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
Be safe and tight lines.

Yah, only at Smokeys!!!

Capt. Robert Claus
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