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Saugatuck 8/4 ... salmon lockjaw?


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late start ... fished 8 - noon out of Saugatuck.  Water was 70 F from top to bottom out till about 115 FOW, then thermocline with cold water (50-60F) began to appear in deeper water.  Consistently marked fish from 120 - 140 FOW, mostly at greater depths, but occasionally 40-50 deep.  Trolled with a wide range of lures, green spinny meat rig, white fly and spin doctor, mixed veggies, blue dolphin, green ladder-back jpug, pounder flounder, but could not get a single hit.  Hmm .... like they had lock-jaw?  Made me wonder if when mature salmon stage in deep water, do they stop feeding preceding the run, but are not yet likely to strike like they do at the pier heads?

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They don't stop feeding. They are still in the mode to pack on the pounds to be able to make the spawning run. I would say your day was due to a late start,  the wrong program ( not your fault)  ,  fish not being salmon , just a bad day, or most likely a combination of all. Hope the fish God's are better to ya next time.

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