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  1. Thanks for the reply...classic case of you should a been here yesterday.
  2. We were up there this week as well, nowhere near as good fishing for us. Two small fish (3#ers) Tuesday out of Rowley's Bay - bait was everywhere in large balls with fish mixed in but not biting what we were pulling. Wed had winds gusts to gale force per NOAA, went to the hardware store in Algoma, watched the waves break over the wall in the harbor for a few minutes. Fished Gills Rock Mon evening and Thur morning lots of bait, lots of fish, no action. We ran from 2.0 to a bit over 3 mph/gps, small spoons to magnums and flys, very frustrating. Nowiser where were you fishing out of? What baits were working for you? How deep? Inquiring minds want to know.
  3. Our trip this year included two days of sight seeing as the wind was bad...Wed the 28th had gusts to gale force (per NOAA) added to motor problems on Monday and we got in two days of fishing, half a day at a time. The water temp went from 55-58 down to 42 to 45, which isn't bad except the fish were not biting to start with. We fished Rowleys Bay, Gills Rock and Cana Light. The first two areas were just loaded with bait, there were balls of alewife all over the screen with fish of all sizes mixed in but too full to bite. By the end of Tuesdays fishing we were not even bothering to mention bait unless it was really a huge ball. The three we did catch were full of bait, with just enough room for one snack too many. Two were 3#ers and one went 21#, they all hit something different, one went for a aqua/blue-ish fly, one a black/white warrior regular size spoon and the big one went for a magnum plain blue glow spoon (brand unknown - it just catches fish) 40 to 55' down. One boat we talked to had 4 for 6 on Tuesday south of Bailey's Harbor.
  4. I just had a look at the MODIS satellite image and Upper Red is 9/10 iced over with a lite dusting of snow. The shallow parts of Leech were iced too, very little ice on fishing lakes south of Leech. Duck sloughs were pretty well locked up.
  5. We're just back from Door County and the fish were biting about average for this time of year. We would hit one here and one there. The only bunch we found produced a triple with all of them finding the cooler. This year we had a mixed bag of 10 kings and 6 steelhead between 2 boats over three days. Half the fish were caught near the surface on planer boards pulling spoons behind 5oz snap weights. Mostly a spoon bite with a mix of regular and magnum sizes, roughly 1/4 hit flys (LBB with some glow tied in) We marked very little bait and few fish but considering we were catching them high that's not surprising. The deepest fish hit about 60' down on a rigger (black and silver Carlson spoon) The only spoon that could be said to be "hot" was a mag Moonshine in the old eminator pattern with three fish. The biggest king was 16lbs three were 14-15lbs the rest were 4-7 lbs the steelies were 3-4lbs. One interesting thing was four of the salmon were fin clipped and the heads were collected to read the wire nose tags.
  6. Back from Door county, and the fishing is starting to pick up out of Bailey's harbor and Rowley's bay. Lots of bait around both areas, marked a fair amount of fish both places. We had the most action 55 to 75' down in 90 to 100' of water. Flasher-flys (any flasher with a little boy blue fly)did better than spoons with the exception being a magnum Moonshine in the emminator pattern. Best speeds were 2.4 - 3.0 mph GPS. Down rigger or dipsy didn't matter, just had to get to the 55-75' range. Smallest fish was ~3#, biggest 18#, two about 15#, the rest were 8-10#. Also see post in great lakes report.
  7. We're back from Door county and the fishing was just starting to pick up in Bailey's harbor and Rowley's bay. Monday out of Bailey's two boats picked up four kings and missed a couple, Tuesday with similar weather, zero fish. Talking with Tim at Wagon Trail camp ground he had been getting one or two a trip out of Rowley's so Wednesday we tried Rowley's, windy with mist to light rain was not much fun but each boat managed a king. Back at the campground Tim passed on a report from a friend that the friend picked up ten out of Bailey's. Thursday we went to Bailey's and we pulled in seven with several more missed. A late afternoon trip out of Rowley's added another king. The most fish were caught on flasher fly rigs, any flasher with little boy blue flys, second best was a magnum Moonshine emminator. We were marking lots of bait between fifty and a hundred feet in both places. We marked fish between forty and a hundred in both places (didn't get out much deeper than one-twenty) The hot zone was fifty-five to seventy-five feet with GPS speed 2.4 to 3.0 mph. The smallest fish was ~3lbs the biggest 18.0lbs two were around 15, the rest were 8 to 10lbs.
  8. We used Kinns twice and had the same phone problem the second time. We've used Reel Addiction Charter out of Rowleys Bay (Door county)twice and enjoyed those trips more than the Kinns trips. Reel Addiction does not have lodging packages but the marina is 200' from a resort/hotel (Wagon Trail resort). Now we use our own boats.
  9. Try Cabelas on-line store and if they don't have what your looking for try Mack's Prairie wings on-line store, then there's Wing Supply, Rogers, Final Flight Outfitters just to name a few off the top of my head.
  10. To answer your question, use a mono or fluorocarbon leader say about 6' and don't set the hook as hard as you would with mono main line. One useful feature of power pro (or any braid)is it will cut through other guys mono if they don't get out of the way when you're fighting a fish.
  11. Pretty much read Drez' & BSGs reports but change the spoon colors to emminator, yellow tail and plain blue glow and that was fishing for us. Flasher fly colors for us were blue/silver BK fasher pulling blue/mirage/glow fly.
  12. We fished Baileys Harbor Mon, Tues & Thursday last week. Mon & Tues it was a mixed spoon F/F plug bite they liked anything behind a rigger or dipsey. Thursday it was a spoon bite with the preference being Moonshine emminator or a plain blue glow spoon (both magnums) We fished 70 to 110' fow with 45 to 80' being the hot range. Wed we fished out of Ellison bay with only 1 king on an emminator spoon.
  13. Bearcats, just off the river, west of the bridge. If you have a day or two they'll smoke some of your fish for you.
  14. I'd try hobby shops, find one that carries the Tamiya brand of model paint. I'm pretty sure they have flat red & flat yellow which will make flat orange. Maybe a touch of brown to get the right shade. It's made for models so it's pretty thin - you'll need two coats.
  15. My experiance with the boil'em at home foam decoys was the solvents in spray paint ate the foam. Straight from the can oil paint (no thinner added) like Parkers brand decoy paints will be ok per their instruction sheet - test first! I just got done painting my decoys with Parkers (plastic decoys, not foam)and the some of the colors straight from the can were not realistic. For example the drake gray needed some white to lighten it up, the green needed black to darken and the drake breast was dark brown it needed a touch of red primer to look right.
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