Quick addition - best action was middle of the day, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. I'm not sure I had a bump after 4:00 PM.
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Sunday 9/8, hit the Manty dock ~ 11:00 AM. Took an ENE heading, set up in 280 about between the north water tower and the point. While setting up, a nice rainbow hit a white flasher LBB fly down 45 on a rigger. Lost it after a number of jumps. As previous poster indicated, thermocline was ~ 45' to 50' down, I concentrated most stuff at and below that level (didn't run anything higher than a 225 copper). Solo trip, so not real easy to cover a lot of the water column. Worked SSW, got in as far as 180 straight out of Manty. Turned and trolled out and north, getting back out to 270. Ended the day by turning west and trolling in to ~ 150, pulled lines around 6.
Ended 5 for 9, I believe, counting the dink hits. Released two shaker kings and one ~ 3 pound king. Released rainbows ~ 3 pounds and 8 pounds. Lost 3 nice rainbows and what I suspect was a three-year old king.
Most hits came on the 45 - 55' rigger with various flasher flies. Lost one nice bow on a blue spoon down ~ 65 on rigger, lost what I suspect was a king on the same 65' rigger green flounder pounder. Two or three hits on 225 copper with RV bloody nose Moonshine (regular size).
I marked a decent amount of fish in pockets, more to the north and deeper (220 and deeper). Most of the fish on the graph were concentrated in the 40 - 70' down range. Did not have any bites inside of 220. Great day on the water.
seen alot of kings jump outside the harbor today from 2.30pm to 5.30pm no bits no hits same stuff just add glow in dark spoons and crack baits all we can do is keep trying
56° - 60° F
Title: DEAD SEA
Super nice conditions so headed out in the after noon to see if any steel was working.
Started in 200 trolled to 275, nothing. Trolled back and lost a nice rainbow in 250. 64 surface temp with 48ish 50 to 55 down. No bait no fish
Ran in to 140 where we saw a scum line. surface temp 59 and 44 degrees 30 feet down. marked a lot of junk and maybe bait, not much of a water column for them to work. Then the dink-a-thon started. We got one that looked like it was just planted, and two other one year old. one we had to keep. They were puking up bait like crazy. No big marks, Trolled to 50FOW, everything died at 100 FOW and again the dead sea to 50 FOW. Snooped around the channel and humps by the green can after dark to see if any cam off of the bottom, marked nothing. Had to go slow through harbor mouth because of boats, not much there either. Talked to a few guys at the launch, nothing caught at the gap.
My guess is 300 or better might produce. water temps are much better out deep.
Water is cold by the pier heads so should be good if they move in where ever they are.
FYI: Don't get too testy when boats are in or coming out of the harbor. It is illegal to block a navigation lane. Take your risks.
nonething all day throw clos mr champs spin-baits from 7am to 3pm
Slow motion on the south pier today, half dozen out and one king. Maybe another week.
Had a great night on the Manitowoc north pier. Crazy winds, sideways rain, double rainbows and wild pier minks but had the pier all to myself. Got 2 nice Kings and they were SMASHING crankbaits took some time to find the right color but when I did went 2/3 in less than 45 min. Didn’t see anybody else at the cleaning station. Fish on!
fished from 12.30 aftarnoon untill 4pm until it rain in two rivers no hit none thing
Decided I could just as easily not catch fish late morning as early morning, so decided to get my beauty sleep then head east. Arrived at the Manty Marina just before 10:00 AM, lot was full with trailers. After chatting with a few boats who were done for the day, decided Plan A of working shallower was going to be shelved for Plan B. Took a 90 degree heading and took a boat ride to 300. Surface temp. was 54 outside the gap, 62 to 63 out deeper. Thermocline out deep was from 40 to 50 foot down.
Worked from 310 to 280 while pushing 4-5 miles north. Then turned west, finishing up in 140 as the last line was pulled. One twelve pound bow on blue/silver flasher / LLB fly down 45 on a rigger, lost another nice bow on that rig, released 4 shaker kings (that rigger and 5 color spoons), 4 pound greaser on 5 color orange spoon, and had a nice pop on a 200 copper magnum white/blue spoon.
The two nice bows were closer to Manty than TR in ~ 290. No hits inside of 220. Was back at the dock by 4.
Hoping for some days in September & October with light winds that line up when I can get out to go hunting for offshore steel.