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But the other fish are still biting

Harbor Angler Report, May 6 Photo

With the start of the general Wisconsin fishing opener, walleyes and smallmouth bass (catch & release) will be the target species for many anglers. I usually wait until after opening weekend to really get into it. A lot less people to contend with and anyway, I have to spend some time chasing turkeys. I have heard reports of walleyes being caught in the Bay and there were an awful lot of guys on the Kangaroo Lake causeway. I have not checked out the action yet, but will do some casting there next week. 

With the north winds and cool waters, the tournament anglers will have quite a challenge over the weekend. I have mixed feelings about all of the bass tournaments in Door County this time of year. It seems like there is one every weekend through June. Obviously, I would prefer to have the water to myself and with all of the pressure, it does affect the behavior of the bass. On the other hand, the tournaments do bring a lot of revenue into the county and, at least for me, there still seems to be plenty of bass out there. At any rate, it seems like we will have to live with all of those pros in the Ranger bass rigs for the foreseeable future. 

Just because we can target smallies and keep our 5 walleyes, does not mean the browns have stopped biting. Paul and I went out of Baileys Harbor on Tuesday. The winds were moderate out of the north so we trolled south. The water temperature was still cool. We found temperatures of 44-45F. The mid-lake buoy is still reporting 38F. We picked up two "eaters" in fairly shallow and lost another one. Well worth the effort of going out. 

Next time I hope to have some walleyes to talk about and maybe a smallie or two. Can the steelhead bite be far away?

Tight lines, Bruce