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Old 04-08-2021, 10:44 AM   #1
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Default salmon fishing 2021

So far we've boated 4 salmon. All beautiful fish, 3+ lbs., 22-24". For the 2nd year in a row the usual predominate class of 2 -2.5 pounders seem to be missing. But its a small sample size.
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Old 04-08-2021, 09:11 PM   #2
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Default Opening day Salmon

Was freezing last weekend, but managed to net a couple of decent salmon. 23" and about 3 1/2 lbs each. Very slow. Hope the warming temps increase the bite.
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Old 04-11-2021, 07:45 PM   #3
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Default Salmon fishing

Headed up this week for a few days. Are you guys using flies on the surface?? Love the fight!!!
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Old 04-11-2021, 11:14 PM   #4
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Default Salmon Fishing 2021

Hi;

In response to the people that are headed up for the weekend. My group has fished the past two weekends, and the results have not been good.....only three salmon all around 23" and 3 and 1/2 lbs. They were very healthy looking and when we cleaned and gutted the fish, they all had about 15 to 20 very tiny smelt in their bellies.
What luck we had was all from drifting and slow-trolling "live" smelt and shiners.

Good luck!
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Old 04-13-2021, 07:44 AM   #5
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Hi;

In response to the people that are headed up for the weekend. My group has fished the past two weekends, and the results have not been good.....only three salmon all around 23" and 3 and 1/2 lbs. They were very healthy looking and when we cleaned and gutted the fish, they all had about 15 to 20 very tiny smelt in their bellies.
What luck we had was all from drifting and slow-trolling "live" smelt and shiners.

Good luck!
If you don't mind me asking... how do you hook up the live bait to troll?
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:36 AM   #6
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If you don't mind me asking... how do you hook up the live bait to troll?
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Run a very small # 6 or 8 hook across the smelt's upper lip only..entering either the left or right side and exiting on the opposite side, this allows the smelt to open its mouth and breathe. But some run the hook up through the lower lip and exit through the upper lip.
When drifting or trolling the smelt, it is important to tie a very small swivel to your main line, and, then tie a 6-8' piece of 4 lb fluorocarbon from that swivel to your hook. this allows the smelt to swim straight and true. Sometimes, when the wind is stiff, you might want to add a very small split-shot at the swivel. Let the live bait out carefully, do not cast. Let it out a good 40-50 yds.
Add an elastic band around your rod handle just forward of the reel bail, and slide your line under the elastic band in a loop. Make sure your reel bail is open while drifting or trolling....That way when the fish grabs the smelt, it will pull the line out from under the elastic, easily, and the fish will be off and free running till you can get to your rod, close the bail, and set the hook. Make sure your drag is set to about 3 lbs. Also, if you prefer to troll rather than drift...trolling speeds of 1 to 2 mph is ideal...no faster.
Be very careful when putting the hook in...do it as quickly as possible, and do not make the holes any bigger than necessary. If you aren't careful, the smelt can swim right off the hook with its erratic movements. Check the baits every 20 minutes or so, reel them in slowly, so as not to make the hooks make bigger holes in their lips.

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We've been trolling streamers up top and close to shore; Golden Smelt, Winnepesaukee smelt, mickey finn, Bob smelt. 2.5 -3 mph. The fishing better when its a little rough. Too calm the past few days.
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:48 AM   #8
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I heard of an 11.5 lb salmon caught in NH, just an unconfirmed rumor.......can anyone corroborate??
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:34 PM   #9
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Default I'm missing....

I'm missing I shoot 308 and his insight on salmon fishing, the age of the fish, and his sunset pictures from Welsh Island.

Please come back, and educate and show us what this great lake is all about.

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Old 04-21-2021, 04:24 AM   #10
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I'm missing I shoot 308 and his insight on salmon fishing, the age of the fish, and his sunset pictures from Welsh Island.

Please come back, and educate and show us what this great lake is all about.

Dave
I talked to iShoot and a few other long-timers behind-the-scenes some time back, and I don't believe they will be returning. The general consensus (my) is that the forum has changed and they felt it was time to move on.

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Default Thanks for that update...

Thanks for that update, Think. I, too, have always enjoyed ishoot's posts over the years and was just recently noticing that he hadn't been active in quite a while. I was hoping that he hadn't become seriously ill or worse... Good to know he is ok.
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Thanks for that update, Think. I, too, have always enjoyed ishoot's posts over the years and was just recently noticing that he hadn't been active in quite a while. I was hoping that he hadn't become seriously ill or worse... Good to know he is ok.
I liked all those guys—super friendly and supportive. iShoot took my son and me out early one morning fishing, which was very cool.

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I have a question regarding the use of planer boards for salmon. How do they work? Lead core or mono?? Lure, fly or live bait?? Asking from a die hard fly Fisha man
Thanks. They have always peaked my curiosity.
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Typically mono though I have use lead of them with just a color or so in the water. I’ve always used lures.
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:50 PM   #15
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Default Salmon Fishing 2021

Hi folks;

A couple of my buddies were up to Winni yesterday 4/24/2021 and they picked up 4 nice Rainbows....all were caught slo-trolling smelt and shiners. All were caught directly in front of the Weirs channel. No Salmon !
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I have a question regarding the use of planer boards for salmon. How do they work? Lead core or mono?? Lure, fly or live bait?? Asking from a die hard fly Fisha man
Thanks. They have always peaked my curiosity.
I have 2 on order. Never used them, but there's tons of info on youtube how to use them. It appears you can use mono, braid, lead core , or wire. Many guys in the Great Lakes use up to 10 colors of lead core behind them. I like the idea of not fishing under the boat and many feet to the side. I'll be using lead core. You can use any bait you wish with them.
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Rainbow caught at the south end of Bear. Winni smelt tandem fly pattern trolled at 2.5mph about 4 feet down. Hopefully the picture posts with this.
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