Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Claus 3/25/24

The Green Bay area has finally had some precipitation in the form of Winter returning. The water
temperatures have cooled slowing spawning activity. Although water levels are still low and current is
low with more precipitation in the early week forecast expect to see and increase in current on all area
rivers soon. The next 10 days looks like a return to spring like warming temperatures and this may push
Walleye to continue the spawning runs in all the area rivers.
On the Fox casting the main flats in 10-12 fow has become more prevalent with the cooling temps last
week. Blade Baits, Hair Jigs, and plastics have all been working best with a slow action. Some Jig and
minnow fishermen had success vertical jigging the channel edges with the cooler water. Nighttime
trolling catches have continued to be very good with the numbers of fish in the river that were staging
to spawn. Trolling P-10’s other stick baits at night continues to produce some nice fish for many
Walleye anglers.
University Bay and the shoreline areas working toward Bay Shore have continued to see good catches of
very nice fish both during the day and the evenings. Flicker Shads, Flicker Minnows and stick baits all
worked shallow have been productive. Jigging along specific rocky areas has also found some success on
the lower bay. Rip N Raps and Hair Jigs have been the choice of some anglers. Use your electronics to
locate rock areas and then cast.
The Walleye activity in the Oconto area slowed a bit with the water temperatures dropping to near
freezing last week. Quality fish continue to show up staging out in slightly deeper waters from 15’-30’
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. Boat traffic has slowed due to the
cold temperatures. Very little to no activity has been reported up near the Stiles Dam on the Oconto
river. Night trolling shallow between Oconto and Peshtigo has continued to be good when the weather
The East shore areas of Door County continue to see improvement of catches for night trolling when the
weather permits. Working shoreline breaks with stick baits and minnow style baits like P-10’s and
Flicker Minnows have been resulting in some catches.
For any of your spring bait or lure needs stop in a Smoky’s on the Bay, Jeff will hook you up with what is
Be safe and tight lines.

Only at Smokeys!!!

Capt. Robert Claus
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