Door Peninsula Fishing Report: April 17th 2012

Peninsula Report

Fishing pressure was relatively low in Sturgeon Bay and northern Door County during the past week. Boaters returning to the City Dock in Sturgeon Bay have reported success trolling at 15-20 feet for brown trout using stick and crank baits and also trolling with crank baits and gold and river shiners for northern pike. Anglers active on the Sturgeon Bay Piers are casting for brown trout with blue and silver spoons. Walleye anglers in Sturgeon Bay have been trolling with stick baits. Heins, Hibbards, and Whitefish Bay creeks still have a few dwindling steelhead with anglers reporting success using fresh spawn and spinners. Some suckers continue to run the creeks. Waterfowl are returning to the area and turkeys are extremely active during all hours.

There were a few shore anglers looking for crappie and bluegill at Sawyer Harbor, but none were caught. Chilly weather resulted in low fishing activity at Potawatomi park and Idlewild ramps last weekend. Saturday was cold and windy with just a few anglers out after walleye. Sunday was sunny and very windy, with waves coming over the breakwater at Bayshore Park. There were many families netting white suckers at Red River Park.
There’s also a solid pike bite during the day with good action casting, trolling or live-bait rigging, both these pike were released. Both were 38 and 41 inch pike. If fellow fishermen do get lucky enough to land these big pike, please consider releasing the big females.  These Pike are all naturally reproducing with very little stocking.

Little Sturgeon Bay

Carp has been surfacing in seven feet of water around Bayshore and at Little Sturgeon as well.

Sand Bay

Fishing has been best in morning around 6am and again in the evening 6pm-8pm with some activity in the early afternoon.

Sturgeon Bay Canal

  The Northern Pike bite has been good from Dunlops to the highway bridge for both casting and drifting with good size 25 to 33″.

Old Quarry Marina to Flats

Once again, pike are hitting in this area as well.