Fantastic day on the water with good friends Wednesday 9/23. Not much fish catching, but will share what we found.
Left the harbor just after sunrise, took a long boat ride to 500. Once the sun was up, surface temps were pretty much 60 to 61 everywhere we fished. Temp probe had the thermocline at about 50 to 60' down. Was hoping to find more cold water higher up, but was not to be. We worked a 2 mile area that has produced well in the past, not many fish were there. We boated a 6 pound rainbow on an agent orange spoon, 5 color, and had to keep a 2 pound king that we unfortunately were dragging on a spoon 90' deep rigger. After working for close to 3 hours, determined it was not going to happen, pulled lines, ran "shallower" to 350.
Worked 350 for about an hour. That was a dead sea, at least where we were. Thermocline was deeper, 60 degree water down almost to 40'. After an hour and the revelation it was not going to happen, pulled and ran in to 230.
Worked 230 to about 260 for a couple of hours. One nice rainbow (~ 9 pounds) on 50' rigger, green dragon slayer / green krinkle fly. One 9" king released on the 90' deep spoon rigger. No other hits. The cooler water was a little bit higher up than what we found in 350, but still had to go 60' down to get near 50 degrees.
Pulled the final line around 3:00 PM, so we gave it a solid run. Hoping the lake flips soon, and can find some 10 pound bows and 15 pound kings snapping (last year had good action late October, when wind/waves allowed).
Sadly, don't think they're serving up pizza at the Buffalo yet, so we headed west on Hwy 10 with empty coolers and bellies.