boat . Great launch ramp . Smallies are the main catch 2 to 4 lbs are common there . I use a weighted slip bobber with whole crawlers rigged wacky style set about 8ft depth .Lot of Gobie bait stealers there, you may want to use brown plastics instead of whole crawlers . Bring a long handeled net if fishing from shore ! If you go there please post a report . I will be there 3 weeks from now .
Reel Riot <(((<
Look for reeds troll Rapalas around. Should pick up a ton of SMB maybe even a pike. If no luck move up to the next couple of bays. Have done well north of there.
Any new reports.
coming up this week for a family reunion and would like to take my nephews out.
Have never fished out of bailey harbor before, so no idea where to begin.
7 this morning
any trout showing up yet . want to come up soon
66° - 70° F
66° - 70° F
Family camping trip 7/27-8/9 at Peninsula State park and was able to get out fishing out of Baileys Harbor 5 times with 7 people rotating friends, family and kids as the wind and waves were nice most of the time with lighter N-NE winds 0-2ft waves + few 3ft swells.
7/28 started due E-SE in 100-150FOW first 2 hours without a bite with mix of flasher files and spoons 25ft board lines to 100ft downrigger. Worked deeper 200+FOW and finally went 2 for 4 on rainbows on orange spoons on 8 color LC and 225 copper. Tons of water fleas so put the superline dipsys away.
7/29 started in 180FOW with floating weeds, but worked out to same area as 1st day and worked 1.5mile area back and forth 240-360FOW and went 7 for 9 on rainbows. Same 8 color LC, 225ft copper, 300ft copper, 59ft down rigger orange spoons.
7/31 started in 220FOW worked out to same area went 6 for 7 with largest 10.4 & 14.6lb rainbows. Same 8 color LC, 225ft copper, 300ft copper, 59ft down rigger orange spoons.
8/1 started in 240-360FOW 225ft copper, 300ft copper, 59ft down rigger Mag bloody banana. Went 7 for 11.
8/5 started in 240-360FOW, 225ft copper, 300ft copper, 59 & 69ft down rigger Mag bloody banana, orange spoons. Went 6 for 8. half hits on downrigger lines.Common theme fished 5-10AM, 240-360FOW working same area with bait and rainbows, orange/silver/green PK, SStreak and goldstar, Mag bloody banana spoons in same area 5 trips working 1.5mile area zig zagging SE back NW, no boats in area until last trip had 1 other boat first hour. Fish hit 530AM-9AM, Speed 2.1-2.5mph on Subtroll temp 46-50 degrees down 70-105ft but no hits below 70ft or flasher flies. Kept 22 fish 4-14lbs. 4 fileted for dinner and gave away. Took 18 up to be smoked at Gills Rock Charlies Smokehouse. 88lbs to vacuum seal and share with family and friends. Only heard of a few Kings caught. Saw 1 at cleaning station about 13-15lbs on white blk spoon in 130FOW 70ft downrigger.
Capt. Lynn - I havent found much info on the status of the fishery this year. I know they are going to increase stocking, etc. but whats your observation for the year in the upper Door? Lot of fish around or no? Bait situation? Is this another year of potential 35-40lb behemoths? Been quiet so just wondering your thoughts. We spend a few weekends a yr in Aug up there.