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Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan
MOON PHASE (2%)
Quick recap of another great TR Derby weekend. Not much help to catch more fish, unfortunately.
I was solo Thursday for an afternoon exploratory session. Set up a little south of TR in 300, trolled north and out to 450. Three-rod spread, not a bump. Good water, thermocline was about 40' down, 48 degree water at 40' (vs. 70 on surface).
Picked up Flounder (that's a person) for Friday morning. We worked 40 to 70 FOW north water tower to the point, one lake trout for our efforts. Had to get Flounder back the dock for a personal commitment by noon. After throwing him on the dock and re-stocking the cooler, ran south of Manty, not quite to Hika. Running three rods with only one targeting rainbows, caught four nice rainbows (8-10 pound nice, not derby-winning nice).
Saturday crew of SK and Son met me at the dock 4:15 AM. Plan was to run back south of Manty, pulled up short from where I wanted to get to after battling the waves for 10 miles. Set up in 180, worked in and out to 130. Nice 18 pound king in the box on 300 copper with magnum green Flounder Pounder. Kept pushing south towards where I was Friday PM, didn't quite get there when we pulled the plug for the AM trip. In addition to the king, three decent rainbows in the box (deep rigger spoon, 5-color spoons).
Went the other direction Saturday night. Set up just short of the light in 60, trolled north. Good water (cold water under the piss-warm surface water). Put a 12 pound king in the box on green dolphin rigger in 40 FOW. Worked hard until a bit after sunset, pulled the plug, no other hits.
After having another storm go through overnight and facing some pretty good waves coming from the SE, decided to not battle south again which is where I wanted to go. We worked 60 to 110 from south water tower to just south of the light. Lost a nice king on 200 copper mag Flounder Pounder at sunrise, put a nice rainbow in the box on a 50 foot rigger. Pulled lines and battled out to 170 between the cities for the final derby run. Pulled a good spread for the final 2.5 hours, not a bump.
Great time with good friends.
Rode the struggle bus all weekend.
Thursday night fished 90-110 N of TR. Two kings. One on a bloody nose down 55, the other on a watermelon slider (down 90).
Friday morning fished 70-110 N of TR without a bite. Ran into 35 around 8 and picked up two big kings off the bottom on riggers. Black and purple spoon and monkey puke spoon.
Friday night fished 35-65fow N of TR. two jacks on spoons...
Saturday morning went south and fished 80-130. One king on a green silver mag spoon on an 8oz pump out 100feet.
Saturday afternoon ran out to 250 and tried for bows. Found a small scum line in 180 and picked up one 6lb bow.
Saturday night- nothing 100-30fow N of TR.
Threw in the towel.
Good luck to all
MOON PHASE (1%)
71° - 75° F
66° - 70° F
Fished 5 am- 1230 today. Headed north east with the other boats. Fished 50 FOW to 120 FOW. Most fish marked in 30-55FOW went 2 for 7. New boat, newbies in the boat and a big learning curve, but we all had fun!
Had a boat cut us off and catch our rigger. What a mess!
MOON PHASE (1%)
Went 2 for 2 Wednesday night, 5 and 16lb king out front the water tower in 85 ft. Yesterday fished 3am-10am going 0 for 1 with a screamer that hit 4 color at daybreak. Fished last night 4-930 going 3 for 3 with 2 shakers and and 20lbs king coming on 4 color. So far this morning 0 for 1 lost a fish on mag moonshine dipsey 100 LOC. Marking lots no biters yesterday and today. Disappointing to say the least.
MOON PHASE (4%)
81° - 88° F
51° - 55° F
Here's a report from yesterday afternoon.
Left TR about 3 PM. Set up in 60 FOW, and trolled out to 120FOW. 75 feet down on a rigger with a green and blue ProKing, we pulled our foirst fish. (a 10# Carp)
We moved in to 80-90 FOW and picked up two Coho 55-60 feet down on green, and blue prokings.
50 feet down, the Depth Raider was displaying 58-65* water.
As we trolled in, we were recording 53* water about 25 feet down in 50 FOW in front of the TR North water tower.
I would say no there is no such rule of thumb
A sustained wind for days will build waves, but a wind that switches will cause the lake to be confused. in general on our side of the lake, a NE wind on the tail of a low causes the biggest waves. check webcams in the area along with the noaa animations and near shore forecasts