Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Claus 3/5/24

There are still a few chunks of ice shifting around Green Bay whichever way the wind blows them so if
you are planning on heading out on the Bay in a boat be aware of that….. remember the Titanic. Overall
Green Bay is mostly clear of all major ice.
The Fox River continues to produce fair to good action this last week. Guys jigging with minnows are still
very productive casting the flats or vertical jigging the channel edges. Casting Hair jigs, plastic and Blade
baits have all seen an increase in catches at times as the water seems to be steadily on the rise with less
over nights below freezing as of late. River temps hit 42-44 Deg as of Monday the 4 th . We did receive a
little rain in the area, and we could certainly use some more to draw more spawning run fish up the
rivers. Days of heavy boat traffic have certainly slowed the fishing with the low water levels and lack of
current. Nighttime trolling continues to see an increase in catches with a few bigger fish starting to
show up. Trolling P-10’s and Husky Jerks and other stick baits in metallic colors at night has been the
choice of many anglers.
University Bay being ice free has seen an increase in anglers heading out and reports are fishing activity
has been slow out there. Again, maybe with some more rain will move into more normal spring
spawning patterns soon.
The Oconto area has seen a big jump in boating traffic due to less ice floating around day by day.
Reports from late last week and into Monday have catching activity very good. Using your electronics to
locate schools and casting at them has been key. A few trollers have been using that tactic to locate
active schools also then stopping to cast. Rip n Raps have caught a few fish, but plastics and hair jigs
worked slowly have still been better.
The Sturgeon Bay area is nearly ice free at all the ramps and I suspect by the weekend folks will be
chasing Walleye along the shoreline breaks up in that area also.
Reminder of regulation changes on Green Bay
March 4 th The Fox River dropped to a bag limit of 1 Walleye over 28”
March 4 th Green Bay dropped to a bag limit of 1 Walleye over 15”
March 15 th Perch season on WI waters of Green Bay Closes
Be safe and tight lines. Metro docks going in today.

Yah, only at Smokeys!!!

Capt. Robert Claus
FinFanatic Charters