A little bumpy going out Sunday AM but this old body has seen worse as my son and I set in at 80ft.. Chad likes to steer so we didn't need the auto until a fish came. I had a couple deeper sets early thinking Chinook but that didn't happen so pulled those and had 6 lines top 25 feet by the time we hit 180ft. where our first fish hit. A Laker maybe 7# for my smoker hit a 5/8oz mono bird set spoon. A NFN braided dipsy rig set 3 out 60ft. took a very nice steelhead in pic hitting a spoon at 215ft.. Never too old to learn so I thank NFN for that 2018 video on how to rig that SW dipsy. That same rig took another Bow in 240ft.. We got out to 260ft. and pulled at 8AM. The larger Steelhead had at least 2 year classes of alewife and what looked like a couple smelt in it's stomach. Nearshore was mid-fifties surface offshore mid-forties. Good Luck !!
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Let the Elves get their beauty sleep, arrived at the Manty dock around 9:15 AM Saturday 5/30. Was informed by a concerned citizen it was no-BL-while-fishing-day-out-of-Manty, thought it was fake news so pressed on.
Anticipating the forecasted wind increase, ran north and out hoping to get a couple good hours in. Set up in 240, ended up working between 260 and 290 for the late morning/early afternoon. Conditions stayed good longer than I had hoped, we pulled lines ~ 3:15 PM as the NE started a blowin'. Best depth was the 280 to 290 range. Came to the dock with a 17# stocked king and two 10# class bows. Released and/or lost 7 or 8 fish. 17# king came on 75' rigger blue spoon, lost another king on that rig. Watched a monster king swim away with my flasher/fly stolen from the wire rig that was out 130 when the darn wire dug into itself at 350' and things fell apart real fast. Lost a big Lake Trout at the boat on a 5 color orange spoon, rainbow hits on 5 color and 2 color. The last two rainbows hit as the wind starting smoking, one hit a 200 copper, the other hit a 300 copper (magnum spoons).
Felt very fortunate we got a good four hour run in, and found some nibblers.
Yamatroller Vets Park in TR is still good to launch from.
What is the best boat landing to use in Two Rivers? We have usually launched at Veterans Park but haven't been there in 2 years so now with the high water just wondering how things are. Thanks!!
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Started Friday morning by setting lines into 96 ft of water and pointed the bow to the east. After contemplating pulling the pin around 730AM we finally found signs of life when a 38ft rigger released in 171 ft of water. Kept it pointed east same set up went again at 186. Made a few adjustments set a slide diver with a mag orange pk at 75 and 5 minutes later that went still in 186. Threw a 3 oz guppy on the board to get things a bit lower. Hit 190 and made a 180 headed back west. Newly adjusted board fired in 189 then again in 186. The west wind began to blow a bit by 9 AM as we headed straight into it. In 172 I noticed a few indications of things being a little lower, adjusted the rigger that fired 2 times already to 48 ft, 5 minutes later it fired in 171. All rainbows today with some acrobatics to them in the 56 degree water. Pulled the pin at 9:45 going 6 for 6.
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Fished north of Two Rivers Monday morning the 25th. Blue bird day starting out at 4;30 am. Started in 45 f.o.w. 3rd rod in had a double on Lake Trout off a rigger 48 ft down on a green fly and flasher. The one off the board came off. Orange O flasher green gold peanut fly. Again the rigger popped in 53 f.o.w. Natural Born Killer flasher green fly Lake trout. 80 ft out on a wire dipsy in 58 f,o.w a Lake Trout on a green flasher and fly. Fog moved in with front breezed up some SE Another Laker off the dipsy set up. went out to 90 ft had 52 degrees out there no fish. Lots and lots of bait fish in that 40-60 ft south of the lite. Turned south picked up another laker 48 down on a downrigger in 58 fow on a blue fly and blue flasher. Had a drive by screamer off one of the wire dipsies. Lots of marks around those bait balls, Thick Fog for the ride home. Out on the Dirty Deeds /Brad Langman
today our local paper reported that:
After a great deal of consideration, President Mike Heinzen announced the Northeastern Wisconsin Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Board of Directors has decided to cancel the annual salmon derby.
The derby had been scheduled for July 3-5 at the Manitowoc Marina.
The NEWGLSF Board felt the risk to public safety, and the health risk to the many volunteers needed to run the salmon derby, was too great given the COVID-19 concerns.
NEWGLSF plans to be back with its salmon derby in 2021. Organizers said they wish to thank their past sponsors and participants for their continued support.
I was in charge of the kids derby many years ago. Wonderful memories. Stay safe.
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Santa is right it is a Big Lake and things change daily and nobody knows just where the fish will be any given day? Ok before I get to our catch on Friday AM here is what I know from talking to fishermen daily since then. Last Thursday through Saturday there were fish willing to bite inside 100ft. to the mud line then Saturday evening until today Memorial Day those fish moved out or went more North or plain just scattered. I gathered this from talking to fishermen that were out. Anyway with the slow catch overall in 2019 guys were happy to just get their nets wet always a thrill even if only once an outing. Ok, so Friday the 22nd I had plans to run the mud line which was confirmed by a father and son I knew at the dock to be a good idea from their catch last Thursday night. We ended with 2 nicer Kings 20.8 and 17.11 on a UPS scale used for a local contest; a decent Laker and a Brown maybe 6-7#. 3 of the 4 fish came on bright colored Brad's super cut plugs packed with stinky stuff the Laker hit a double tied spin & glow behind a yellow dodger 11' behind a wire dipsy. The Kings didn't starve over the Winter so I'm thinking the alewife biomass may not be as dire as the recent bottom trawls indicate. I ran two 150 coppers, two wire dipsies and a rigger all with flashers only the rigger didn't get hit. Good Luck.
Not many people fishing out of Manty/TR, apparently.
Santa and good friend BL started setting lines in 185 a little south of town around 2:00 PM Sunday 5/24. Started a little south and out from where I wanted to get to. In 115, the 3 color orange spoon on a planer board got whacked by a nice rainbow. Seconds after that, the 70' deep rigger long lead blue spoon went. Opted to take the rigger fish first, that was a lake trout likely pushing 20 pounds. Got the Rainbow in and released, by the time that excitement was over I was well NW of the spot. Decided to push in to 65 to check out shallower water, went as shallow as 60', that did not feel right so turned back SE and slogged into the waves pushing deeper. Felt like it took forever to get back to 135, turned and swung back towards where I hit those first two fish. Small king released on 35' rigger flasher fly. When I hit 115, the 220 copper screamed, mag green/glow spoon. Seconds after the king went, the 3 color orange spoon got hit by a nice rainbow. Got the king first, then the rainbow was released. Fog really got thick, worked for another 30 minutes pushing in to 90' then got off while still sunlight. I'd say 115 FOW was the magic mark for me.
The king was a 21# stocked fish.
Appreciate those who post. I get out AT BEST once a week, it's a new adventure starting from scratch every time. Any general information helps. I try to give back, it's a darn big lake.
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Spike, Nothing is peaking just now in this area. If you like catching lakers you should be able to find some in higher in the water column in 50 FOW. I hear spoons, flasher flies and spin-and-glows should work although this isn't my cup of tea so this is all 2nd hand info. There are rainbows scattered about. The shallow brown trout fishing seems to be done for the year.