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Facts to Ponder on Proposed DNR King Salmon Cuts

  • By Gary Smith
  • 11 Sep, 2016

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 OK ... held my thoughts from text long enough. Please be thoughtful of these points when expressing your opinions..
Lake trout have been planted at +3 mil a year for over 10 years
Totals for LT are are over 50 Mil planted in 20 years
The DNR decides how many LT and where to plant
There has been known natural reproduction of LT for many years
Some areas as high as 50%
They live for many years .. we caught some this year aged at 25 +
Many research papers suggest diets of alewives in LT at 40 to 60 %
Diets of all are estimated /measured by stomach caught / harvested fish?  
If so, what are they really eating at all other times?
The predatory inertia of LT is huge.. hard to impact changes quickly.
So why have we waited so long for any changes?
1985 rehabilitation plan for LT (nothing changed in their world since then) ? If so, is that responsible management?
Estimated tonnage in Lake Michigan of LT is nearing King Salmon  
Those estimates are truly "ESTIMATES" no one knows real numbers but many think it is low
Current proposal for increased harvest and reduced plantings of LT will have minimum to no impact on Lake wide numbers.
I do like fishing for LT on a limited basis and eating them... but
Most people that fish with me, approximately 300 people / year, prefer catching kings  
Only way to get our LT portfolio numbers in Balance quick under this "emergency situation for bait" is immediate commercial harvest.
There is a research paper by "scientist" that suggest part of the demise to alewives and salmon in Lake Huron was a phenomenon called the "predator pit" LT and walleye numbers climbed so high that when alewives dipped low ... consumption by these two predators stomped reproduction of alewives.
Alewives have been "birth control" pills to LT... what happens when alewives are low?  
Alewives populations are trending lower than they have been. There is no way to know the exact number in the lake.
All numbers are "estimates" based on an ACCURATE number of LIMITED trawls and soundings. How much do the trawls and soundings cover, 300 to 600 miles a year? How big is the Lake... 22,300 square miles or 1,180 CUBIC MILES.  
Estimates could be HIGH or LOW for predators and bait
We know as fisherman the lake has changed greatly.. we have to fish different and wander more to find fish... it moves a lot.
This all effects accuracy and causes variation.
We are making estimates on estimates.. agreed its the best we have.
There is Natural reproduction of King Salmon....how in the world can you accurately measure that???? with out counting smolts !
Mother nature probably causes wide swings in natural reproduction of King salmon.
Facts are being thrown in % of natural reproduction of kings... be careful.. thats based on number of kings caught and checked.. they should say 60% of kings checked at boat ramps appear to be natural... the rest is "assumed"
Part of the natural king reproduction is from planted fish ! How do you think the natural repro started?
Would "0" plants begin the dwindle demise of " natural reproduction" ?
JUST MY THEROY... LT are also predators of our salmon smolts and brown trout plantings. They are "opportunistic!
It is a "numbers" game... what is the tipping point for planting and natural returns?
Kings are king... they are probably the most valuable of the species for our total Lake Michigan Sport fishery and economy.
So WHY do we keep picking on Kings for more reductions?
Lets get our lake in total balance for the most valuable species!!!
If the bait is truly in a crisis situation, does the DNR need to get out of the "BOX" for change?

Fishing Report - RodMaster Fishing Charters

By Gary Smith 04 Sep, 2017
Fishing report for September 2nd PM and September 3 rd AM
Thank you Layne, Norm , Kirk, John, and Alan for joining us . Warm and rough water fishing was very slow and a tough bite both AM and PM trips . Fished from south of pier to bathhouse in 80 to 100 fow and in PM lake. Bites came on high diver out 70 ft with white slick 8 inch spindoctor / pickled sunshine fly, 250 copper / blue bubble spindoctors and blue bubble fly, 5 color with flounder pounder and 80 copper with copper naked jordo.
By Gary Smith 04 Sep, 2017
Fishing report for September 2nd AM
Thanks Anthony, Hunter, Colin, Mark and Joey for a fun fishing time! The fishing was slow but the enthusiasm high! We fished north and south of point in 80 to 150 fow and did manage 3 of 5 fish to the box. Bites came on high diver out 130 with white slick 8 inch spindoctor / pickled sunshine fly, 200 copper with magnum flounder pounder moonshine spoon, 5 color dreamweaver starburst SS spoon, Downrigger at 52 with Mountain Dew slick spindoctor / liquid sunshine spoon , and low diver at 150 with blue bubble spin doctor / blue fairways meatrig.
Thanks Anthony, Hunter, Colin, Mark and Joey for a fun fishing time! The fishing was slow but the enthusiasm high! We fished north and south of point in 80 to 150 fow and did manage 3 of 5 fish to the box. Bites came on high diver out 130 with white slick 8 inch spindoctor / pickled sunshine fly, 200 copper with magnum flounder pounder moonshine spoon, 5 color dreamweaver starburst SS spoon, Downrigger at 52 with Mountain Dew slick spindoctor / liquid sunshine spoon , and low diver at 150 with blue bubble spin doctor / blue fairways meatrig.
By Gary Smith 04 Sep, 2017
Fishing report for September 1st
 Thank you Mark, Mitch, Jeff and Robert for fishing with us today! We fished from the pier head north then south in 60 yo 80 fow of the project. The bite was tough today but we did manage 2 for 3. One was a big 15 lb coho!
Our fish came on high wire out 50 with 10 in white slick dreamweaver spindoctor and pickled sunshine fly, Downrigger at 42 with yeck Scotty blue magnum spoon.
By Gary Smith 04 Sep, 2017
Fishing report for August 30th
Thank you to the fishing team of Luke, Norm, Tim, and Steve for joining us today! We started North in 150 to 250 fow and with only one bite in the first couple hours decided to run west to deeper water. We ended the day with 12 bites and 7 fish in the box. Our bites came on Downrigger at 92 with dreamweaver regular wonderbread spoon, Downrigger at 120 with Mountain Dew nbk 10 inch spindoctor / uv ice meatrig, Downrigger at 75 with yeck blue Scotty spoon, 250 copper with Happy meal mag moonshine spoon, 250 copper with yellow sparkler 8 inch spindoctor / gasoline meatrig , high diver out 240 with white slick 8 inch spindoctor / pickled sunshine fly, low diver out 220 with 8 inch blue bubble spindoctor / blue fairways meat rig, high diver 240 with 8 inch blue bubble spindoctor / blue bubble fly, 400 copper with yeck blue Scotty spoon, 300 copper with 8 inch green echip paddle with butt ugly green fly.
By Gary Smith 28 Aug, 2017
Fishing report August 27th
Rough seas didn't stop this family fishing team... thank you Bob, Todd, Kyle, and Lois for being aboard with us today! We fished north and south of the pier head in 60 to 70 fow boating 3 coho and 1 brown trout with three other hits.
Our bites came on high diver out 120 with 8 inch green slick spindoctor / green meatrig, Downrigger at 40 with dreamweaver Super glow wonder bread SS spoon, Downrigger at 58 with Striptastic moonshine spoon, Downrigger at 47 with dreamweaver Super glow wonder bread SS spoon on free slider, 150 copper with lucky charm plug and 5 color leadcore with green ladderback ace high plug.
By Gary Smith 28 Aug, 2017
Fishing report for August 26th
Thank you to Gene, Jeff, Jim and Jim for fishing with us today. We fished south again today, bait and big fish everywhere! After picking up a king and losing a fish on 10 color lead core with magnum moonshine happy meal in 65 fow, we moved to deeper water and hit a big king on 250 copper with regular moonshine orange hulk. Unfortunately we lost it at the net . A Rigger down 75-85 with green salmon slayer 8 in spindoctor and green fly took a nice coho then a lake trout ate our
10 color leadcore with mag happy meal moonshine spoon. Our last fish was on a high diver out 165 with green e chip 8 inch paddle with blue howie fly.
By Gary Smith 28 Aug, 2017
Fishing report for August 25th
Once again John, Kevin, Bob and Nick presented their catching skills of 100% for day two. Unfortunately it was a lock jaw morning and we only had 2 bites .. putting both into the cooler. They came on Downrigger down 76 with ghost plug and high diver out 90 with dreamweaver 10 inch black slick spindoctor / pickled sunshine fly. We trolled south and for more than 4 miles marked big fish after fish mixed with bait . Turning around we trolled back 6 miles marking bait pile after bait pile. Tomorrow brings another day hopefully with hungry fish!
By Gary Smith 28 Aug, 2017
Fishing report for August 24th
Thank you long time charter friends Nick, Bob, John and Kevin. You guys are awesome and your fishing skills shined with 10 fish on and all 10 to t h e box! We started in 140 fow to the south and trolled in to shallow water. Our bites today were on High diver out 160 with 10 inch dreamweaver black slick spindoctor / pickled sunshine fly, low diver out 120 with 10 inch chrome killer spindoctor / white moo moo meatrig, Downrigger at 45 with Yeck blue super glow spoon, 200 copper with moonshine flounder pounder spoon, 300 copper with 8 inch green echip paddle / blue Howie fly, Downrigger at 46 with dreamweaver wonderbread regular spoon on main line and dreamweaver wonderbread SS spoon on free slider, 250 copper with ace high green sides plug.
By Gary Smith 23 Aug, 2017
Fishing report for August 21 AM
Thanks to the crew of Ike, David, Gerry , and Dwayne for fishing with us this am. We had an awesome time and the bite was much improved with 10 fish on and 9 into the net ! We fished 140 fow and had bites from 50 to 120 ft down. They came on Downrigger at 120 ft with grey ghost plug, Downrigger at 55 with dreamweaver Super glow wonder bread SS spoon on free slider, low diver 140 with 10 inch dreamweaver chrome killer spindoctor / uv ice meat rig, 10 inch black slick spindoctor / pickled sunshine fly 240 ft out on high diver, low diver out 200 with 10 inch black slick spindoctor / chartreuse meat rig, high diver out 150 with dreamweaver 10 inch white slick spindoctor / pickled sunshine fly, 200 copper with 8 inch green echip paddle / green butt ugly fly : )
By Gary Smith 23 Aug, 2017
Fishing report for 8- 19 & 20 evenings.
Thank you to the crew of Henry, Jon, Doug, Dale, Trent & TJ for joining us Saturday night and crew of Harry, John, John, Matt, Cody, and Josh for joining us Sunday Night. The fish were not active and the bite was very tough both nights with a total of 11 bites and 3 fish to the net . Bites came on:
250 copper with glow blue lightning Capt choice plug, 5 inch green spindoctor with black fission fly on high diver out 150 and 180 , black slick spindoctor with pickled sunshine on high diver out 180, and mt dew dragon slayer spindoctor with U/V ice meatrig on low diver at 120.
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