The last open-water report of 2022
With docks being removed from launches and Mother Nature putting an icy grip on the Bay, this will be our last open-water report of 2022.
Once the ice is safe to fish, Smokey’s will have weekly ice fishing reports by Captain Claus.
His reports will target perch, pike, walleye and whitefish on the bay of Green Bay and the Fox River.
The walleye bite continues to be good on the Fox River, as both day and night bites are still going strong.
During the day, mid-river edges of current are holding the most fish.
Jigging hair jigs, casting ripper minnows, Rippin’ Raps, blade baits and crankbaits in rocks are taking the most fish.
Trolling below the 172 flats and around University Bay was consistent, though ice formation is making the bay unfishable.
Trolled flicker minnows in purple and natural colors was best.
Muskie action has slowed, but some are still being caught.
Trolling speeds of 2-2.5 mph with shallow diving crankbaits was best.
Don’t be afraid to downsize your presentations for these large predators, as many fish are taken with 5-6 inch stickbaits meant for walleyes.
Shore fishing has been hot out of Metro Launch and Voyager Park with nice catches of perch, walleye, pike and musky.
Thank you again to Tilky and all our followers of this report.
Be safe, take a kid fishing, and I’ll see you in March.
Yah, only at Smokeys!
Capt. Jerry Ruffolo
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