Fishing 411 wit Mark Romanack Episode 13 Oscoda Mixed Bag
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Posted On January 07, 2013
Fishing 411 with Mark Romanack
EPISODE 13 OSCODA MIXED BAG TROLLING
Oscoda Mixed Bag Trolling
the northeastern Lower Peninsula lies the small community of Oscoda. One of the
richest sport fishing ports in the Great Lakes, Oscoda is best known as port
that consistently produces a mixed bag. Last July the Fishing 411 crew rolled
into town and they didn’t leave empty handed.
June, July and August Oscoda is the setting for not only lake trout and
steelhead fishing action, but an impressive fishery for walleye and bonus king
salmon as well. In fact, on any given day it’s not only possible to catch all
four of these species, it’s down right likely.
DEEP FOR TROUT AND SALMON
lake trout and salmon this port is known for are most often found in deeper
water and near bottom. The easiest way to make contact with these fish is by
using downriggers armed with spoons or dodger/spin-n-glo combinations.
lake trout spoon colors include baits with a lot of black and white like the
Wolverine Tackle Michael Jackson. Other good spoon colors that catch both trout
and salmon include Blue Dolphin, Green Dolphin and Yellow-tail.
best spoon fishing presentation is to simply set the spoon 15-25 feet behind
the downrigger weight and set the weight to fish 5-10 feet off bottom. In the
summer the most productive water depths range from 80 to 125 feet.
dodger/spin-n-glo combination is tough to beat for lake trout. The Spin-n-Glo
is a Yakima product that is most often fished on a 18-24 inch leader of 40#
test fluorocarbon line terminated to a 1/0 treble hook. This rig is attached to
a OOO size dodger which is in turn fished 10-20 feet behind the downrigger
dodger sways side to side, snapping the Spin-n-Glo back and forth enticingly.
The Spin-n-Glo comes in over a 100 color options, but for lake trout some of
the most productive include Black Magic, Luminous Spot, Black White, Clown and
Glitter Lime Chartreuse.
Spin-n-Glo can be purchased rigged, but most anglers simply buy the color
bodies they want and make their own simple rigs using a couple colorful beads,
40# test fluorocarbon leader material and 1/0 treble hooks.
BONUS WALLEYE & STEELHEAD
offering a very consistent lake trout and salmon bite, Oscoda churns out an
amazing walleye fishery. The majority of the walleye are suspended 30-50 feet
below the surface over 80 to 120 feet of water. The day the Fishing 411 crew
rolled into town, spoons fished on lead core line proved to be the best way to
catch bonus walleye. Our crew literally caught lake trout, steelhead and
walleye at the same time and in the same spots, making for an exciting and
unique day on the water.
out of Oscoda can be found near the surface or near bottom on any given day.
Depending on water temperatures steelhead can be found literally right on the
surface or all the way to the bottom.
the steelhead and walleye are most often suspended, it makes sense to target
those species using in-line planer boards like the famous Off Shore Tackle
Side-Planer. The Fishing 411 crew set two lines per side including one 5 color
length of lead core that fished down about 20 feet and a 10 color set up that
fished about 40 feet down.
BONUS DIVER LINES
is the case in most open water trolling situations, planer boards and
downriggers are critical pieces of equipment. Another vital piece of trolling
gear are diving planers used to target fish in the middle of the water column.
planer boards to cover the upper water column, diving planers to cover the
middle water column and downriggers to fish near bottom, the Fishing 411 crew
saturated the water with lures targeting a wealth of species.
IF YOU GO
who are interested in visiting Oscoda will find the best mixed bag of fishing
action takes place in June and July and at water depths ranging from 80-120
feet. Later in the summer as lake water temperatures rise, lake trout and
salmon tend to move further off shore and into deeper water.
is an excellent public access site right at the mouth of the AuSable River,
lots of nearby bait shops and local motels and diners that cater to the summer
to other Great Lakes ports, fishing pressure at Oscoda is light, but the
fishing is as good as any port. This often overlooked destination is a sleeper
for the troller looking for mixed bag action.