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Any one heard of any action of salmon up in the Soo. We take a trip every couple of years and fish the power house dam for kings, and pinks when they run, but no threads about it this year. Maybe another late run for the pinks? I think they start moving about the first week in Sept. maybe a little later.
 

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Hello, well i used to hit the st. marys every fall to but havent been up their in about 4yrs, used to troll at detour passage and then in front of the power plant and then shoot over to the rapids. if the pinks were in some yrs we would catch alot of pinks 30-40 a trip if they were in thick. Its a lot of fun and i do miss it but just had a baby girl in May so dont know if ill go this yr. I know they have a tournement every labor day at the Soo and it gets pretty hairy trolling. If you go let me know how you do. good luck
 

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there are some kings starting to show up. there is a tournament starting wednesday here. hopefully we get some more fish up here in the next few days. it looks like it will be another late year for the kings and the pinks.
 

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Just wondering how many kings, and the size showed up yesterday and this morning. I'm not heading up till the 3rd week because it seems the run has been getting a little later the last few years. Also just wondering if the plant is running, or do they still have it shut down.
 

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Do any of you salmon hunters ever fish on the east side of sugar island, I've been going up there for 22 years and staying on the southern/eastern end of sugar. I pretty much have always fished for the "other" fish Walleyes, Pike, Perch, and those GIANT Smallmouth. And I pretty well know every inch from the upbound channel to lake george to the Big iron bridge in canada. And year after year I see salmon jumpin' out in front of our cabin and while out fishing constantly. We have caught 4 while fishing for the " others" on spinners or night crawlers. I'm coming up on the 13th and we are seriously thinkin' about tryin' to officially catch one on purpose I've got dipsy's and spoons and a couple J- plugs and a zillion other deep divers. I guess I'm wondering if it can be done with this tackle on this side of the St Marys or do we have to run around to the other side or go to the ramp on the north side of Island. I'm always looking for a new challenge. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

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you could try it on that side of the island. another place to try is called garden river. its just up from the mouth of lake george. as far as the power at the edison plant they are only running a few turbins. the fishing has been slow here all week. our tournament just got over and the biggest fish was only 19.30lbs.
 

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thanks for the info. we moved our trip to the end of september because it seems the runs are later. Water temps can't come down with 90 days. Hopefully it changes soon. We are going up the last week of September. Do you have any suggestions as to how to catch pinks. we are use to hooking up to the wall, but that does not seem to work without the current. It was always a nice break from trolling.
 

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is the water level low. fishing the gargen can be a pain with the narrow river and the higher weeds. If the level drops like it has in the southern part, it seems like it could be a real mess. Just a thought, it might not matter as much as I think.
 

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the water level is definetly up here in the river. lake superior is up almost 18 inches and the river is up about 12 inches. as far as fishing for pinks other than tying up to the wall you can cast from shore at the power house or the valley camp. also you can try trolling spoons on down riggers. good luck.
 

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you could try it on that side of the island. another place to try is called garden river. its just up from the mouth of lake george. as far as the power at the edison plant they are only running a few turbins. the fishing has been slow here all week. our tournament just got over and the biggest fish was only 19.30lbs.
Wow! Only 19lbs., used to take something in the mid 30's to win it. I hope the salmon come back on the Huron side and the St. Mary's, love going up there. Some friends are going up weekend of 27th, hoping to be there also. Little late for the pinks, they start to rot faster than the kings. Usually always went the weekend after touney, less crowds and lots of fish, but haven't been there but once in last 4 years, and wasn't very good. 2 friends just got back from thurs.-Sun., and did terrible, said the pinks just started to show up in some decent numbers when they were leaving. The cam tonight looks loaded pretty good with them.
 

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Well guys wife let me go up to the Soo for the labor day weekend, but only ended up with two fish, 12lbs king and a pink and lost two others. The king i caught at detour and the pink at the power plant. I had my 15ft mirro craft so i stayed in the detour channel wanted to get out to the second green can but 1-3 footers keeped me in the channel. I was up their sat-mon....
 

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Just checking to see if there is anything new to report. Are the kings starting to show up, or has is still been warm. Are the pinks there in any good numbers. Also another question. Can you hook up to the plant if it is not on. Seems like you need the current to keep you straight. Thanks for the help
 

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We got a couple of kings this morning. I've heard the fishing has been good in the morning, with people getting limits. Just have to get out early.
 

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we are definetly starting to see a lot more kings up here. you have to get out early in the morning to get them though. the evening bite has not been all that great.
 

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Try from 11 pm till morning, and throw 3/4 glow ko's green or blue tward the powerhouse or parallel to it, count to 6 or 8 and reel slow with rod tip up (not down) to keep the flutter as coming in. Make sure you reel slowwww. With the rod tip up and the current pushing your spoon out some, you'll be just above the snag filled bottom. Only other 2 spoons I use there are the glow orange dot cleo's, and chartruese (yellowish color) mainliners. You will get fish. Camera flash the spoons or use bright flashlight, some times just the little lights along the sidewalk is enough until they go out in middle of morning.
 

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Just spoke with a buddy of mine who has been there for 12 days fishin out of the Soo Locks Campground and admitted he has gotten 6 kings in 12 days. Said the weather has been tough and the fishin tougher. Nothing like it was 4 or 5 years ago. Still for anyone who hasn't tried it, the Soo is pleasant and interesting to say the least.
 

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Fly-fishing for these salmon is simple, fun

BY ERIC SHARP
FREE PRESS OUTDOORS WRITER
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario -- Going after pink salmon is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to catch salmon on a fly rod. The techniques are so simple and so much fun that they should call this Salmon Fishing 101.
The chinook salmon runs were pretty sparse in Michigan tributaries to lakes Michigan and Huron this week, apparently running late during this unusually cool and wet summer.
So to satisfy a salmon Jones, I headed to the St. Marys River Rapids, where guide John Giuliani said that the pinks were as thick as fleas along with fair numbers of Atlantic salmon and steelhead.
It took Giuliani two casts with a double-nymph setup to hook the first pink from a nice school that had just moved up into a deeper slot in the fast water 15 feet in front of us. The three-pound male somersaulted over the water three times before boring out toward the center of the river, pulling out all of the fly line and getting into the backing.
"I think that pound-for-pound they're the toughest fish we have," he said. "A three-pound steelhead would jump, but it couldn't pull like that. A lot of these fish are fresh, really silver. They must have just come up into the rapids overnight."
About 30 seconds later I hooked a four-pound male with a hooked jaw (kype) and a Quasimodo-type hump that showed he was ready for spawning and which gives the species its nickname -- humpbacked salmon.
He fought hard, but it only took a couple of minutes to turn him toward shallow water where Giuliani could grab the leader, remove the hook and get the fish back into the water quickly.
"That's something else I like about pinks for beginners -- you can catch and land 20 of them in the time it takes to land one big chinook," he said. "The real trick is learning how to hook them. Once you've got that, you can use the same technique for every species of salmon."
We were using eight-weight fly rods with two No. 10 or 12 caddis nymphs on a nine-foot leader. The top nymph was about six feet under a small bobber, sometimes euphemistically called a strike indicator, and the nymphs were about two feet apart.
"When I see someone fishing for pinks without an indicator, it tells me he doesn't know what he's doing," Giuliani said. "You can see today that the bite is so subtle you'd never know you had a fish on without the indicator."
And on most drifts he was right. Sometimes the bright green, acorn-size foam indicator jiggled a little without going completely underwater. Other times it suddenly slowed down. Either occurrence was a signal to raise the rod tip and feel the sudden, hard headshake of a hooked fish.
Once I saw a white belly flash underwater at about the place I knew the point fly should be, so I lifted the rod and felt plenty of weight. A second later, a nice male humpy porpoised upstream, but the indicator hardly moved. It wasn't until another fish jumped that I realized I had hooked two pinks, one on each fly, which were headed in opposite directions.
On this morning we never made more than eight casts without a hookup, but we had ideal conditions -- cool and overcast with occasional drizzle. But even though fish were tasking, Giuliani changed the colors of the nymphs every half hour or so.
"They like green today, but they're taking a black stonefly, too," he said. "I like to see what they want, and if a fly doesn't produce real fast, I change it."
The Great Lakes are the only places pinks are found outside their native waters on the North Pacific coasts of North America and Asia. Only a handful of tributaries to lakes Huron and Superior produce reliable numbers for anglers, although biologists suspect they may be reproducing in streams along Georgian Bay.
Pink salmon on the Pacific Coast make a spawning run at age 2, and streams there get a pink run every other year. The pink runs in the Great Lakes started out that way, but over time, the St. Marys and Garden rivers started getting runs every year.
Scientists believe that's the result of a sparser food supply that caused some of the pinks to stay in lakes Superior and Huron for three years before returning to spawn.
Now some tributaries of both lakes get an annual run of pinks. The older fish tend to be bigger -- three to five pounds compared with 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds for the 2-year-olds -- and pinks from Lake Huron are bigger than those from Lake Superior.
Contact John Giuliani at 905-942-5473.
 
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