Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Claus 3/12/24

Green Bay is 100% clear of all major ice.
The Fox River continues to produce fair to good action this last week. The little bit of rain in the area has
not been enough to have a big impact on the river current so days with any north winds are slowing the
current and the bite. Water temps on the river have slid up into the 40’s and maintained that level so
reports of a few spawned out fish have started to trickle in. The daylight activity has been best casting
Hair jigs, Rip n Raps and Blade baits. Some fish are still being caught on good old Jig and Minnow.
Working the shallow flats from 3-8 fow have become more prevalent as the water warms. Nighttime
trolling catches have been very good with the steady climb in water temps. Trolling P-10’s and Husky
Jerks and other stick baits in metallic colors and some white patterns at night have produced some nice
fish for many anglers.
University Bay and Dead Horse Bay has seen an increase in catches this last several days with the
warmer weather bringing the water temps up. Casting hair jigs or Rip n Raps in 4-10 fow along
shorelines or trolling the same areas with Flicker Shads and P-10’s has been effective.
The Oconto area continues to see and increase in boating traffic due to the warming water and no ice
left to be an issue. Good catch numbers and quality fish in shallow warming waters have been common.
Using your electronics to locate schools and casting at them has been key. Rip n Raps and hair jigs have
been the most productive baits. Getting away from the boat activity has proven for some to be key in
getting less spooky fish.
The Sturgeon Bay area is ice free at all the ramps and Door County Parks are installing their docks this
week at all their locations. Reports are of water temps being very cold yet and Walleye activity super
slow as of now. Reports of Perch catching have been coming in up around the Little sturgeon and
sawyer Harbor areas, but remember March 15 th Perch season on WI waters of Green Bay Closes
Be safe and tight lines.

Yah, only at Smokeys!!!

Capt. Robert Claus
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