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Two Man Salmon Limit On Lake Michigan.dodgers

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Well,

I picked my cousin up in Minneiska, MN, on the shores of the Mighty Mississippi, after a 5 hour drive, and we drove another 4 hours to Sheboygan on the 4th of July. We decided to buy 2 two day sportfishing licenses and start fishing that very afternoon. Well, we blanked that first evening, but got to witness one of the best fireworks displays I have ever seen from a couple of miles out on Lake Michigan...Very cool. The next day we were up at 4 a.m. and on the water at just after 5. I noticed on a couple of the charter boats heading out with us, that everything on their rods was orange, including Dipsy Divers and flashers/dodgers. We ended up fishing with 4 down rigger lines and two on the planer boards. We caught 2 nice steelhead early, off the boards and orange flutter spoons, so that gave us some confidence. We then went fishless for several hours, staring at our ros, and switching out lures. We tried flasher/fly combos, different spoons, J-plugs, and even Rapala Husky Jerk magnums....all to no avail. Then, about 5 p.m. or so, we noticed the wind pick up and change from the west to the Northeast, the air temp drop, and some nasty looking thunderheads creeping in from the west. We decided to move from 110 feet of water to 50 or so feet of water right out from the harbor mouth, in case we needed to make a hasty retreat. I noticed that the surface temp here went from 62 to 51 degrees, and about that time one of the planer board rods went off. Near the surface, on a flutter spoon, 230 feet behind the boat........a 6 pound Lake trout, I was shocked! Got him in the boat and one of the downrigger rods released with a fish on it. That was a smallish King. We trolled aound for a couple more hours fishless, and decided to head in before dark to hit Walmart for sme supplies. We had broken the skunk, but were still 16 fish shy of our take home limit. The next morning we were up at 4 am.m and on the water ad fishing at 5. This day we decided to try 2 downrigger rods, 2 dipsy diver rods, and two planer board rods. The Dipsy's immediately paid off with 2 chunky cohos in the first hour of fishing. We then went fishless until the aftrenoon bite started at around 1:30 p.m. when a downrigger rods exploded off and my cousin Brian caught a nice King. We proceeded to boat another King, and two beautiful steelhead,and miss three other hits, including a big king near the boat! We left the lake at dark, feeling better, but knowing we still had a long way to go, and lots of fish to catch the last day of our trip, if we hoped to limit out, that is. I bought some more orange dipsy divers at Walmart that night and we gave it our best shot on Thursday morning. We ended up better than we hoped, and caught 10 fish for 14 hits, and were quite tha happy campers at the fish cleaning station that night!! Overall, we caught 10 steelhead, 6 Kings, 3 Cohos, and one Laker. Only one 4 year old King, but maybe more of them next year! Hope you enjoy the pics. :):):):Dpost-1471-0-17659100-1310230370_thumb.jppost-1471-0-73287300-1310230352_thumb.jppost-1471-0-00032100-1310230390_thumb.jppost-1471-0-66963300-1310230411_thumb.jppost-1471-0-30904900-1310230429_thumb.jppost-1471-0-52348900-1310230463_thumb.jppost-1471-0-49831700-1310230492_thumb.jppost-1471-0-86088900-1310230522_thumb.jppost-1471-0-60688600-1310230541_thumb.jp

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