Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Ruffolo 5/14/24

Walleye fishing on Green Bay came with mixed results. Location has been everything! Wind direction proved to be the best indicator of active fish over the last week. When it was a south to southeast wind, the south side of Frying Pan shoal fired up, with current and wave action pushing into the shallow mud stimulating forage and walleyes. When west to northwest winds rolled in, the east side structures of Point Comfort, Bayshore, Vincent Point and College reef came to life with active fish. Trolled crankbaits for all aforementioned structures were best. To the north, walleyes were active in Oconto and Sturgeon Bay. Trolled crankbaits on deep structures during the day, and stickbaits shallow at night were best around Sturgeon Bay, while Oconto walleyes were best on trolled crankbaits adjacent to newly emerged weed growth back near County Park 2 and along the north shore. Smallmouth Bass were still very active by Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay on jerkbaits, Ned rigs, and tube jigs. In the Fox River, channel catfish and white bass seekers were striking gold working deep current edges with jig/crawlers and half suckers. Freshwater drum were also very active, as they too are in shallow water for their spawning season. These fighters have made more than one kid’s day, with their willingness to fight hard on light tackle. Speaking of kids, if you get the chance, take a kid fishing.

Shore fishing at metro is still providing anglers with mix bags of crappie, white bass, smallies pike and a few walleyes. Remember that perch fishing is still closed until the 20th of May. Yah, only at Smokeys!!! As always, safety first on the water.
Capt Jerry Ruffolo
Anglers Plus Guide Service