Area Hunting and Fishing Report

Turkey hunters are reporting better success as turkeys are in more normal patterns in the area. Fishing on Green Bay is heating up for walleyes with limits reported out of Oconto County North Bayshore Recreation Area and Pensaukee. Fishermen are reminded yellow perch is still closed on Green Bay until May 20. Oconto County ATV trails open May 10. – Mike Stahl, conservation warden, Oconto Falls

Catch rates for walleye and northern pike at the Stiles Dam were low due in part to high water and the sucker run. Anglers out of Oconto Breakwater and Oconto Park II were mainly fishing for walleye and trolling was the most effective method using stick baits or crawler/harness in 4 to 8 feet of water. A few smallmouth bass and northern pike were also reported being caught. Boaters were reporting a water temperature on the Bay from the upper 30’s to the low 40’s. Shore fishermen at Oconto Breakwater are catching a few northern pike using large shiner minnows or dead smelt fished on bottom. Some walleye are being by shore anglers at the Municipal Landing, casting crank baits and stick baits. – David Boyarski, fisheries supervisor, Sturgeon Bay