With water temperatures beginning to warm up again here in Door County the Smallmouth bass are beginning to become more active in the shallow warmer water. We have been targeting the bass fishing a number of different presentations including using Rapala suspending jerk baits along with soft plastic presentations such as tube jigs along with some swimming grubs. Our best color for the plastics have been green pumpkin on most days with some days having success on brown colored tubes. Water depths that have been best have been 10 feet of water or less with some fish still coming in water depths around 20 to 25 feet.
Well despite the nasty cold weather and strong north winds today we had a pretty successful day fishing in Door County for smallmouth bass. After finding an area out of the big winds and getting into some warmer water we found the bass to be pretty aggressive in water depth from 3 to 5 feet of water. Our presentation that worked best for us was using 1/8th oz tube jigs worked slowly on the bottom and the best color seemed to be anything with green pumpkin color in it. We boated around 40 fish today with the largest fish being in the 3lb class.
Yesterday was the first bass fishing trip of the season here in Door County and even though the action where we were fishing was not hot and heavy we did manage to catch some nice bass and had a lot of fun fishing for the morning. The water temperatures were a bit cold yet for the good shallow water action still being in the high 40 degree range so we targeted the bass in deeper water where they are staging to soon come into the shallower warmer water. Our best presentation was slowly working suspending jerk baits above the fish and letting the fish come up on the baits. After locating some bass we also went back on the fish using some Rapala Jigging Raps worked on the bottom to get some of the less active bass.
The Walleye fishing here in Door County continues to be great with quality walleyes being caught on a daily basis. With the walleye spawn being complete we have been targeting walleyes during the day in slightly deeper water than where they had spawned. With the weather being very nice the past week or so the water temps continue to rise and the walleyes are responding positively. We have been using a casting approach for the walleyes using different crank baits along with jigs and soft plastics. Now is a great time to target these large post spawn walleyes here in Door County.