Smokeys Weekly Fishing Report by Captain Ruffolo 4/19/23

Post spawn walleyes dominate the scene, as most fish have spawned in the Fox and Oconto rivers. Late last week, walleyes began working their way out of the Oconto into the bay, making for excellent fishing. Right now, your best bet is to work structure edges outside the mouth of the Oconto, the west and north shore, Peshtigo River mouth, City Park in Oconto, and the east shore areas such as Henderson Point, Sugar Creek, Chaudoirs Dock, the Chateau, and north. Casting rippin raps, hair jigs or swimbaits are popular choices for these post spawn big fish. In the lower bay, a bite should be starting from fish leaving the Fox for their bay haunts. I like to work off current areas, especially areas of rock/sand transition. Trolling cranks or casting plastics or rippin raps should be the ticket to put those big post spawn fish in the boat. Some nice crappies and whitebass are also being caught by Metro Launch. If you go, please be safe, and take a kid fishing. Yah, only at Smokeys!!!
Capt Jerry Ruffolo
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