I spent May 23rd and 24th searching for giant smallmouths in the famous sturgeon bay area. Although we never got into any giants we caught a lot of fish and it was a very enjoyable trip.
We concentrated our efforts in Little Sturgeon bay, and it didn’t take us long to find a large school in about 6 FOW. After picking it apart for a few hours we caught around 25 of them, but every one was in the 2.5 to 4 pound range. I’m not sure if we were in-between waves of fish or if it was just the sunny, flat calm conditions that were scattering the big fish making it hard to concentrate our efforts in a certain area – we covered a fair amount of area in the two days and only came across one real concentration of fish, all being on the smaller side of the spectrum. Big fish for the weekend was around the 4 pound mark.
As far as presentation goes we found Trigger X tubes to be producing the most fish, with swim baits such as the Trigger X Slop Hopper producing a few fish as well. Working the tubes rather slow seemed to trigger the most strikes.
I’m sure there will be a lot of better days to come as we didn’t see any sign of fish on beds yet, which leads me to believe we might have hit it on an off day and the big fish were either scattered or just not there. I hope to make it up there again in the near future in search of the giants that Green Bay is known for!