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  1. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    on the big ones, i use a gaff. It you miss with the net, the hooks usually get caught in the net and they get away. big tangle to in the net also. If you miss with the gaf. no big deal. much more efficient
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    more salmon pics. I'm getting old. I enjoy not fight 3-4 ft waves on Watugua. Hope to go Sat.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Salmon fishing in northern lake MI the first 2 weeks of July was hit and miss. Lots of high winds. Went on 5 trips and caught 6 kings and a steelhead. Fishing was decent the first few days of July then a big SW blow for 2.5 days scattered the salmon and bait and we caught one mature king on the last 2 trips. It should have blown them in, but it was the opposite. Lots of zeros for guys fishing. Northern Pike were on fire up in the bay. Any weed you saw had one to 2 pike on it. Pike have returned to Northern Green bay like they were in the 50 and 60s my Grandpa and dad told. Spent more than half my time prepping my deer camp and cabin for fall when it was too windy. Here are a few of the king salmon catches.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    We fish out of a more remote port called Fairport, MI for Salmon on the tip of Garden Pennisula in the U.P. of Mi. it forms the Northern tip of green bay and extends into lake Mi for deep water and structure. Its been a remote commercial fishing village for over a 100 years. (Whitefish is the main commercial fish) The town of 50 people, swells to 200 sometimes when the salmon head north with boats and campers. It not a big place so you notice the big change. This is where i learned to salmon fish in my early teens, when nobody knew it was a hot spot. 10 lb browns were common then and 20 king days. Now, all the big lake trollers from lake superior come over and camp on the beaches, yards, docks in July and August as this is the best port in July when King salmon head north for cool deep water and feed. Long drive but stellar mid summer fishing and short boat rides to pike, bass, walleye and perch in the upper bay. Bass fishing might be the best in world in October and November on this part of Greenbay called Big bay de Nocs. All the launches are within 7-15 mins of my Mom's house and cabin i bought, and I know all the dock owners to park my boat for free since i was a kid and commerical fish house with ice shed. There is a campground called Fayette State park that is close to with amazing views on the water. The people in the town of Fairport are accommdating to the angler and campers, but finding a place to dock you boat can be a challenge. Many people launch every time out, which can be a pain. The Wisconsin reports this year say the Kings are running huge. Many 30# plus kings caught already. Fairport is one of the few ports where you mostly catch king salmon. Most southern lake mi ports, its lakers, steelhead, coho and some kings mixed in. I will give a report when we get back. I like to smoke the salmon we catch up ther throghout the year with lakers from Watutuga and SoHO.
  5. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Deciding to mix it up and went toSoHo Sat for a mid morning early afternoon run and water skiing. Lots of 1 to 2.5 lbs rainbows at 35 to 55 feet. ended up keeping 13 rainbows, 1 brown and bass hooked in the gills that was 20.5 inches. Threw back 5 small brown trout, half a dozen small lakers, and half a dozen bass. Plenty of action, but Big lakers were MIA. nothing on the sonar even looked like a big laker. We were the only boat trolling on Soho i saw from the bridge to damn. Will be on Northern Lake Michigan early next week, hopefully getting on some big spring king salmon if the weather permits and fish have moved north following the feed into cooler temps. Replacing all my line and bringing out the spin doctors and michigan stinger flashers, 4.5 inch glow spoons, mag boards, copper, steel, mag divers, wire line and 40 and 30 lb power pro needed for hand to hand combat in 4-6 ft waves.
  6. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Not catching as many over 28 inches as we did 5 years ago. Not doing much different other than not fish as much or as hard. I burned by kids out i think unless i guarantee a hard quit time or swimming by noon. For trophy fish, you just have to have things line up right and have big fish turn on at the right time when your there. I once caught a 10 and 12 pounder on the same bait down 110' against a cliff 30 mins apart. on the same spot. Hasn't worked since! but still catch fish there, but no slabs. I think the big lakers can get food so easily in East TN resivoirs, like gizzard shads and suckers for a weeks meal that they are very inactive and sulk most of the time right on bottom and hard to see on sonars when actually laying in the mud or sand. The old ones often like to lay moitonless on the bottom. I've seen this first hand in 80 ft deep natural springs in Canada, actually covered in sand. I think they have plenty to eat, more bait than ever since they are regulating the water draw downs better in the late fall. Best time to catch a really big one is when no else is even fishing, early or late at dusk. I've caught 10 lb plus fish on small spoons and 9" flasher and flies and 8" plugs, small plug. Small baits, big baits, spring, late summer, super shallow and super deep. There is no secret bullet it seems. Even jigging big hair jigs on deep points with strip of sucker works at times. from 2008 August..
  7. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    My guess is they are just too busy with Father's Day weekend and having the trout tourney on the same saturday. Wish they would move it to mid May. Mother Day weekend? not likely .
  8. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Thanks for Watagua Tourney report Holston Angler! Its kinda of funny how close the weights are on lakers and rainbow are each year. you can predict the places. Those are decent size fish. Watagua seems to have good number of trout and more rainbows than ever. Fish catch number seem to be up this year and last. Laker size is going down. Haven't see a 30 incher in an number of years like 5 to 10 years ago. I think there are more fisherman getting good at catching them before they get the years they need to put on length and weight.
  9. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Any idea on top sizes at the fish springs tourney? we didnt enter so we knew we catch some nice ones. caught only dinks on my monster trout bait the first 2 hours. switched to proven producer and got this one. if you dont like boat traffic you would be happy u stayed home! heres one we caught at 95 ft at 9:30 a.m on a down rigger. We went water skiing at 11 and had a bbq to attend at 3 back in bakersville.
  10. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Used to be over 10 lbs. Been declining a bit. 8 lbs is pretty good one and that will probably be what you need.
  11. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Catch from last Saturday. 7 to Noon. Best bite ive seen in awhile. I will fish this saturday, but not sure if i will enter the Fish Spring Tournament. The entries are more than the prizes and weigh is really late. like 6 pm. and they don't engrave the winner on the plaque in the pro shop anymore when we had the winning lake trout a couple of years ago. I'd be up for planning an East Tennesse Angler trout Tourney in May next year and one on Soho maybe in late July. It would be fun. I wonder how we could get support and promotion from East TN angler. Bass guys are better at this sort of stuff.
  12. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Thats awfully warm for this time of year on Watugua at 100'. explains why lakers are in the 50 to 90 ft range. All that warm rain in May warmed up the depths. Monster trout tourney i think this at Fish Springs Marina. I think East Tennessee Angler Trout trollers should have an event somewhere in late May. We all show up, no entry fee, have a weigh in early afternoon and eat some food.
  13. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Rainbow and browns like 25 to 50 ft. Lakers 45 to 80 ft. Water is stained 2-3 ft visiblity. you have to launch next to the fishing pier and tie the boat up to it and wade. the fishing pier is under water a foot and half. Only one other boat trolling because of the weather forecast. Downriggers and divers. Flasher and flies were productive down deep. Pretty much all colors, baits and spoon sizes. Early was better, but still good all day. White Silver, white glow spoons have been good this spring. Spoons are working really welll, more so than plugs. I think the fish pick up on the more than plugs in dirty water.
  14. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Fishing was hot the last 2 Saturdays on Watagua. easy limits despite high water between damn an island. water is in the parking lots. any depth between 30 and 80 was good. had 2 5# lakers a 4 # brown and 3# rainbow sat. dodged thunderstorms.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I went Saturday early by myself. started at 7ish and had 2 nice lakers in 20-22 inch range by 8 A.m. . My 10-30 foot lines were dead. Downriggers at 50-60 ft were the best producers. Water looked quite clear to me and greenish, not brown. Some trash and branches drifitng in spots to avoid. Water was way up at Ratbranch and everyone had to wait inline to launch by the pier, not the ramp. Ended releasing about 9 more lakers by noon and let a small rainbow go that hit as i was letting line out on the surface. It was high pressure and cool. to start Odd how someone's experience a day apart is completely different as noted by Holstonangler fish being shallower on Sunday eve. Its a matter of what the weather and fish are doing when you go. Surface temp was 52F. That's a big diver plug for sure. could you put a small spoon behind it to serve double duty? lure/diver.
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