Spring Boat Prep

Head Guide, Captain Dale Stroschein, talks about these key items to check over when pulling your boat out of storage for the season! A few simple steps taken can prevent potential major issues down the road.  Check out this video to start out your spring fishing season right.

Group Whitefish Outing

We were fortunate enough to host The Reesman Company this past week for their company ice outing.  We had a great time catching big whitefish on the Bay of Green Bay.  If you’re looking to host your next group ice outing, look no further.  We can accommodate up to 40 people and offer lodging at Sand Bay Beach Resort-our home base! Give Karyn a call 920-743-5731 to discuss possible options for your next fun ice outing!



Dale’s Favorite Tips for Catching Whitefish

Head Guide, Dale Stroschein, shares some tips on catching Whitefish on the Bay of Green Bay in Sturgeon Bay, WI. This fun fighting, tasty fish has become a popular choice for ice anglers to target in our area.  If you’re heading out on the ice on your own, as always, use extreme caution.  ATV’s and UTV’s have been going out of Sand Bay-main ice access adjacent to Sand Bay Beach Resort-and also Riley’s Bay and Little Sturgeon.  Always check for movement in pressure cracks, take your time over ice shoves and always always (we can’t stress this enough) be checking for ice thickness as you travel!

Whitefish Ice Fishing – Sturgeon Bay

After a very slow start to the ice fishing season here in Door County, we are finally able to get to some of our favorite areas to target Whitefish, and the fish we are seeing are QUALITY. Ice conditions are still varied and anybody venturing out should always be checking ice thickness as you go. We have areas of 10-12″ or,  in some cases, more, BUT there are still some areas that are less than 3″ – USE EXTREME CAUTION! Watch out for pressure cracks and navigating through the shoves this year has also added some challenges.  Fortunately, we aren’t dealing with the terrible deep slush/snow we were last season! For the rest of the month, we will be only targeting Whitefish, we will start guiding for Walleye again towards the end of ice season/late ice.  Check out our new FISHING CALENDAR, which will break downthe seasons/months of the year we target which species. 

Late Spring Fishing Report on Sturgeon Bay

Early Spring Fishing Report on Sturgeon Bay

Wisconsin Opener and BIG Walleye!

Walleye fishing the last couple weeks has been incredible! Here’s a video of one of Dale’s trips this past Thursday, May 2nd.  Good Luck out there!!

So Ben boats a 30” on the nose and had his Personal Best Walleye, sets the hook maybe 40 minutes later and beats his own PB with a 30 1/2” and we’re all just speechless. His excitement and smile with the 2 thumbs up tells the entire story! Congratulations Ben on something neither of us will ever forget! 

So Ben boats a 30” on the nose and had his Personal Best Walleye, sets the hook maybe 40 minutes later and beats his own PB with a 30 1/2” and we’re all just speechless. His excitement and smile with the 2 thumbs up tells the entire story! Congratulations Ben on something neither of us will ever forget! Nitro Boats Frabill #catchandrelease

Posted by Dale Stroschein on Friday, May 3, 2019

Sturgeon Bay Ice Update January 14

Just an update on what’s going on here in the Sturgeon Bay/ Southern Door County Area for weather and ice conditions. Right now most of the lower bay, West Shore and all the way to Chambers Island has ice coverage. Today we’re hovering around 27 degrees with a light WSW wind around 12MPH. Ice anglers have been primarily fishing the back of Little Sturgeon, in and around Riley’s Bay and Sawyer Harbor still waiting to get some colder weather to get things better with the thickness of ice so we can start moving around and fishing spots throughout the area. The weather that’s forecasted right now for about the next 10 days for Sturgeon Bay should be a good thing for us and thank you to anyone who was saying a prayer for colder weather, looks like our prayers🙏 have been answered!😇 Remember that anyone who is venturing out should check with local bait shops on up to date conditions first before heading out! You can call Sand Bay Beach Resort & Suites at 888-879-5548 or Stevenson Pier Mini Mart in Little Sturgeon at 920-824-5222 or Howie’s Tackle in Sturgeon Bay at 920-746-9916 for the best up to date ice conditions. Also make sure if heading into this area to have Ice Cleats seeing we have lots of shove ice this year in many spots you’re going to fish. Remember that ice conditions vary in thickness throughout the season and when you see someone fishing a area doesn’t give you the green light to just go out and move around at will. It’s always a good practice to be check ice thickness while moving to a spot by drilling and or checking with a spud bar when walking to another area to fish. Also just a FYI, when you see a color change with the ice always check that ice before proceeding on over it. More times than not it’s a different color because it’s ice that came in later to the Ice you’re currently on and it’s many times thinner ice and that’s why it’s a different color. Also it’s a good practice whenever ice fishing is to carry ice picks with you at all times, keep cell phone in a warm location to save on battery and if possible in a ziplock bag or dry storage, let someone know where you’re fishing and when you’ll be coming back and a throw rope to assist others or for someone to help you if needed. Here’s the temps for the next number of days and if anyone ever has questions with ice conditions send them to this page as well for up to date ice fishing activity/conditions!

Big Walleye in the Sturgeon Bay Area…

Elite Guide Team Captain Caleb Zorn, got an incredible surprise earlier this week.  After chasing giant smallmouth for a few hours, he and his clients decided to try for some Walleye in a new location.  Well…it paid off!  Caleb landed this not-so-typical-this-time-of-year GIANT WALLEYE! 30.5 inches and 10 pound 7 oz fish! Way to go, Caleb!! And isn’t it a cool looking fish??


Sturgeon Bay Bass Fishing on FIRE!

Got up today (6/6/18) at 6am, hooked up the boat, asked my wife if she’d please get my coffee cup ready for me and off to the Resort to pick up Art. Dumped the boat in at 7am and headed out on a pretty cold June morning. Air temps this morning were at 45 degrees and the winds were south, southeast with rain heading our way for noon. Art and I started the day off with a double and shortly after that I put two smallies in the boat and both of them tipped the scales at over 5lbs. Didn’t catch as many fish as we did yesterday, but we still had a fun day of fishing together. Ended up doing two trips today, so Art rode with me to the boat landing this morning, but in the afternoon I brought Art to the resort and dropped him at our dock and then drove back to the landing in Sturgeon Bay to pick up my guys for my 2 o’clock trip. Now the boys in the afternoon and I just rocked-em, many more fish bit in the afternoon, but nothing over 5lbs. Couldn’t believe the amount of fish we boated in the afternoon that pushed the scale over 4lbs. Steve and Greg had the time of their lives and Steve’s from Atlanta and had never caught a Smallmouth bass ever and his first 3 that he boated today were comfortably over 4lbs, so needless to say he was fired up. Brought the boys back to the landing for 8pm and backed the boat in the garage at a little bit after 9pm. Long day today and I actually at the end of the day was ready for my bed! Here are a few of the pics from both trips!

Head Guide, Elite Guide Team
-Captain Dale Stroschein