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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by Grandpa Jim on October 03, 2021, 11:46:00 am »
Thanks for the update. Things have been very slow for quite some time but this is typical of what happens at this point in the season in regards to the "HOLE". I've had two decent salmon in two recent outings. One outing was very brief as we were on our way north for a few days of cruising and just got very lucky as we hadn't yet got the second line in the water. The other fish came on a full evening outing on my son's boat. We were just about to call it quits when the port rod buried its' tip. Both were still bright silver, showing little evidence of having been in the staging process. Both fish hit spoons.
We came south through the hole last night (Saturday) around 6:30 on our way back to the marina and saw only a few boats working the south section in what was likely 120 fow. We had done some kayaking for the previous few days but hadn't done any fishing.
Excitement for me has been limited to having a very large, glossy coated Black Bear show interest in either me or my kayak for a good kilometre and a half along the shoreline of Bone Island. He was definitely not the least bit nervous about human presence being in close proximity. I know bears are very much at home in the water so I maintained a fair distance from the shoreline. Thankfully the bear was content to play hide and seek all the way from first sighting back to our anchored boat. My first mate quickly stowed away our boarding ladder in case the bear proved to be overly friendly. The bear stayed on shore for a while watching the boat then disappeared into the bush.

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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by SuperH on October 01, 2021, 05:14:38 pm »
Krawler and others, just reporting back on the results this week.  Went out to the Hole Monday pm 2-4pm and marked lots of fish mainly in the 70-80ft range, but no hits.  Same for Tuesday & Wednesday early morning for 2 - 3 hours each day.  Again same thing, lots of marks, and despite throwing every thing I had in the box and altering depth, and leads from 40 ft. to 100 ft and speeds, nada!  Saw one other lonely boat trying both days and didn't see any action.  But then a day on the water is always better than anywhere else.  Beautiful weather (a bit cool) but enjoying the fall.  One more try next week then the boat goes into hiding till Spring. 
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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by Krawler on September 25, 2021, 11:11:32 am »
Back in the day we used to troll Coldwater and fish sturgeon hard throughout October. I recall many years peak runs of Salmon were often early October. That being said, runs are happening a lot earlier with these strain of Salmon and wish recent high water im sure a lot of fish have pushed through. But I’m sure there will be some late staging fish, if not stagers than 2 year olds could be hanging around. Most anglers have taken off their riggers but  I wouldn’t hesitate to go again and I wouldn’t be surprised if you got in to them.  Give it a shot and report back! Good luck!!
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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by SuperH on September 25, 2021, 08:53:19 am »
Hi all you salmon fishers!
Is it now too late in the season to give it one last try for some salmon in "the hole"?  I plan to try again next week but wonder if I'm just wasting gas and time, or should I switch for some big fall pike and a few eyes still lurking in the weeds.
Just curious.
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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by Krawler on September 09, 2021, 12:06:13 pm »
I specialize in Quantity not Quality.

I rarely catch big fish, I go for numbers.  I think its because i target warmer waters vs cooler water where big fish are more likely to reside.  I also dont like Lakers so i avoid the cooler water depths but i feel larger salmon will congregate where temperatures are cooler which also seems to be the preference of majority of the bait.  Likely a correlation between size, bait and temp. 

My biggest this year was 21lbs.  Biggest salmon from the Bay was 26 lbs dating back to 1993 when I started rigging on the Bay.

I know a 28 was caught a week ago on Manitoulin, saw a 25 caught in Cwood and my buddy James Meger caught a few monsters in June (no scale but easily in the 20's). 

The Notty gets a very early run of fish in July, some fish even go up in late June.  These strain of fish could be the larger strain of Salmon in Gbay. 
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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by SuperH on September 08, 2021, 07:27:20 pm »
Thanks, I really appreciate the response.  If others wish to provide their experience, please do.  I'm not sure how I would handle a 30 pounder in the boat alone, but would certainly like to try. I may need a bigger net and some low dose aspirin for my heart attack. :D
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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by awbringl on September 08, 2021, 08:41:04 am »
My biggest ever was about 25lbs and that was about 15 years ago.  20lbs is a good fish on Georgian Bay.  I think the one I lost earlier would have been my PB for Georgian Bay.  The 20lb one from Friday was definitely not as strong as the one I lost the week before.  I have not heard of many that are close to 30lbs.  The one that won the Owen Sound Derby this year was just under 25.

My numbers are rounded

2021:  winner of the Manitoulin Derby: 26 lbs,  winner of the Chantry: 22 lbs,  winner of the OS Spectacular: 25 lbs

2020: Covid - most derbies canceled

2019:  winner of Manitoulin Derby: 31 lbs (2nd place was also 31 lbs but a few ounces lighter; AND the top 25 fish weighed in for that derby were all over 21 lbs),  winner of Chantry: 29 lbs,  winner of OS Spectacular: 30 lbs

Those are just a few examples.  I personally haven't caught a 30+ pound salmon yet, but I've had several in the 25 range and lost a couple of giants that felt completely different than any of the 25's I landed.  So, I think the answer to your 30 pound question is Yes, they're out there.

cheers,
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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by Canuck on September 07, 2021, 01:27:32 pm »
My biggest ever was about 25lbs and that was about 15 years ago.  20lbs is a good fish on Georgian Bay.  I think the one I lost earlier would have been my PB for Georgian Bay.  The 20lb one from Friday was definitely not as strong as the one I lost the week before.  I have not heard of many that are close to 30lbs.  The one that won the Owen Sound Derby this year was just under 25.
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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by SuperH on September 07, 2021, 09:55:42 am »
Thanks for the update Canuck.  I plan to be back on water Thursday/Friday so hope the weather holds and get some of that adrenalin pumping again.  Too back about the damaged toes.  Be careful out there.  I typically fish alone on one rod as well and in choppy water it can be a challenge, but have also had the best luck in the chop. 

Still curious as to whether 30 lb salmon are caught in Georgian Bay.  Have you?
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Fishing Georgian Bay / Re: Trolling Report
« Last post by Canuck on September 07, 2021, 08:56:21 am »
Well last Friday was the best day I have had on the Bay in many many years.  I was in the Hole and fished alone (so only one rod).  Fished from about 7:45 till maybe 10:30.  All in I had I think 7 or 8 salmon on.  I got 4 to the boat, but released the 4th because I had 3 (roughly 20, 15 and 12) in the cooler and didn't have enough space in our freezer to store that much fish.  I had a bunch of clean knock offs as well, but 3 or 4 were on long enough to feel the fight before they got off.  All fish were around 85 down over 115 to 130 ft.  All on Flasher/meat rig with a little "twist" I saw a guy on YouTube from Michigan do.  I ran an unhooked tinsel fly about half way between the flasher and the strip holder.  An extra swivel in the line holds the fly from running down the line.

I went out Sunday AM in that wind.  Only two other boats out bouncing around.  One was from our marina and runs a large RIB.  We only got one screamer on and not many fish marked. That fish felt big and really peeled the line before it came off. Running for the rod I slipped and broke a couple toes on the bench seat leg and slammed into the seat with my hip/thigh.  Still hurting. 
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