Didn't fish much but set up my sister and nephew with leeches off the pier and they pitched out slip bobber rigs. A bunch of small smallies and one perch gave them a good time 'till the bait ran out.
16° - 20° F
Sunday 02/16/20 By Egg Harbor off Frank E. Murphy Park launch. Utv driving out to a mile. Solid ice with few frozen solid snow on top. Once through the ice there is alot of slush underneath it which seems like shoves but aren't. We walked out few hundred yards to about 27FOW (about past the left furthest point from the launch). If you can find rock piles with lots of zebra mussels the whitefish will come by in schools often, which is what we found and fished at. Even at 27fow you can see bottom and pretty much site fish. We used a camera to fish and water clarity was great. There was a guide taking people out to the permanent shacks a mile out and they were all limiting out.
Any reports out of here? Ice thickness in the middle of egg harbor?
Should add water temp was 50.5 degrees.
I just kinda searched around til I found them. There were two other boats out nearby and they had same results as me, verified at boat launch upon return. They are there. A slow retrieve near bottom seemed to work best. I may give it one more shot before I retire the boat.... if the winds ever lays down.
Well that’s good news. What water temps were you seeing? Did you have to graph the fish first before catching it was it more just searching around until you got bit. I’m hoping they are stacking up now.
Fished with a buddy Sunday for a few hours out of Egg Harbor. Caught about 5 smallies apiece in 20’ of water on swimbaits. They are there, was hard to get numbers.
Might want to try putting your Kayak's in at the boat launch by Peninsula State Park. Horseshoe Island is only a half mile from the launch. I have always been able to get a few bass around there.
My girlfriend and I are heading up to Egg Harbor for camping this weekend. We are bringing our fishing kayaks and was hoping to target smallmouth in the Egg Harbor Bay. Looking at google maps, the whole shoreline seems to be rock. I do not want to just shore fish the harbor so any ideas or information would be helpful. Is it all rock, are there smallmouth in the bay?
Took the 3.5 hour trip up to Door County for the day. Hit Washington island beginning of the month and first day was good and second was a 2 fish bust. I have only fished Door County a few times with first being Sturgeon Bay last year. Today decided to launch out of Fish Creek. Water is crazy high compared to launching there once last year. Thought the smallies would be off shore by now so I worked way outside the bay on submerged islands and then around the Stawberry Islands but only managed 1 on a tube. Waves got bigger so headed back into Fidh Creek and worked points and some open water in the bay but nada. Never been to Ephraim so followed the coast north and boy did I find them. Main lake point. Seemed like they were staged up ready to go offshore and deep in near future but just my theory. All came in less than 10ft and most in 5 fow. Tubes, drop shot, goby style bait, crank baits all worked but tube slow hopped or no movement produced the most. Was catching one after another. Water temps 69-72. Saw a family drive past me a few times with fishing poles and smaller kids in their boat. I finally waived them over as I thought maybe they were running and gunning with no luck. Told them to try in the area I was fishing and they did and started catching left and right. They were deeper and fishing live bait under slip bobbers. One of the smallies spit up a goby and it sure looked like my lure choice lol. Tight lines.