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  1. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Wow. 16 inch yellow perch is awesome. Went back to fish my favorite salmon river in U.P. of Michigan for king salmon on fly rod. Here is a picture of some pink salmon that naturally reproduce in lake michigan
  2. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Hi Fisher. I think what you call apex i call finweaver spons from the 1980's. Light fluttery hammerred silver and gold spoons. Work best close to the ball and on divers. I lost my 14lb cannon ball Monday for fishing really deep. ouch!
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Got it done early at Watugua on Labor day. 7:45 to 12:30. 4 spotted bass, 4 smallies, 1 rainbow and 8 lakers with a buddy and my son before swimming and water skiing. Lake is still up and not too warm and fish were 40 to 110'. bass were all in the 25 to 60. lakers were 70 to 110 all avg size and bass were 16 to 19 inches. Plenty of action which is pretty good for labor day and late in the year..
  4. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Thanks for the report Trout girl. I did not go this weekend as we still have the fillets form previous trip to gril. Sat or Labor day early i hope. i run at least 12# on my small divers and usually 20# on bigger set ups. doesn't see to matter on diver leaders that much and they are prone to snapping.
  5. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Could not get out of bed very early sat the 18th. Got my son, out of bed and got to Watugua about 9:30. It was pouring, so we went for a swim first to loosen up my stiff joints. Rain doesn't annoy you when you are ready wet!. Launched and went skiing first. I can still slalom good, just not for very long. Very light boat traffic with thunderstorm all day in the forecast. Decided to troll to see if we could catch a few or at least one for grill. Dropped lines about 11:30 ish, not a very good time to start. Fishing was actually really good. Lost a big one at 105' feet next to the damn first thing as i was still setting lines. Trolled up the lake, got a rainbow on a diver, then a 18 inch laker. release 2 small ones. The next 3 we caught and kept between 12:30 a 2ish were 24", 26" and 27.5". Weather fronts kept passing by with lots of wind and dark clouds but no lighting. 90 to 100 was the best. Seems like they just wanted to bite. Light traffic and overcast with wind and fronts passign through. had one gill hooked we had to toss back with 4 our max and released another one. And then went home. We didn't everything in reverse. usually, fish, ski and swim. Water is really high again, but really clear also. rain water is cooler than lake surface water, so i thinking this is helping to keep the lake cooler and fish more active. When it warms up alot, its hard to catch anything decent in the middle of they day.
  6. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I did not go last weekend. I'm beat up from putting my main deer food plots in on Friday and turf toe from tossing a bunch of boulders. Bristol race this weekend. heavy traffic. I will probably go to Watugua this Sat and see how its fishing and give a report. .
  7. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    My post are coming thru late for some reason. I put in the above last week and it waited til i logged on again just now to post.. I love the markings on the Ontario Brown trout 30n in the box. Maybe an Atlactic Salmon? quite bold spots on the big brown. Quite a contrast in going form Lake Onatrio to Watagua in fishing venues i bet. Relatively, Watagua is pretty darn good for where its located in the South and glad its close to where we live. I didn't have too much trouble Sat morn. 4 rainbows, 1 brown and 2 lakers that i kept. biggest was 27 inches. done by 10:30 a.m. 65 ft to 110 ft. I've been experimenting with best ways to release lake trout when surface temp is in the 80s. Usually, i just shake the hook out with pliers without touching them in cooler water, but if they turn upside down in warm surface water, they float and won't go back down. Now, I have been holding them underwater, taking the hook out with pliers, keep them upright for a bit while troling, point them down, and give them a push down. it worked 100% on 10 lake trout sat. they all took off swimming down I hate to keep 20 inchers early in the day when looking for bigger ones.
  8. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Kurtomac- trolling speed is usually 2.0 to 2.4 for trout. faster for smallies and rainbow. thin flutter spoons start working good mid summer. suttons spoons or knock off at slower speeds. Troutgirl- I jsut bought a review ski mirror with a suction cup for the windshield on ebay. 50-80ft is pretty std depth mid summer for all species. I always set one or 2 lines deeper or shallower. I can see the thermocline on my graph and how fish are suspending. I'm not sure why you are not picking up more rainbows. Watugua has lots of them. They like divers and small spoons for sure. Try 2 to 2.5 inch spoons in silver or bright colors at 50. white diver with a 3.75 inch silver white spoon has been good all spring and summer on rainbows. including the walleye and lake trout. Its in the pic uploaded June 18th.
  9. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I just reposted some how. One easy trick to get more rainbows on downriggers is rig up a slider rig. one snap swivel each end of 6 - 7 ft 20 lb fluro line. One end use a bigger swivel. Once you have your deepest downrigger set. put a spoon on the small end and then snap your big swivel to the dowringger rod line, toss out the lure behind the boat and let is slide down to the bow in the line. it will be about 2/3 of the way down. Rainbows like the slider rig. Shorter lead from the downrigger ball helps, as you have to reel up the slack to get tight on the fish that hits the slider as it slides down to the 1st lure. u will get more fish for sure. Rainbows like the slider. Not sure why. stealth and higher up in the temp zone i guess. I use a smaller lighter flashy rig for that setup.
  10. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Kurtomac- trolling speed is usually 2.0 to 2.4 for trout. faster for smallies and rainbow. thin flutter spoons start working good mid summer. suttons spoons or knock off at slower speeds. Troutgirl- I jsut bought a review ski mirror with a suction cup for the windshield on ebay. 50-80ft is pretty std depth mid summer for all species. I always set one or 2 lines deeper or shallower. I can see the thermocline on my graph and how fish are suspending. I'm not sure why you are not picking up more rainbows. Watugua has lots of them. They like divers and small spoons for sure. Try 2 to 2.5 inch spoons in silver or bright colors at 50. white diver with a 3.75 inch silver white spoon has been good all spring and summer on rainbows. including the walleye and lake trout. Its in the pic uploaded June 18th.
  11. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Kurtomac- trolling speed is usually 2.0 to 2.4 for trout. faster for smallies and rainbow. thin flutter spoons start working good mid summer. suttons spoons or knock off versions at the slower speeds. i pulled on a old fin weaver i used alot from the 80s and it caught 3 lakers and rainblow. Troutgirl- I just bought a review ski mirror with a suction cup for the windshield on ebay. 5 50-80ft is pretty std depth mid summer for all species. I always set one or 2 lines deeper or shallower. I can see the thermocline on my graph and how fish are suspending. I'm not sure why you are not picking up more rainbows. Watagua has lots of them. They like divers and small spoons for sure. Try 2 to 2.5 inch spoons in silver or bright colors at 50. white diver with a 3.25 inch silver white spoon has been really good all spring and summer on rainbows. including the walleye and big rainbow we got sat.
  12. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Its a salmon candy fly in "novacaine" or "illumination". Flies behind flashers work on mature king salmon better than anything else. The fly pattern and flasher is quite critical. I experiment alot to get them working. They work for lakers when they are in an aggressive mode or dirty water, but they are expensive if you lose them. Went Saturday to Watugua. Was supposed to pour rain, but wound up being sunny, cool and windy. Good bite for sure til about 11:30 A.M.. Got a lake trout limit (had 4 on at one time that all bit at 65 to 105' range, 4 rainbows, one 4-5# range, spotted bass and 27 inch walleye. Fishing seemed to be at all depth 45 to 110. Lakers were deeper. I used your last temp readings to set my depth. Lots of marks all over from the bridge to the damn. working on pic uploads. Got a ticket from the CO for not have a spotter while water skiing... ouch.
  13. 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
  14. TrophyLakerTaker

    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.
  15. TrophyLakerTaker

    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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