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Old 06-17-2016, 05:50 AM
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Good Morning,
I have a 17' bass boat and would like to fish walleye on winnibago or the bay of green bay. I know its not a walleye boat but its all I have at this time. Can anyone tell me the conditions I am looking for to comfortably fish these bodies of water. (Wind speed/direction) Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:18 AM
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http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/zo...akes/grbmz.htm
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:48 AM
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:12 PM
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I would suggest that if you want to fish that water in a bass boat that the wind be blowing no more than 5-7 mph.

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Old 06-18-2016, 05:18 AM
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Depends what "bass boat" you have. You wont be the first bass boat going out of green bay, and certainly not the last.


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Old 06-18-2016, 09:13 AM
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Wind direction plays a big part, I'll run maybe up to 9 mph winds, but if the wind is coming across the lake before it gets to you, things can be uncomfortable even in 7-9 mph winds, maybe less.

On the other hand, fishing Superior north shore with winds at 12-14 mph coming out of the west wasn't to bad.

Before I go, I check at least two weather and two wind direction/speed sites.

Not sure on GB, fish Superior, but I can't think it'd be much different.

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Old 06-18-2016, 01:38 PM
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I'm a little concerned that you are asking strangers at what point you should not be operating your boat. This is a skill and a sense that you must develop yourself. What make and model of boat do you use? How much horsepower?
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:03 AM
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I appreciate the advice guys. My boat is a 1982 Champion with a 150HP.
wellpastcold - I am asking because I have not been on big water before. Makes sense to me to ask questions before I assume the boat can handle the water I expect it to.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:05 AM
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I appreciate the advice guys. My boat is a 1982 Champion with a 150HP.
wellpastcold - I am asking because I have not been on big water before. Makes sense to me to ask questions before I assume the boat can handle the water I expect it to.
I would definelty keep it on the trailer unless the wave forecast says "less than 2 feet". Not to be confused with "2 feet or less". Great lakes two footers wouldn't be any fun in a bass boat. It would be a slow wet ride, and you would likely take a lot of water over the bow trolling.

When you get a favorable forecast go out and play

I would also recommend not going too far offshore, especially if your motor is the same age as the boat.

Read through the "How to drive in big water" sticky thread at the top of the boat forum to prepare yourself.

Here is a page for Bago waves.

http://www.weather.gov/grb/lk_winnebago
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Old 06-22-2016, 03:52 AM
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I appreciate the advice guys. My boat is a 1982 Champion with a 150HP.
wellpastcold - I am asking because I have not been on big water before. Makes sense to me to ask questions before I assume the boat can handle the water I expect it to.
The skills you need to safely operate your boat must be developed. The way you do that is by experience. Take your boat out on inland lakes on days when it is a little breezy. Work your way up to expand your knowledge and comfort zone. This will help you to develop the skill to say "heck no" or " that's not too bad" as soon as you see the conditions.
Sunday, without turning this into a great novel, you need to prepare extra well for big water. Learn what your boat can handle on smaller water first.
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