Smokeys weekly fishing report by Captain Ruffolo 9/27/23

Welcome to fall on Green Bay! A time of transition, as walleyes one day make themselves scarce, and hit everything in the water the next! Fishing on the Bay for the last week was, as before, inconsistent. Some walleyes were active in amongst the rocks of College reef and Kidney, with crankbaits taking these fish. The big issue is the amount of baitfish in the lower bay. Best bites have occurred early and late, with some finding walleyes more active after dark along rocky shores. Best bets for this type of fishing would be around Eagles Nest, Point Comfort, Bayshore, Barrett etc Point, Macos Reef, Chaudoirs Dock, North-South Reef and Henderson Point. Trolled crankbaits with planer boards is the best presentation for this, and I recommend fishing water shallower than 10’ for the most success. If you’ve seen enough of the Bay and want to try a different area, the Fox River should start seeing an influx of walleyes. Last year, my groups did well pitching hair jigs, blade baits, and jig/crawler on current breaks in late September and into October. Favorite areas were by the red can at the mouth, the rail bridge shoreline, below Walnut St bridge, Main St bridge, and up on the flats below the 172 bridge. For trollers, the flats and adjoining areas should also be heating up. Perch fishing has been also very hit and miss, as these finicky characters have been hard to entice. There are several schools around Vincent Point rocks, up around Dykesville and in around Oconto. These fish should start moving shallower soon, setting up in their fall/winter areas. I catch more on fathead minnows, but some days night crawler pieces and red worms put plenty of perch in the boat. Musky fishing is going well, with casters and trollers putting big fish in the nets more consistently now that water temps are falling. Rapala Super Shad, Tyrant Shads, and Mollybaits have been best. If you go, as always, please be safe, and take a kid fishing!
Capt Jerry Ruffolo
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