Our open water fishing begins shortly after ice out when we begin trolling and casting both the Lake Michigan and Green Bay sides of Door County for brown trout. These fish are caught in a wide range of sizes and several have been caught in recent years that have topped thirty pounds. Browns are typically caught during daylight hours and a trout trip is a great way to jump start your open water fishing season. The areas annual Brown Trout Tournament is held the third week in April. And if a trophy walleye is on your bucket list, a trip in the evening or after dark shortly after ice out is an excellent time to take one of the bruiser walleye’s that Door County is well known for.
We typically begin catching good quantities of post spawn walleyes in mid-May from the lower part of Green Bay. Later in the summer and fall we target trophy walleyes fishing sharp shoreline breaks and offshore reefs. We use a combination of trolling, jigging and casting techniques for all our walleye fishing.
Our smallmouth bass season opens the first Saturday in May and draws anglers nationwide due to the quality and quantity of the bass in these waters. Six pound smallies and twenty fish days are possible and five pound averages are often required to win tournaments. May and June is predominantly shallow water pre-spawn fishing. Later summer and fall we’re fishing deeper water patterns. Our bass trips are basically catch and release.
"Our trip was to celebrate my grandson's graduation and we fished with Nick two days. We caught fish which was great but as importantly Nick’s positive attitude and enthusiasm made it an all-around excellent experience. Nick’s an excellent problem solver and he did a beautiful job. We’re coming back this winter to go ice fishing with Nick."
-Sarah Reynolds, Ft. Meyers Florida
You’ll be fishing aboard a 21 foot Lund powered by a 350 HP Mercury Verado 4-stroke outboard, a 15 HP Mercury kicker, Humminbird electronics and Minn Kota trolling motor.About Nick
Nick grew up with a rod in his hand. His dad has guided since the 1980’s and Nick has fished Door County his entire life. Nick’s fished professionally since 2005 guiding on the Bay of Green Bay for walleye, smallmouth bass, perch, and brown trout and he’s captained up to 38 foot boats on Lake Michigan for salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Nick puts his clients on fish but it’s his outgoing personality, enthusiasm, and willingness to “teach” that makes his trips enjoyable, informative and most times turns his clients into friends.Guided Rates
$450 (plus tax) 1/2 day trip for 1-2 people
$500 (plus tax) 1/2 day trip for 3 people
If you have questions or are ready to book your fishing trip with Nick, click here or give us a call at 920-839-2272.