Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Ruffolo 5/30/23

Walleye fishing started out decent at the beginning of the week, but came to a screeching halt by Thursday, as Alewife intrusion started in the lower bay. Before that, a good bite was going on Deadhorse Bay, grassy island, Frying Pan shoal, and the edges of the shipping channel. To add to the tough fishing, bug hatches, have been seen throughout the week. Up near Oconto, Alewife intrusion was also affecting walleye fishing. Still, a good bike can be found by those willing to change techniques. The typical trolling crankbaits and crawler harnesses is still taking fish, but some anglers are finding fish on the edges of weed growth, casting jigs with crawlers, or their favorite plastic baits. The same can be said around Sturgeon Bay, as those seeking smallmouth bass have found fish to be tougher than in the past, mainly because of alewives. Perch fishing is just starting to go with anglers finding decent catches around Geanos reef, inside weeds edges near Pensaukee, and shallow weeds in Oconto, near County Park 2. Musky anglers we’re taking post spawn muskies in the fox river, University Bay, and the west shore, weed edges. Bucktails, shad baits, and large crankbaits are all taking fish. Metro shore fishing is still producing some nice fish of all species, Remember it is illegal to camp over night at Metro Launch, you will get fined!!! If you go, please be safe, and take a kid fishing!
Capt Jerry Ruffolo
Anglers Plus Guide Service