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Thursday   May 25, 2017

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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

5/25/17  The MDNR's free fishing weekend happens on June 10 & 11, 2017.  That's 2 weeks out.  Anything that adds to the base of fishermen, I'm totally for.
              Going to start my Memorial Day weekend a little early and wish all of you a safe and happy holiday.  We all need a break.  So, enjoy the unofficial kickoff of summer!

5/24/17  We all need a place to start trolling.  At this time of the year NOAA surface temp charts can point you in the right direction.  Click Manistee surface temp chart  
               Central Lk. MI ports light up when there's a 8° to 10° surface temp differential that sets up close to the dropoff.  Over the years, this break/temp change used to occur within about a distance of 2 miles, or less.  Then, the fish are fenced/concentrated by cold water and structure.  Increasing your odds of success by a huge margin. 
                Issue is the NOAA surface temp charts have not been worth a darn for the last month.  Erroneous readings during cloud cover can be understood.  However, during clear conditions we should get a representative chart.  That's not the way it is now. Current satellite temp chart readings are totally worthless.  Maybe this satellite is worn out?      

5/23/17  Decided not to go fishing today.  Plan is to build tackle and try to have a better cushion.  Then, fish the Memorial Day Weekend a couple of times.
              Know Manistee, MI results from last weekend were lackluster at best.  Boats that did reach double figures did so by targeting Lake Trout.  3, or 4 Salmon was a good box.

5/22/17  After an E wind Kings showed up at Wilson, NY on Lk. Ontario.  If I wasn't so busy in the shop with tackle ...I'd be on my way there for a few days.
              It's going to be a wait and see on fishing reports from this past weekend.  Wind has shifted to the SW and predicted to blow at 30 mph today.  This push of warmer water should help stack some Kings at central Lk. MI ports (Ludington, Manistee, & Frankfort). 
             Tomorrow morning looks fishable, if there's a rare chance to get away from the shop for a few hours.  The coming Memorial Day Weekend is shaping up nicely with temps in the mid-70s.  Might have to wait until then...

5/21/17  In 2015 spring King fishing and summer Kings were almost non existent in MI's slice of Lk. MI.  2016 MI seen a small uptick with the better fishing in WI.  2017 is on track to be one heck of an improvement with a lot more Kings off MI's coast.
              King Salmon/Chinook are vital to sustain our Great Lakes sport fishery.  Millions of dollars are spent every year on boats and tackle to pursue this hard fighting fish.  Adding to the overall economy of all Great Lake states.

5/20/17  Have a great weekend.  My time is being devoted to build more inventory.  So, when I do get a decent day, going fishing will happen.

5/19/17  T.G.I.F. is the way I feel about this week's workload.  There have been some Kings caught out of Manistee in water from 100' to 250' deep.  But it's not the big deal, like it was, when the fish were closer to the harbor.  Once the bait that's in southern Lk. MI move N things will drastically improve for my home port.  Find bait and you'll find Kings.
              Bright note on the horizon is the large amount of small shaker Kings that have been caught in more southerly Lk. MI ports.  These are our future adults.

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