Fishing Reports


Here we go again. The NW wind did a job on things Tuesday and the water is cold in front. The cold water has brought the baitfish and decent numbers of our favorite predators in close to shore along with it. Load up with your favorite bright orange spoons like the Fireball and Shanster for your highest lines and sprinkle in a few plugs like the Pearl/Black Dot Tomic in the 15-25 ft down range. For your deepest rig you'll probably do well to have an 11" Paddle with some flavor of green fly running within 8-10' of bottom. This same rig will work well on a diver sometimes. All of that information should be good until sometime Thursday as the winds and current will be changing and bringing the warm water back in time for the weekend when you'll want to move out a bit. Keep a close eye on the Port Sheldon Buoy temps and as things start to warm up expect the fish to be in the 70 - 110 FOW range again. If you're planning on fishing this weekend you'll probably want to bring some meat rigs along as they've been pretty good the last couple of weeks. White/Fish Scale tape 11" Paddles and 8 and 10" Spin Dr.s with the Moo Moo meat rig have been tough to beat. Prior to this recent change, the Trash Can and Spin-N-Glo had also been working really well on lake trout on downriggers near bottom and on 450 coppers. Other baits to have ready will be Green Prism JPlugs, your favorite glow plugs (mine have been the Lucky Charms, Yellow Lightning, Yellow/Green Splatter Back and Wonderbread) and for spoons the Rodman, Capt. Gary, Flea For All, UV Mixed Veggies and UV Jager Bomb in various makes and sizes have all been pretty reliable. Switch from mostly led or short coppers to coppers from 125 - 450' in length as the water warms back up. Remember at this time of year mature kings can often be found and caught in water much warmer than normal so don't put everything down deep right away if you're marking fish above the thermo.

If you're a pier fisherman you'll want to call in sick Thursday as the predicted southerly winds will probably move enough warm water in to slow things down in a hurry around the shoreline although a few perch and steelhead will probably hang around for a few days. Bait, mostly alewives, should be easy to get for a few days and they're going to be the ticket for success. If letting your bait do all the work isn't fun for you then try casting some glow spoons prior the sun coming up and you should be able to tangle with a big king or two as well. Depending on when your work day starts you might even be able to accomplish all this and still punch in on time. As an added bonus though, smelling like a dead fish can be a great way to keep a supervisor from spending too much time getting after you, at least in close quarters, for being a few minutes late. 

August is almost half over so take advantage of the nice days and get out and fish! Just don't tell your boss or wife that I told you to do that.

Good luck,




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