Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan

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8/9/18 @ 10:28 AM
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Bakers Dozen
Bakers Dozen
USER since 6/18/01

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Late report from yesterday morning.  Left the dock at 4:30 and by 5:00 we were setting lines in 150 fow. We were back at the dock by 9:30 going 3-7.  The 300 copper with f/f was the hot rod taking 1 king and losing 2 others.  The 250 copper f/f also took a hit and a miss as well.  Downrigger 75 down took a king, while the highest line out on a board took a rainbow.  Most hits came in the 180-190 range, except for our last one. As we were pulling lines in 140 fow a downrigger at 28 with a watermelon spoon, got smoked by a huge rainbow. Sadly, this one shook its way to freedom as well.  We just couldn't keep them buttoned up today. Oh well, you can't catch em all.

All flasher hits were on pro king chrome flashers with UV.  Flies were Black Market Flies. I'm absolutely impressed with the amount of fish we have been catching using this combination this year.

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8/8/18 @ 6:21 PM
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tangled2
tangled2
USER since 4/1/02

MOON PHASE (11%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

My last launch was before that nasty thick spiny water flea hatch - just don't think it is worth the effort when they coat the lines.  Pretty much died off as our lines were clear today.  My son and I have talked about bottom fishing Lake Trout for a couple years just never did until today.  We had four lines set in 85ft. North of the Light but South of the Nuke Plant at 5:30AM.  Bouncing the bottom with two and two tight to the bottom.  65 degree surface with much cooler water deep at least for now.   A medium roller on way up from Two Rivers but smooth sailing coming back about 8AM.  We did net one 8# Laker that hit a dodger fly tight to the bottom in 90ft. and marked a fair amount of fish that weren't interested probably because the bait is thick I could not believe the amount of alewife in it's stomach at least 7 that I counted.  A grand-daughter came along to the cleaning and wanted to see the Lake trout's brain.  I told her the skull's are hard as a rock and left it at that.  Good luck.

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7/31/18 @ 12:46 PM
c_bass
c_bass
USER since 6/28/16

Thank you for the info Doug, very much appreciated. I may try those spots out. 

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7/30/18 @ 7:29 PM
Doug g
Doug g
USER since 6/27/16

C Bass....

you can wade the Manitowoc river from rapids road to the dam and above if you don’t mind getting your feet wet.  There are also spots down by the end of the 18th st viaduct near the bridges where you can vet the occasional crappie.  There is also wading around Shoto.  Both the wading spots can get smallies, rockies and the occasional northern.  Try spinners, yellow twisters or twitching floating Rapalas.  I have done well in the past, but it’s been a few years

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7/30/18 @ 3:13 PM
c_bass
c_bass
USER since 6/28/16

Hi All,

This might be the wrong forum to post in but does anyone know if there are any shore fishing opportunities for bass or panfish in Two Rivers or Manitowoc area (in the rivers or otherwise)?  Coming up next weekend for work and might want to kill a few hours but have NO idea where to even start. Thank you. 

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7/30/18 @ 7:49 AM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous

Confirmation of the "fishing blows" assessment from prior report.  Will share what didn't work.

Left the Manty dock ~ 3:30 AM Sunday, headed due east to 220 and set up glow program.  Trolled east to 240, then in to 180, still dark at this point.  Decided to head east again and just keep pushing deeper.

Didn't put probe rigger deeper than 80 feet down, but didn't mark colder water than 63 at that depth until we hit ~ 340.

Marked a good amount of bait and fish between 240 and 350.  Two magnum shaker kings on deep spoons in those depths.

Found a small pocket of fish in 440 around 10:00 AM, next hour had some good action.  10 pound rainbow on 60 foot rigger flasher fly, 8 pound rainbow on 80 foot rigger blue spoon.  Lost 2 others on that spoon.  Lost two on 5 color agent orange spoon.

Had to pull lines ~ 11:00 AM to get back home.  Sea flees the worst I can remember, had to implement an every-15-minute de-jizzing process.

Beautiful morning on the water.

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7/29/18 @ 6:50 AM
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airborne1986
airborne1986
USER since 8/16/14

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

Went out yesterday all day. Working 120 to 220 fow. Lots of people fishing in the morning straight east from the Two Rivers. Didn’t mark much. Went north to the lighthouse. Marked schools of bait but no bomarangs. Did Ende up getting one nice rainbow. It was beautiful in the morning but when the wind shifted from the south the waves started to build so we worked our way back to vets. Got in talked to a few boats—consensus—fishing blows right now. H2O is just too hot.


that now can on a black and white flasher with a green black and orange moon spoon. 70 feet down.

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7/28/18 @ 4:09 PM
johnsof
johnsof
USER since 2/16/18

I fished Friday from 4:00AM until 10:30AM and only caught 1 shaker salmon; by the time I got back to Vet's there was only 1 trailer left in the lot.  Fishing was fair, catching was bad.  1 other boat had 1 small fish and a shaker.

The recent strong easterly winds have pushed a lot of warm water up, I found 67-degree water until I got out to 150 feet or so and there was finally cooler water down 80-90 feet - but few if any marks.  From what I hear the same conditions are found down at least as far as Port Washington. 

Personally I would wait rather than driving a long ways; next weekend isn't that far off.  We need some steady weather to set up a thermocline.

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7/28/18 @ 3:01 PM
Who Farted?
Who Farted?
USER since 5/11/09

I see the last couple reports are not very promising, but looking at coming over tomorrow or Monday and was looking to see if anything is happening. Have a two hour drive and wanting to know if it is worth it or not. I know it's called fishing and not catching, and things change every day. I only made 1 trip over so far this year. If you have any Intel I am all ears. 

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7/27/18 @ 10:52 AM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

After spending three days at Seagull for the TR Derby last weekend and not being able to fish much due to wind & waves, decided to get out Thursday 7/26.  Went into it with low hope of fish (due to warm water), but Thursday was the day with a crew I've been trying to get out with for two years so we decided to take a run at it.

Would have ran way deep and gone hunting, but the fairly strong west winds were not going to allow that (a pretty green crew on board).  Decided to take a right turn out of the Manty harbor just after the Badger left.  We ran 10 miles south close to shore, then set up in 50 and trolled with the chop coming from the west.  Water was 66 degrees top to bottom to at least 80 feet.  Marked nothing until we hit 140; did mark some bait and fish in the 140 to 150 range.  Made the decision to just keep trolling with the crap until we wanted to be done, hoping to stumble upon some colder water and fish.  When we hit 200' or so, the probe on the rigger ball down 80' finally registered colder than 65 degrees.  By 210 it was 53 degrees, that's as cold as it got.  I did not probe deeper.

Kept trolling until the chop (and now rollers) got larger than I wanted to deal with on the ride back.  Pulled the plug ~ 7:15, had a 16 mile run back to port with no fish and two hits to show for it.  The crew handled the run back like men 

Salvaged the night by making it to The Buffalo before they shut down the pizza oven at 10:00 PM.....

Tough sledding.  May try to get way offshore Sunday.

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