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JOEL BALLWEG
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8/22/14 3:42 PM CST
That fish appears to still have its adipose fin. Which means it was not stocked but is in the lake due to natural reproduction.

Most likely, not from on the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan. More than likely, it was spawned in one of the rivers on the Michigan side of the lake.

Just the same, you should not feel guilty in any way, shape or form for keeping it. Most of us would have done the same thing. The only difference is most of us would not have even given it a second thought.

[This post was last edited on 8/22/14 at 3:44 PM]
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8/22/14 3:27 PM CST
Rsie, dont feel too bad. Even though the kings go through the motions of spawning on our side of the lake, natural reproduction is slim to none. I'm sure your son had a blast!

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8/22/14 2:41 PM CST
Conditions: Foggy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Fished this AM with 2 of my boys and one of their buddies. Foggy. got later start. Fished from 6-10ish. Ended up 5/7. 2 Lakers, 1 Chin, 1 bow and 1 Coho. First at 6:30 on 10 color in 100 on a black ice. #2 & #3 on the same 10 color black ice in 110-125. #4 on a 7 color in 140 black ice spoon again. Last was on a SWR dragging the bottom with a blueberry muffin spoon in 135 - big fat piglaker. Lost another pig laker on the same rig. Wire Dispsey f/f was completely dead today. weird. Nothing on 3-4-5 lead. nothing on brad's or jplug's either - nothing on any brighter spoons either. Nice day out there overall. first time on Lake Michigan for two of the young men including my 13 year old - he's hooked now (nice). He pulled in the chinny at 6:30 - biggest fish of his life - priceless!

Honestly felt guilty cleaning that fish b/c it was so full of egss - just wondering how many other salmon might be swimming around one day if that fish made it in the harbor to do its business? What are we supposed to do though - between a rock and hard place i suppose. Beautiful looking fish - not an ugly and tired looking fish ready to spawn. Maybe in a few weeks that fish looks very different. Any thoughts? rjs

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8/22/14 2:16 PM CST
Is that a diving buoy for a deep water wreck? Hope you made a waypoint to revisit later

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8/22/14 1:19 PM CST
Conditions: Foggy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Jigging and trolling the north and main gaps, got 1 tiny brown other than that not a bump, Fished 6:30-10:30. Probably a couple of weeks yet. Sweating

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8/21/14 8:47 PM CST
Buddy and I took a family of 5 out today. Had low expectations based on the recent reports. Watched the rain slide south so we set up in 70' straight east of the south gap at 6:30 hoping to find some early staging kings. My expectations were further lowered when after putting in 2 dipsies and rigger we realized the 2 dispies on opposite sides of the boat were tangled and it was a real mess. Let my buddy work on the tangle and got the rest of the lines set and then re-rigged the dipsies. It was probably almost 7:30 before we had all the lines in. Trolled out to 140' with no action when I spotted a round yellow buoy which I was not familiar with. Decided to circle around it and immediately the 300' copper with a blue dolphin fired with a 10 lb rainbow. We continued working around that buoy with consistent action. At one point seconds after netting one fish we had 4 rods fire landing 2. The copper/blue dolphin was most productive but also had action on white flasher/LBB down 84' and 91', a 10 color with a #5 silver J-plug, 12 color blue/white glow spoon and a 8 color with an M&M glow spoon. There was a lot a cranking with the depths we were fishing, but the kids worked hard to reel them up. Ended a surprising 8-11 when the rain chased us off at 10:30 with an 18lb Chin (white flasher/fly), 2 coho, 2 bows and 3 lakers. Ran 1.9 on the depth raider. Sometimes when you least expect it....

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8/21/14 8:40 PM CST
Nice fish darrink! That shirt you got on makes it look like it had 2 mouths.

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8/21/14 10:22 AM CST
I forgot to add the photo.

darrink
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8/21/14 10:18 AM CST
Fished last night from 5-830p. Set up in 100ft straight east of south shore and headed north. While setting lines had the rigger pop at 80 feet and after a short fight and a few jumps it was gone. Looked to be a bow. A reset and off to washing lures. We made it to the filter and the rigger pops again. Ended up catching a 8lb king, but tangled my other lines. The last line to untangle was my other rigger down 60 with 4 color (a very long SWR). So I popped the line and started to reel it in. Just as I got to the lead the rod almost flys out of my hands. FISH ON!!! The thing was screaming line and since all my other rods where in the boat we put the boat to a crawl. After a long battle and lots of long runs we got the fish in. It was a 24.6 pound king. After a few pictures we reset lines and washed for a bit longer and had a driveway. Ended the night going 2/4. Our best depth was 90-100 down 70-80ft with green and silver spoons.

Overall it was better than I expected.

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8/21/14 9:32 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Fishing is as good as it has been for us this year. There is cold water around, and our focus has been fishing deep in the column.

Best for us has been 120-130FOW with riggers down 100 and 115. Divers back 180-240LOC have been good as well. We haven't even been putting out boards. We've focused our attention on the bottom of the column, and stayed on successful way points. It seems to be working. Took a 20 pounder last weekend, and an 18 last night. Will try and post pics later.

Our best setup has been white flasher with the Ivy Wings fly down 115 on our deep rigger. Haven't gotten much spoon stuff going, mostly because we haven't tried.

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8/21/14 6:55 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F
Fished yesterday 5:00PM through sunset and went 1 for 6. Caught a 13 lb. brown on a ten color with a blue dolphin spoon in 100 feet east of the main gap. Worked 70 feet through 120 feet dragging two FF on dipsys, 10 color/spoon, a 3 color/spoon, flat line with a plug and a small dipsy/spoon. Radio chatter indicated very slow fishing.

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8/20/14 8:28 PM CST
Big stink on my boat today-3 drive bys on rigger on Cracked Ice Mag.

One laker later in AM got off close to boat.

Grrrr hate the skunk.

Topped day off by blowing trailer tire 10 miles from home in heavy construction traffic. Had to have towing service haul the boat away since the spare turned out to be the wrong wheel for that trailer-thanks to the last owner. I never thought to check that out.

banjominnow99
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8/19/14 7:58 PM CST
Size down slightly from '13, numbers down significantly probably due to cold water and now warm water. Check past SAR and Brew City results and that'll give you a good picture of how things have been most of this year. Still holding out hope for Sept. My .02.

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8/19/14 7:45 PM CST
I'm curious how things are looking so far this year compared to last year? It seemed like there were fewer kings in 2013 but they had size to them (20+ lbers). On "average" I'm curious how you think this year ranks as far as size and numbers?

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8/19/14 12:52 PM CST
Oh, one more thing, the fish has to be fileted right away (or fish put on ice), if you don't and wait till you get home, the fish will taste nasty. I think that is the problem that most people encounter when they say this is not a good tasting fish. Also, only use the white meat filets, cut off all the red meat, otherwise it will taste like mud. Sorry for hijacking reports with my drum cooking tips. Over and out.

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