Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan

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11/5/18 @ 12:36 PM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent

Saturday 11/3, left the Manty harbor ~ 9:00 AM.  Rollers and chop out of the north bigger than had hoped for, ran north along the shore then east.  After navigating through the duck hunters, set up in 250 and started working south.

Water was around 43 on the surface with little change.  Not much of a temperature break going down.  Ran a full spread from top to down ~ 100, more spoons than flashers.  Worked between 250 and 150, pushing south.  One baby king released on 300 copper spoon.  When we got to where the cranes used to be (a little south of Manty) in 140, started marking some big bait pods.  In the span of about 90 minutes, but 4 decent rainbows in the box (6-8 pound class).  They were spread about the water column, hitting a three color lead core spoon, 45 foot rigger flasher/fly, 300 copper spoon, and 90 foot rigger spoon.  Sun was nearing the horizon, we pulled the plug and headed to Shooters for burgers, curds, and old fashions.  I think if we would have been in that area longer, we could have put a pretty good box together.

Good to put some fish in the box.  Based on extended forecast, that's likely it for 2018.  First three weeks of June was the best fishing for me (boated a 28 pound King June 7).  Third year in a row that June has been my best fishing.  After the big blow during the TR derby, fishing was pretty putrid for me from that point forward.  Hopefully will be chasing Brown Trout in four months.

Santa OUT

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10/26/18 @ 10:30 AM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (95%)
Waning Gibbous

Left the Manty pierheads later than I had hoped on Thursday 10/25, around 12:30 PM.  Took about a 110 heading, stopped in 80, 130, 150, and 200, nothing overly interesting on the graph so kept going.  If I had more time, would have went way deep, but stopped in 240 and set up a little south of Manty.

Solid 1-2's from the SE were building, started pushing north and in.  Marked a good number of big bait pods deep in the 150 to 190 range.  Trolled in to 140, then decided to head back out.  Still pushing to the north with the waves.  Trolled out to as far as 250, ended a little north of the TR harbor.

No hits.  Marked a decent amount of bait, not so much fish.  Did start marking a few fish when I got to where I pulled the plug just before dark (about 240).  All of the fish I marked were deep (60 and below).

Surface temps were 44 closer to shore, 47 - 48 out deeper.  Not much of a temperature change as you moved down the water column.  The beer stays a perfect temperature in these conditions.

If I can find a day with light winds that I can get out on, will give the real deep waters one more shot.

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10/2/18 @ 11:48 AM
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The Urban Legend
The Urban Legend
USER since 5/29/12

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
Below 0° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Unfortunately made what is likely the last trip out on the pond Saturday morning with a couple friends.  It was cold enough to put us into survival mode in the boat and not much effort besides staying warm and steering once in a while was put into it.  We ended 2-2 on small jacks.  Setup in 140 and trolled to 260, turned into the wind to warm up a bit and took it to 60 before pulling lines.  Hits were in 160-200.  Didn't mark many fish but there is bait all over out there. Hopefully there will be be some big fish again next year.  

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10/1/18 @ 8:48 AM
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L U E 42
L U E 42
USER since 7/13/09

MOON PHASE (58%)
Waning Gibbous

0 for 0 on Saturday morning 9/29.   Tried in 50 FOW off Silver Creek and 140 FOW near TR with f/f and spoons. Water was several degrees warmer out deeper.

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10/1/18 @ 6:53 AM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (58%)
Waning Gibbous

Saturday afternoon 9/29 followed the Badger out of the harbor, set up a little north of the car ferry line in 250.  Worked the first couple of hours between 220 and 250.  Upper 50's on the surface, thermocline was ~ 50' down with 40 degree water below that.

Released a small rainbow on 50' rigger blue spoon.  Released two small kings that hit magnum glow spoon on 300 copper.  Those hits came in about 230.  Marked a decent amount of fish in that 220 - 230 foot range.

With a couple hours of daylight left, decided to troll shallower to see what was there.  Trolled from 230 in to 80 when I pulled the last line.  One average greaser in 130 on 300 copper / spoon.  Didn't mark many fish inside of 200'.

I have greatly enjoyed past October / November trips, hunting for 3 year old kings and jumbo rainbows.  Sadly, not sure how motivated I'm going to be to do that this fall.  

Go Crew!

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9/19/18 @ 8:01 AM
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big_fishman
big_fishman
USER since 10/13/09

MOON PHASE (75%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Trolled the Gap last night out of Manitowoc due to weather.  1 for 1, was slow and rough.  The one we caught was ready to run and had not eaten in a while. Stomach was closed up but hit a spoon like a tank. Only saw one other one jump.   Water in the harbor was 71 so would imagine that his holding things up.

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9/16/18 @ 11:37 AM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

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First Quarter

Late report from Friday 9/14.

Took a 90 heading out of Manty, enjoyed a nice  boat ride until we hit 500 and set up.  66-67 on the surface, thermocline was at 45 to 55 feet.

Marked a good number of fish around the thermocline.  Threw the kitchen sink at 'em, working 440 to 500.  Two baby rainbows released, lost what felt like a very big Lake Trout.  No other hits.  

Great day on the water, not much fish action to report.

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9/15/18 @ 8:28 PM
Fishcatcher1
Fishcatcher1
USER since 3/13/18
Salmon are not in the river or the numbers are not there yet, need some cold nites to get it going. 

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9/15/18 @ 5:26 PM
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tangled2
tangled2
USER since 4/1/02

MOON PHASE (38%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Fish must be eating mosquitoes as they weren't eating baits Saturday morning.  A few fish caught very few by boats working the gap in Manitowoc Saturday AM or as I did a solo off shore and nothing there either willing to bite.  As I was setting my second rigger rod in at 210ft. a fish hit but was off just as fast.  Surface temps are 65 to 67 most places and there is a slight temp break down 50 plus where a fair number of hooks came through 50-70 down but they have lock jaw.  I zig zagged into 160ft. before pulling at 8:30AM.  The creel guy said I was the 6th boat he checked with 6 = Zero.  Almost dead flat in and out this morning.  Good Luck.

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9/14/18 @ 5:49 PM
wisconsinangler19
wisconsinangler19
USER since 9/14/18
Any fish being caught off the piers/in the river.

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