attention to detail , equals fish ! someone has done their homework ! nice job!! musky il. go brewers!!
Lake Michigan Bender Park, Milwaukee County
MOON PHASE (29%)
56° - 60° F
61° - 65° F
12 for 16, 6 Lakers, 4 Bows, 2 Coho, 260' - 280' ow (not a typo), 1 guy, 3 rods, 3.5 hours. 2 of the lost fish were Bows that put on quite an acrobatic show. 1 was likely a King.
Steady action with 2 doubles out deep,... really deep!. Water is 65* on the surface and you must get down to 76' before you hit 50*, and 80' before you hit 45*. Reports came in last night of several friends headed deep looking for cool water and everyone did well in excess of 250'...so I took the boat ride this morning and didn't do 1/2 bad myself. Size on the Bows was good.
By far the 7 color Blue Knight was the boats "star", but it only would catch Lakers so it came off and a dipsy (that never went off) took its place. A rigger down 44' - and an SWR down 40' caught the remainder.
1 rigger down 44' - 45 back flat line white flasher boy blue fly
1 rigger down 40' swr white flasher double aqua
1 - 7 color Blue Knight for all the wet sock Lakers you wanted to reel in!
Yes, it was a typo.... sorry
Here's a more detailed report. Was in a rush yesterday.
2 guys, 6 rods. 4am to 11am, 8 for 11 fish with kings, coho, rainbow and one small laker. No giants but all very fat and healthy. Biggest king almost 15 pounds. Water temp 43° at 50'. Fished 65-75' depth around the wreck. Spoons f/f and d/f ruled the day. Best spoons were Blue knight (2), Wonderbread(1), NBK(1), 3 color lead was best with spoons followed by 10 color. Best dodger was Aderton white dodger w/ homemade blue/silver fly(1).? Best Dipsey was at 100' with ProKing Charlie Special flasher w/ LBB fly (took 3 fish). Nothing on riggers. Nothing with Brads cut bait. 3 misses on Slide diver 125’ w/blue knight. ( not sure why, trying to figure this one out). Best speed was 1-9 to 2.0 at ball
MOON PHASE (81%)
forecasted waves are 1-2 and light winds 8-15 N to NE and overnight its NorthWest so it will be perfect fishing with a light chop. my dingy is fine in 1-3's especially trolling. Leave the canoe at home :-)
Fished here tuesday and did great, water was cold in close. Same distance fishing here from MKE as it is fishing fox point.
this won't do you much good when it is pitch dark outside, but if you go here , http://www.lakefrontcam.com/ , and focus the cam on the main gap you can determine right away what the wave conditions are for a N, NE, E wind direction. If you can see whitewater on the south shore break walls, stay home. If you can see whitewater on the harbor break walls, stay home. You will be able to see the big rollers going into the main gap clearly. If the you swing it around to the North gap and then look at McKinley beach, you can tell right away what the wave conditions are for S and SE winds. I simply watch other boats go out thru the gaps. If they are bouncing up and down, it is pretty wavy. You can also watch the guys jig the gaps for that as well.
There is the atwater buoy, http://uwm.edu/glos/atwater-deep-dashboard/ , located in 65fow which has a camera that updates every 2-3 min pointed into whitefish bay. You can directly see the conditions. A word of caution on this one though. What looks like 1ft is really closer to 2-3ft. This camera activates on light. Once it goes full dark it shuts off. Once you get the glow of dawn it activates.
Without getting too technical, the wave forecast represents the average height of 1/3 of the highest of all waves. When they give a range like 1'-3', they are expressing uncertainty in the forecast. If you have a forecast of 1'-3', one out of a hundred waves can be as high as 5'. One out of thousand waves will be as high as 6'. If the wave period is 3 sec, you will likely see 5' waves every 5 min. In my boat, I stay home on any forecast worse than 1'-2' regardless of direction. If I do troll in 1-2', I will not be able to troll into the waves. Only in a following sea or parallel to the swells.