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Fishing Report Posted: August 03, 2004

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on August 03, 2004 at 07:03:32:

Summer is slipping away! I can’t believe it’s already August. Once again it’s shaping up to be not the best of weather years. We’ve had more than our share of cold fronts, thunderstorms, and just lousy windy days. When we get a few days of stable weather, our catch rates soar but when the weather sucks, well so does our production.

Such is the nature of this business. If I could write the script, I would have everyone fishing under calm seas with limit catches; but this is fishing and anything can happen. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen some fantastic catches, and some that have been so-so. But everyone has had a good time which is the most important thing about the trip.

We are now mostly fishing off shore. Our average daily run is about 15 – 20 miles off shore. The Walleyes that we are catching are a decent size. A lot of Steelhead Trout are showing up as well. Most of the Walleyes are coming off of the planer boards with wire line and crankbaits. Aboard “The Trophy” we are using Jr. Thundersticks fished back anywhere from 300 to 400 on wire fishing line. I figure these Walleyes are between 50 - 60 feet down in water, which is 72 – 74 feet in depth. The Trout are coming mostly on the riggers and Dipsey Divers with Copper and Gold colored spoons being the best for us.

The numbers of Trout are getting better with each passing day. We are averaging anywhere from 5 – 10 Trout per day right now. A nice plus considering the Walleye action is a bit slower than I would like to see it. Hopefully we will have some real summer like weather this month!

Capt. Walt

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