Fishing Report – 4/23/17: After very tough early spring fishing in the bay, we opted for a change of scenery making our first trip east in search of Lake Trout. After a late start switching the boat over into Laker mode, we covered some water looking for a good screen but the fish seemed to be scattered. After some searching we found a small area that was producing fish and were able to go 10/14 on Lake Trout before calling it a day. Fish averaged in the 6-12 lbs range. It was a great day to be on the water and knock the rust off of the Lake Trout program with friends.
With the water temps dropping and a few days of stable weather, I headed out with Scott and his crew to settle the score from the previous weekend. After covering some water and dialing in the program, it was game on as we boxed out going 10/10 on Steelhead and topping off the box with 2 Lake Trout.
Despite the major blow from NE to N over the past few days, I made the call to head out with Tim and his crew, staying close to port sheltered by PI. All we found was mud water and weeds. We called it after a couple hours, not finding any clean water or bites – 0/0 Ouch!
With Denny, his sons Ben & Jake and a couple of their buddies aboard, we decided to stay close to port with the winds picking up from the previous day. With a slow start we managed to hit one hot spot that dredged until it dried up ending the day 6/7 on Steelhead also boating a monster Smallmouth bass.
We headed west to fish the tribs for Steelhead with long time customers Rick & Dawn. With the hot summer and fall, water temps were on the warm side but we managed to end the day 5 for 8.
We headed north on picture perfect lake conditions with Rich and his family, and found a steady bite of big Walleye! We finished the day 13 for 17 on Walleye, 2/2 on Steelhead and boating a bonus Pink Salmon. The pink went 4# 2oz just short of the state record. A great day on the water.
We headed out with Steve and his crew making a left turn and taking the long ride sawing through the 2-3’ washing machine. We set up on a decent screen with the break and fish being deep. We managed to end the day 8 for 10 on Walleye, one of which was a good rigger fish that we dropped at the swim platform. Biggest of the day tipped the scales at 9 #s even.
We rounded the point with Graham, Mike and Guy and made a left turn into rough seas, which have seemed to be the norm lately. We sawed our way through the waves until we couldn’t take it anymore and turned her around setting up for an all day, one way slide. We managed to boat 10 Walleye and sent back another 5 short eyes before we made it to the point and called it early due to the steady 6 foot waves and building seas.
We headed out with Justin and his Dad on a calm lake, which has been rare so far in August. We set up and found a steady pick. We ended the day going 13 for 15 on Walleye, boxing their 12 fish limit and sending one back for another day. We also managed to boat 3 bonus steelhead. With no wind and extreme heat we were glad to box out and head in early.
We headed to yesterday’s spot, once again fighting a pretty good chop from the north. We set up on some great action quickly boating 7 Walleye and a bonus Steelhead before the crew decided to throw in the towel at 9:am due to a bad case of the Lake Erie Flu.