Once again we team up with Zach from Why Knot Guide Service to chase down some Whitefish in Door County. All gear will be provided except for electronics, and frankly, you don’t really need them to catch fish. Whitefish is a great tasting flighty fish that feeds on the bottom. Plastics and wax worms are common baits. The technique is somewhat specialized, and working with the guide will help you dial in on the technique to hook up with those feisty fighters. Pounding the bottom will get the fish fired up.
The water is very clear and usually you are fishing in deeper areas. Sometimes an underwater camera can be very entertaining and you can time your hook set with what you see, in addition to what you feel. Fish are often caught by seeing the bite on camera before you feel anything, so if you have an underwater camera you may want to bring it.
Departure time is 7 am and you head out to the fish. You will be transported in a heated side by side, out to the permanent shacks that are also heated. Rods are in the shack all rigged up and ready to go. You can bring your own if you want, but know they are provided.
The limit is 10 fish per person per day. The guide service does not provide fish cleaning so you can clean them yourself or bring them to the local outfitter who has a whitefish cleaning operation to meet the needs of the Door County Whitefish Anglers. The fish is expertly processed, all bones and scales removed and packaged in air sealed packaging ready for the freezer. The place is Lindal Fisheries, and the address is 3805 County Road M in Sturgeon Bay WI.
There will be another event the day after this whitefish trip so be sure to watch for that one to be posted. It will be a perch and pike ice fishing in the same general area. Registration will open soon for both events.