Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan
MOON PHASE (95%)
Left the Manty dock Sunday 1:30 PM. SE wind was starting to pick up, decided to strap it on and run deep. Set up in 300 due east of Manty and started setting up trolling NNE with the waves. First rod out minutes, a three color with orange spoon, ~ 7 pound rainbow released. After releasing that, dropped the probe to check water temps. 66 on surface, 65 at 35 feet, 55 at 45 feet, 45 at 55 feet. New where to put the lures.
Solo run, so put out the three color, a 7 color, and a rigger 45 feet down. All spoons. Wind and waves continued to build, continued to troll with them. Lots of fish in the 350 FOW range. Trolled for about 2 hours, put four kings in the box (5-8 pounds) and released three decent rainbows. All kings came on the 45 foot rigger green/orange spoon. Rainbows came on 3 and 7 color orange spoons. If I would have had a crew on board and been able to work the area where I found the fish, felt like I could have put a pile of fish in the cooler.
Hoping wind and schedule allow for a few more offshore trips. Love the deep fall trips.
Jeremiah, personally I'm not sure if it's the dredging that is the main problem, the fish got lock jaw prior to the dredging, when they're ready they will bite but don't hold your breath, it's like a buck in rut, when they have something on their mind they won't stop for anything.
The recent cold nights and now storms moving through might be just what they've been waiting for.
Good luck, and hope to see some pictures soon...
Out Deep, AJ's Dream
MOON PHASE (5%)
Tried something different, tried jigging in the Manty harbor Friday mornign before sunrise. Spent about 90 minutes doing that, no takers.
Still fairly rough but the winds and seas were declining, so we decided to strap it on and run deep. Ran north along the shoreline to TR, then due east. Set up in 450. Signifciant thermocline, water temp dropped from 60 to 45 between 65 and 80 feet of water.
Put a couple up high to start, but focused most of our spread on the colder water. Marked a decent amount of fish sporadically in the range of the thermocline. We stayed in that 450 range for a while and worked north & south a bit. Put four rainbows and a salmon in the box in that range. No hits on riggers or dipsys, no hits on anything higher than a 7 color. Two fish on 300 coppers, one on 250 copper. All spoons, no F/F bites.
With about an hour of fishing time left, flipped a coin to run out or in; decided to turn in. Got in as far as 350, definitely more fish in the deeper water. We put one final rainbow in the box in 350 before taking a refereshing dip for the ride back to port.
Fantastic day on the water.
That looks like a Pink to me also, and a dandy one at that. We've caught several Pinook when I lived in Sault, MI where they are very common, and that doesn't look like any we ever caught. The tail is the wrong color and shape, and the coloration of the fish itself leads me towards a Pink. Just my opinion, I could be wrong.