Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll .
What a change in three days. We went from trips catching 15 to 20 fish per trip to 5 to 8 fish per trip. After east and north winds during the week, the water cooled down and Saturday the water at the piers was 44 degrees. We caught some salmon out in 165 to 175 foot of water one day and the next day they were gone. We caught the limit of lake trout in 70 to 80 foot one day and two days later they were scarce. In addition, the stomach contents of the lake trout, early in the week, were predominately golbies and by the end of the week it was almost 100% alewife. Either the golbies left the area or the lake trout moved out or in to different water. The water changed, the bait supply changed and the fish scattered.
The salmon are scattered from 20 foot down to 60 foot down and we caught them on high divers at 100 foot and on 100 foot, 200 ft. and 300 ft. of copper on flashers and flies and stingray lures. The color and combinations changed every day. The lake trout were taken on metal dodgers and spin n glos on the bottom and occasionally on 300 ft. of copper with a flasher and fly.
The water is changing every day and if it continues to cool, the fish may be found in front the piers where the bait is abundant. (Yesterday we did spend an hour in front the piers but never had a hit.) We will continue to move around to different depths and levels to relocate the fish.
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