I'm guessing that 4 letter word was work but I like the way you think.
Lake Michigan, Milwaukee County
Found a planer board.
Sorry for the late report, on 8/14 I took my daughter trolling out of Milwuakee harbor. We got two kings in the morning shallow then went deep for a mixed bag 7/9. Had a good day but ended the day trolling shallow toward the harbor around noon. Found a floating board in about 75 FOW North of the North Gap. It had writing on the back side, initials i think. Name the brand and initials and I will make sure next time I'm in town, you have a chance to get it back.
MOON PHASE (66%)
Fished 6-10a from N Gap too towers then back too Main gap to North gap and cold water all around just no biters for us except a 21# brown and a 5# brown both released to fight another day. Rather have the E winds as we had AWESOME steady fishing until this W blow which will keep on blowing for days. No bait around gaps anywhere on our graph. Ran 2 3 4 5 and 7 colors 2 riggers 2 dipsys. Mostly spoons a few FFs and few plugs. NO BAD DAYS! Still beats that four letter word that starts with W??
MOON PHASE (77%)
Grey Beard, your point on west winds has a question in my mind for all you guys who have been doing this for years and years.
So if the winds turn south for a few days does that move all the cold water from the center of the lake further south out in front of Milwaukee? So then when the winds turn west again the shore waters get really cold because of the prior south winds?
MOON PHASE (77%)
I was delighted to see the west winds had cooled off the water near shore. A friend told me it was in the 40s on the surface in front of Port Washington Harbor so I figured it would be equally cold out of Milwaukee. We set up south of the filtration plant in 30 feet of water finding 52 down 22 surface temp 65. Lots of bait fish around. It didn't take long for a four-color to take a nice three-year-old with a stinger Bloody Nose Followed shortly by a five color with a regular Blue Tiger before we could get five rods set.
We stayed very busy until the sun got out of the water. Even though things slowed it was pretty steady bite with board lines, riggers and dipsys all working. We stayed in the 30 to 40 foot contour turning back just north of the filter. I started pulling off glow spoons switching over to more Brad's in part because some of them I only have one remaining. Pushed the speed to 2.3 to 2.5 which seemed to help later in AM. We had another day with a great hook up rate. Ended with 13 Chinooks, one coho and one brown releasing five shakers. Had 2 misses and one drive-by.
Four of the chinooks were mature biggest being 18 pounds along with 3 3-year-olds. The rest of the chinooks were surprisingly large two-year-olds perfect for the grill. The ratio of adipose clips changed and only three had fins one being a mature fish. Sure wish the winds were not going to pick up as I would like another day that ends at 0820 with a nice box of fish.
2 color Green Tiger 0-0 Hud 0-0
3 color Reg Frozen Nose 2-2
4 color Silver Streak Bloody nose 3-3 then Red/Silver Big Al Hot Tamale 0-1
5 color Blue Tiger 3-4 then Brad’s /Seahawk 2-2
5 color Blue Knight Reg 2-2 then Brad’s Blue Hawaiian 1-1
Dipsy 3 set 40-60 lo c Brad’s Happe Meal/white/glow Bechhold 3-3
Dipsy 3 set 30-50 White/glowOpti/Brad’s Bloody Nose then Mt Doo 0-0
Rigger 22-25 Mag Grey Beard 2-2 then NBK 0-0
Rigger 25-31 Reg White Tiger 1-1 Reg Dirty Oz 1-1
MOON PHASE (86%)
76° - 80° F
61° - 65° F
Went out last night, couldn't get out far, winds were howling. Went north with no success. Turned back south and right at dark went 2 for 3 out from south shore in 40 ft. Both browns, 7lb and 1lb. Glow spoons, bloddy nose and blue knight and the missed fish was on a green knight. 5 color and 25ft down rigger took fish. But my now favorite rig, a modified 10 color with a 3 oz weight after the first color followed by 2 more color had a crushing hit that was only on for 2 seconds. Probably a brown, but it might have been an early king. Shouldn't be long now, blow west winds blow!