the BANK-Sturgeon Bay/salmon fishin
MOON PHASE (6%)
Water up a couple degrees from last week but not warm enough yet for action. 45 to 47 degress surface, 41 to 42 degrees on the bottom. Found some water around 48 degrees max. 0 fish.. Had a couple downrigger releases at 30 ft down on the same spoon at sunset, but no action to follow..
Curios to know what water temps below the surface are looking like and if any bite activity has started here yet? I see they are starting to catch them south of us already.
51° - 55° F
Time to hang it up for the season... Fished another after work trip from 430 to 730pm. Hooked into a fish within 30 seconds of setting our fish line in 170 FOW. Dipsy diver out 235 ft at 2.5 setting with FF setup. Fish the last couple trips liking magnum glow spoons and also FF setup (white or chrome flasher, with mix of flies, any greens, whites, blues, glows, etc) Lost the fish at the boat.. Went 0 for 1. We trolled in 100 FOW to 180 FOW. Water temps were warmer as we got deeper at the end of the night, running about 55 degrees on the suface and holding steady until finally reaching about 52 degrees around 90 FOW. No other hits on any lines and were working water column from 20 FOW all the way past 105 FOW. Went through a lot of dead zones marking NO fish to zones marking TONS of fish. Pretty late in the season, so fall fishing is a new challenge to master I guess. Fish are obviously moving around more than last week and seem to be concentraded pods if you can find them.. Spring on the way yet??
Well, yet another round of successful Lake Michigan fishing. A very short after work trip... Set lines at 6pm and pulled them around 730pm, but it was worth it. Went 2 for 4. 2 kings. Both on 10 color lead core. Fish are liking the spoons. These fish are gorging themselves as the stomachs were packed with alwife and smelt. Trolled from 100FOW to 160FOW, finding fish everywhere in between. The 2-3 year old fish still seem very active. We had a fish in the boat before we had all our lines set. Water temps were around 58 degress on surface and fish are down there between 40 and 60 FOW. Water is still nice and warm, but I am sure that will change in a hurry and the fish will move. A very poor start to the 2013 salmon season, but September and October helped end things with bang!! Hopefully next year longer trips = more fish...
56° - 60° F
Went out wednesday after work. fished a short trip from 530 to 730pm. Still slammin salmon!!! Went 2 for 2. Both kings. Still a mix of glow spoons and FF setup both working. No consistent pattern on colors just like the rest of this year... 1 on downrigger down 93 feet. 1 on 10+ color lead core. Fished 110 to 190 FOW. Rods fired around 140 FOW on the bank. Water temps starting to cool off, but fish still down deep. Around 58 degrees on surface and didnt see a temp break untila about 80 FOW. Damn NE winds need to quit, We've had them most of the season. Choppy and weird currents starting to kick up out there. Seeing a lot of action inside the SB ship canal when going out, but havent tried in there as I like to eat my fish. 2-3 year old kings still seem active out in the lake. A few lake trout showing up I hear as well.
Fished Saturday afternoon from 4-8pm. Fall weather out there, but I plan to keep on going as long as these fish are biting... Went 4 for 4 all on Downriggers, 3 kings and 1 laker. Glow spoons were working this time around for the kings, but the laker took a FF setup, white F/blue fly. Water is still pretty warm running around 61-64 degrees on the suface, but cold water isn't far below. all our fish hit in 30-40 FOW. Trolled from 130 to 190 FOW with best action being around 160 FOW.
Cranked up our speeds the last couple trips to 2.5mph+. Fish don't seem to be shy on these faster speeds.
Anyone else have any input on the subject of speed? Im curious to know if current direction also plays a role in change of anyone's speed? Lately, I've been using my flashers action as an "indicator" and this also seems to help us hone in the right speed zone when considering any currents.
Good luck to all!