Saturday morning forecast called for 1 to 3 footers.... got an early start and was greeted with 4 to 5 footers. Came in shortly after setting up... several boats made a U-turn at the harbor entrance. Hoping to try again tomorrow.
Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan
MOON PHASE (72%)
66° - 70° F
66° - 70° F
Headed SE out of TR to 225 , then fished NE out to about 300 and then W to SW back to 65 FOW. Water temps need to come down yet, but definitely getting better. Had 7 hits/fish on and ended with two Tramon seeing the inside of the boat on Sunday. Fish seemded to be in 100 and 45-70' down. Wasn't overly productive, but definitely had a blast doing it. Helps that I'm starting to get the new boat set up a little better too!
MOON PHASE (26%)
Took a 120 heading out of Manty and worked 220-305 fow this morning. 2 rainbows (10 and 7 lb) and 1 king (12lb). Rainbow #1 on 300 copper with mag green dolphin. Rainbow #2 on 16oz pumphandle out 190 with chome/glow flasher and mirage fly. King on 16oz pump out 225 with chrome/plaid flasher and LLB fly.
MOON PHASE (26%)
Quick report from Friday night 8-25. Not much help if you're looking to catch fish.
Left Manty pierheads around 4:15 PM, went to the same general area I've had some decent luck the past 3-4 trips. Set up a little deeper, 300 feet of water about straight out of TR harbor. A good number of boats fishing 220 to 300 foot area. I worked in towards 250, spent most of my time in 240 - 250. Ventured in to 180 as the sun set, then back out to 240 until dark. One magnum shaker king on a 75 foot rigger spoon, lost after a brief fight what felt like a 8-9 pound class king on the 100 foot rigger blue spoon.
That was it. Creel census guy at Manty dock made it sound like I'd have been the derby winner with that one magnum shaker king based on what he was seeing come in.
Next trip hopefully Thursday with some work comrades, hoping to put them on some fish. Clueless as to where that may be, hopefully some divine intervention prior to that will provide a vision on where the fish will be.
As of last week the word I heard was they were still out deeper. Waves for Saturday aren't expected to be bad, but button the hatches for Sunday. I'm heading out of Kewaunee early AM for the morning bite and expecting I'll head out to deeper water. Wasn't bad last week making the run out 7+ miles out last week. Cruised back into port at 35 mph with only slight waves. Might be worth a shot to try fishing close early and if comfortable go deeper if no action. Either way of course be safe and good idea to have jacket on and VHF radio. Boat traffic direct east out of port is normally fairly covered with boats.
Should note I have a aluminum 19' Walleye boat but even my old 16ft Starcraft would have had no problem last Sunday AM.
Guessing no one in their right mind would give up the fact they are catching Kings in close these days since that would mean combat fishing from here on out...but if someone wanted to say...hint that there are some fish within a few miles of shore, that would nice....any takers?