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  1. 58 minutes ago, georgeb said:

    If you ever want to feel totally alone and small on Lake Michigan, try being 40 miles from any land with a SW wind at 30 to 40 knots and 15' waves while headed to Chicago on a 35' boat.  That can change your outlook on what safe means.


    I agree completely, respect the lake and expect it to not care about you.

    Wow!  How did this end up happening?🤢

    Wouldn't have gone out without the stable forecast.  Didn't venture past 70 fow.  That was far enough away.

    Been a few times the kicker brought me home.

  2. Motor wouldn’t start at the dock so my plans were partially ruined.  So I thought.  Used the kicker to get out to 60 fow.  Fished north and then south between 60 and 70.  Lots of bait.  Lots of marks.  Cold water (55 degrees down 50).

    Got a 20 lb king on a spin doctor out 120 on a high diver.

    Got a 5 lb lake trout on a meat rig out 95 on a low diver.  Fished for about 2 hours.

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  3. Started in 90.  Fished out to 150 and then back into 130.  Started hitting fish in 135-145.  6/7 right now.  5 kings and a nice steelhead.  2.0-2.3 mph.

    2-3 Rigger down 49 - RV Flounder Pounder standard size

    2-2 300 copper mag silver streak blue dolphin

    1-1 rigger down 79 - blue/white spin doctor and meat rig

    1-1 mag diver on 2 back 185. Kevin's girlfriend spin doctor and meat rig


    Still fishing, but will be wrapping it up soon.  Great morning on the big lake!


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  4. Do you have 10 foot roller rods, or a regular rod with twilli tips?  If so, you and a swivel fits, you can reel the swivel back down to the reel every trip, and attach a piece of mono to it so you can re-string  quickly it next time out.

    If you have the roller rods it will be difficult to break down the rods without having wire problems.

  5. Took a short evening trip last night out of Port Sheldon.  Set lines around 7 pm and pulled lines at 9 pm.  Started in 135 fow and worked mostly NNW out to 155 and then SSE back to 135.  5-6 for the night.

    Rigger down 100 feet - mixed veggie stingray spoon.  2-3 (two smaller kings)

    Diver back 255 feet - kevorkian spin doctor & fly.  1-1 lake trout.

    Diver back 185 feet - Chrome/Mtn Dew spin doctor & fly.  1-1 lake trout.

    Rigger down 115 feet - MI Stinger Paddle - UV/Chrome&Green & fly.  1-1 lake trout.


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  6. Check the buoy for water temps.  Will have north wind blowing today and tonight and if it switched NE we might get a bit of a flip.  If not, I would set up in 70 fow and work out from there.  Kings are not plentiful right now, but if you run some stuff up high (10-20 feet), some stuff mid range (30-60 feet) and a line or two deep (90 feet or keep within 10 feet of bottom) you have a chance at picking up anything that might be out there (kings, steelhead, lake trout).

    Or just give up on kings and run a bunch of stuff near the bottom for trout.

    If the lake flips, then who knows what will be where.



  7. Good advice Jason.

    You could also run one downrigger rod with a two color leadcore.  Let the spoon and leadcore out, then put a clean spoon on that line.  I would also try some other types of spoons too (non-glow).  One of my favorite spoons is a magnum blue dolphin (by Silver Streak).  I also really like to use the UV spoons in the Stinger and Stingray size from Michigan Stinger.  I would guess greens and blues would work best. 

    What kind of water clarity is there in the reservoir?  If it's not crystal clear, then some plugs might be effective run 50-100 feet behind the ball.

    If the fish are very skitish due to a lot of boat traffic, it might be more effective to only run 2 downriggers instead of all four.

    How deep do you usually run the downriggers?

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  8. I'm guessing most of the time , the fish are pretty deep in the reservoir (50 feet or deeper.  I would run both flasher and fly setups, and also clean spoons/no flasher.

    How many lines are you running?  A few downriggers and a few divers?

    What types of spoons have you run?

  9. Late report.  Started around 5:30/6 pm in 180 fow.  Fished out to 210.  Motored back in to 175 and fished NE/SE until 110 fow and pulled lines.  Speed maintained from 2.5-3.0 at the ball at down 55 feet.

    185 fow.  King 15lb+ range.  Mag diver back 189 feet - Pro King Mountain Dew paddle and mirage fly.

    190 fow.  Swing and a miss - downrigger (55 ft) free slider with yellow/orange spoon.

    200 fow.  Laker escaped behind boat - lure?  I forget.

    210 fow.  Laker.  Mag diver back 189 feet - Pro King Mountain Dew paddle and mirage fly.

    170 fow.  Laker - Diver back 225 - MI Stinger Green/White 8-inch paddle and hypnotist fly

    160 fow.  Laker - Diver back 135 - MI Stinger Green/White 8-inch paddle and hypnotist fly (hit while setting line)

    150 fow.  King (3 lbs?) - 300 copper mag blue dolphin

    140 fow.  King (3 lbs?) - 200 copper purple spoon


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