Went out Saturday Morning and it was way rougher than they said it was going to be. We went 2 for 4. Lost one coho close to the boat, lost one after about a minute (a screamer) and landed two lake trout. The biggest one was 31 inches long. Fished from 100 to 300 feet of water and went straight out.
|@ the lake|
71° - 75° F
66° - 70° F
Fished from 5 am to 8 pm yesterday. Ended up 14 for like 20 or so. 5 shakers (only one we knew was on), 4 2 year olds, 2 big coho and 2 lakers. No pattern. Washed every lure in the boat. Started off with mainly moonshine spoons, then FF the watermelon, the just started randomly changing. Lost 2 really big fish. 1 on a wire dipsie after a good 10 minute fight and another off a rigger. Fished from 100 to 300. I think 270 was the best. We were glad the waves calmed down as we surfed them all the way to Fox point.
Having surgery tomorrow so that’s probably it for the Crooked Hook for the year. Good luck everyone!
71° - 75° F
66° - 70° F
Not much to speak of today. Fished 3:30a to 10a. Two boats. One fish each. Didn’t go past 200’ due to the waves progressively getting larger. Cooler water was nearer to shore. Marked quite a few basically everywhere we went. Most fish seemed to be down in the 40’ range. My worst outing since early last year. A lot of gunk on the lines as well. Check em often.
How has the fishing been lately? Not sure if to make the drive down.
Thanx Aluma and to all for the messages. I have updated the flares, have the square throw, have a fire extinguisher, whistle and I'm adding an air horn, have ordered out the radio and antenna and will call my insurance company just to make sure. Safe fishing to all.
You can get away with a handheld. The transmit range is a decent amount less then a built in with a 8 foot antenna. Since marine radio is line off sight. The higher the antenna the better. Plus I think the built ins have more transmit power. Shakespeare makes antennas that are now quick disconnect. I have a 4 foot antenna that I use inland instead of the 8 foot on the Great Lakes. Not as much in the way as the 8 foot I use on the Great Lakes. Do not forget you either need flares or the new coast guard aproved led light with flag combo for the Great Lakes. Plus a square throwable cushion or the newer inflatable throwable raft To be legal. Also some Insurance company’s require you to tell them you are operating on the Great Lakes.
Cottonwood trees can also make a mess on your lines. it Is sometimes amazing how much stuff flys off those trees Into the water. Be A little careful in Port Washington marina. Tie off lines have recently been cut. Boats had fishing rods tossed into the water. There are some vandals around.
Good afternoon to all. Trying to rig our boat up for Lake Michigan and want to add a Marine Radio . Wanted to see what a recommendation would be from others? Would a handheld work or would you recommend a hardwired main unit. Our boat is a 17.5' Alumacraft.
Thanx in advance
I think what is clogging the fishing line is the fish hook flea and is different from the spiny water flea. Both are invasive species. https://www.ontario.ca/page/spiny-and-fishhook-water-flea
Downrigger lines and dipsy diver lines and more affected vs more horizontal presentations on in-line planers. Fish hook fleas attach to the fishing line with their hook and are difficult to remove. Spiny water fleas will attach to fishing line and downrigger cable but easily shaken off.
Cortland made fishing line called Flea Flicker that was oval shaped so it vibrated in the water to help shake the critters off. It came in 30 and 40# test and were very effective. Unfortunately it is no longer made. Blood Run makes a slippery flea line but unaware of how well it works. I've found that 30# mono has a large enough diameter to limit the aggregation. Braid dipsys are rendered virtually worthless and mine went in the garage 3 wks ago.
Spiny water fleas
there another invasaive species to the great lakes !