Door County Late Ice Walleye Fishing

We are still going strong late into the the ice fishing season up in Door County, WI!  Those big Walleyes we have been waiting for are finally starting to cooperate!  Ice conditions are very good for this late in the season, however, with the longer days and now warmer temps…USE EXTREME CAUTION!  Even though this has been a long and cold winter…this is still the end of March remember!  It's best to call for conditions, and don't venture out with a vehicle of any kind unless you are familiar with the locations of reefs, rock bars, creeks, etc!  Here are a few Walleyes we iced yesterday and today!

I am running a LATE ICE GUIDING SPECIAL:

ALL day Walleye/Whitefish combo: $155/person
Morning & Afternoon Walleye: $140/person

Call 920-743-5731 for current conditions or to book your guided trip!

Door County Ice Conditions

Door County Ice Fishing Guide, Dale Stroschein, talks about the ice conditions.  We are excited (and relieved) that we finally have some good ice!  Our heated ice fishing shanties will be in their prime locations, and we will be able to seek out the monster Door County Walleyes we are famous for!  Conditions are looking great, so book your ice fishing adventure today!

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

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.

BELOW IS A VIDEO OF AN EARLY ICE WALLEYE CUSTOMER AND HIS CATCH LAST JANUARY 2011:

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

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!!

Lower Green Bay Walleye Fishing

Fished out of the lower Green Bay out of Bayshore landing. Trolling crankbaits with a Southwest wind 5-10 mph, with increasing winds as the morning went on. Fishing was very productive–got our limits within the first few hours of fishing. Quite a few boats launching out of both Bayshore and Metro Park launches. Crankbaits have been a go to bait throughout the course of summer, as well as the increased use in crawler harnesses as anglers are coming back with great success on the water. An expected warm spell for the upcoming week has fishermen questioning whether the bite will slow down. Fishing earlier in the morning or towards dusk will allow anglers to make up for the expected heat wave that will warm up water temperatures. Most walleyes being caught are males 15-17 inches in length, larger males are being caught along the reefs as well. Working over reefs and on the edge of breaks has been the big ticket for hooking up on summertime walleyes. One key concept to apply to summertime walleye fishing is the ability to change up gear. A simple move from crank baits to crawler harnesses can play a large factor into being successful on the water, along with finding suspended walleyes and changing up your trolling speeds throughout your passes. As summer wears on, the walleye bite will produce good to slow days of fishing. By simply being able to change over gear you are allowing your self to make up for a slow start and capitalize on a day of trolling for walleyes.

Contributed by Aaron Pribyl

Chalky Water = Good Door County Walleye Fishing