Well that just sucks! We always stayed there. It’s not the Hilton but fair price, boat parking with power, and coffee in the morning. You couldn’t beat it.
That's disappointing to hear. I've rented a couple times since I sold my home and moved from SB. It was reasonably priced and convenient for the fishermen. The Chal-A has been there for a long long time.
Stayed at the Chal A motel in SB again this last time up. Owner said the motel had been sold and after Oct 3rd I think it will be closed for good as new owner is turning it into apartments. Sucks as this place was good for fisherman with electricity and ample room to park boat trailers.
Plan on driving up and fishing tomorrow and Saturday. It’s only my second year fishing door county but I’ve fished the areas out of SB, Fish Creek, Ephraim. Did well a few weeks ago but the smallies were still on post spawn main points. I’m guessing they are now scattered on underwater islands, shoals etc in deeper water. I have room in my boat if anyone is interested in joining me. I don’t have a fancy bass rig. 22 ft tritoon with good electronics and 36v Terrova. Thinking launch out of fish creek or just north and work offshore structure. Might try as far north as Washington island one of the days but I’ve been real hit or miss up there.
Sorry, I missed that PM last night....I just responded.
Wish I could give more specifics, but we were all over Larsen's just using down imaging and MEGA side imaging to find fish. Once we found them, I'd hit spot lock and we'd cast at them. Usually we would get one or two when we saw fish on the graph, but when the wind picked up a little that was when that magical hour happened.
If you are heading up there, I'd simply run around that reef looking for fish signatures and then cast at them.
Vegas, I sent you a PM.
Those are some beautiful fish!
71° - 75° F
81° - 88° F
I was able to do a little fishing on Friday afternoon, from shore. Fished the Quarry Launch shoreline. It was borderline unfishable due to heavy wind and waves rolling right in there. Waves were crashing over the wall. But...had 4 smallies on, landing two of them. Both were about 16 inchers. The ones that got off were of similar size. Got them both on plastics. One other brave soul next to me, he got one smallie and a walleye on a crank bait.
Since I had the boat up there, I thought I'd take my wife out for a smallie trip on Saturday. Started near the quarry, working the break line and rock piles. She had a good one on that got off, caught an 18 inch tank and I caught a 12 incher. We worked for about 2.5 hours to get those fish. Just couldn't find them on that shoreline.
Wind was calm so we ventured out into the Bay and onto Larsen's Reef. Moved around using the big motor until the graph showed fish. Then we casted at them. My wife had a huge on right away that jumped and threw the lure. But that was it for the next 30 minutes.
We moved again and the graph lit up with fish. Put spot lock down and started casting. My oh my! In the next 60 minutes we caught 12 smallies. Smallest was 18.5 inches. Biggest was 21. We hit 20 inches or bigger 4 or 5 times. She got the biggest one that measured 21 inches on the bump board, her new personal best! It was crazy. They were just tanks and the fights were amazing. All fish were released, but that was a trip to remember. Not for quantity, but for quality.
Hopefully a couple of these pics show up....
I got invited to go on a charter out of Sturgeon Bay early Sunday morning. We did well heading out well past the fleet by the Bank Reef getting two hits early as soon as the first downriggers were set. We had steady action most of the morning with more fish getting off than we caught. The king in the pic did a number on other lines dragging a copper line under a lead core line, doing it's best to make things difficult for Captain Dean and Josh to net and untangle the mess. Ended up with 16 fish: a big king, nice coho, small laker, and some of the chubbiest rainbows I've ever seen. Spoons took most fish but flasher/ flies held up their end too with some of the bigger fish caught. Big thanks to Hooked Up charters on a job well done!
I 2nd the hiring of dale from wacky. If we had enough time for a half day trip we’d hire him in a heartbeat next week but unfortunately we do not. We are going with dale end of sep for walleyes tho.
I’d also look up Spenser samplawaski from big bite adventures. Hired him this May for smallies and did really well.
If anyone could give us pointers for shore around egg harbor area. Would be much appreciated for smallies. Thx