Downriggers are not necessary but if you use them this time of year, don't go down deep. I used to use boards but they were more complicated for others on my boat to use so it's small dipseys off the side or a clean line straight back. Spoons and sticks work well this time of year
Shallow and high. One year, I ran DR in the spring with the counter reading 6 feet.
No problem, I always try to help out another fisherman whenever I can. Squarebill crankbaits 12# fluoro would be good, but if you're talking lipless crankbaits I'd run that on 17# as well. Here's how I have my baitcasters setup:
6'6" MH - 50# braid (Swim jigs, and topwater frogs)
7' MH - 15# mono with a 18" - 17# fluoro leader (Spinnerbaits/Chatterbaits)
7' MH - 17# fluoro (Jigs, Lipless Crankbaits)
7' M - 12# fluoro (Squarebill crankbaits)
Worms, tubes, jerkbaits and topwater poppers I use a spinning rod
Just an FYI. It sounds like the shifting ice sheet did some extensive damage to docks and shoreline on the south facing shore of Birch Point? Letters went out from the barge services notifying everyone.
Can anyone confirm?
I have not personally been up to see but depending on how bad it is we might not have a dock in time for opener. If you have a south facing dock it might be worth noting.