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Monday October 26, 2020

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

10/26/20  Mysteries are many with our Great Lakes Salmon fishery.  Mystery 1: where did the down temp 38° to 44° vanish to?  Used to be able to build a nice box of Kings by fishing well below the thermocline.  Haven't seen any of these in 3-4 years.
                Mystery 2:  The MDNR decided to put all their eggs in one basket and focus on the Kings.  Instead of having a balanced fishery where other species were just as important.  Now there's no Brown Trout.  Steelhead are hard to come by.  There is some Coho around, but even that's crap shoot hit and miss.
               Will be installing a new poll soon where you can grade the MDNR Fisheries Division on their job performance pertaining to the stocking/survival of our MI King Salmon.

10/24 & 25/20  Offline weekend for yours truly.  Down time is the pause that refreshes.  Breaks from the daily routine is fertile ground for new ideas to grow.
                 Monday's topic is a mystery that dates back about 5 years ago?

10/23/20  "My best method for adult Salmon?" poll has came to an end for this year.  Meat after holding the top spot thru 2017 fell to 3rd place behind Dodger/Fly choice that I'm highly skeptical of.  Central Lk. MI ports you just don't see old school dodgers hanging on many rods.  Guess there's someplace where this method is still popular.
                Spoons have
taken the top spot since 2017.  Spoons and J-Plugs are easy to fish, because they're not speed sensitive. Click Poll Page results since 2003

10/22/20  Spoons are still leading in our poll about your method for adult Salmon.  There's a good reason for this.  We had a warm summer, but a deep thermocline never hung around for long.  Top 50' spoons are probably a better choice, because you can cover more ground at a higher speed.   Click current Poll Page vote
                Meat is a slow 2.2 to 1.8 mph presentation according to what I've learned about running meat going back to 2003.  Any attractor program works better the deeper the fish are.  Factor in Lk. MI's clarity and less heat absorption for being another reason.

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