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by JDK
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Fishing Reports
Topic: Jensen Dodger - world fishing network show 9-24-17
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Re: Jensen Dodger - world fishing network show 9-24-17

Not sure that it is applicable to Champlain. When the salmon and trout are feeding on hexes and hard to catch on traditional spoons, a 000 dodger with either half a night crawler or a bead head wooly bugger can be killer. Trolled at 2-3 colors.
by JDK
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: Underwater Walleye strikes Video
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: Underwater Walleye strikes Video

I wonder how a camera close to the bait/lure effects the fish. Most likely aggressive fish not as much but I wonder about neutral fish. Seems like there are a lot of follows.
by JDK
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: Lite Bite Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Lite Bite Observations

The learning curve for me was not knowing the depth. Reading depth charts and the internet, a 3:1 ratio on a #3 setting was pretty accepted. There were times this summer when I was completely confused and befuddled. Bumping bottom in 46-48 feet of water with 75 feet of line out on a #3 setting at 2....
by JDK
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: Lite Bite Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Lite Bite Observations

That is exactly what mine did.
by JDK
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: Lite Bite Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Lite Bite Observations

Final observations. Just hoping this may help someone else out in the future Borrowed a friend's Fishhawk this past weekend. I have no idea how that effects the dive rate. As a test, I trolled at 2.0 #3 setting and 50 pound braid. Averaged a 2.7:1 dive rate 95 got me to 35 100 -38 110- 40 120-45 I w...
by JDK
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: Lite Bite Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Lite Bite Observations

I live in far northern Maine.

I'm usually fishing with either friends or my wife so I can experiment a little. When alone I use 2 lines. Figure the only way to learn how to use a slide diver is to actually use it.
by JDK
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: Lite Bite Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Lite Bite Observations

We are about 80% through our open water season here and I thought I'd post observations from a first time lite bite user. I received great information and suggestions so I thought I'd let you know how it is going. The salmon, trout, and togue fishing has been outstanding this year. Lots of fish and ...
by JDK
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: Where is salmon
Replies: 42
Views: 2400

Re: Where is salmon

We do not have cormorants but do have a number of loons. That said, the salmon patterns have changed here over the last few years. In the past, you never, ever, had to fish deeper than 40 feet to catch salmon. Now in late summer they are down 50 or more. The last few years, (this time of year) the f...
by JDK
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: Where is salmon
Replies: 42
Views: 2400

Re: Where is salmon

You guys know the lake and it certainly sounds like something is going on. However, is there any possibility that the salmon are there just not in the traditional spots and numbers usually seen? The reason I ask is I keep pretty detailed logs on the lakes I fish. Up until a couple of years ago, for ...
by JDK
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Fishing Reports
Topic: rotery fishing derby
Replies: 21
Views: 1421

Re: rotery fishing derby

No skin in this game but I printed this directly from the Rotary website. Only reason I looked is I may be interested in fishing it next year. 8. PRIZES A. The 2017 “Classic” will award cash prizes for the five largest (by weight) Lake Trout, Atlantic Landlocked Salmon (including steelhead and brown...
by JDK
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Fishing Reports
Topic: Lake Trout Success Pictures....
Replies: 24
Views: 1756

Re: Lake Trout Success Pictures....

Nice fish. What did the top one weight?
by JDK
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: line hookup in the release
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: line hookup in the release

Good point. I wasn't thinking braid.
by JDK
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: line hookup in the release
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: line hookup in the release

If you are using something like a Chamberlain or a Blacks, you will want to twist the line a few, 5, 7 times. In a pinch pad, straight through is fine.
by JDK
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: Lite Bite Question II
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Lite Bite Question II

Funny you mention that Keith. Mine is set to the right.
by JDK
Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Lake Champlain
Topic: fish getting off
Replies: 17
Views: 1020

Re: fish getting off

I'm assuming a Siwash hook. Sometimes they can be bent out a little and hook ups will improve.