Was not too surprised to see several boats trolling between Silver Creek and the Manitowoc Pier Heads today in less 6 to 10ft. of water - now this is EARLY.
Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan
Thanks to Rob at RN charters for taking the boys along to make this episode of Growin Up Wild. The action was fast and furious and we were done in no time.
Lake trout action at its finest out of the Seagull Marina, plus Austin tells you how to prepare a delicious meal and how to cook it different than salmon.
MOON PHASE (86%)
Couldn't handle sitting in the office letting The Man abuse me on an amazing November day, so went home, packed a cooler, hooked up the boat, and headed to the lake!
Left the Manty dock ~ 12:30, conditions were spectacuar; I've fished many July days that weren't as nice as this!
Given the limited daylight I had at that point, I now somewhat regret doing the exploring I did but I had a tingling sensation telling me to run south so I folowed that. I stopped along the way to check out the graph; off the college, off the Dome Home, a couple more times down to about 10 miles south. Checked out the 60 foot and 100 foot ranges. Didn't mark one thing anywhere on that journey, so decided to turn east and put the pedal down.
Pulled up in 150, 200, 230 to check things out, nothing. Kept steaming east, finally set up in 330, at this point it was almost 2:00 PM and I didn't have much daylight left.
Put the crusty old green dolphin down 100 on a rigger, flasher fly on a wire dipsy, and the trusty moldy carrot on a 5 color and started covering water and enjoying the day. Got out to 390, then turned and went back in, getting as shallow as 310. Surface temps were in the 49 degree range everywhere, I did not put a probe down. Did not mark anything like I had been previously, until I hit an area in the 315 range. Marked a few fish suspended between 100 and 150. Released a nice plump natural king that hit the green dolphin down 100. Had an 18 mile boat ride ahead of me, so started pulling lines ~ 3:45. Amazing ride back to port as the sun set, it's going to be a sad day when those cranes are no longer on the western horizon.
That's it for Santa's 2016 season. It was a bumpy road from a catching perspective, but it's become a lot less about the catching for me. Never really had a chance to try to get after the browns, put a 23 in the box in early June, enjoyed that amazing run of cold water, stacked alwife and salmon in shallow in the middle of July, and got after it offshore pretty good this fall.
Hoping to find abundant alwive and some salmonoids next spring!
Incredible November day on the water.
Left the Manty dock 6:30 AM Sunday 11/5. Stopped in various depths looking at the graph for fish and kept going until something interesting popped up.
Surface temp was pretty much 51 the entire way out, started setting up in 400 due east of Manty. Put the probe down, temp was 51 down to 85, 45 at 100 foot down. Based on the strong thermocline I marked at 100 periodically, I suspect it got colder below 100 (only put the rigger & probe down 100).
Two plump two-year old kings in short order hit the flasher/fly 50 foot down on rigger. Kept heading north with waves as we set up, got back to the spot where we hit the two about 45 minutes later and couldn't entice another hit. Kept working north, first out and then in. Covered from between 500 into as shallow as 290, ended up almost to Rowley's Point. Ended the day 5 for 7, two-year old salmon and one lake trout. The salmon were a smaller year class than what I'd gotten the previous two trips. Did not have one hit from a 'bow, not sure where they're lurking.
Came across a fog rainbow, thought we may run into the Black Pearl after going through it.
Fantastic day on the water, ruined it by watching the Packers. If weather and wind allows, I may get one more in..........