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Monday, March 27, 2017

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3/21/17 Spring Coho
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3/21/17 Portage, IN
Early season Coho!
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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

3/27/17  March-April southern Lk. MI is the opening curtain for the 2017 season.  It's mostly jack Coho in the 2 to 3 pound range in March.  By later April these fish will gain a weight depending on the amount of bait available to around 4 lbs. Click Coho catch
               While I've heard the Coho bite is fantastic, yet to hear about how much bait S. Lk. MI fishermen are marking.  This is the important part. Click XGB Smurf Coho SB 4.0

3/26/17  According to my early season contacts in southern LK. MI, the Coho bite is the best it's been in several years.  Time will tell if this holds up.  Click 3/21/17 Coho catch

3/25/17  Have a great weekend!

3/24/17  Before leaving to fish southern waters, last fall, put antifreeze thru the main and trolling motors.  50/50 mix of antifreeze should kill any organisms.  Know it's a poison, because it can kill pets.  There's no way I could forgive myself for transporting mussels, or any invasive specie to previously uncontaminated water.
              Do know there's several places outside the Great Lakes watershed that host zebra mussels.  Zebras are in northern Alabama's Wheeler Reservoir on the Tennessee river.

3/23/17  Results from the 2016 Salmon Ambassador program came out today.  Several interesting facts backed up by data that is beyond reproach.
               Ratio of naturally reproduced vs. planted is only semi correct.  Skewed by the reduced King Salmon plants.  Click for this port by port info

3/22/17  Committed long distant plans are fraught with issues.  Knowing what I know now, would have delayed my Striper trip to Alabama.  We got hit with a severe cold front with nighttime temps down to 20 degrees and days in the low 40s to high 30s.
              Southern impoundment fish get tough when there's a loss of water temp.  This meant big live bait to pry a bite from fish more interested in spawning than eating.
              Stripers are fascinating to me.  These fish are beautiful & share the same radiant blue-purplish hues that our King Salmon have.  Cameras struggle to capture a true likeness.
              I look at my first venture into the realm of southern Striped Bass as a winner from the amount of knowledge gained.  Click 2-3 lb. sucker used as Striper bait

3/21/17  Beginning this Friday afternoon east wind will prevail for a good 5 days off the Port of Manistee, MI.  This is in my window for my first Lk. MI trip trip of 2017.
               E wind should push any weeds/debris away from the our shoreline.   Been fighting junk in the water for the past 2 seasons that makes shoreline trolling off Manistee an exercise in futility.  I will not fight this junk in the water (looks like root systems) fouling lures.  Never seen these weeds/roots until about to 2 years ago. 
 

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