Over the past couple of weeks the smallmouth bass fishing has really started to heat up with many fish moving into shallow water areas and some days being very active. We have been finding success catching bass on different soft plastic presentations such as tube jigs along with swimming grubs and some fish coming on wacky worms. Over the past week or so we have really been seeing a lot of alewives moving into the bay to spawn and on some days that has made for a bit more challenging fishing to trying to compete with all the bait fish in the area. Fishing for these shallow water bass should continue to be good for the next few weeks or so before they start to get into there summer patterns.
We are now at the end of May and we definitely had a colder than normal month with water temperatures remaining well below normal in most areas. Despite colder weather and water temperatures we have been finding good success fishing for Smallmouth Bass in shallow water concentrating on the warmest water we can find for that day. Every day has been different for us depending on the weather conditions we are faced with the key for us has been locating the fish for that day and staying with them using light presentations fished slowly. Depending on the depth of water we are fishing our best success has come with using baits such as Rapala Jerk Baits, and soft plastics mostly being tube jigs with 1/8th oz jig heads. The Door County Smallmouth Bass fishing will only continue to get much better as we begin to get warmer weather and warmer water temperatures.
With this spring being very cold with temperatures well below normal and weather changing frequently it has made it challenging to be able to have any consistency to the fishing. Depending on our location where we have been fishing for our walleyes we have been both casting and trolling for our fish. some days we will be able to find them shallow and actively feeding other days we have to fish large expansive areas picking up a fish here and there.
As far as the casting techniques we have been finding success using jigs and soft plastics and our trolling presentations have been producing best trolling crawler harnesses in water depths from 20 feet of water or less. Both of these techniques go they will continue to produce throughout the entire open water season depending on the weather conditions for that day.
As of now the walleye fishing on Green Bay appears mostly to be a post spawn situation in all of the areas we are fishing as of today. Over the past couple of days the walleye fishing in the areas we have been fishing has been tough with the fish really being tight lipped and having to work hard for the fish we have been putting in the boat but we have been catching quality big fish.
We will be continuing to fish different locations around the Bay to find the best fishing from day to day as we move through the season the walleyes will continue to move about the Bay and to capitalize on the best fishing you have to be willing to keep moving with where the walleyes want to be. We have been finding success catching our walleyes both casting and trolling depending on the day being able and willing to adjust your presentation is key to capitalize on your catch for that day.