FIRST ANNUAL KIDS FISHING DAY!! 9-3-17

Head Guide, Dale Stroschein, along with his Elite Guide Team, are coming together to bring you our first Annual Kids Fishing Day on September 3rd, 2017!  This will be a hands-on fishing experience in the boat with our captains.  For a minimal $25/child fee, your child will get the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of fishing from our Experienced Charter Captains!  Click the Link below ("Kids Fishing Day") for more details.  To reserve your space today, please call our office at 920-743-5731.  Spaces are extremely limited, so book now!

Kids Fishing Day

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!

Door County Fishing Report

Hi Everybody!

Well, the fishing season is well underway!  Our season opener was this past Saturday-May 7th.  I have been chasing mostly Smallmouth Bass and Walleyes.  It's an exciting time up here in Door County-there are a lot of fishermen here preparing and pre-fishing for one of our county's largest tournaments-The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament.  We wish them all the best of luck! 

The water temperatures where I have been fishing (mostly the greater Sturgeon Bay areas: Sand Bay, Sherwood Point, Flats) has been close to the 50 degree mark, which is a pretty warm opener temp for up here.  Warmest water I've seen has been 54.  Most of the bass I have been catching are in the 3-7 FOW range.  For bass, I've been throwing a lot of plastics-and on choppier water days-they get a little more aggressive and I like to throw jerk baits at them.  I have been catching some pretty decent numbers of bass, but haven't seen anything too big where I've been fishing.  But, I know those fish are swimming and I tip my hat to some of the fishermen and women out there who are going to land a giant bass this season!  As fishermen, we all hope it's going to be us personally, but, in all honesty, I'm just as happy for a fellow angler to land a GIANT on my home body of water!!  Go gettem'! 

For walleye, when jigging or casting, you typically will want to position the boat in a depth where you can't see the bottom (of course there are some exceptions, but that's a general starting point).  My bait of choice has been a hair jig, but I also will use a 1/8-3/8 oz jig head with a plastic or blade baits too. Trolling is also another great technique in Door County and the Bay of Green Bay, of course, too.  Just remember to never troll into the wind/waves and always troll with the current.  I like Flicker Shads or Flicker Minnows, Husky Jerks, etc.  Areas to target for trolling: Henderson's Point, Sherwood Point, the shoreline north of Olde Stone Quarry are good places to begin.  Best of luck to all the anglers out there! 

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These fish were caught YESTERDAY, May 9th, 2016:

 

Wisconsin Fishing Opener

In just a few days, May 2nd, Wisconsin's fishing season officially opens!  With forecasts in the 60's and 70's and not much wind, this could be one of the best fishing openers we've seen weather-wise!  The Walleye limit will go from 1 to 5 fish per person, and our world-renowned Smallmouth fishery officially opens as well!  (For complete listing of regulations, CLICK HERE) Water temps are in the mid-high 40's, and we have been having some AWESOME days catching big walleyes-this one pictured below (28.5") was just caught and released a few moments ago (4/28/15).  As we approach our busiest season of open water guiding the waters of Door County, we are optimistic for another successful fishing season.  Best of luck to you this spring fishing season, and remember to CPR-Catch, Photo, Release!  If you are looking for a great home-base to stay while fishing in our neck of the woods (Southern Door County) check out sandbaybeach.com.  Be sure to mention you are a fisherman to receive additional discounts! Hope to see you enjoying our spectacular Door County fishery this season!

Open Water Door County Fishing Schools 2015!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…Dale will be offering four open water schools-two Smallmouth and two Walleye-in 2015!  Actual dates TBD, but check back soon!!  It's looking like May and October will be the host months for these schools!  Hope to see you at one of these great events geared to help you enjoy and learn more about Door County's great and diverse fishery!

BASSMASTERS AOY Tournament to come to Sturgeon Bay

For many years, I have known about our outstanding Smallmouth Bass fishing in Door County, WI.  And, with recent local tournaments showcasing huge weights, it's only natural that eventually the spotlight would fall on Sturgeon Bay and the surrounding waters to host a major BASS Elite event.  So, next September, they chose my backyard-the waters of Door County-to host their end of year championship!  I am excited that they will be showcasing not only our phenomenal fishery, but the area in general.  Door County is a destination for the WHOLE family!  I hope to see you enjoying our fishery soon, and although the Bass may be all the buzz right now, remember, Door County is one of the ONLY fisheries where you have a chance at catching trophy-sized fish in several species: Smallmouth, Walleye, Musky, Pike, Brown Trout & Salmon!!! 

Tight Lines,
Capt. Dale Stroschein

Read more in the article below:

Bassmasters 2015 AOY Championship

Sturgeon Bay Ranked #1 Bass Fishing Lake!

Recently announced by Bassmaster, Sturgeon Bay wins the honor of being ranked #1 bass fishing lake in 2014!!  We have an extraordinary fishery here, and now bass fishermen and women from all over the nation are focusing on making their next fishing destination Sturgeon Bay!!  Captain Dale Stroschein has been guiding the Sturgeon Bay and Door County waters for these mighty fighting Smallmouth bass for 29 seasons.  If you are looking for an amazing bass fishing trip, look no further.  Looking forward to seeing you this bass fishing season!

Click Here for the full BASSMASTER story about the top ranked Bass Fishing Lakes of 2014!

Stroschein Inducted into 2014 Freshwater Fishing H.O.F.!

28 years into my fishing career as a tournament pro, USCG charter captain and ice fishing guide, I am honored to have been chosen to be inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for the class of 2014.  This was always a career goal of mine, and to see it actually happen is a dream come true!  Thank you to all my family, sponsors, clients and friends that have supported me all these years.  I am looking forward to many more fishing seasons to come.  Click link below for full story.

http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/fishing-hall-fame-recognizeds-great-lakes-great/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sept+19+2013+Daily+Newswire+%281%29&utm_content

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!

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!  http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-friends/index.html  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!!