Door Peninsula Fishing Report: October 17th 2009

PERCH – Action has been good, according to fisherman reports in Sturgeon Bay Harbor around the boat moorings and Michigan Street Bridge in about 8 to 10-feet of water with live bait and slip bobbers being the best. Perch are being caught in Little Sturgeon Bay in the harbor and along the shoreline. Sawyer Harbor is also a good spot. The only luck I have had catching perch was along the rocky breakwater at the Old Quarry Marina.

NORTHERN PIKE – Being caught in 8 to 10-feet of water with larger ones being caught as deep as 40 feet. Large crankbaits with orange coloring seems to be the best lure color. Good size pike are also being caught in the Washington Island area, mostly casting large spoons.

WALLEYE – Action is still best at night trolling crankbaits in 8 to 15-feet of water. The shoreline along the southern part of the peninsula has been good and the area south of Egg Harbor. Reports of walleyes being taken from 24-inch to 28-inch fish.

SALMON – Limited success trolling in Sturgeon Bay because of the northern current and recent bout of warm weather. Boats have been working the canal and the Strawberry Creek area with some boats getting four to five salmon per trip.

BROWN TROUT– Fish around the docks and marina. This morning I caught a 21-inch around 9 am with more coming in as I left between 9:30 and 10 am as the sun got stronger with large brown trout lurking in the shallows right up to the docking piers. Artificial bait in the form of spoons such as Cleos® and Castmasters®, but I caught my trout this morning on live medium live minnows with a slip bobber. Any minnow-looking bait will produce a hit as the temperature has dropped a bit.

SMALLMOUTH BASS – Not many fishermen are fishing for bass; however, those after bass are fishing deep water 15 to 25-feet deep with smaller tubes or grubs on lake jigs or Carolina Rigs. Some bass in the 5-pound class have been taken.
With the fall weather here and the warm spell gone, this is the time to get out and get some great fish with the shoreline fisherman being able to catch some brown trout beauties.

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.