Fishing Reports


Don't miss the next few days! Fishing has remained excellent and you can't beat the incredible weather we have right now. We had another great evening last night as we had over 25 hits and landed 17 fish on a 4 hour charter. The best fishing was from 250 to 270 feet of water while the sun was bright with plenty of steelhead keeping us busy. As the sun fell to the horizon the kings turned on and were active on an east troll all the way in to 180 feet. We took fish from 4 colors of lead down to 80 feet and I heard reports of 3 yr old kings coming from as far down as 180'. A pair of Super Slims in the Capt. Gary and Hello Darlin patterns set at 62' on an outdown kept the guys pretty busy and was the most active rod towards the end of the day. The same combo at 42' on the other side was good too. Modified Michigan Dolphins, Capt. Gary, Jager Bombs and Mixed Veggies kept our 4, 7 and 10 color lead cores hopping for the length of the trip. This same combination of baits also took fish on 150', 220' and 400' coppers but lead core out fished copper 3 to 1. High divers set from 75 to 130' out were effective also. Our catch was made up of 2 young coho, 2 lake trout, 5 steelhead from 9 - 12 lbs and the rest were 2 and 3 yr old kings from 4 - 12 lbs. It was a great box of fish and a lot of fighting fun. GPS speeds of 3.0 - 3.3mph were the best in any direction of travel.

My younger son Sam and I decided to spend Saturday morning confirming Amanda's report of large numbers of salmon in the White River. She was right on and before the crowd showed up I had several nice kings jump all over a gold bladed #3 Mepp's spinner. The biggest challenge, aside from finding some quiet gravel, was getting your bait in front of 1 fish before it stuck into the dorsal fin of another as the fish were very thick. There were some fresh fish in the area but many looked as though they had been on the gravel for at least a week as there were plenty of fish sporting white trim.

Good luck and get out and enjoy one more day of summer in October!

Matt Whitney 



Dave G.
# Dave G.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:46 AM
Matt, just wanted to thank you for the reports all year. Very helpful and being a rookie to the big lake very motivating to put fish in the box like you do. I am still trying to get out a few more times as well. I can see if I want to catch a steelie I am going to have to add some 2-5 color cores however. Wow this is addicting... and expensive. Growing up in Minnesota the big decision was leeches or crawlers...this is way more complicated.

Anyway, just wanted to thank you again.

# awhitney
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:30 PM
Thanks for the comment Dave and I'm glad I was able to help. In regards to the lead cores, I use some of my older Diawa 47H reels and spool them up with different lengths of lead core and just keep the reels handy. Save a few bucks, and space, by not buying a rod for each one. You can usually pick up some decent used reels on Ebay or Craigslist for this purpose. Use braid for backing and splice in a couple feet of 25lb mono between the lead core and braid and you'll be all set for quite a while as the braid won't break down, change the spliced in mono occasionally, and the lead core will last longer on a stored reel than if it's out on a rod in the elements. Good luck with the remainder of the season, I'm sure you'll find a steelie or two before your done.

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