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 find canister filter, and this will make for great success.

Family Ice Fishing on Green Bay

Wacky Walleye Guide Service is proud to announce that we will be running a Fun Family Ice Fishing package.  This 4 hour ice fishing package will include a Fully Guided Whitefish trip for up to a family of four.  Transportation, heated ice shanties, Frabill tackle and bait will be provided.  The total cost for up to 2 adults and 2 children is $259.  Additional persons may be added for $25/person.  Hope to see you this winter for some great Ice Fishing in Door County on the Bay of Green Bay!

Door County Ice Fishing In Pursuit

Another fantastic summer and fall fishing season has winter approaching. With that being said anglers are making transitions towards this upcoming ice fishing season. Cold, consistent weather will make for early ice fishing opportunities. Early ice can be very productive for walleyes: not only are anglers making transitions with winter on its way, but walleyes are as well. Early ice walleye fishing is so productive because walleyes are at their peek feeding craze. On top of that, oxygen levels are still high and weed vegetation is still present to hold walleyes in the bays of Green Bay. Door County is well known for its ability to produce big walleyes, and taking the extra steps to be persistent to find these fish, whether it be on rock bars, humps, breaks or reefs, will determine which areas these big fish are frequenting.

Another key concept with early ice walleyes is that they are responsive and very agressive. By jigging aggressively and finding the strike zones of these fish, this will factor greatly towards one's success. Remember that walleyes are creatures of habit constantly looking for food. with that being said a walleyes strike zone is dictated around water temperature."Do not limit your self and your jigging". Understand that being able to compensate for water temperature in a way that you either slow your jigging down, or  entice the fish with a more aggressive  jigging action, will make the difference at the end of the day.


Whitefish numbers are very strong and continue to be on the rise. As walleyes may present a challenge to ice anglers, whitefish continue to be a draw for many! As time goes, whitefish are continuously on the move and looking for food. Not only are whitefish ahead in numbers, but they taste great and are an absolute blast to catch, especially in deep water where whitefish are commonly found. 

Going back to the same spots every season-for whatever species you are in search of-is not always the answer. Although these spots may produce, it's always good to have other options if all else fails. Understanding a body of water and keying in on specific areas where giant walleyes or the fighting whitefish dwell will always be an advantage. Ice is always unpredictable and has a mind of its own, taking extra steps to ensure they safety of your life and the other members of your party is always important while fishing through the ice. 

Wacky Walleye Guide service has recently returned from the 19th annual St. Paul ice show, and it is looking like another great year with a lot of  new awesome products. We can't wait to put our Frabill ice gear and Jiffy ice drills to work. We are also proud to say that we have more new additions to our fleet of permanent heated ice shacks and Polaris crew cab rangers!! It's getting cold and ice is just starting to form in areas, so grab your gear and get ready to head out to the ice its coming fast!  BUT, most importantly, have fun and always be safe while taking to the ice. Good Luck Fishing!! Tight Lines!!!

-Contributed by Ice Guide, Aaron Pribyl-Wacky Walleye Crew

Door County Ice Fishing

As the weather begins to turn colder, it's time to gear up for Door County ice fishing! We are looking forward to putting our Frabill gear and Jiffy Ice Drills to the test very soon.  There are a lot of exciting and fun events coming up this season. 

Our first event is the chance to film a show with John Gillespie!  This is a three night lodging/2 day ice guided package and you will have the opportunity to be on television with John Gillespie and Dale Stroschein!  Click link below for more info:


Next on our calendar of events is the fun-filled Whitefish Weekend!!  This is a 2 night/3 day package – great for families, couples and buddies!!  We have a blast every year during this event.  Click link below for more info:


The last event we will be hosting this year is our information-packed Ice Walleye Weekend.  This event is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND and we are looking forward to another great school in 2012!  Click link below for more info:


If we don't happen to see you at one of these events, remember we do offer HEATED ICE SHANTY RENTALS FOR WHITEFISH or FULLY GUIDED ICE WALLEYE TRIPS OR ICE WHITEFISH TRIPS!  Dale Stroschein has been ice guiding Door County for 27 seasons in 2012, and wants to help you become a successful Door County Ice Fisherman!  Hope to see you this ice fishing season!

LODGING at Sand Bay Beach Resort puts you right on MAIN DOOR COUNTY ICE FISHING ACCESS AT SAND BAY!!  No need to trailer your ATV's or snowmobiles any further!  Roll right out of your suite and onto the ice!!!  BE SURE TO MENTION YOU ARE AN ICE FISHERMAN TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTED RATES!  And, whether you guide with Dale or choose to fish on your own, he will be happy to point you in the right direction, provide tips/techniques and give updates on ice conditions. AND, don't forget, Sand Bay Beach Resort has a heated, indoor FISH CLEANING FACILITY.

Whitefish Weekend 2012 Announced!!

Back by popular demand!!  Wacky Walleye's Whitefish Weekend will be FEBRUARY 3-5, 2012.  Come join the Wacky Walleye Crew for a great weekend of friends, fun and FISHING!!!


Space is limited!  Reserve your spot today!  888-879-5548

Wacky Walleye Crew Member on Fox and Friends

Congratulations, Aaron Pribyl (Wacky Walleye Ice Assistant) for his appearance 8/6/11 on Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends program!  He will be broadcasting LIVE from New York City!  As a host for Bass Pro Shops Next Generation TV show, Aaron was invited to be interviewed on the morning news program.  He will be discussing the show itself and the upcoming BPS Fall Hunting Classic.  Be sure to tune in!  Way to go, Aaron!!

Last Dash Whitefish Bash

Hey Guys & Gals!  We are offering a last chance this Saturday (April 9, 2011) to hammer some Door County Whitefish through the ice!  $50/person gets you a fully guided trip on Saturday.  Make a weekend out of it and stay at Sand Bay Beach Resort with suites starting at just $69/night for fishermen!  We have been getting our limits pretty easily, and what better way to spend a Saturday in April?!  Get a suntan and catch some fish!!  Check it out!

Featured on John Gillespie’s Waters & Woods

Check out this week's John Gillespie show where the Wacky Walleye Crew shows the gang how we do Late Ice Walleye Fishing in Door County, WI.  Visit for more show info.

Late March Ice Fishing in Door County

Late March has been a VERY productive time for us at Wacky Walleye Guide Service!  We have been catching BIG Walleyes and limits of Whitefish as we come to the end of our ice fishing season.  It has been a great year and we hope to take advantage of ice fishing for a little while longer…we will see how the ice holds up for us in the coming weeks!