Fished out of Algoma with PK. Dropped lines at 8am in 100 FOW. Trolled out to 250 and got one smaller king a little after 10. Nothing for another hour and a half. Barely dodged the skunk getting my first fish on my 200ft. copper sent out on a board. A green/ silver flutter spoon did the trick. The boat coming in when we left had one sea sick crew that only had one shaker. The wind and waves weren't bad but there was a bit of a swell that might have been a factor early in the dark. Flasher/flies and riggers struck out for us on an otherwise pleasant morning.
Kewaunee/Algoma (Lake Michigan), Kewaunee County
8-15 Out of Algoma. Warm water from 200 ft in. We set up in 275 trolled out to 500 and back to 400 before we pulled lines. We ended 6-10 all rainbows. 5,6,10 color with spoons all took bites, 200, 250 coppers took bites all with spoons, watermelon and flounder pounder were good. One meat bite on a down rigger down 50. Ran FF's and meat all day but no kings to be seen.
Fishing has been nothing short of excellent for a couple weeks now. The fish have moved in from a week ago and instead of fishing 500-700ft they are now in 200-500ft. Everything coming in the top 50ft. Leadcores and dipseys. Some days 10oz setups are producing but not consistent.
The bite is mostly rainbows but there are salmon mixed in. Some days FF have out produced spoons so try them both and let the fish tell you.
Went out again this morning. 3 small shakers within 30 minutes. Thought it was going to be a good day then nothing. Missed 2 that temporarily took out line and were off quickly. fishing between 55- 80.
What do people use when they fish shallow (~25-40 feet)? I have a few 2 and 3 color leader set ups, dipsy's, and riggers but I would imagine 5 color leader would be too deep? Thanks in advance!!
Fishing for us out of Algoma was good till this past week when the surface water temperature warmed up 10 degrees. Temps don't get into the 50's till 30 ft down and is 48 by 60 ft down and 43 by 80 ft down so not a whole lot of water in the column at a good temp. At least that was the conditions Friday night in 120fow. But that will all change this week with strong NE winds in the forecast which will blow pi-- warm water in probably top to bottom. ??
Avidhunter, I was in the same boat this week but there was a good shallow bite right as we got there that disappeared before we could capitalize on it. The big boats were getting fish pretty consistently way out deep,(500-550 fow). I didn't dare run that far out with my smaller boat with the wind forecasts we had. One nice rainbow in 4 days of fishing caught in a out 300 fow and we usually do pretty well there. Pretty humbling trip.
This week is a normal vacation week for my family. We normally head to the greatest of great lakes and spend the week there bouncing between ontanagon, copper harbor, and marquette. Between those three harbors last year we got 52 fish. Mixed bag of coho, the occasional king, and Lakers (that frankly taste better than lake michigan lakers). This year we thought we'd give algoma a shot for the first weekend as we've heard great things about the salmon fishery here.
I fished the last two days. Was out on the water by 5 each day and back out around 5 PM to sun down. Not a single damn fish. I fished 80 out past 250. Fished the top all the way to the bottom. I fished spoons, peanut flies, flasher fly combos, meat rigs, and stick baits. switched out flashers and Dodgers left and right. Had planer boards, dipsies, and riggers. Tried straight lining a few things as well. Even tried for Lakers by bouncing balls near the bottom just to get my kids some fish to reel up. I marked fish like crazy this evening but not a damn thing. Pretty disappointing.
I know its fishing, not catching, but I feel like crap having fished 2 days with nothing in "Wisconsins sport fishing capitol." In prep for staying here I read reports, reached out to others to discuss local tactics, watched videos...and nothing to show for it. Even lost a ball and Chamberlain release.
Hopefully we can redeem in the UP. Its been a tough year there too, but I did catch a PB king in Marquette memorial day.
Not sure what I was doing wrong but open to suggestions (not that anything will be the same next year).
Tight lines algoma anglers.
Last year our best setup was a magnum spoon 5' behind a protroll spinner. It never got bit this year.
I've used spoons behind triangular rotating flashers before and caught many fish. Hasn't worked for me this year though