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. 

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!

Next Week We Ice Fish!

The boys are hard at work getting our ice shacks staged and ready to be moved out on the ice for our trips next week!  We pick up our fleet of Yamaha Viking VI's on January 5th, and we will be anxiously awaiting YOUR arrival for your fun ice trip out on the Bay of Green Bay.  Whether you are looking for a action-packed whitefish outing or an intense hunt for a trophy Walleye, we've got you covered! We hope to see you for a great 2018 Ice Fishing Season…and with these incredibly low temps, our ice is looking to be in the best shape we've seen in recent years.

Ice Conditions 2/22/17

Well, all of our permanent shacks are off the ice for now…not sure if we will be able to move them back out, but all we can do is hope for cold enough weather.  We are able to walk off some of the public accesses in Sand Bay, Riley's Bay and Little Sturgeon for some walleye and whitefish action.  No vehicle traffic on the ice at all right now-including snowmobiles and/or ATV's. If you can get into an area along the shorelines or points that have shove ice, walking out is where it's at! We will continue some of our guided trips on foot for the coming days, and hope to be back in the Vikings soon if weather allows.  Always, always, always…safety first! If you're looking for another option to satisfy the fishing urge, the Fox River is open and guys are getting out down there for walleye in their boats! Captain Marc or Captain Caleb might even have the opportunity to take you out down there for a fun jig bite!  Stay tuned!  Here's a few pics of the great whitefish bite we found this past weekend!  We are still able to easily walk to this location for some great action!


Ice Conditions Update 1-12-17

Click the link to see Dale's most recent ice conditions on the Bay of Green Bay (Sand Bay) update and ice safety tips:

Wacky Walleye Elite Guide Team Making Waves…

We are excited to announce Captain Caleb Zorn and Captain Marc Jackson, of our Elite Guide Team, have both recently debuted their television careers!!  Marc just filmed a segment with Discover Wisconsin, highlighting the great smallmouth bass fishery in Northern Door County.  (show to air on February 4, 2017) Caleb finished up filming a salmon show out of SE Wisconsin yesterday with John Gillespie's Wisconsin's Waters & Woods. (show to air on September 17, 2016) These two fine young anglers are on the rise!  Book your next guided excursion with them ASAP!

Another Long Door County Ice Fishing Season?

Although this winter started off a mild one in Door County, it seems as though Jack Frost has blasted us with full force the last few weeks.  Listening to the news this morning, the weatherman stated this may be another record-setting year for the amount of ice coverage on the Great Lakes-now approaching over 85%.  That means our Door County Ice Fishing season will be another long one!  If you haven't had the opportunity to come up ice fishing this season, there's still time!  We also have one more event scheduled this season-our Ice Walleye School, March 13-15, 2015.  Hosted by Dale Stroschein at the Sand Bay Beach Resort, you will learn the tips, tactics and locations that have made Dale a successful and awarded (former World Record Holder for a Walleye caught through the Ice!!) ice walleye angler.  So, have no fear, there still is LOTS of time yet to get your Door County Ice Fishing trip in yet this season!  Image below was taken off the NOAA Coastwatch site (satellite imagery from 2/23/15) showing the amount of ice cover on the Bay of Green Bay, WI.

New for 2014 Ice Season – Lodging & Fishing Packages

You asked and we created them! New for 2014, we now have (MIDWEEK ONLY) 1 and 2 night lodging paired with walleye and whitefish ice fishing combo trips.  The GREAT thing is, we depart right from Sand Bay Beach Resort's doorstep!  No need to travel before or after your guided trips.  Situated in beautiful southern Door County, WI, we are in the heart of some of the best ice fishing in the Midwest. Packages starting at just $199/person.  Click HERE for more info on our Rates and Packages.  Book Today! 920-743-5731