Door County White fish Action Feb 3rd

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These are the latest fishing conditions along with ice conditions for Green Bay in the Door County area. Ice conditions are a lot smoother traveling now thanks to a recent warming period followed by a 9 inch snow fall and bitter cold temps behind that. Ice thickness is anywhere from 12 to 17 inches in most areas that we are fishing.

We have been mainly focusing on the Whitefish for the past couple of weeks having pretty decent success. Depths of water that we have been finding are best action in has been anywhere from 45 to 55 FOW. The baits that we have been using have been small gold spoons such as the Slender spoon from Custom Jigs And Spins along with #3 black and gold Jigging Rapalas. Both the spoons and the Raps have been being delivered on the bottom portion of our Whitefish rigs which consist of two baits usually having a smaller bait above the bottom bait such as a small hook and a wax worm or a small jig and soft plastic.

This past weekend we experienced good fishing Saturday morning with some pretty decent size fish only to find that the fish totally shut off around the noon hour. We tried several different locations and depths around the area we were fishing but could not find much activity. After finishing up fishing that afternoon we chiseled out the ice shacks and moved them several miles from where we were to another piece of structure for the next morning.

Sunday morning started out a little slow but after an hour or so the fish really showed up and everyone was catching good numbers of nice size Whitefish including a very nice 25 inch fish which was Chris’s first Whitefish. We all fished until 3pm and among everyone we caught around 100 fish letting many smaller fish go and keeping 60 fish for a 6 man limit. There is still plenty of time left to this ice season to take advantage of this great fishing. Good fishing and as always be safe.

Paul Delaney

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Paul Delaney

As owner/operator of Late-Eyes Sport Fishing Guide Service, Capt. Paul Delaney practically lives on the water and ice of Door County, Wis. No matter the season, Paul’s clients pull big fish from the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. His Full Bio ›


  1. Great information, and thanks for posting! Hope to make my second annual trip up there, and knowing the ice is in at least decent shape really helps. Hopefully the Henderson point and a little north are ready and waiting for me next week.

  2. Paul-

    Question if you don’t mind…. is a 10-15 mph N-NE wind a concern for the Little Sturgeon Bay area this time of year? Out deep enough past points for the white fish. Not looking to find myself on an island in the afternoon.

  3. At this point the bay is iced over completely so not much of a concern of ice breaking free and drifting away. Remember no such thing as safe ice but things are pretty locked up this year so not as much of a concern with wind direction but as always be aware of your weather conditions and I am really glad to see that you are watching weather and wind forecasts but not to much to be concerned about. Good luck fishing and as always be safe.

    Paul Delaney

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