Last month I fished on Green Bay with Bret Alexander and the guys at Alexander’s Sport Fishing. We found Bret by researching reputable musky guides in the area, and decided we couldn’t wait until open water to fish with him. We picked a weekend and made the trip to meet up with him for a day chasing whitefish.
Bret has quite an outfit when it comes to chasing fish around Green Bay. He has several guides that work with him to help keep clients on the fish each and every day. Bret picked us up at the boat landing in a fully enclosed, heated, Polaris Ranger 1000. We had to go a little over three miles from the landing to get to the shack, and that didn’t take long going 40+ miles per hour on the ice.
The shacks were warm and holes had been drilled prior to our arrival. Bret said his crew gets on the ice by 3 AM to make sure everything is ready for clients at 7 AM.
We started fishing in 67 feet of water and it didn’t take long for us to get the first fish topside. We caught a few right away, but then things slowed down for about an hour and a half. During your time on the ice the guides walk between shacks to check up on you and see how the fish are biting. They make sure you have enough bait, teach you how to use their flashers, and give tips on how to jig for the fish. On any given weekend they can have over 120 clients on the ice so they have a pretty good idea of what depth the fish are biting on any given day.
As time went on some of the neighboring shacks in deeper water began to put up decent numbers of fish. A few of the guides pulled up in another Ranger and told us to hop in while they moved our shack. It took the three guides about three minutes to make the shack portable so they could pull it to the next spot. We rode in the Ranger and the other two guides rode in the shack to make sure our gear was safe, we didn’t have to move a thing, that’s efficiency!
The next spot was in 92 feet of water and again, it didn’t take long for the bite to start. By mid-afternoon we were pulling up a fish every 3-4 minutes. We used the rigs that were pre-set by the guides, a 1 oz. sinker with three hooks set at different heights off the bottom, each tipped with a wax worm.
A few hours later the sun began to fade behind the trees and Bret pulled up to the shack for a quick picture. He grabbed the fish and brought them to their on ice cleaning shack for the guides to fillet while we packed up our gear.
On the way back to the landing we spoke with one of the guides who said they usually like to get everyone off the ice before dark, but couldn’t because the bite was so good late in the afternoon. It was nice to hear from a guide who wants to keep you on the fish, rather than take you in because “your time is up.”
Overall it was a great trip and we will definitely use Alexander’s Sport Fishing again when we plan our next trip to Green Bay.
Here is Bret’s contact information if you are interested in booking a trip.