Fishing Reports



Can you believe it's already the Fourth of July? I can because just like last year the changing weather is keeping the fireworks on Dewey Hill instead of of on the back decks of the fishing boats! Today was the beast opportunity to get out after some pretty windy weather and the catches were skinny. I spoke with guys that fished from 70 - 240 FOW and the story was the same, slow. The good news is that when things change this fast it may take a day or two for the fish to settle in and the calm weather forecast for the next couple days should help us out. The Port Sheldon bobber says the thermo is back up around 50' and the big steelhead that were arriving late last week should move into shallower water and chase bait near the mud line. Start in around 45 or 50' early in the morning and hunt for bait and you should find something to put on the grill for the party you're planning in the evening. Go with some glow baits early and toss in some Mixed Veggies, Orange Crush, Hit Man and Orange Killer patterned Spoons. Big steelies can be pretty aggressive so mix up the size of your spoons and don't be shy about picking up your speed. As you move deeper you'll want to have a couple Spinnies and flies and a meat rig down as the kings have been starting to key in on these the past couple weeks. White paddles and a Pickled Sunshine or Mirage fly pattern are good bets. Another good method when fishing is tough is to take 20 of your favorite spoons, 10 baits that you never use, throw them all in a bucket, shake them up and then draw them out like lottery tickets and put them on the nearest rod as you draw. No peeking until after its on the swivel.

The cold water moving in may bring a few perch into the holes south of the channel. Should you choose to give this a shot make sure to hang a shrimp a little over the thermo and you may pick up a bonus steelhead. The catfish have been active around the boat and some fish up to 10 lbs have been taken. Bass were starting to get active on top water baits late in the evening prior to all the recent fun weather but that probably will slow down until the temps go back up. 40 degree nights won't get this going again right away but who knows, those tip ups you put away might be useful soon.

 In any case, it's fishing. Tomorrow just might be the day they bite like crazy, or maybe its the day you'll go out, relax and enjoy a laugh or two with friends, family or a youngster and enjoy a steak on the grill for dinner. It's a win either way!

 Happy Fourth of July!



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