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East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

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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.

 

 

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I have fished all the harbors north of downtown chicago and into wisconsin. The browns will invade racine and milwaukee in the fall and into the winter months. It is all about timing. There is a guide up there, his name is eric haataja, dude, he his is incredible. He has it all dialed in. Check with him before you go. I did more harbor fishing in illinois as I lived there, alot of it in downtown chicago and the spring brown bite is epic there too,  but nothing compared to milwaukee.

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The Calderwood Trip That Never Was

 

I couldn't get my boat out for a Friday trip this week because my sister's backyard was too wet to drive to it's resting place. Another forum member, Captain K offered my brother and I a ride to Calderwood for a morning of trolling. Well, the three of us rode 'the Dragon over the state line but when we arrived the driveway into the ramp it was blocked by a huge tree that out-grew it's roots and collapsed. It took out the power line to the ramp and totally blocked the road.

 

We turned around and drove back to Chilhowee Lake where all we caught was a pair of Rainbows and two Perch. Chilhowee doesn't fish very well lately....

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Rex and I went to Watauga yesterday and had a good time. We got there at the break of dawn. We pulled over to the dam and dropped the Fish Hawk TD in. It didn't work correctly. The surface was was 79 degrees. After I pulled up the TD to review the temperatures, it skipped showing the first 25 feet. The readings ended at 100 feet although I dropped it much farther. It was about 53 degrees at 100 feet. I may need to exchange my Fish Hawk. It's not working as it should. There were fish all over the sonar at the dam. If I had jigging lures, we might have tried that before trolling.

 

We  started trolling upstream and put out 5 lines. I put out a downrigger spoon with a Mack's 4 inch Double D Flasher in front of it at 62 feet. We put out 2 Dipsy lines. One had a Magnum diver and the other had Size 1. We put out 2 lead-core lines with plugs. About  7:25 a.m. we got our first strike and Rex reeled in a 20" Laker on the size 1 Dipsy line. Then we had a drought that lasted till 9:45 when we were in the narrows, past the Butler Bridge, headed towards the upper lake. I caught  and released a small Laker on the Magnum Dipsy line. Then Rex caught a 19" Laker on the smaller Dipsy line. It was bleeding so we kept it. We reached the upper lake and made a big turn and went downstream.

 

After 9:45 a.m. we started catching fish steadily on the size 1 diver line on a yellow spoon with black polka dots. I think that we caught about 15 Trout. We managed to catch a pair of 14"  Rainbows. The rest were Lakers. The releases mostly went well but I'm sure we killed 2 of the released fish. The lead-core plugs caught 2 fish including the biggest one that was 21".  I varied the downrigger between 62 feet to as deep as 85 feet. The only fish it caught was at 62 feet. The size one diver caught around 10 fish. I eventually parked the Magnum Dipsy and we ran two size 1's without the ring that increase depth. They must have been running about 45-55 feet. That must have been where the bait was. As the day progressed, we saw more and more bait. We fished till about 3:45 p.m. We took home 4 Lakers and the pair of Rainbows......

 

I have pictures but don't know how to load them. A box comes up that says I'm only allowed to load pictures up to 501.76 KB. I just got a new camera. It has more resolution than the old one that died. I don't know how to get around this roadblock.

 

 

 

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Nice day troutgirl. You probably have to use a picture resizing website or app

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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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