Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan

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10/17/17 @ 9:38 PM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent

Been itching to get out, looked like Tuesday afternoon was the best chance to get out between gale force winds so jumped at it.

Left the Manty pierheads about 2:00 PM, was greeted by some jumbo rollers out of the south, but conditions better than I had hoped for.  Decided to run south, then work back north with the jumbo rollers.  Set up in 160 about 8 miles south of town.  Marked a few pods of fish shortly after setting up, no takers.  Ran various combinations of deep spoon rigger, second rigger with flasher fly and then spoon, 5 color spoon, and 200 copper.  Water temp was 57-58 on the surface, all the way down to 60 feet.  Went in to 140, lost about a 5 pound king on the deep spoon rigger.  Back out to 160, kept pushing north.  As the sun was setting I was about east of the Dome Home.  In 140, the 100 foot blue spoon rigger got hammered and the fight was on.  Classic  big king fight, boated the 2018 derby winner in October of 2017; a legit 18 pound king!

Trolled until the sun set, no more hits,  Ended one for two, but that tank sure made the trip.

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10/14/17 @ 12:49 PM
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quantumleap
quantumleap
MEMBER since 5/31/07

MOON PHASE (27%)
Waning Crescent

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Left the Manty harbor Friday afternoon at 2 pm ahead of the Badger. Set lines (solo 3 line program) at 100 fow and trolled SE out to 180 fow. Surface temp was 56 degrees and probe temp was 50 degrees down 60 feet. Fished until 5:30 pm and ended up with 3 nice silver Kings (7 pound, 14 pound, 15 pound)

60' Rigger with Electric Koolaid spoon. 2 for 2

70' Rigger with Blue Confusion spoon. 0 for 3 ...all drive-byes

150' Mag dipsey with Electric Koolaid spoon. 1 for 1

Found fish in 120 - 140 fow on a SE - NW trolling pattern.

Props to Big Santa on Electric Koolaid spoon info. 

Hoping to get out 1 more time next week, but the wind forecast isn't too promising

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10/6/17 @ 3:46 PM
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reel-a-meal
reel-a-meal
USER since 3/30/12

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

Late report from Thursday AM.

We fished a little south of Manty started in about 50 fow headed southeast and got our first hit on a 3 color glow spoon.It was a whopper 7.5 inch salmon with big shoulders. We kept heading southeast and stopped marking fish so made a big turn and went shallower. In about 48 fow downrigger released with about a 5lb brown. After getting everything back in order we had a nice boat ride for a long time. In the process of changing lures the 6 color took off. After a nice fight we landed another brown in the 12lb range. We saw the sky getting cloudy and decided to quit.  

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10/6/17 @ 12:55 PM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

Thursday 10/5, jumped at a small window weather-wise to get out on the lake and see if we could find some fish.

Departed the Manty harbor as the sun was rising, balmy 46 degree water greeted us.  For once no major time constraints, so crew-member Flounder and I decided to invest some time into exploring before setting lines.

Ran south towards dome home in 40, the water remained 46-ish the entire way.  Shut down in 60 to look at the graph for a couple of minutes; marked a little bait, no hooks, decided that was not the promised land.  Headed due east, repeated the process in 130, 150, and 180.  In about 100 the surface temp jumped to mid-fifties, in about 150 it jumped over 60.  Didn't mark any bait or fish in those three stops, was not feeling the love, decided to tell Flounder to hunker down and head north.

Ran north to the TR south water tower, did a little searching between 150 and 200.  Marked some bait and hooks in about 150, got the little tingle, decided that is where we'd find the fish!  Ran into 130, set up going east with the wind and chop that was pretty brisk at this point.

Surface temp mid-60's, sharp thermocline was only about 35 feet down in 130.  The deeper you went, the deeper the thermocline was. 

Two 2-3 pound kings on 70 foot spoon rigger.  Very nice three-year old class king smacked a flasher-fly on 45 foot rigger, we battled it to the back of the boat and then it came unglued.  Santa scolded Flounder for his inadequacies.  Those were in about 160.

Trolled back west to 140 into brisk chop, then back out to 180, no more takers, decided to continue working deeper.  Worked predominantly between 230 and 270, did not venture deeper as the chop was pretty nasty the deeper you got and didn't feel like getting beat up.  We ended up with a dandy 12 pound class rainbow, two smaller rainbows, and a 4-5 pound king in the box.  Lost that three-year old king, released three smaller kings, had two drive-by's, and lost two rainbows.

Biggest fish came on 250 copper spoon, 300 copper spoon, and one on a 5 color spoon.  All small kings came on the deep spoon rigger (70 to 80 feet of cable out).  The only flasher/fly bite we had was that 3-year-old King Flounder sadly lost at the back of the boat.

SSE wind started to kick up pretty good, we ended up closer to the lighthouse than the north water tower when we pulled the plug.  Would have liked to have stayed a little more south, but the wind and strong current made it tough to troll back south.

Great day on the water, ended it with some fine cheeseburgers and curds at Shooter Malone's.  Regardless of wind, I'm shut down now for about 8 days, hoping to get another 2-3 off-shore trips in.  Those fish coming out of the cold water fighting like freight trains!

Santa out

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10/1/17 @ 8:02 AM
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tangled2
tangled2
USER since 4/1/02

MOON PHASE (82%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Saturday afternoon my plan was just to replace two trailer rollers but threw some ice into the cooler and took a few rods along just in case.  Probably looked at the Lake ten times while replacing rollers which had some white capping and a couple thousands waves later found myself in 200ft. 7.7 miles at a 120 degree angle out of Manitowoc.  There I got my footing, turned in with a little better than a 2 ft. roller chop pushing NW, set the auto-pilot, turned on the Brewer game - perfect.  I set two riggers and a larger dipsy deep.  Nothing but noticed a few marks starting at 150ft when at 142ft. both my 68ft. rigger blue-yellow mag spoon and my 100ft. rigger mag green coyote LBB fly popped together - geez.  Luckily got both in by 130ft. of water and proceeding in with no action pulling lines at 100ft..  The large Coho a mature male had forage and the King it's adipose.  A slew of Kayaks working inside the mouth when I docked before sunset.  Cooler water there than offshore.  Good Luck.

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9/25/17 @ 4:30 PM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

Wind & sea conditions allowed a boat ride offshore Sunday 9-24.

Headed a little south of the car ferry line out of Manty, set up in 350.  Worked between 350 and 430, pushing to the north as the waves from the south picked up.

Water continues to be very warm, the thermocline was ~ 80 feet down.  Put three fish in the box, all on the deep rigger, blue electric kool-aid spoon again.  Nice three year old king that went about 12, two smaller ones in the 5-6 pound range.

The shallower depths seemed to be better than deeper.  Hoping for at least another 2-3 off-shore trips.  Some nice fish out there if the wind allows you to take a boat ride, and you can find 'em.  

Santa

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9/25/17 @ 10:02 AM
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reel 4 fun
reel 4 fun
USER since 3/29/16

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

Rather than watch the Packer game decided to go fishing.  Left the Manitowoc pier heads at 3:00 pm.  Took a 120 heading and started in 100 fow.  Trolled SSE into the seas out to 225 and back in to 140.  Ended the trip with with 3 kings and 2 rainbows and released 1 other king.  Fish came from 140-200.

6 color Stinger mixed veggie - 2 rainbows, 1 king

DR 55 down with Silver Streak black/green  spoon - 1 king

DR 70 down with Stinger Diehard - 2 kings 

Tried a few FF combos but never had a hit on them.  Temp break gradually dropped deeper as the depth increased.  Fun afternoon on the water.  

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9/24/17 @ 2:28 AM
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slayergirl
slayergirl
USER since 8/4/11

MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

Husband and I fished in the river across from the sub in Manitowoc.  Lots of fish jumping in river but only one salmon caught off shore from 4 pm till close (by my husband).  Saw a rainbow or 2 caught by boats trolling.  He used a large krok spoon with glitter fish scale stickers.  I was using same thing, minus the glitter scale stickers, and got skunked.

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9/22/17 @ 8:55 PM
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Bakers Dozen
Bakers Dozen
USER since 6/18/01

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Went out for a short 3 hour trip today. Started in 100 fow and went SE to 150 then back in to 70 before pulling lines. First fish was a Rainbow on a high line with Warriors "Naked Natalee" spoon in 120 fow. Second rainbow came on a mag dipsey out 135 with Pro Kings "Charlie's Special" flasher and the "Four Play" fly by Black Market in 126 fow. We then lost our 3rd hit after turning around and going back in 130. A 275 copper with Warriors "Lemon Drop" did the trick. Our final fish was a Lake Trout on a rigger down 100 in 100 fow. This fish took a Green Dolphin flasher with Black Markets "Threesome" fly. It felt good to get back out to open water after doing harbor patrol the last few trips.  We will be going for another short one again tomorrow Good luck if you're heading out. 

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9/21/17 @ 2:37 PM
yamatroller
yamatroller
USER since 5/7/06

I think maybe Lake Link should put on an English and spelling class!!

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