Fish the waters of Door County with Captain Lynn Frederick as your guide.
Ms. Frederick, who has a PhD in Zoology, has operated her charter fishing service for
trout and salmon from Baileys Harbor since 1975. She operated the Fish Doctor,
a classic 28 foot Bertram Yacht for nearly 30 years.
Last year, she sold the Fish Doctor, but continues to guide small parties of 1-3 persons
with her 20.5 foot center console Lund Newport, the Fish Doctor Too.
The Fish Doctor Too has been Lynn's personal fishing boat, recently reincarnated
with a new Evinrude E-tec outboard. It excels at fishing inshore for brown trout,
walleye, and bass, as well as numerous non-target species that provide fishing fun
on the bay of Green Bay. In tighter quarters around reefs and shorelines on lake,
and bay, a smaller boat has an advantage. She also fishes salmon and trout offshore
from Baileys Harbor as weather permits. The Fish Doctor Too is trailerable so you
can fish the waters of northern Door County wherever the fish are biting.
When To Come
Your Captain says:
The best time to fish is whenever you can!
April and May are the months for light tackle trolling for brown trout.
Because the warmest water in the area is found along the beach, you will be trolling the shoreline.
May also offers fishing for post-spawn walleyes. Be sure to bring warm clothes
because any breeze off the lake makes the air chilly.
In June fish for steelhead strains of rainbow trout, well know for their surface acrobatics.
As Lake Michigan warms, a large current separates the warm inshore
water from the cold offshore. Steelhead and lake trout feed on insects and baitfish
that are carried on the surface in the current line. Chinook salmon sometimes
lurk below. The bite is best when the water is calm. Again, bring warm clothes.
The offshore water is cold.
Smallmouth bass are resident in all the inshore waters, shallow reefs, and around
the islands throughout Door County. I prefer to wait until they are done spawning
before fishing them. The big spawners are the future of the fishery.
From late June through July is the premier time for large chinook salmon. These big
fish will empty your reel with their powerful runs. I usually take a slip in Baileys Harbor
and fish exclusively for them, however, they feed wherever baitfish are located
and we have the capability of fishing from other ports. Steelhead, lake trout, and
brown trout are frequently part of the catch. In bright sunny summer weather
salmon usually bite best early and late in the day.
By August trophy-sized walleyes have moved into northern Green Bay.
This fishery continues into the fall. A lot of large non-target species add to the excitement.
Fall fishing offshore for immature salmon continues well into the fall,
but is weather dependent as the season is windier.
We also catch brown trout, mature salmon, and a few rainbows within Baileys Harbor.
For those of you who would prefer fishing from a larger boat, or have more than 3 people in your group,
Captain Andy Stuth, longtime first mate aboard the Fish Doctor,
operates independently as Door County Charters. He fishes from a 28 foot Cherokee
and catches fish! He also offers guided ice fishing trips.
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