Got a coho on the black and gold rapala this afternoon. 15fow 5 feet down, just off of Houghton point.
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Although reports out of Washburn were mostly negative on Sat April17th, there was a group that did very well from 6-11 AM, prior to our outing. So I would definately add this to your plans. And what Guidedfishing said, we did similar tactics with addition of crossing shallow to deep waters back and forth, space permitting (there were several boats that cut right through the prime fishing areas almost within the planer distance). A few on TH were caught out by Long Island, but a lot of traffic on Friday. Not that our method was any better, also tried deep divers on planer, 30-50 feet back. Check lines often, on TH we were wrapping up and had 2 small coho on lines, just not big enough to change action of board nor trip them, so go long, make turn, then check boards. Last coho just slightly moved the board back a few feet from normal, but it's hard to tell with the wave direction changing constantly and boat direction. Use www.windy.com for a great view of lake wind currents, may provide some additional info to your planning. I noted last Wed there would be low winds, but as you know, the 40 degree water temp with any breeze is cool, thankfully had bimini top with full windshield which made for great boating, not so great fishing, but still a great time on the water for 3 days.
Thank you very much. That is great info and very helpful. It sounds like I was fishing with much the same methods as you were, and my speed was okay, but I was in quite a bit of boat traffic for the most part. I will adjust that, thanks!
Finnbender, we did better than most both weekends we fished but we did fish all day... Our speed was 1.7-2.3 and a little faster seemed to work. We caught fish from 130ft behind the boards to almost in the prop wash, most were further out. 70% of our fish came on Jointed Rapala's (scatter raps) the rest was a mix of husky jerks, Flicker Shads, and Hot-n-Tots. Our fish were not for the most part caught any anything less than 40 ft of water, most were deeper. We caught very few fish when we got mixed up in a group of boats. Almost all fish came when we were distinctly separated away from the main body of boats behind long Island or off Houghton point. the majority of fish came off boards but we did have takers on long lines and down riggers anything we caught on the riggers were down 15ft or less. We were running 9 lines. 6 on planner boards, 2 down riggers, and 1 long line so it stands to reason the majority of fish were on the planer boards. Outside boards were at 110 - 130 feet, middle boards 80- 100 feet inside board 70-90 feet. Long line was run at 50-60 feet with a deeper diving bait ie flicker shad, and the down riggers lines were 15-30 feet back. We tried spoons and peanut flies with a small dodger but only had takers on stick baits. We pulled and check lines often, we varied speeds, and worked hard on moving everything when we did mark fish. All terminal tackle had a minimum of 5-6 ft of florocarbon leader with a single snap connecting line to lure.
for what its worth we caught 10 fish mostly coho and a lake trout on Apr 10th, and 6 fish on Apr 18th. coho, brown, splake, & and nice whitefish.
Hope that helps, we were not exactly killing them and we did work our butt off for them.
I was fishing out of Bayfield on Saturday. I marked lots and lots of fish but not one bite. I was long lining cranks behind planer boards. Can you tell me what is your main trolling speed? I don't know what I was doing wrong.
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Fished Chequamegon Bay Friday April 16th and Saturday April 17th. Lots of fish marked in the deeper water off of Houghton Point north of Washburn 40-70' FOW. 1 Brown, and 3 Coho's each day and one Laker, we earned them by fishing 8 hours each day. Lots of boat Traffic. Lots of Bait balls marked throughout the water column. We Caught one fish on a Gold XRap 10 and one on a Blue Xrap 10. The rest on Pink/silver Spoons. Others said they got fish in 10-20 FOW but all of ours were in 40-60 feet of water in the top 25 feet.
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Fished on Sat the 10th, and Sun the 18th. Nothing fast a furious, 9 Coho and a lake trout all on planer boards and riggers set down 10-15 feet for the 10th. Yesterday a little slower on Sunday but a nice mixed bag 6 total Coho, Brown, Splake, & Whitefish. again all on boards and only the Splake came on a rigger down 12 feet. This was out of Washburn both weekends. We caught fish only when we were by ourselves and not mixed in with other boats. Lesson for both weekends was find clean water, clear of boat traffic.
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Nice day on the bay. Put in seven hours of trolling, and only got one solid connection... And lost it two minutes in. Didn't see it, but due to the big head shakes I think it was a sizable brown. The hook up was in 20fow 8 feet down on the rigger right in front of the sioux, on a black and gold j-11 rapala.