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Fishing in Green Bay

Whenever we hear the name “Green Bay”, one thing comes to mind: the premier spots to wet a line in the Midwest. It’s no surprise that Green Bay fishing has been a favorite pastime for both Wisconsin residents and people from all over the country.

The Bay has four distinct seasons which allow you to enjoy a warm afternoon fishing trip in August and an ice-fishing adventure sometime in late February.

Green Bay is not simply a name on the map. And whoever is fortunate enough to book a trip with a local guide is well-aware of that. After just a couple of hours in “La Baie Verte”, you almost always find yourself wishing you could stay forever.

Green Bay fishing spots

The prolific waters of Green Bay, Wisconsin are home to a lot of fish. This waterway extends for almost 120 miles from the head of Big Bay de Noc to the mouth of the Fox River.

The Bay of Green Bay is an arm of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes.

Sturgeon Bay fishing charters, its unique scenic shorelines, and exciting fish species are renowned among the locals.

The Fox River is Green Bay’s largest tributary. Its warm waters are well-known for sport fishermen who are looking for catch-and-release of trophy Walleye in mid-spring.

Lake Michigan’s “Bay of Green Bay”

Fishing in Wisconsin’s part of Lake Michigan and its estuaries is as rewarding as it gets. If you are on a mission to catch Walleye, Musky, and Smallmouth Bass, South Green Bay is the place to go.

This part of the bay is commonly called “the Bay of Green Bay,” a place known as a fantastic Walleye factory.

Green Bay Walleye fishing is good at nighttime in mid-spring before they move to shallow waters to spawn and feed. Walleye school up on the offshore reefs, waiting for anglers to find them.

But even die-hard Green Bay Walleye guides won’t recommend limiting your targets to just one species. Green Bay Musky are equally exciting, especially if you head out on a summer day. That’s the prime time to catch the slender fish, and believe us - they will keep your rods busy.

The Bay of Green Bay is the heart of fishing for Smallmouth Bass. The arm of Lake Michigan produces not only good numbers of Smallies but also outstanding sizes of fish. Those Bass are as large as they get! Prespawn Smallmouth are available relatively shallow early into mid-May. Later in June, they move to deeper water structures offshore.

Fishing never rests in the Bay of Green Bay even when the water is frozen and there is no boat traffic. Green Bay ice fishing is great for trophy hunters. Whether it’s icing large Walleye or batting tasty Whitefish all day long, your trip can only be successful if you know the key location, use the right electronics, and have mastered your jigging technique. Or simply book an ice-fishing trip with a local guide for the better results!

Finally, the Bay of Green Bay holds some colorful Chinook Salmon, Brown and Lake Trout, and Steelhead. They can be found relatively close to shore. For those who know where to look, of course!

Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay is a unique location just a bit north from the Bay of Green Bay. The “Bay Side,” as the locals like to call it, is a true Walleye factory.

Sturgeon Bay Musky and Walleye, along with Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass have been attracting anglers for quite some time now. The winter months are good for ice-fishing, and the bay’s offshore reefs and deep water humps hold Perch and Walleye.

Northern Pike leave she shallow waters in summer and can be tricky to find. They return in fall to the bay and the ship canal area.

Fox River

Your ultimate nature getaway won’t come complete without a trip to the Fox River. Each spring, the River’s warm water turns into spawning grounds for Walleye. During the month of March and April, hundreds of freshwater enthusiasts head to explore the River’s 7 miles worth of water from the De Pere lock and dam all the way to the mouth of the Bay of Green Bay.

But don’t think that the ‘Walleye spawning refuge’ is open only during the springtime. You can test your angling skills all year long and search for your Walleye. Your guide will take you to the dam where they gather in big schools. There are also water inlets along the banks with waters warm enough for Walleye to hang out.

Green Bay fishing techniques

Sturgeon and Green Bays’ Musky are mainly caught with heavy tackle. Those long fish will surely offer an epic combat since they tend to grow super big and strong.

When chasing Walleye in the Fox River in March and April, fishermen spend the majority of their time casting jigs with minnows and plastics, vertical jigging, casting cranks, and trolling shorelines. As the season progresses into late spring and early summer, Walleye begin to move out into the bays to the shallow waters. In mid-summer and August, they move out to 20-40’ of waters.

While trolling shallow water flats with crankbaits behind planer boards is the most common method to get Walleye, the local cream of the crops is jigging. This technique is good to catch monsters on the offshore reefs and deep shorelines. You can also try casting baits on spinning rods. While winter fishing for Walleye, you can also catch some Perch with jigging spoons.

If you happen to fish the Fox River when it’s not crowded, most conventional fishing methods will work to produce fish. Drift jigging is a common presentation, along with vertical jigging and casting cranks. Bulk up your jig with a colorful plastic tail when the water is warm enough.

Smallmouth Bass react well to spinnerbaits, along with heavy jigs to get down into deep water. Fishing live bait rigs with medium action spinning rods is among the most common methods around.

Some Green Bay Smallmouth fanatics prefer using the curl-tail swimming grab as their lure of choice. The locals cast it out on a jighead, let it reach the bottom, and then let it slowly swim back. Such method is called “slow rolling.”

This technique works well year-round, especially as Bass move away from beds and up towards spawning flats. During the early summer months through fall, rock piles of the Sturgeon Bay hold good numbers of Smallies that can be caught by trolling crankbaits.

Northern Pike of Sturgeon Bay are mainly caught in shallow bays with inline spinners, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits.
Finally, you can use light spinning tackle for Salmon or try trolling.

Need to know

Residents and non-residents need to purchase a fishing license before they begin to fully enjoy the local waters. Some species require an additional stamp - just ask your guide before you go out.

Green Bay Fishing Seasons

It’s prime time for ice fishing Sturgeon Bay-style. Catch your limits of Perch and Whitefish. Head for the trophies, which could include Walleye and Northern Pike.

The second month of the year is absolutely great for those trophy Walleye seekers and Perch lovers. The beautiful waters of the Sturgeon Bay are your go-to place right now.

If you are looking to fill your cooler with Perch, hurry up because the season closes on March 15th. However, Sturgeon Bay ice fishing for Whitefish, Perch, and Walleye is also on fire.

The Fox River will hold pre-spawning Walleye until the end of the month. Once you’re done fishing the waters around the dam, head to Sturgeon Bay for Northern Pike or Green Bay forr Walleye.

The lower and mid-bay areas of Sturgeon Bay are absolutely incredible this time of year. You can reel in great numbers of eating-size Walleye. Smallmouth Bass are also around.

Walleye fishing in Sturgeon Bay and the Bay of Green Bay is on fire right now. Numbers of fish caught are pretty high. Trophies hunters go for Smallmouth Bass in the Bay.

The northern areas of Green Bay are all about great trophy Walleye action. The middle part of Sturgeon Bay also holds Walleye but anglers concentrate on fishing for trophy Smallmouth Bass.

Forget about the fact that Walleye are biting like crazy in the middle part of Sturgeon Bay and that trophy Smallmouth Bass are being caught in the Bay of Green Bay, along with Musky.

Trophy Smallmouth Bass and Walleye fishing are on fire this time of year. Musky and Pike trips are also pretty popular. You can go for a mixed-bag adventure and score a nice dose of Sturgeon.

Mid-fall is the best time of the year to catch a 50-pound Musky. Go for a trolling adventure or head to Sturgeon Bay for trophy Walleye. The Bay of Green Bay holds nice numbers of Smallies.

The winter is just around the corner and the fishing is still hot. You can head to the lower part of Sturgeon Bay for trophy Musky or catch Smallmouth Bass in the Bay of the Green Bay. 

The lower part of Green Bay offers great Perch action if the waters are cold enough. The ice fishing season can begin in mid-December if the weather cooperates.

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Top Targeted Species in Green Bay

Walleye

Muskellunge (Musky)

Bass (Smallmouth)

Pike (Northern)

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