Capt. John's Log
16 Seasons of Archived Daily Great Lakes News
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Archived Daily Log 
(Dating back to the year 2000)

7/15/19   Changes bait and fish migration is clearly evident.  Lk. MI is red hot in the SW corner with Kings and Coho from E Chicago, IN to Kenosha, WI.  There's plenty of bait there too.  This area has benefitted from the cold spring.
               Manistee, MI is limping along waiting for the Salmon to find this port in numbers.  Here's what Chris G had to say about last evening's Manistee fishing:

"Fished Manistee evening. Pulled a whitefish on the XG Bluetail SB 4.0. And a Laker on meat on a 300 copper. Had a hard rip on a blue bubble fly. Very slow night. Fished north and on way back south in the 14s started marking bait. And seen it rising on the surface. Only one big splash we saw on top it was like glass. Maybe 10 boats out tonight"  Chris G.

7/14/19  Work the dreaded 4 letter word that keeps me form fishing.  Extra busy in the shop with tackle orders that have us working weekends to keep up.  In the tackle business (from my experience) there's too much, or not enough.  Seems to be no middle ground.
              Look forward to sharing the latest fish reports with you tomorrow. 

7/13/19  Gearing up for adult Kings that often exceed 20 pounds is not an afterthought.  It's part of the overall plan to have your tackle prepared for these bruisers.  The line on your reels is direct drive to King Salmon that can flat-out bust you up.  Now is not the time for old monofilament line that hasn't been changed in a couple of seasons.
              The Triple Fish mono line we sell is not made in China.  This is a premium line bargained priced at only 24.95 for a one pound spool. Click for this line
              In my 50 some years on the Great Lakes? ...I've found none better.  The majority of the other brands offer far less strength and performance for a lot more money.
              This year we're carrying charter preferred pro-grade 45# copper (300' & 600') and 7 strand 30# test stainless steel wire diver line (600' & 1000') competitively priced.

7/12/19  Webstore is back up and running.  Brief shutdown did help a little  Was able to build a supply of Mamba flashers that take a longtime to paint.
               Meat heads are so-so.  Since Lk. Ontario rediscovered meat fishing, this increase demand has been hard to handle.  Have plenty of machined heads.  It's the taped decorated selections that have been hard to keep in-stock.  Click Mich-Angler Tackle Store
               Have a great weekend and get ready for the best part of the season!

7/11/19  We're about 2-3 weeks away from primetime Kings.  The Ludington Offshore Classic that offers 6 days of events begins on July 19 and ends on July 24.  There's always plenty of Kings caught during this time frame of multi-tournament contests.
              Yesterday it briefly hit 94° around 5pm.  Today's going to be 20° cooler.  Next week there's a warming trend with more predicted temps the high 80s.  This will help stratify Lk. MI and concentrate the fish deeper.  Prefect for a dedicated meat program.

7/10/19  Today's pic is a test version Salmon Buster™ spoon that caught a juvenile King yesterday morning of of Manistee.  The SB 4.0 is in the mixed veggie pattern was a special request by Wayne J.  The veggie is a blend of fluorescent red, green & yellow painted on a clear spoon with an interesting 3D holographic effect that's in the works for 2020, or sooner.
              Wayne and Mark H. fished a little to the S of port in 100'-150' of water.  They also took a small Laker.  That was their total sum effort for a 5:15am dock leave.  If there had been more fish around?  This duo of local Manistee anglers would have caught 'em.
              The good news for our current state of Lk. MI King Salmon fishery? ...more smaller juvi Kings, then there's been in the past few years.  Click new veg spoon & King

7/9/19  Not privy to any weekend reports from Manistee, MI.  This could be? ...because fishermen at less likely to post/share a slow report.  Falsely, holding themselves responsible to a slow day on the water.  Since there's reduced number of Kings available? ...it's not what you know.  It's the luck of draw on what area/depths you chose to troll.  Kings are not hard to catch, but darned difficult to locate in this day and age.
            Making some big strides in our restocking efforts and will be reopening the webstore a day or two ahead of schedule.  Keeping finished/decorated/taped meat heads in stock has been our single biggest issue that we're close to conquering.

7/8/19  Brad M. was kind enough to send in today's featured photo of a Lk. Huron Atlantic Salmon caught recently.  His fish hit a 4.0  Salmon Buster spoon in the HRP  Laser Glow pattern.  No fish reports to share  with you on how the central Lk. MI fleet did over the weekend yet.  Hoping some come in soon.  Click for Brad's Atlantic Salmon

7/7/19  Have a great Sunday.  Mich-Angler webstore is closed until Friday, July 12, 2019.  We will not be shipping any  orders this week.

7/6/19  Whole bait is going to be hard to come by this year from what I've heard for MI fishermen.  Looking for an alternative source that meets the MDNR requirements.
            We will not be accepting orders until Friday of next week.  This time is needed to build and replace inventory.  This has been a year when every month has been a little busier then the previous month and not allowed us to get ahead on certain items.
            Besides, we all need a break and this will be ours.  Hope to find some time for fishing and drone practice.  Aerial views makes video more interesting!

7/5/19  Some Kings and a few Steelhead were caught out of the Port of Manistee, MI this morning.  I'd say less than a handful numbers-wise per boat.  Word is there's lots of bait around the harbor, but not much out deep.
             Frankfort, MI was producing a lot of suspended Lake Trout, along with a few Kings.  That's all I have for you today.

7/4/19  Happy a safe and great 4th of July.  It's full summer in Manistee, MI now.  Reached 90° yesterday afternoon. This warmth will help central Lk. MI by jump starting the food chain and attract more sorely needed bait to my home port.

7/3/19  Today's featured photo shows how good fishing can be when there's bait around.  This mix of King, Coho and Steelhead is from the extreme S end of Lk. MI that's loaded with bait.  These fish were taken in about 2 hours on Tom M's boat out in 70' of water.
             Know the WI and IL side is loaded with bait down in the S end.  When this bait moves N is anybody's guess.  My skill set at catching scattered 1/2 mile between fish marks has never been good.  That's not the way I learned how to Salmon.  Click Tom's catch

7/2/19  Manistee, MI boats that get in on the first light early bite are catching suspended fish in 150' to 300' of water.  It's a mix of Lake Trout and Kings.
            This means a dock leave around 4:30 am with first light coming a little after 5am.  Results vary and fishing is very spotty.  Land in the right area and there's fish to be caught.
            Will be closing the webstore on, of before next weekend.  Need to restock tackle we're dreadfully short on.  The only way this can happen is not by filling orders most of the morning.  Need to devote entire days to build tackle.

7/1/19  Was out of my home port of Manistee, MI yesterday morning.  Lines in the water from about 8am till 11:45am.  Went out deep to 650' of water looking for surface fish on the temp breaks.  29-30 west line had a 7° drop (56° to 49° differential).  Missed a hard rip setting up and that's all she wrote out in the deep water.
            Came back in closer to shore at 11am and set up in 300' of water.  Trolled E into 150' with notta nibble.  Did mark 2 fish on the inside with lockjaw.
            My hour, or so on Lk. MI average a week does not put me a in place to provide an overall assessment of what the reel-picture is.  Do know, I've yet to mark a lump of bait in 2019.  Our extended cold spring has not been in favor of the fleet the way Lk. MI has setup.

Continued below back to the year 2000:
 

2019 Results
January, February & March
April, May & June

2018 Results
January, February & March
April, May, & June

July, August & September
October, November & December

2017 Results
January, February & March
April, June & June
July, August, & September
October, November & December

2016 Results
January, February & March
April, May & June
July, August & September
October, November & December

2015 Results
January, February & March
April, May & June
July, August & September

2014 Results
October, November, & December
January, February, & March
April, May, & June

July, August, & September

2013 Results
January, February, & March

April, May, & June
July, August & September
October, November & December

2012 Results
January, February, & March
April, May & June
July, August & September
October, November & December

2011 Results
January, February, & March
April, May, & June

July, August & September
 October, November, & December

2010 Results
January, February, & March

April, May & June
July, August & September
October, November & December


2009 Results
January, February & March
April, May & June
July, August, & September
October, November, & December

2008 Results
October, November & December

July, August, & September
April, May & June
January, February & March

2007 Results
October November & December
July, August & September

April, May & June
January, February & March

2006 Results
October, November & December
July, August & September
April, May & June
January, February & March

2005 Results
October, November & December
July August & September
April May & June
January February & March

2004 Results
October, November & December
August & September 
June & July  April & May
January, February & March

2003 Results
Jan Feb  Mar  April & May
June & July  Aug & Sept
October

Nov & Dec

2002 Results
Nov & Dec  Oct  Sept  
Aug   July   June  May  
April  March  Feb  Jan

2001 Results
April Brown Trout  
May & June
July Salmon
Aug. Tuna Time

2000 Results
Dec. Nov.
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Aug. 
July   June
May  March & April
January  February

 

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