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Friday  August 16, 2019

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

8/16/19  Keep hearing the MDNR is considering increasing the Chinook/King Salmon plant by around 400 thousand for the 2020 season.  Don't have exact numbers, or if this is even going to happen.  Survival rate on stocked fish to adulthood is pretty low.
             Do know the way the Lk. MI DNRs estimates bait needs to be looked at.  Lk. MI is growing larger Kings than Lk. Ontario this season.  So, the bait has to be there.
             I've not marked, or went thru any large bait balls out of Manistee this year.  A lot of what's being marked is pods plankton (seen a bunch of that on the lines).  The bait has to be there, or we would not have this kind of growth rate.

8/15/19  Taking a vacation day.  Personal business must be attended to.  Trying to clear the docket for an out of town fishing trip to Rogers City on Lk. Huron next week.  Never fished this part of Lk. Huron.  Closest I ever fished was Harrisville in the later 1970s.
               Do know this is mixed bag fishing.  Need an Atlantic Salmon to round out the 4 species of Salmon I've in MI caught on Salmon Buster™ spoons.  My boat has already caught Coho, King/Chinook & Pink Salmon on my spoons.  That just leaves Mr. Atlantic Salmon to fill out the barrel list, cuz a bucket ain't big enough!

8/14/19  Spotty continues to be the word on Manistee's summer King Salmon fishery.  Hit the right time and area, big King Salmon await.  Nothing has been consistent.
               Light E winds this week have been mostly favorable to the fleet.  Hope to get some free time to escape from the shop and go fishing.   Have a great Wednesday!

8/13/19  Might have a semi-solution for dealing with water flea buildup on rigger mono less than 30# test and super braid divers.  These lines cut thru the water vertically and are magnets for water bugs.  Message board member, Codfish Craig has been running a rubber band installed with a half-hitch as a line wiper below the rod tip. 
               Stopping the band at the rod tip that helps wipe away the water fleas.  Have not tested this out yet, but it sounds like it should work.

8/12/19   Fished Lk. MI since 1968 and NEVER seen this much cold water inshore.  Temp break (thermocline) has been 20' to 50' for most of this season.  Deeper temp (70' and below) concentrates the fish.  Eliminating the top 50' when warm water stacks in increases  the odds more in your favor.  Instead of fish scattered up and down the water column.
                Boats that I'm aware of the fished this past weekend had 1 to 9 fish.  Average was more like 3, or 4.  Catch was 50% Kings & Coho.  50% Lakers and Steelhead.  Size on Kings is most all are above 20 pounds.  Click 8/10/19 Manistee catch
                I have no doubt there were few boats that exceeded the catch numbers mentioned.  But can only share with you what I know are reel-facts from trusted sources.

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