My first launch of 2021. Greatly appreciated a friend launching behind us changing a motor fuse while my boat was in the water or this old guy would not have gotten out. I targeted suspended Lake Trout running a high mono and a 2 color both with spoons and 4 spin & glows with metal dodgers. Two off wire dipsies and two off the riggers. I mounted a new cannon manual this Spring and was happy with the faster retrieve. Anyway, I started in 50ft. slowly angling out took 2 hours but finally a dipsy got hit our only hit and we landed a decent Laker. That wire dipsy was out 110ft. set 2. Found this large alewife inside and the 9# trout will be a good smoker. Surface temp in 100ft. was about 45 degrees. I did mark other fish suspended but they all had their mouths closed. Good Luck.
Fisher, I don't have haven't specifics for this year. My records show that mid-May is typically a transitional time. In-close browns usually shut down in early May because the bait arrives. Lake trout can be found but I don't target them so I have no specifics. Some years Kings are really good in 100 to 150 FOW in the mid to lower parts of the water column (e.g. 70 feet down) - some years they don't arrive in numbers until June. Big Coho schools only occasionally arrive up here (2017 for example), more typically they are further south (Racine, Milaukee, etc). When they do it is in the top 15 feet of 90 to 140. Rainbows can be found anywhere or nowhere.
If you find a school of fish stick with them.
Heading up this way in a couple weeks. Curious what would be good to target in the area and any tips anyone is willing to provide?
Yes they are in
Has Mtwc Marina got the launch docks in ?
Anybody have an ice report on the Manty Marina?
I checked the Sheboygan Marina the other day and the ice is almost completely gone already.
Wale-There's been quite a few people fishing the marina, around 12" of ice. No trout action that I've seen or heard, just the typical small pike to keep you from getting bored. The river just recently locked up, I doubt anyone has been on it. Maybe by this weekend!
Anybody ice fishing manitowoc harbor or the river? Thank you. New to harbor fishing
Took advantage of a brief break from the strong winds Thursday 11/5, left the Manty harbor ~ 10 AM. Pretty good rollers coming from the south, wind was modest no chop on top so a reasonable ride. We took a 10 mile ride due east to 240, stopping a few times to check the graph. Water temps were 48-49 everywhere. Didn't mark anything on our brief stops in 60 or 120. Thought about continuing to head east, but my crewmember was not overly keen on steaming on. So we set up in 240 trolling north.
While setting up, we did mark a good number of fish in the first 15-20 minutes. Most were well below my deep rigger, which had 100 feet of cable out. Some were between the 100 foot and 50 foot rigger. Marked one huge bait pod. After that initial group of marks, nothing on the graph. Once we hit about east of the TR piers, turned and trolled south into the waves. Worked from 210 to 240.
Got back to where we set up, never marked those fish again. Then trolled north and shallower. In 170 put an ~ 8 pound bow in the box, 200 copper green dolphin spoon. In ~ 130 a smallish Lake Trout. That was it, pulled the plug in 100 off the north water tower.
Would love to give one more shot real deep, but with the wind forecast that's not going to happen. Will wash & wax the boat in the 60 degree weather, and say goodbye to the 2020 season. A quick look back, I view it as a great season. The first twenty pound king on 6/4, three over twenty on 7/2 (23, 27, and 31); finally got that elusive thirty pounder! The last couple weeks of June and first week of July were stellar. Will be looking forward to chasing Brown Trout.
Santa back to 9.
51° - 55° F
Saw Santa's motorized Reindeer as I Launched about 1:30PM Thursday pulling at 5:30PM to end my Season. I trolled from off Silver Creek to just South of the Dome House twice staying in 100ft. to 110ft. of water. Probably because my first fish came in 105ft.. I had plans to just target Lake Trout and it worked out to my surprise. I ran 2 riggers and a mag wire dipsy all with spin & glows and old 8 inch metal dodgers. My riggers were set 90ft. and 95ft. and they worked no dipsy hit. I have not fished spin & glows much off riggers but 40-45ft. set backs and 2.0 to 2.4GPS worked yesterday. One Laker had two Smelt inside Lakers like smelt so do I. Anyway, my smoker appreciates Lake Trout and I hope you all have a good off Season.