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If you were only allowed to fish one depth (within 20 ft) what would it be? Ignore time of year and water temp. I want your most consistent range day in and day out. I dont mean where in the water column but just the overall depth. example: My boat always does good 120 to 140 feet. We can find good surface action with bows, but also the kings can be hanging like 40 down. This is out of Sheboygan.

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Dan, you should put your location in your profile.

If I had to choose one depth +- 20' it would be 80', But that's over on the other side from you.

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15' and I'll take the summer off until there's a NE wind.

I catch more fish each year out of my 14' than my 22', piling up the coho and browns early, the kings and steelies when the lake flips, the kings around the piers in September and then more steelies and browns until we get iced out.

I should pivot chart my log in Excel by depth but I bet over 50% of my fish taken each year are where you can see the bottom.

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Depends on what fish I'm targeting out of Olcott on Lake Ontario.

Browns I could spend all summer in 35-55 fow,

Kings it would be 80-100 fow,

Steelhead it would be 480-500 fow.

Tim

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every port is slighly different for a vast number of reasons.In my own port 80 feet of water give or take 20 would be my choice.But we fish by what the water current tells us to do. Direction that you present your spread,not the depth is much more important to me.

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every port is slighly different for a vast number of reasons.In my own port 80 feet of water give or take 20 would be my choice.But we fish by what the water current tells us to do. Direction that you present your spread,not the depth is much more important to me.

I agree. I'm never locked to any one depth. Use the tools you have and come up with a plan. Run em fast, run em slow, run em high, and run em low. Find out where and what they want and give em lots of it.:)

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My graph doesn't fill up with fish until I hit 120' out of Grand Haven. So I start there almost every trip. Unless its April or September then I start at 20'

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Wow I must be the creep of the board for prefering deeper water. The 210FOW mark was awesome for me last year. The gas getting there and back sucks but the fish are out there.

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