Door Peninsula Fishing Report: September 27th 2007


PERCH
Perch are hitting in Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor and inside Little Sturgeon in 8 to 15-feet of water using minnows and night crawler harness rigs. Most of the perch is 8 to 10-inches with some being caught around 12 inches.
SALMON – Fisherman fishing inside of Sturgeon Bay are catching salmon two to four per trip trolling in 18 to 24-feet of water. Those fishing in the outer Bank Reef area are catching 3-year-olds.
BROWN TROUT
Brown trout is being caught on the bay side (Sturgeon Bay), at Monument Shoals all the way to Sister Bay, while trolling and casting shallow water.
BASS –
Bass anglers are finding smallmouth bass off Washington Island, Chambers Island and Larson’s Reef around the Sugar Creek area. Fishermen are catching them 14 to 18-feet of water with small plastic tube bait being dragged and finessed off the bottom. Yesterday, a fisherman (Gene) caught a smallmouth just a tad over 19-inches using the crayfish colored tube bait he normally uses with a weighted jig hook of ¾-ounce and cast 15 to 20-yards off the Old Rock Quarry marina using the finesse technique of bouncing off the bottom. Most reports are that there are not a lot of bass caught, but those that are caught are trophy-sized. A couple of 5-pounders have been caught over this past week. Best catches are early morning or late at night by trolling the shallow spots along the reefs in 8 to 10-feet of water and along the shorelines. The top lures for offshore has been crankbaits, Rapala®, and Storm® Thundersticks. I have had good success with #4 and #5 Rapala® shad-jointed lure in a silvery-bluish color or a perch-color off Egg Harbor marina or the bay-side rocky breakwater at Old Quarry Marina.
NORTHERN PIKE –
Hitting good in Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island with those caught in Sturgeon Bay from mostly trolling and using large spoons cast off Washington Island.
Gary Nault of Gary’s Guide Service provides a daily fishing report at 6AM, Noon, and 6PM on 96.7 FM, 102.1 FM, 104.1 FM and 105.1 FM, as well as the Door County Daily News website. Gary has been a guide for 30 years in the Door Peninsula waters and Lake Michigan. Gary provides the necessary tackle with St. Croix rods with Quantum reels, necessary tackle and baits. All you have to bring is: Polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, current Wisconsin fishing license (with Trout/Salmon stamp), rain suit, fishing cap, camera with film, cooler for snacks & refreshments, and appropriate clothing for a fishing trip.
Salmon fishing charters are available for up to 3 people. Gary’s specialty fish species is smallmouth Bass, but you can also catch Walleye, Northern Pike, Musky, and Perch. Fishing trips are offered on a half-day or full-day trip in the waters of Door County. Gary is fully licensed and insured.
FISHING TIPS
For those of you looking to replace or add tackle to your gear, when purchasing the rod and reel combos, Shakespeare®, Berkley® and other companies, strip off the line that comes on the reel and replace it with quality line. I used the line on one new combo set and lost a shad-jointed #5 Rapala® because the cheap line snapped on a cast. Otherwise, your local Wal-Mart sells good gear; it is just to keep the price down the combination systems are loaded with cheap fishing line.
Two-day charter fishing license (includes trout/salmon stamp) costs $14 and be purchased at Wal-Mart’s Sporting Goods department in Sturgeon Bay and selected bait shops in town like Dunham’s Sports.
Gary Nault of Gary’s Guide Service provides a daily fishing report at 6AM, Noon, and 6PM on 96.7 FM, 102.1 FM, 104.1 FM and 105.1 FM, as well as the Door County Daily News website. Gary has been a guide for 30 years in the Door Peninsula waters and Lake Michigan. Gary provides the necessary tackle with St. Croix rods with Quantum reels, necessary tackle and baits. All you have to bring is: Polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, current Wisconsin fishing license (with Trout/Salmon stamp), rain suit, fishing cap, camera with film, cooler for snacks & refreshments, and appropriate clothing for a fishing trip.
Salmon fishing charters are available for up to 3 people. Gary’s specialty fish species is smallmouth Bass, but you can also catch Walleye, Northern Pike, Musky, and Perch. Fishing trips are offered on a half-day or full-day trip in the waters of Door County. Gary is fully licensed and insured.

See also: Fishing Knots.

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