Thinking on taking the 230 mile drive saturday.
10 mph NNE wind with gust to 13 mph ok for an 18 foot boat?
Got the new Willie Bee all set up and the big kings are here. We had 2 at 28lbs and a 26lber so far. Scattered depths are taking the fish, fishing from 100-150 feet of water along the net line. There are no nets out there. The weather has had things changing daily, water temps dropped 10 degrees in a day, and a spoon was hot one day and the flies were better the next.
The first couple weeks have been getting better each day. We started off with some real cold water that has now warmed up to about 50 degrees. We aren't getting big numbers of fish, but we have seen some really big kings, a few rainbows and even a laker or 2. The best baits have been Money Shot, Glass Alwife or Jellyfish flies from Fire Flies behind matching flashers. Big fish for us so far has been 27lbs with many over 20. Thanks to those that have joined us so far. It's going to be a busy next couple weeks. Most mornings are full but we do have some afternoons open if you want to try for one of these slobs yourself.
Here is the little I know about trolling off Manitowoc this week. My boat is still cemented to my driveway but I did catch 5 different boats since Memorial day coming off the pond. On Memorial day I saw a nice big bow it was his first fish in five outings. Caught two other boats with one fish a bow mid week and a nice large King this morning 20# I saw it weighted. The other two boaters I talked with during this past week had the goose egg. The two fellows this AM told me the King hit a deep rigger spoon just before the Lake turned real nasty.
Went out jigging yesteday morning. It was a bit rough for jigging with 2-4' seas coming out of the north. Managed to get a whitefish. Not much on the electronics but I must have been in the right spot because thats where the commercial guys were dragging nets for whitefish and laketrout. I thought I recently read that commercial fishermen are now allowed to keep incidentally caught lake trout. Its a little early for jigging, we need the baitfish to move offshore.
Fished out from TR this morning, set line in 50ft pulled lines in 185, surface temp of 55 in close and 49.9 out deep. Marked 4 fish down deep in 100ish feet, thinking Lakers. 1, 3, 4, 5 leads rigger and dipsey went untouched. Very nice morning to be out weather wise.
Took a nice boat ride on a beautiful Memorial Day.
Departed the Manty dock ~ 3:00 PM. Headed due east to 210, surface temps were from 53 to 49 on the ride out. Set up a two-man spread, worked in to 140, no hits, didn't mark much. Pulled lines, ran south, set up in 140. Surface temps were colder there (47 to 49). Worked 140 to 90 pushing north, did not find any dumb ones, marked very little.
In hindsight, probably had too much stuff deeper than I should have. Saw 4-5 other boats out. Gorgeous sunset and moon rise.