Forecast looks brutal for this weekend unfortunately
Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan
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4 riggers set deepest at 70 ft, one at 50, one at 45 and one at 30 to start. Leadcore will out fish 99% of your other rods 90% of the time. Didn't have much luck on dipseys last year, lead and riggers killed it for me. 3 color, 7 and 10 color are good starts. Spoons and flashers with flies were good for me. 20# mono on your rigger rods, 50# braid on your dipseys. Boards on your leadcore and get them far away from the boat. Use this to start. Read others reports on here once the season starts and look back through last year's reports. I moved here with the Coast Guard last February, last year was my first year fishing salmon on lake michigan and everything I learned and figured out was from LakeLink. Very helpful guys on this site, and as long as you are respectful on the water people are usually willing to help. Good luck and see you on the water!
My gosh Smeylink......lots of info in one post. You probably have all the gear you need to get started but since things change out there from year-to-year you may have to stay tuned. My advice is to keep watching this link or other Great Lakes Angler forums to stay on top of current trends. Each year there seems to be a go-to bait in a specific color pattern. Some years flies have been awesome but last year was a better year for spoons. Start off with your dipseys and riggers at various depths and adjust from there. Longer leads have worked well recently so you may want to try the Slide Divers, leadcore setups, and copper lines for deeper presentations. Keep it simple to start and adjust until you find a successful program. Good luck and don't be afraid to use your messenger feature to ask questions.
Only Report I have is from Saturday in Millwaukee Harbor. Browns were deeper after the nice wave action on Friday. We were finding them in 20-30 ft of water near structure and didn't leave the area till we had 3 person limit of Browns and was close to the shore but didn't see any shore group catching anything while we were having fast action. 3.5 hours on the water for 3 person limit once we found what they wanted it was even faster. Friend took me and we had a blast. Smoking up some and just ate some on the grill. Yum....
Plan on fishing out of Two Rivers this season for Salmon and looking for advice for late May-Fall set-ups/spreads I should have ready for fishing this area. I'm now up to 2 times fishing on Lake Michigan after this weekend. Looking to take my 8 and 11 yr old out on the big water this season to get them hooked on some bigger fish along with a few friends. I got hooked as a young kid from my late uncle and looking to pass on the fun.
Boat is a Deep V Crestliner Sportfish SST just shy of 20' and I do have all the CG required safety gear for LM and a VHF radio as well.
Just starting out and looking for advice on gear to have ready for different spreads. Been reading and watching DVD's by Dan K and others as well. Here is what I have, how to best use for this area? And what should I look at getting yet? PM me any suggestions you have. Appreciate any help. Kids love fishing and want them to have some fun catching something bigger then Walleyes.
Have a bunch of J Plugs, Spoons, Flies along with several Dodgers and 8" flashers.
Several Dipsy divers 2 with extra rings 1 w/o and 1 small dipsy diver.
6 Standard Large planer boards with church clips front and rear
I have a couple downriggers with 10# balls and 2 4' downriggers with swivels I'll be mounting.
What line to put on these reels?
4 Penn 309 Reels
4 Diawa SG57 Reels
4 10' Dipsy/downrigger rods
2 9' Dipsy/downrigger rods
2 8' Dipsy/Downrigger rods
1 7' Fiberglass rod has a older Olympic reel
Also have 6 Walleye Planner board rods with SG27 Reels with 16# test mono line that I can use as well.
Side note. I was thinking of painting the old J plugs that have lost most of the color and shine along with spoons in the same condition but wondering if I should try them as is in case they are better looking to the salmon? When do you retire / refresh baits. Never had that problem on my gear before. Friend has a hobby air brush and for spoons I have heat gun and powered paint. Any colors better for this body of water?
MOON PHASE (59%)
31° - 35° F
Below 40° F
Firat time ever out for browns. Trolled with 3 of us this morning from the piers North past Neshotah, swung south and trolled to the hospital. Picked up and ran back to just south of the pierheads, trolled north past Neshotah, South to Columbus street, and North to Neshotah again marking maybe a half dozen fish. Everything from jointed rapalas, deep thunderstick Jr, spoons, different colors, speed from 1.8-2.6 nothing got bumped. Fished everything from 8-25 FOW. Warmest water temp I had was 34.4 just south of the pierheads. Be back out next weekend weather permitting.