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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.
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
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
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
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