After the long drive going way under the speed limit, I finally reached Sheboygan at 7:00 am. I headed out onto the docks of the harbor and began the pursuit of the Great Lakes Trout that can be so challenging to catch!
It didn't take long for my first action of the day. A Great Snowy Owl flew overhead and landed at the peak of the Harbor Centre Marina! This is the second year in a row that the owl has made its way to the Sheboygan area, which is a rarity I am told! After snapping a quick shot of this furry fella, it was back to fishing!
I was just about to change lures when my X-Rap got hammered! Fish on! I wrestled the fish to the dock and slid the fish into the old Frabill. Finally I had connected with a Trout casting crankbaits! The fish was a 6 pound buck Brown Trout, which I decided to release.
The water was a nice milky color and as warm as 49°, but we began to realize quickly that today wasn't the day for this spot. Every cast resulted in green moss on our baits. You could actually feel the lure foul with moss after only a few cranks, and there were large clumps of the moss floating on the surface. With this option quickly eliminated, it was back to port. This time we chose to head upriver and do some exploring of the Sheboygan River. Water clarity in the river was great, but water levels were very low and there seemed to be an absence of fish as we worked our way down the river without a bite.
To end the day, we decided to take another swing through the area we had landed the Steelhead a couple hours earlier. Cam maneuvered the boat back into the spot and began fan casting the area. Third cast was a charm as Cam had a nice Brown Trout hit his bait just inches from the surface at the end of his cast! I quickly grabbed the net and landed a beautiful hen Brown Trout that was all spawned out! We took a few pictures and left her on her way to be caught another day!