Door County Ice Fishing Events

Upcoming Events for 2013 Door County Ice Fishing season:

Film A TV Show with John Gillespie: Jan 20-23

Whitefish Weekend: Feb 1-3

Ice Walleye School: Mar 8-10

Hope to see you at one of these great ice fishing events in beautiful Door County, WI! These packages include lodging, meals, seminars and prizes…and AWESOME ice fishing opportunities!  Join the Wacky Walleye Crew this season!

2012 Spring Opener Fast Approaching!

Door county was the place to be this Spring for Monster Walleyes and Northern Pike! We are looking at temperatures in the mid 70's in the next upcoming week, which will help pave the way for spawning and will keep Smallmouth active just in time for the Wisconsin opener! Last open water season was an absolute success with monster Smallmouth and many numbers of Green Bay Walleyes caught. This year's 2012 open water season is looking very promising for many anglers, seeing as we had a very short winter and very early start to our Spring and open water fishing opportunities.

Many anglers will have their go to spots and baits, but remember that it's vetryst try new spots and baits.  Understand that the smallest swings in the barometer, weather changes, water and core temperatures could effect your success greatly. Varying  your retrieval speed, boat speed, and experimenting with different types of fishing line and baits will be very helpful in fine tuning your hook up on Smallmouth bass and Walleyes in Door County.

Underwater structure, relatively shallow water and wind blown shorelines will hold numerous bass. Water temperature greatly dictates where Smallmouth will be staging, and "spinner baits are a very good search bait allowing one to answer many of his questions to as where are the fish are". Pressure from many anglers will move Smallmouth around as the season begins. Do not let this discourage you, but rather look at it as a way to branch out and pay your dues to find where these fish have moved to. You will be able to capitalize on the strike zone to put big fish in the boat and into your camera frame!

Smallmouth are not stuck on one specific bait and technique. No two days are the same in fishing, and being diverse will help you greatly because you are allowing your self to find a certain groove by targeting these fish.  By throwing the same bait and using one specific technique or approach time to time will hurt your success at the end of the day.

As the water temperature continues to rise, the Walleyes will start moving into the reefs on the Bay of Green Bay until the water turns over and will eventually move back into the shoreline areas in the later part of August. Trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses will be the best bet for hooking up with Springtime Walleyes. Having a unit that is able to show and define structure and sonar, in conjunction with a chart map that shows contours and breaks, will be very helpful in deciding which areas to fish. Overcast days with the right amount of wind in the correct direction will be the best to target low light feeding Walleyes.

 We have open availabilty, and are looking forward to capping off a great spring and approaching summer! Always keep in mind that we offer a very instructional guide trip. it's always great to bring home a nice catch of Walleyes, but it is also very special to learn the waters of Green Bay and to get a full understanding of targeting Walleyes and Smallmouth bass. Always appreciate the fishery that we are provided with in order to pass it on to out future generation. Catch and release is always a good practice in order to maintain a strong and healthy fishing heritage! Good Luck to all this season and have a enjoyable time on the water! At Wacky Walleye Guide service we pride ourselves on helping those that are wanting to understand this fishery and build off of what they have learned at the end of the day! We always give 110% to not only find and capitalize on the bite, but to give the angler something to go home with and a appreciation for the sport of fishing!

Trolling & Jigging for Spring Walleyes

Spring in Door County is upon us and with that being said, the Walleye bite is really starting to heat up with increasing the water temperatures. Big walleyes and great weather, you can't beat it! We have had a great start to our 2012 open water season with numerous Door County walleyes in the ten pound class. We have spent many nights pulling boards and stick baits in search of big 'eyes, which proved to be a great success the past weeks during pre-spawn. We will continue trolling at night into post spawn periods.

Night Bite-Trolling-caught by a customer on April 8 (11 pounds 8 ounces, Catch & Release)

The weather and water temperature has been variable for the most part. As spring works its way through, we will find steady water temperatures and consistency while targeting big walleyes. As the walleyes have reached the post spawn period, they are making a transition and are ready to feed, trolling stick baits in shallow water along shorelines and structure will be very effective during the day, as well as the evenings. Trolling these shorelines is a very good search tool. This will allow you to cover a lot of water to pinpoint fish. As soon as you pinpoint them you can change up your fishing style and start jigging. This technique has been a big enjoyment for many and proves to be very productive. Post spawn walleyes equal a feeding frenzy and understand that these big female walleyes are relating to the bottom at this time. Working close to or off the bottom will be very beneficial to the angler, and will put numerous fish in the boat at the end of the day.

Day Bite-Jigging-caught by a customer on April 7, Catch & Release

Spring Walleye Fishing In Door County

We have had awesome Walleye fishing in Door County the past few weeks!  Check out some of the beasts we have been reeling in out of the cool waters of Green Bay!!  I still have some dates available.  Book your guided trip NOW! 920-743-5731

Ice Fishing Door County for Walleyes and Whitefish

As we are approach the depths of winter, we begin to experience colder temperatures, accumulating amounts of snowfall and the formation and continuous expansion of ice. We are off to an interesting new year with inconsistent temperatures. Finding good ice at this point is going to be the biggest factor for many anglers. Luckily, we have the advantage of catching large numbers of whitefish and huge walleyes in shallow water with good amounts of ice. Utilizing these options can be very effective, and it’s very important to understand that one does not need to fish deep water, or venture miles off shore to find great fishing. Having the amenities of fishing deeper water allows you to find large drop offs, shelves, and structure which hold a lot of fish. However, shallow water has much of the same characteristics of deep water, and ice fishermen should concentrate on weed structure and rock bars.  These areas hold large masses of bait fish, crustaceans and grubs.

Whitefish tend to feed heavily on gobies, blood worms, insects and bottom organisms. Over the last week, we have been able to capitalize on the hot whitefish bite, producing big numbers of whitefish. Another important piece of information to remember is that whitefish spawn in early winter in shallow rock or sand bottoms in less than twenty-five feet of water. Keying in on these important facts will allow you to understand where these fish are feeding, what they are feeding on and most importantly why they are in that specific spot.

We are looking forward to the upcoming colder temperatures to bring us substantial amounts of ice and memorable fishing experiences. We are also encountering walleyes in shallow water right along with schools of whitefish.  My previous statement that shallow water holds large masses of bait fish will explain why these walleyes are moving in on shallow water to feed. Walleyes typically move through an area in schools. Hooking up on a big walleye should be an indication that you should quickly re-gear and drop your bait back down, more than likely you will be presented with more opportunities to hook up on another big one. One way to understand fish better and jigging presentations is to watch how they react in their environment. Understanding the fish you are targeting will allow you as an angler to understand jigging presentations, and how to compensate day in and day out on the water.

The biggest piece of information I believe while fishing shallow water is being “stealthy or silent” if you will. Many anglers can relate to fishing pressure, and how the bite can easily be affected by this. Fish can spook very easy, whitefish in particularly spook like you cannot imagine. Drilling holes, ice traffic and so on will scatter whitefish, using an underwater camera to witness this theory will be an answer all in its self. Take the steps to prevent this situation by drilling all of your holes at once when you arrive at your ice fishing grounds, and at the end of the day, I can assure it will make a large difference in your success. A whitefish feeds on grubs, bottom organisms and small bait fish, taking this piece of information into perspective will tell you that working your jigs on the bottom will be your best bet for hooking into whitefish! “I am a firm believer to understand a bite and to be successful one must understand the species of fish”. Having the opportunity to target fish on an everyday basis as guides we are able understand these fish and when they are prone to feed actively and being able to stay on top of these bites.

As the day progresses fish make transitions. These transitions are dictated by water temperature, cold fronts, feeding patterns, and overcast skies. Whitefish, more times than not, will be very active throughout day time hours and feed heavily. Whitefish inhabit deep and shallow water. Setting up away from ice traffic and continuous noise on the ice will produce bigger numbers at the end of the day. Whitefish are similar to a big buck; they do not tolerate pressure and separate themselves from danger. Look for good ice and a quiet place to fish, and this will make for great success.