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Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Claus and Ruffolo 5/20/24

Before the alewife intrusion began, there was a decent walleye bite going in the lower bay, along the
rocky shores near Point Comfort, Bayshore, Macos Reef, and Shoemaker Point. Trolling crankbaits or
casting jig/crawler and hair jigs were the best presentations. Trolling crankbaits like Flicker minnows or
Shads along the edges of the shallow sand bars in University Bay will produce a few Walleyes but you
may have to fight through the onslaught of Drum (Sheephead) to find a few keeper Walleye. Working
from 5-10 feet of water has been the best most days.
To the north, smallmouth bass fishing remained hot, with casting jerkbaits, tubes, and Ned rigs the best
options.
With yellow perch fishing opening up Monday May 20, anglers will be on the hunt for these tasty but
elusive panfish. Start with weed beds and weed edges, working live bait presentations in weeds. These
early season fish should be shallow, feeding on crustaceans, shiners, larvae, and insects emerging from
soft bottom areas. Popular bait choices are fathead or shiner minnows, nightcrawler pieces, red worms,
and hellgrammites. Areas around the north shore of Oconto, Oconto Shoal, Pensaukee Shoal, Geanos
Reef, and Suamico are good early season choices for perch. Many Walleye anglers over the last week
that have been targeting shallow Walleye have reported catching and releasing many nice perch.
In the Fox River, white bass and drum are very active, while both flathead and channel catfish are being
taken along current breaks and near bridges. Getting kids on an active bite and keeping them
entertained is important, and these species, while not always prime targets, are perfect for taking kids
fishing. Casting plastics or in line spinners or the old faithful night crawler below a bopper will all be
productive for these fish.
If you are in the mood for some Big Lake fishing the Coho action from Manitowoc on down has been on
fire. If you do not want to drive that far south, reports of a few kings and Rainbows along with a coho or
2 are coming in from Both Kewaunee and Algoma. The warmer weather should drive this action even
more.
As always, be safe on the water! Be safe and tight lines.
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Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Ruffolo 5/14/24

Walleye fishing on Green Bay came with mixed results. Location has been everything! Wind direction proved to be the best indicator of active fish over the last week. When it was a south to southeast wind, the south side of Frying Pan shoal fired up, with current and wave action pushing into the shallow mud stimulating forage and walleyes. When west to northwest winds rolled in, the east side structures of Point Comfort, Bayshore, Vincent Point and College reef came to life with active fish. Trolled crankbaits for all aforementioned structures were best. To the north, walleyes were active in Oconto and Sturgeon Bay. Trolled crankbaits on deep structures during the day, and stickbaits shallow at night were best around Sturgeon Bay, while Oconto walleyes were best on trolled crankbaits adjacent to newly emerged weed growth back near County Park 2 and along the north shore. Smallmouth Bass were still very active by Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay on jerkbaits, Ned rigs, and tube jigs. In the Fox River, channel catfish and white bass seekers were striking gold working deep current edges with jig/crawlers and half suckers. Freshwater drum were also very active, as they too are in shallow water for their spawning season. These fighters have made more than one kid’s day, with their willingness to fight hard on light tackle. Speaking of kids, if you get the chance, take a kid fishing.

Shore fishing at metro is still providing anglers with mix bags of crappie, white bass, smallies pike and a few walleyes. Remember that perch fishing is still closed until the 20th of May. Yah, only at Smokeys!!! As always, safety first on the water.
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Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Ruffolo 5/7/24

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Fishing during the week was inconsistent, as for every day of decent weather and accessible water was followed by brutally high winds. To the north, great smallmouth bass fishing was the best bite going, with trophy smallies being caught around Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, Sand Bay, and the Flats on Ned rigs, tube jigs, hair jigs, and jerkbaits. Walleyes were good too, with big post spawn fish still going strong near Squaw Island, Sugar Creek, Henderson Point, and near Stone Quarry. Daytime casting hair jigs, rippin raps and blade baits were best. Nighttime trolling and casting the same mentioned shorelines was also taking fish. On the weekend, the lower bay walleye fishing was good. Trollers found a mix of big and eating size walleyes around Geanos reef, Bayshore, Point Comfort, Frying Pan, Suamico and Deadhorse Bay. Crankbaits and crawler harnesses both were taking fish. Jiggers also did well, finding fish in and on the edges of newly emergent weed growth. In the Fox River, catfish, drum and white bass dominate the catch. Jig/crawler is a great approach for those looking to catch multi-species in the river. For those who go, please be safe and take a kid fishing!

Shore fishing from Metro is still producing nice catches of crappie, white bass and pike. Yah only at Smokeys!!!
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Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain’s Claus and Ruffolo 4/30/24

Once again unstable weather has the spring fishing a bit stirred up late last week. Strong winds through
the weekend moved some water around and also kept many folks off the water.
The Fox River action for Walleye, continues to be slow, but some fish are still being caught both trolling
and jigging. White Bass action was very good over the late part of last week and the weekend. Casting
just about anything was good but jig/minnow or jig /crawler combos worked well along with any white
hair jig. Be prepared to tangle with a plethora of Sheephead also along the river.
Areas in University Bay have slowed for now but that activity should pick up as we move through this
week. Expect to find plenty of action up shallow along the sand bars and shorelines trolling crank baits.
The Suamico area should also continue to produce some catches if the weather will stabilize.
The Door County shorelines from Little Sturgeon south and from the Stone Quarry north have both had
some good days for anglers both casting and trolling. Casting purple hair jigs and darker goby colored
plastics were productive along with trolling Flicker Minnows and P-10’s in variations of purples. More
activity for Small Mouth Bass has been reported up near Sturgeon Bay in all the shallower bays as the
fish begin to look for warmer waters to begin their spring spawning moves. Jerk baits and Ned Rigs
were the predominate method of catching Small Mouth.
The Oconto area, walleye fishing has slowed mostly to the colder clear water after the multitude of
West wind days. Stable weather patterns should see that activity back to the positive side soon.
For any of your spring bait or lure needs stop in at Smokeys on the Bay, Jeff will hook you up with what is
needed. Shore dishing out of Metro on the wall has been producing large crappie and some nice pike.
Wisconsin general fishing opener is coming this Saturday May 4 th . Reminder that the Walleye daily bag
limit does not change to 5 fish with a 15” Minimum until Saturday. Also Perch season is still closed on
Green Bay until May 20 th .
Even though the Walleye Daily Bag limit goes up please practice selective harvest let the bigger fish go
to swim another day.
Be safe and tight lines. Yah, only at Smokeys!!!
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Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Claus and Ruffolo 4/22/24

Lots of windy days this last week had the boating pressure a bit lower. Late week west winds seemed to
move warmer water to the East shore by the weekend making fishing kick in over there when the wind
laid down a bit.
The Fox River action has slowed for Walleye, but some fish are still being caught both trolling and
jigging. Lots of “other fish” have begun to dominate catches on the river including White Bass moving in
to spawn. Look to shorelines and shallow areas to find some of these fun to catch fish. Casting spinners
and crank baits and jig offe3rings will all catch them.
University Bay also has seen an influx of Sheep head and White Bass showing up but some Walleye have
been caught with trolling flicker Shads and Flicker Minnows being the most productive.
Trollers in the Suamico area and Little Tail to Geanos areas all found some good action over the
weekend with Flicker Minnows being the best bait.
In the Oconto area, walleye fishing remained good, with many fish spawned out and hungry for hair jigs
and Rippin Raps. Trollers are enjoying a decent bite on the north shore, with flicker minnows, down
deep husky jerks and flicker shads taking fish. Fish have worked their way out of the Peshtigo and
Menominee Rivers, as both trollers and jig fishermen are enjoying a great bite. Areas around Little River
south to Peshtigo Shoal have been good. Also some Brown Trout and Pike have shown up in those areas
to add to the fun day of fishing. On the east side, Sturgeon Bay walleye enthusiasts are catching
walleyes and smallmouth bass in Horseshoe Bay, near the Quarry, on the flats, around Henderson Point,
in Little Sturgeon and by Sugar Creek Park. For walleyes, the best daytime approach is casting hair jigs
and rippin raps, while nighttime trollers are getting fish on flicker minnows and husky jerks and P-10s. 
For smallmouth bass, pitching plastics, Ned rigs, hair jigs, and casting jerk baits in staging areas was
working best. Whatever you do, please be safe and take a kid fishing.
For any of your spring bait or lure needs stop in a Smokies on the Bay, Jeff will hook you up with what is
needed.

Yah, only at Smokeys!!!
Be safe and tight lines.
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SMOKEYS WEEKLY FISHING REPORT BY CAPTAIN CLAUS AND RUFFALO 4/15/24

Other than a few windy days the weather overall has been conduce vie to all the Green Bay walleye to
spawning heavily.
On the Fox the river areas are foiling with post spawn fish pretty steady now. Rock flats and sand flats
on the river have seen fair activity throwing Rip N Raps and Hair Jigs. Water clarity has improved and so
has the bite. The night bite casting up near the Dam has produced a few Pre-Spawn fish still as of this
last weekend and the downriver trolling activity at night has also continued to be good with the usual p-
10 and Flicker Minnows being the best baits.
University Bay continues to see decent activity for Walleye. Trolling flicker minnows and Flicker Shads
both have been working. Trolling around the Bayshore area has also been productive. Shallower in the
mornings and evenings but sliding out deeper a bit during the day. Similarly for the Door County waters
north of Chaudior’s Dock. P-10’s and other stick baits run shallow and then Flicker Minnows #9’s and
even #11’s out a bit deeper.
Fishing in the Oconto and Peshtigo area this week showed improvement as the week went on, with post
spawn walleyes dominating the catch. Fish coming off their shoreline and river spawning areas were
very active, with hair jigs, rip n raps, and plastics taking the most fish. Some days the bite was very
shallow, with 2-3′ being the hot zone, while other days active fish were in the 8-10′ range. The daytime
trolling bite is also improving around Oconto. Trolling #7 and #9 flicker minnows did well taking walleyes
and pike in Oconto.
For any of your spring bait or lure needs stop in a Smokies on the Bay, Jeff will hook you up with what is
needed.
Be safe and tight lines.

YAH, ONLY AT SMOKEYS!!!
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Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captains Ruffolo and Claus 4/8/24

The Green Bay area got its fair share of rain and snow the last week. The runoff and precipitation
brough muddy conditions for anglers getting out on the Fox Fiver and Lower Bay Thursday through
Sunday.
On the Fox working brighter colored plastics and hair jigs did catch some fish but the very muddy water
made the bite difficult for most. Trolling brighter color crank baits also was working in the dirty water
with slow speeds around 1.0-1.2mph. Nighttime trolling on the river for most anglers proved to be
tough with the very dirty water making it difficult for the fish to find the baits. With the increase of
current and warming water the fish are starting to spawn more heavily the last few nights.
Out on the Bay areas of slightly cleaner water were productive. Trolling the east shoreline from the
University up to point Sable in anywhere from 5’-9’ with crank baits over the weekend was fair to good.
Again, slower speeds running baits like Flicker Minnows and P-10s in brighter colors and baits with some
white on them seemed to be the most productive. Working the waters from around Point Comfort all
the way to Dykesville has also been producing some good catches. The water up that way is a littler
cleaner yet. Most fish have come from 8—16’ both Flicker minnows and P-10’s have also been working
up there. Reports of a few fish showing up in the Suamico area have also hit the radar. Trolling up there
also being the most productive plan of attack.
In the Oconto area walleyes are starting their yearly spawning ritual. Some fish are still staging you in
14’-18’ off the mouths of the rivers, while others have moved into the Oconto and Peshtigo rivers. Over
the weekend both pre-spawn and post spawn fish have shown up bot the post spawn fish seemed to be
more prevalent by the weekend. Casting Hair jigs in Purple, Purple/Black, White/Pink and
Purple/Chartreuse colors all took fish. Rip n Raps in dark colors also caught some Walleye. With the Rip
n Raps a slow lift of a foot or less trigger bites, as these fish were not aggressively chasing baits. A few
fish have come on jigs and plastics also. Water temps ranged from 41-46 Degrees by Sunday afternoon.
The Door County areas did not have a lot of activity this last week mainly due to the higher winds across
the Bay
For any of your spring bait or lure needs stop in a Smokies on the Bay, Jeff will hook you up with what is
needed.
Be safe and tight lines.
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Yah, only at Smokeys!!!

Smokeys fishing report by Captain Claus 4/1/24

More precipitation is on the way for the Green Bay area and that should really kick off the actual
spawning runs for these staging spring fish. Couple that with an actual spring warm up in the forecast
and we should see a great improvement in activity in most locations.
On the Fox casting the main flats and rocky areas in 10-12 fow was by far some of the best activity. The
cold fronts did slow action overall but plenty of nice fish were caught using Blade Baits, Hair Jigs, Plastics
and Rip n Raps. Nighttime trolling on the river continued to be productive with good numbers of big fish
Showing up. Trolling P-10’s other stick baits at night continues to the choice for many Walleye anglers.
Continuing to show good catches of staging fish University Bay both during the day and the evenings has
been very productive. Flicker Shads, Flicker Minnows and stick baits all worked shallow have been
productive. Using side imaging to locate pods of Walleye then casting to them has also found some
success for anglers on the lower bay. Rip N Raps and Hair Jigs have been the choice of some anglers.
The Walleye activity in the Oconto area continued to be up and down with the changing winds and cold
fronts but using your electronics to locate schools and casting at them has been key. Hair jigs have been
the most productive baits, but plastics and Rip n Raps have also been good. Night trolling shallow on the
northern Bay from Oconto to Marinette has been good when the weather is cooperating. Stick baits like
P-10’s have been the best.
The Door County areas seem to be lagging in good catching. Hopefully the improved weather on the
way will turn that activity level up a notch.
For any of your spring bait or lure needs stop in a Smokies on the Bay, Jeff will hook you up with what is
needed.
Be safe and tight lines.

Yah, only at Smokeys!!!

Capt. Robert Claus
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Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Claus 3/25/24

The Green Bay area has finally had some precipitation in the form of Winter returning. The water
temperatures have cooled slowing spawning activity. Although water levels are still low and current is
low with more precipitation in the early week forecast expect to see and increase in current on all area
rivers soon. The next 10 days looks like a return to spring like warming temperatures and this may push
Walleye to continue the spawning runs in all the area rivers.
On the Fox casting the main flats in 10-12 fow has become more prevalent with the cooling temps last
week. Blade Baits, Hair Jigs, and plastics have all been working best with a slow action. Some Jig and
minnow fishermen had success vertical jigging the channel edges with the cooler water. Nighttime
trolling catches have continued to be very good with the numbers of fish in the river that were staging
to spawn. Trolling P-10’s other stick baits at night continues to produce some nice fish for many
Walleye anglers.
University Bay and the shoreline areas working toward Bay Shore have continued to see good catches of
very nice fish both during the day and the evenings. Flicker Shads, Flicker Minnows and stick baits all
worked shallow have been productive. Jigging along specific rocky areas has also found some success on
the lower bay. Rip N Raps and Hair Jigs have been the choice of some anglers. Use your electronics to
locate rock areas and then cast.
The Walleye activity in the Oconto area slowed a bit with the water temperatures dropping to near
freezing last week. Quality fish continue to show up staging out in slightly deeper waters from 15’-30’
Using your electronics to locate schools and casting at them has been key. Hair jigs have been the most
productive baits, but plastics and Rip n Raps have also been good. Boat traffic has slowed due to the
cold temperatures. Very little to no activity has been reported up near the Stiles Dam on the Oconto
river. Night trolling shallow between Oconto and Peshtigo has continued to be good when the weather
allows.
The East shore areas of Door County continue to see improvement of catches for night trolling when the
weather permits. Working shoreline breaks with stick baits and minnow style baits like P-10’s and
Flicker Minnows have been resulting in some catches.
For any of your spring bait or lure needs stop in a Smoky’s on the Bay, Jeff will hook you up with what is
needed.
Be safe and tight lines.

Only at Smokeys!!!

Capt. Robert Claus
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