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!