Fished TR 4 am to 10:30. 1 drive by on a rigger 52' down with a Moonshine glow NBK. Threw everything at them--white flasher with LB blue fly, silver flasher with meat rig, glow spoons in wonderbread, smurf, bloody nose, brads with alewife sauce, mag-lip w/ herring rubberbanded to it, on riggers, dipsys and copper rigs. Started in 100, worked to 275, back in to 125. Marked two tiny bait pods and perhaps 40 fish from 10' down to 110' down. Some marks had lures go 2-3' above them--zippo. Speed 2.7-3 downspeed. Surface around 61, 45 deg down 40'. Almost flat calm. 50 boats out.
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has anybody been having any luck out of TR, wondering if it's worth the 2 hour drive over. If so you can PM me with a little extra help, haven't been able to get over yet this year.
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Always appreciate reports or videos as my computer skills are limited. Anyway, I launched both Wednesday and Thursday late afternoon out of Manitowoc. Wednesday with a friend and I got the Big Skunk with only 1 hit working 115ft. to 150ft.. Thursday I targeted Steelhead off shore with a son and grand began setting in 200ft. and headed towards New York. We found active fish top 50ft. between 240-250ft. and stayed there going 2 for 7 in about 3 hours. 3 colors with spoons took 3 hits but only 1 nice bow netted. A 48ft. rigger spoon took a good Laker for my smoker and we had two misses off wire dipsy spoons down between 30-40ft.. Pulling lines a 10 color really got slammed running a mag wonderbread spoon but off before we had the TX-44 to the boat. Lots of action just not much to show for it. 3.2 GPS worked trolling into the current. More branches and logs floating on top than I can ever remember. Last year these dates Water Fleas were terrible it may happen soon. Good Luck.
On a solo trip last evening, I found the surface waters had warmed up a bit and the thermocline was between 25 and 35 feet down in 120 FOW. Caught a 23# king 52 ft down on a white flasher/fly off a downrigger. The same setup caught a 5# king 42 ft down.
Wednesday 7/31: Left the Manty dock ~ 3:00 PM. Lots of cold water (58 surface) as we left the harbor, decided to run south and check out shallow. Putzed around looking at the graph for a while, checked out from 30 to 75 FOW. Did not see anything interesting enough to compel us to set lines, so ran out to 180 and set up there. 9 rod spread, ranging from short lead cores with spoons to flasher flies deep on a wire dipsy and copper. Surface temp was warmer outside of about 130 (low 60's). 44 degree water about 50' down. Trolled in to 130, nothing. Turned back out and started steaming north. A miss on a 3 color orange spoon in about 150. Kept steaming out and north. Another miss in about 180. Marked next to nothing (bait or predators) inside of 150. Marked a few fish from 150 to 180. As the sun was getting close to the horizon, we were in 190 between the cities. Decided to turn in for the final big run. In about 100 FOW as sun was setting put our only fish in the box, a 10 pound chin, on a bloody nose spoon 200 copper set.
That was it. Fantastic night on the water with a great crew. There's just not many fish out there right now, or so it seems. May be at it again Saturday morning, not sure what the plan will be at this point.
Yesterday morning, I started fishing in 25 to 40 FOW south of Silver Creek. Water temps in there were 48 to 52 degrees on the surface. Lost a large king off an orange spoon and 1.5 color lead core. After peeling 500 feet of line the lead core broke a foot from the knot. Caught a jack on a NBK off a dipsy 60 FOC.
Motored out to 250 FOW and picked up a 15# king on an orange spoon and 4 color lead core. Temps were 56 on the surface and 50 down 30'. No rainbows. Finished 2 for 3.
Has anyone been fishing the launch by the power plant either closer for King’s or deeper for Lakers. Please pm me Thanks!
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Still shaking off the self-induced fog created from living the derby lifestyle for 3+ days, below is what I recall...............
After too many ole' fashions Thursday night, we got a bit of a late start Friday morning. Our excuse was we wanted the fog to lift. Left the TR pier heads ~ 8:00 AM, took a 120 heading to about 250 and started setting up (I think this put us pretty close to the car ferry line). Mixed 9 rod spread with 3 color being the highest, 300 copper and a deep spoon rigger being the deepest. Worked from between 210 and 260 and about 2-3 miles north-south. Ended with 5 fish in the box (12 pound and 9 pound greasers, 11, 9 6 pound bows). Bigger greaser came on 35 foot rigger silver flasher green fly. All other fish came on 3 and 5 color lead core, orange spoons. Had 5 other hits on the 3 and 5 colors that we missed. Don't think we had any king bites. Endured the biting flies for as long as we could, got off the water around 4 PM. After registering fish and enjoying a derby burger, back out at 7:00 PM. Fog was pretty thick close to shore. Not a big fan of navigating in fog, we stayed within a couple miles of the pierheads. Worked 50 to 70 FOW for about 90 minutes, headed in prior to dark with no hits.
Saturday morning and afternoon was a wash-out. Enjoyed ole' fashions, laughs, and sheephead with good friends. Our three boats decided to head out around 4 PM. Fog pretty thick, and some wild seas with big rollers coming from what seemed like three different directions. Two friend's boats headed back to the 150 to 200 FOW marks, we decided to stay out of the fog. Ran north to the point, worked 40 to 60 FOW from the point to the north water tower. Marked 39.7 degrees on the surface at one point. Marked some bait, some fish, no hits.
Some more fog Sunday AM, not too bad. I headed out to the approximate area we were Friday, setting up in 250 closer to Manty than TR. Gorgeous morning, wish we had that weather Saturday. Under time constraints to be off the water by 11:30 AM. We put a 10 pound rainbow and 15 pound king in the box. Both hit 3 color orange spoon. We released a small rainbow and small king.
I regret leaving my 1 color lead cores at home; seemed like my 300, 250 and 200 coppers were worthless, those stayed un-deployed most of the time. All of my hits came 35' down and above (most top 20 feet).
Only 361 days to TR 2020!
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Fish TR last night from 4 to 8:30 pm. No hits. Marked very few fish and very little bait. Guy at Seagull Marina said some guys had had luck in 200-250 fow earlier in the day so that is where I went. Ran spoons in NBK, blue knight, wonderbread and bloody nose. Ran silverbullet j-plug for awhile. Also silver/green Yakima attractor with LBB fly. Kept everything in the top 50' with riggers, 50' copper and dipsy on #3 setting. 50' down the temp was in the upper 40s.