This morning an all spoon program worked for us in 175 to 210 FOW. Went 7 for 9. with three 18# to 20# kings and 4 rainbows. Kings took flounder pounders on riggers 60 to 75 ft down. Six rainbow hits were on NBK behind a dipsy at 200 FOC, Wonder bread at 104 FOC and orange spoons near the surface.
Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan
Can someone please give me some info on the military exercise area that is shown on the map? Is there any special rules regarding this area? My father, and youngest son will be going with me to this location for the first time, and I just want to be sure I'm not doing something I shouldn't be.
Thanks in advance! Hoping to find one of those big kings for my son!
MOON PHASE (63%)
The Lamboat was back in Manty Tuesday afternoon and departed Thursday morning. We put in around 3:30pm Tues and it was a little rough for the 18' starcraft so we didn't want to pound it out to deep water and figured we would set up in 50' and get there eventually. We were marking lots of bait and fish. After 5 1/2 hours without a bump.. at 9:00pm around 165' fow, both dipsey rods start screaming. both with F/F, one 75' loc and the other about 140' loc. 17" and 15.5# kings. As we were high fiving, the green glow j-plug straight back 200' fired... landed a 11# bow.
Wednesday morning we got set-up in 150 fow around 4:30-4:45. Right away 15# king on a rigger down 80' with spoon. Spent the next 6 hours landing 5 bows, lost a few others, mostly on surface spoons behind planer boards, but also got them as deep as 70' on downrigger. Mostly fished 150-240 fow.
Wednesday evening, lake was absolutely beautiful and we set up in 160'. Not much going on until we found some cohos in the 180 fow range. Landed 3 cohos and 1 bow. 1 coho was on a deep rigger 80' down and 1 was on a surface line 3' down... so no magic depth. Tried leadcore for the first time. Set a 5 color rig straight behind the boat with a coho rig (orange dodger and 40 year old Jack Crawford fly) and got our first coho on it within 30 minutes of setting it. That stuff works great!
Thursday (today) morning, set up in 155' in fairly calm seas, but by 7:00am it was getting real wavey with strong east winds. skunked, but one of the dipsey leaders was broke when we pulled the lines... must have been nicked or something.
MOON PHASE (31%)
51° - 55° F
On Saturday morning after the lightning passed I fished in 90 to 110 straight east of Manty. Went 2 for 2 on rainbows but didn't find any of those big kings. One hit 75' down on a moonshine flounder pounder spoon. The other at 25' off a dipsy and an NBK stinger.
MOON PHASE (5%)
56° - 60° F
56° - 60° F
Got a chacnce to try jigging lastnight with my father and youngest son. Awesome evening, got to spend a couple hours with two of my favorite people. Fishing was OK, we landed 3 whitefish and quit at 7pm. Fish were on the bottom in 125 fow and hit 3/4 oz Sandkickers and 1/2 oz fle fly both in chartruese and white. Interestingly, the whitefish were full of smelt up to 4".
Two of us fished out of Two Rivers Thursday morning; was flat calm but managed a 9lb rainbow and a 10lb laker. The 'bow came from 80 feet down on a Big Weenie purple/black dot spoon! and the laker hit at 100 ft down over 130 feet on a Moonshine green spoon with orange/black stripes.
Oddly enough a few days ago out of Sheboygan I got a 6lb rainbow 60 feet down (on an old blue/white Southport Slammer spoon; I'd laugh too but I've caught an awful lot of salmon on that spoon); we also caught two big 'bows there but at least those were on the surface which is more like I would expect.
Can't seem to buy a salmon bite although we marked a number of decent marks and quite a few bait balls at both locations. Have thrown everything in the tackle box down there so far but only one small coho so far (on a red Spin Doctor and a pink squid!).