Smokeys weekly Ice Fishing Report by Captain Claus 1/3/23

First and foremost, no ice is ever safe ice. Please use extreme caution especially on any early ice.
Due to the lack of ice building weather in our area, walking out should continue to be the only option
when heading out on these ice conditions.
Green Bay waters are still far from locked up, please pay very close attention to the wind direction every
day. It does not take much to separate the ice between you and shore and send you a drift. Ice
breaking operations on Green Bay continue as the USCG Mobile Bay has been working in the main
shipping lanes since last week.
People venturing out on Dead Horse Bay, and the Suamico area are still finding some decent Perch
action. Tip downs with minnows have been the best bet in the shallower waters.
In U-Bay the Joliet Part area has still been good action for some Walleye and Whitefish. Using weight
forward style jigs and plastics or minnow tails have been taking most of the Whitefish. Jigging raps
tipped with a minnow head have been a solid choice for Walleye along with tip ups.
Folks walking out at Volks, Bayshore and Red River area are all finding mixed success daily in the
shallower waters with mostly Whitefish but a couple Walleye have shown up also.
All these locations up the East Shore will continues to be very suspect to the South winds. EXTREME
CAUTION is advised.
The Sturgeon Bay area is still very shaky for any ice conditions
Walking out on Little Sturgeon Perch action has been fair. Some Pike have been taken on Tips ups with
Large Shiners. The Sawyer Harbor area has also had fair action for Perch and Pike.
Most other locations in Door County have very bad ice conditions.
The Fox River continues to be solid action for both Walleye and Whitefish. The warmer weather has
deteriorated the river ice in areas so use very extreme caution.
This next 10-day weather pattern will continue to see mild temps and some rain/snow. Hopefully
Mother Nature decides to give us a deep freeze soon so we can begin to move out to other popular
fishing areas. Be careful out there no fish is worth your life.
Capt. Robert Claus
FinFanatic Charters