For those new to the lake similar to myself get ahold of Captain Dan Keeting's books. Study them don't breeze through and your success will follow. He also does seminars. Very helpful. Last year was my first went out about ten times with only one fish. I then read the books and attended a seminar and I have not been skunked this season. Normally putting a decent number of fish in the cooler.
Port Washington (Lake Michigan), Ozaukee County
Totally depends on how they were caught. Off a rigger with a quick fight and released immediately most fish can be released. Off of a board it's maybe 40% chance of survival of brought in immediately after hitting. After being dragged around for a long time pretty much will die. That's my opinion based off my experience.
MOON PHASE (64%)
Just starting to learn how to fish for salmon and trout. When you get a small fish can it be released or not. Caught a 14-16 in fish Sunday night and released it. When in cleaning our fish we seen others cleaning those small fish. Can they be let back or do they die?
Could not have put it better donkey, I remember learning how to fish the big pond with my brother and Dad 35+ years ago. I sought out a first mate position when I was old enough to learn more, now I am fortunate enough that I am passing on my knowledge to my son so he can run the set up while I sit back with the auto pilot. It is not easy, but it is far more rewarding doing it on your own. Keep a log and you will see patterns develop over time. Mark and Nolan give great starting points on here, many thanks to both of them, you just need to put the presentation together..... Good Luck and Be Safe!!!!
6, 10, and around 12 posts down from your state's what depth, speed, and lure. Perhaps reading through the last pages on this thread, milwaukee, sheybogan, and racine will help you. There you go.
Also. I have been fishing this lake for 8 years. The first 2 years were tough. After that I rarely go without putting at least 1 in the box. Trial and error. Perhaps ask questions instead of complaining about posts. Like hey guys......i have been running this spoon at this dept at this speed on this rod and not getting anything. What am I doing wrong? You have to want to help yourself instead of expecting ppl to always help you.
I prefer to fish 4pm-12am. The bite gets better as the night goes on and I don't have to get out of bed at 1am
hey there biggbc1, i too am new to lake link and also searching for answers to questions on putting the fish in the box. i as well took about 10yrs off from fishing port and relized last year that so much has changed. I did a complete overhall of my rig this last winter and still have to add rods to run lead core. I does seem like very early morning and dusk have been better for me because after sun up i seem to fall right off with my success as well. I find myself doing things out there that i would have never done 10yrs ago and i'm still scratching my head. I do wish some of the guys would give more details of depth, baits ect. After all we all have the same goal and thats to enjoy the outdoors. Its not fun to look at the boared kids in the boat when were doing the best we can. Good luck, maybe someone else can chime in. Thanks and tight lines...
MOON PHASE (64%)
76° - 80° F
46° - 50° F
Had a very slow start in shallow this morning. Then after 7am. she got going boxed 10 and missed as many as we caught. Riggers, dipsy' s and surface bird's all took fish. Thanks again to my group, great catch!!!
Hello, I'm new to lake-link and just started fishing Michigan after a little fishing the lake back 10-12 years ago, have been out several times this season with some success but not the success that I see quite a few people have posted. I'm usually fishing the morning ( sun up) until mid afternoon. I'm noticing that it seems a lot of people are fishing at night and has me thinking I may want to try that myself to see if that will improve my success but I have a couple questions if I may ask. Is there a better or preferred time at night, like evenings after dark or very early mornings like 1-2 am? And the other question is are all the lures being used glow in the dark or can you use regular ones also? Now that I am on Lake-link I will start posting from now on what did or did not work for me on my fishing trips, Unfortunately all I can say for Saturday mornings fishing is that nothing I threw out worked and got skunked for the first time, and the fog wasn't all that fun. Thank You for any input and good fishing to all!