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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?
6/27/16 Southern Lk. MI has
bait, as today's featured photo proves. Here's
what my contact for this area said, "The bait is thick
on this end of the lake more than I've seen in the last
two years anyway this is from this morning." Tom M.
I've yet to see any bait off my home port of Manistee,
MI once every 7 to 10 days when I get a chance to off
the dock ...for a few hours. But that doesn't mean
bait isn't off Manistee. I'm not qualified, or an
authority for Manistee's baitfish population. At
one time, when I fished as a charter skipper, had a
better handle on what's going on.
Point is? ...the MDNR is looking at another massive
devastating reduction in the Chinook/King Salmon plant
saying there's not enough bait.
The MDNR flat-out lied/miscalculated natural
reproduction for my area when they agreed with other Lk.
MI states to accept a larger % cut in stocking levels.
Firm science should dictate stocking levels, not based
on estimations, or opinions! The DNR was wrong
about natural reproduction. Are they wrong about
6/26/16 Good day to make
plans for the upcoming week. I'm looking for a
break in the routine to shake things up. My
results out of Manistee, MI this season have left a lot
to be desired. That's why I own a trailer boat and
traveling is what I have in mind. Where will I go?
Honestly, don't have a clue, but it will be to a port I
never fished before.
6/25/16 On the water law
enforcement with be looking for boaters on the sauce
this weekend. It's called Operation Dry Water.
Click here for more info
It's not safe to boat & booze. People that don't
know this are called statistics!
6/23/16 Finally found a few
hours yesterday evening to fish Lk. MI out of the Port
of Manistee, MI. Setup in front of the harbor
(15s) off the shelf. Zigzagged S between 100' to
150' depths for 5-6miles to the 10s off Guerney Creek.
Only marked 3 suspended fish.
Surface temp was 60 and the thermocline was around
40-50' down. N wind pushing 1'-2' seas made for a
comfortable S troll. We never had a bite.
Fishing only occasionally does not put in the position
to rate my home port. Know there are some Lake
Trout around on the bottom, but we fished all lines in
hopes for suspended silver fish. Good sign was
zooplankton is on the build. That's the 1st step
in attracting bait which I've yet to see in 2016.
Lines in the water was 5:30pm thru 8:30pm.
6/22/16 If, and "if" can a
mighty big word at times, might get a chance to wet some
lines this afternoon. It's been about 2 weeks
since I was last afloat and that's way too long!
6/21/16 WI and IN Salmon
fishermen are doing way beyond anything I can expect off
my home port of Manistee, MI (for Coho/Kings).
This is probably the 3rd season in a row, where WI has a
far better early season fishery ...when compared to the
MI side of Lk. MI.
Why? ...can only speculate, but know they have bait
(alewives) off the WI and IN shores while it's hit and
miss on our side of the big pond. Would have added
IL too, but don't have any recent trusted reports to
Hope to get of land soon and see what's going on off
Manistee for myself. Have a suspicion the recent
SW and S wind has improved the situation here.
Hunches and suspicions don't count. What's in the
fish box does!
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