Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Claus2/21/24

Once again, I am starting to sound like a broken record. Even though we had a few days of a “Cool
Down” last week and we did see some ice skimming in areas most of the ice areas of prominence are
still to be considered unsafe and you should not be venturing out. That coupled with the forecast
moving forward that has out temperatures rising in to the 50’s and near 60 in our area over the next 10
days should have you making plans to head elsewhere for your ice fishing activities. Again, there are
areas in Northern WI and the UP of Michigan that have sustained some ice.
Again there are a few Guides running airboats on some remaining ice in the Door County area but even
up there the shoe lines are shot in most locations so even walk out traffic is difficult and dangerous.
The river systems in our area are open and the overall fishing is good. The Wolf River is open in areas
and of course the Fox River is wide open and ice free from the Dam in DePere all the way out past the
mouth and all launches are open. I believe the Docks at Fox Point Landing are going in today (Feb 21 st )
and the word is the Fairgrounds ramp will be getting their docks in tomorrow.
Fishing remains good to fair. Folks using jig/minnow combinations in the channels and edges and
vertical jigging are still getting both Walleye and a few Whitefish. Casting plastics, hair jigs, and blade
baits on the flats is also producing good catches along with a few bigger fish. The number of “spring
running” fish moving up the river has been slowly increased as the bay has lost its ice and water slowly
warms. Nighttime trollers are reporting over all activity still slow evenings but that will begin to pick up
soon also.
Be safe and tight lines.

Yah,only at Smokeys!!!

Smokeys will reopen it’s store on March 1st 2024.

Capt. Robert Claus
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