I normally fish out of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area, but couldn't handle reading about the thirty pound kings being caught during the K-D anymore so decided to skip out of work Thursday at 9:00 AM, buy a one-day ticket, and give it a shot.
I fish the Baileys Brown Trout Tournament every year, so am familiar with the water but of course much shallower. With no information, we arrived at the Baileys dock around 1:45 PM. Met a guy at the dock (apologize forgot your name) who also fishes out of Manitowoc-Two Rivers area, he was fishing the tournament and was kind enough to share some information. Thank you, it really helped!
Anticipating the south wind and waves to build, took a southerly heading and then headed deeper. Saw some good looking structure / depth changes on the chart, based on where other boats arrived later that seems to be one of "the spots". While setting up in 160, had what was likely a nice rainbow bang an orange spoon on 5 color lead core while trying to attach the board. Shortly after, a 17 pound king that fought like a freight-train hit a magnum white black ladder Mauler on a 300 copper. Within the first 90 minutes, had I think 7 or 8 hits (I'd guess two kings, the rest rainbows). Worked in to 140, back out to 160, as the waves started to build we stopped fighting it and pushed north.
Ended up almost to the Cana light in 110. Had three kings in the box (17 and two 13) and three rainbows. Released a small rainbow and Brown. Missed 4 or 5. Kings came on spoons on 300 coppers, and a deep wire line dipsy blue flasher double acqua Howie fly. Steel came on 5 color orange spoons, one on 6-color j-plug, one on a deep rigger spoon.
Our best action came between 2:30 and 4:30 PM. Not sure if that was because that's when the best bite was, or because we were able to work where we wanted to work and how (speed and angle) before the bigger waves came (run a 19' boat).
Had a great time with son Dan and stellar mate Flounder. Always great to fish The Door.