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

Yah, only at Smokeys!!!
Be safe and tight lines.
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