Late report from a 2 man crew Monday morning. 4 am to 1pm. Nice conditions with 1 foot waves building to 1-2 by 1 pm. Worked 70 to 160 fow north of TW. 2 for 4 with one king at 5 am in 105' on a 5 color with a white lighted opti flasher and aqua fly. 6 am had a monster hit on a 6 color in 100 fow on an orange on gold spoon and almost spooled me. Tightened up and broke my 20# mono backer off. Long wait until 9 am and got a bow on an orange on gold spoon in 80 fow on a 5 color. At 11 am got a hit, large bow on the dipsey 60 back again on orange on gold spoon but went nuts and got off. Thought we had them figured out running 4 spoons but left 2 meat rigs running deep because we were marking fish 70 to 120 down. Nothing. Then at 12:30 pulling lines a dipsey trailing behind the boat back 70 got a hit by a large bow. Hit so hard had trouble getting the rod out of the holder even with backing off on the drag. 2 minute fight and gone. What did we learn? We were too deep with a 5 color for the bows. Thought the 67 degree surface temp would push them down. NOPE. Should have taken the hint when we saw one jump. Keep one line near the surface!!!
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Thought that I had a derby ticket waiting and turns out that I didn’t. Anyone have one available that I could purchase before midnight???
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Wednesday 4 to 7:30 am. Marked lots of bait and fish in 60-70 fow but no takers. Trolled out to 100 fow and picked up two kings 10 and 15 pounds and a laker 18. All on 8" flasher/fly. One on 5 color and 2 on 10 color lead core. Was nice to start but built to 2-4 and headed to 3-5 so pulled the plug at 7:30
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Nice conditions Thursday PM off Manitowoc except for the pesky flys. A no show grandson so just his dad and me. I set in at 130ft. and turned Southeast. At 165ft. we netted a coho on a wire dipsy spoon. About 200ft. we decided to turn back in as we saw cooler water there and about 150ft. took a bow off that same dipsy. Our final fish came at 105ft. a King on a mag spoon outside braided dipsy no ring set 3 out 110ft.. A couple missed fish along the way but no hits outside of 170ft.. Pulled at 9PM. 2.9 to 3.2 GPS seemed to work. I've tried those longer inside dipsy leads with mixed results so have gone back to my 6.5ft. to 7ft. mono leaders which still work and make a much easier netting. Each to their own on that. Good luck.
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fished east of TR yesterday afternoon. started at 3 pm and thought it would be a good idea to start in 250 and look for Bows. It was not. came in to 120-150 and got 2 bows at about 6pm. one one a dipsy/copper hammered spoon, one on DR 55 down on a blue spoon. that was it for us. trip in was quite foggy. quite a few fish at the cleaning station, some nice kings, more bows. 80 to 120 fow seemed best.
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Report from 7/1:
Started marking fish around 80' Set lines there and trolled out to 130 ish. Surface = 52-55 degrees, quickly went to low 40s below. Turned around and had one strike on a 3 color spoon, but unbuttoned before we even touched the rod. Back at the launch most had a similar story EXCEPT the boats that went in and fished 50-70 fow or those that went out to the mid 200s. We went 0 for 1 and questioned everything I know about fishing the big lake. Anyone willing to shed some light on how to find fish when you're not on the water regularly? What are these fishing doing in 40-44 degree water anyhow???
Yes I'm frustrated, but also appreciate the thrill of the hunt and humbleness getting skunked brings...just trying to not make that a regular thing. :)
I have caught a lot of fish on both single and treble hooks. I can’t say for sure that singles are better but I can tell you that they are a lot easier to remove from the Fish’s mouth.
we found some old Lindy coho flies I my buddies rotted out boat. They are a 2” single hook slider and have outperformed peanuts 4 to 1 on my boat. Blue/silver and green/silver. I think I have the last 3 on the planet though….. if anyone knows where I can pick some up, please let me know. Lu die stopped making them years ago.
Biggest coho so far this year. Almost 40”…
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Went 3 for 12 Saturday, 6/25. Head to 75 fow and started marking lots of bait and some fish. 57 degree surface and into the 40s after 15-20'...then colder, deeper. Not sure why the fish were in such cold water, but dropped our lines and had a nice hit in about 10 minutes. Newbie lost that nice king just before it was going to be in the net. After that, the lake was flat, the flies were energetic and the fish seemed to be onto us as we didn't get another bite. Did a couple laps and then continued out to about 185. Not marking much for fish, turned around and headed back where we started. Traveling back, we had two nice bows that grabbed our 3 and then 5 LC w/spoons and raced way out past the boat! (they won but we got our lures back). Had another 2 hits on the 200 copper. I pulled the board under and snapped the line. The other managed to take our entire treble hook, but left the split ring and spoon. After we got back where we started, turned around again and kept in 85 - 130' heading south. Stopped when the waves got big, rain started and someone got sick.
Best part was when my brother said "you guys see that fish jumping WAY behind us? It's too bad there's no way it's on our line..." (as the board buried and drag started screaming out!!!) For the record, we don't bring him along for his fishing skills or looks. :) Must be that he's funny - looking! All in all, good day to be on the "Reel Problem" with family and friends.
I am questioning why we were losing so many fish and am considering two adjustments:
- changing from treble hooks to single
- making my boards release on the front clip vs keeping them locked on like they are now. (have heard this allows from more direct contact/pressure with a hooked fish)
Looking to head out Friday afternoon out of two rivers on Friday afternoon. Looking to see if someone wants to tag along? Just want to get out fishing and not fish solo.
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Dead flat and sunny conditions Thursday AM off Manitowoc. Conditions an old body like mine appreciates but not necessarily the fish. Began setting our 6 rods in 85ft. and headed East with NADA when I turned back at 225ft.. Around 7AM at 210ft. a dipsy spoon set up went out 85ft. no ring set 2.5 guessing 25-30ft. down. I handed the rod to Glen my fishing buddy once the counter stopped at 635ft and eventually the female King found our net. I know some people like trebles vs. single hooks but I was glad the single on this spoon was buried in it's Jaw. I circled once and pulled at 180ft. about 8:30AM. Surface water was 55-56 in and out and cotton wood was a pain in the butt. Boats are coming in with a fish or two which is an improvement over what this Spring had offered out of Manitowoc. Good luck.