Archive for September, 2008

Fishing Tippy Dam

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

I have mentioned this before, and its been a while, so will do it again.  Reading some of the fishing forums can  lead to some good tips, and this is really a good case in point.  This is one of the guys, and his trip to the dam recently, where he had hired a guide to show him the ropes on the river.  Which by the way, is an excellent way to learn new waters and effective techniques.

This is Ben, one of the crowd.  Its a loose assortment of good guys, some nuts, but like I said GOOD PEOPLE.  Who just like the outdoors, and there are skill levels from the beginner to the accomplished in fishing, hunting and trapping who visit there on a regular basis.  There are no rules persay, and you don’t get kicked off for mentioning a non-paying sponor’s product, or telling it how it is about a sponsor’s product.

Ben’s charter was with Full of Hope Charters and his guide was Steve Emery.  Not only was he impressed with Emery’s skill at finding fish, but he learned a lot on the trip as well.  That’s what a good charter captain or guide should be.  Always a bonus, Steve sounds like a pretty good guy as well.  Most of the pics are with Ben on the right or fishing by himself, but the first pic was just a great shot of the mist on the water on the morning they went out just last week.

Misty morn








nice trip

Packing in Water

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

How not to get freezer burn on your fillets?  This isn’t exactly a revelation to a lot of anglers, but it can sure save you some bucks  and  fish in the long run.

When you get done with the filleting,  place them in a freezer zip-loc and then add water.  Stop filling about halfway to the top, and then start sealing the top of the bag, almost to the end. Squeeze the bag until water begins to come out, and close the rest of the bag.  Lay flat in the freezer for storage later.

Like I said, its not a new process, lots of folks do it already and works great in preventing freezer burn.  Saves you some money from the expensive vacuum sealers, and buying the bags later on. This also applies to when Meijer’s  has those buy one, get two deals on shrimp.

Weekend of Perch

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

If I learned anything from this weekend, besides honing my perch cleaning skills, its this:  Check your email every night.  That and a way to fine tune a rig.  Why the email, because that was the notice sent out by one of the readers, thanks for the effort Tony. 

Friday, after rewiring some connectors on the trailer,  I ended up going right to bed to wake up for Saturday morning’s start up.  After all, we had nailed some nice sized fish with a really FAT 12 inch kicker that afternoon.  Many of the same reports had came in at the dock.  Not a lot caught, but some nice sized fish caught.

These were the fish from Friday, with just the biggest fish in the pics:

bigger fish




So on Saturday we picked up our shiners and headed back to the same spot as Friday.  Where there had been lots of boats on Friday in 21 ft of water (in front of the bay), there was only one Saturday near us.  Fishing started slow, then between 9 and 10 it started to kick into gear.  On average the fish were much bigger Saturday,  we would have weighed in 2 eleven inchers and three 10′s.  Around 2 pm it died off with the quieting of the wind.  A majority of the boats were in Ohio waters, what looked like maybe 26 or 27 fow (feet of water).

nice catch


2 kickers


As far as fine tuning the rigs,  all these were caught on the 2 hook standard vertical perch rig that I tied up last week.  We only had 2 doubles in 2 days,  and of all the big fish, only one 9 inch came on the top hook.  Next rigs I make, are only going to have the bottom hook hanging slightly above the weight snap.  Eleminate the top hook, and concentrate on one hook only.


I had the Avid and Premier Ultra Lights rigged with 5 and 8 lb Power Pro, the combination of the rods and the no stretch line really shined on Saturday.  Drop the weight down, close the bail and lift up till the line went tight.  Slightest anything and set the  hook.  Placed the hooks dead center on the shiners and fatheads.  Didn’t matter which as long as they were alive or still had scales on them for that shine. When the bait started to run out, tipped the hooks with a dead minnow, and then added a small live shiner on the same hook.  Yesterday was a good case of big bait, catches bigger fish. Next time will get a scoop of walleye sized shiners from Matthew’s to test that theory out a bit more.

Michigan DNR Report: 9.18.08

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

All the rain helped push more salmon into the rivers however many of the rivers in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula are experiencing very high water levels which has caused flooding in many areas. Anglers are urged to not only wait until the water levels recede before attempting to fish but to also pay close attention to any warnings issued by the Health Department regarding water quality issues.

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie - The lake is high and muddy. The few anglers venturing out did manage to find some small perch in 19 feet of water off Stony Point. Fishing should pick up once the waters clear up.

Detroit River - Has muddy water however anglers are catching perch and a few walleye. A lot of catfish have also been caught.

Huron River - Is running high and fast but anglers are catching some steelhead. Good bluegill action in the backwaters.

Lexington - Lake trout are still being caught in waters up to 100 feet deep. Pier anglers are trying for salmon but the fish have not come in yet. No perch to speak of.

Port Sanilac - Boat anglers report limits of lake trout but perch fishing remains slow.

Harbor Beach - Is still producing limits of lake trout. Pier anglers are starting to try for salmon however the fish have not come in yet. Bass are still being caught.

Grindstone City - Is still producing limits of lake trout.

Port Austin - Limits of lake trout are still being caught in 90 to 110 feet of water off the tip of the Thumb. Some have also taken the occasional steelhead.

Saginaw Bay - Perch have been caught around the Spark Plug and near Buoys 15, 16 and 18. Some nice perch were taken from the weedbeds on the edge of the Callahan Reef in 8 feet of water and about two or three miles northwest off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. A few walleyes were caught on a crawler harness in the Slot however anglers were doing more fishing than catching.

Southwest Lower Peninsula


The rivers in this area of the state are flooded and un-fishable. Conditions are dangerous around the dams due to the risk of failure. Anglers should stay off all rivers in Southwest Michigan until flood waters recede.

St. Joe River - Had a really good run of coho however water levels are high and the river is not safe to fish.

Dowagiac River - Is flooded and un-fishable.

Paw Paw River - Look for good numbers of coho after the waters recede.

Kalamazoo River - Water levels are high and the river is not safe to fish.

Rabbit River - Is flooded and un-fishable.

Thornapple River - Is flooded and un-fishable.

Grand River at Grand Rapids - Water levels are high and fast however anglers are still catching coho when dropping and drifting flies. Be advised that the Ottawa County Health Department issued a no-contact advisory for the river after sewage and storm water overflowed into the river in Grand Rapids.

Grand River at Lansing – Is running high and muddy. Before the water levels came up, anglers did mange to catch a few salmon in the Lansing area. Try drifting spawn or jigging spoons in the deeper holes when the water levels come back down.

Reeds Lake - Reported fair to good action for crappie and the pike are starting to bite good as they prepare for colder weather.

Muskegon - Perch have been caught on minnows north of the piers in 10 to 30 feet of water. If the waters are cool, anglers will find fish. A few salmon were caught.

Muskegon Lake - Boat anglers caught a few salmon. Bluegills are biting and the largemouth bass fishing was very good from the weedbeds out to 20 feet of water.

Muskegon River - Water levels are up but the river is fishable. Anglers are taking salmon when casting spoons or crank baits near the mouth.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Rogers City - The primary focus is salmon fishing in Swan Bay. The fish are turning dark and should be running up the Swan River soon. Fish have been caught in shallow waters 15 to 30 feet deep when using J-plugs and bombers off boards in the early morning or after dark. Green and pearl have been good colors. Those fishing the top 35 feet of waters 40 to 70 feet deep are taking a mix of chinook, coho, atlantic and steelhead. Good colors were green, blue, orange, purple or anything that glows.

Presque Isle - Has very good fishing for young chinook salmon. Coho, atlantic, lake trout and steelhead were also caught off the Red Can and around the lighthouse. Stoneport is producing some fish but anglers will want to use caution around the fishing nets. The fish caught have been full of smelt and alewife.

Alpena - When boats can get out, steelhead and lake trout have been caught in 80 to 100 feet of water. The steelhead are close to the surface.

Thunder Bay River - Anglers have been fishing off the pier, the docks and around the Alpena Marina. A few salmon were caught around the Ninth Street Dam.

Harrisville - A few salmon have been caught in and around the harbor. Boats venturing outside the harbor are staying in 25 to 50 feet of water and trolling J-plugs or spoons in a variety of colors. Shore anglers and those in small boats are floating spawn under a bobber or casting spoons and body baits. Lake trout season is slowly coming to an end as fish were caught in 85 to 120 feet of water.

Oscoda - Pier fishing was limited but fish were caught in the early morning and late evening when casting spoons. Hot colors were orange and silver or blue and silver.

Au Sable River - There have been some walleye caught in the river, but dredging has slowed the number of anglers attempting to fish.

Tawas - Pier fishing was slow, with a few small perch and one or two walleyes taken. Boat anglers caught a few perch from the weedbeds off Jerry’s Marina and a few walleye were caught near Buoys 4 and 6.

Au Gres - A couple chinook salmon have been caught in the surf off the Singing Bridge access site. The walkways along the Whitney Drain remain closed for renovation. Walleye fishing is very slow so most anglers are now switching over to perch fishing. Some 8 to 10 inch perch were caught straight out near the shipping channel in 30 to 40 feet of water.

Au Gres River - Water levels are running high and fast. The river might be fishable by the weekend.

Rifle River - Water levels are high and the current is fast.

Higgins Lake - Few anglers have been out as many have turned their attention to bird hunting. Those fishing have managed to catch lake trout and perch. Those hunting are doing well for woodcock.

Houghton Lake - Cooler nights have the northern pike biting. Minnows and large crank baits are taking fish. Walleye action remains steady.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Petoskey - Pier anglers caught a few fish when floating spawn just off the bottom.

Charlevoix - Just a few salmon were taken by boat anglers trolling the shallows with J-plugs, reef runners and thundersticks. Target the drop-off and fish the top 50 feet of water. Shore anglers took fish in the early morning and late evening when using glow spoons. Spawn on the bottom produced fish near the Cement Plant.

Glen Lake - Is booming with perch anglers taking limit catches while still throwing a lot of fish back. The perch have started to school and several fish over 10 inches have been caught. The best location changes with the wind but stick to the north end of Big Glen between the Yacht Club and the entrance to Fisher Lake. Try wigglers, minnows or shrimp in 20 to 30 feet of water.

Frankfort - Has fair to good chinook and coho fishing in front of the piers in 150 to 170 feet of water. Steelhead can be found out deep in 320 to 350 feet of water. Pier anglers are casting alewife rigs or white and glow spoons. Those fishing off the old Elberta dock caught fish on spawn. Anglers are catching fish in Platte Bay however there is no indication yet of a large run.

Betsie River - There are many fish in the river! Anglers were catching the most from River Road all the way up past the Homestead Dam.

Onekama - The Shelf is still producing good catches of chinook. The Barrel is producing fish in the early morning but after the sun comes up, anglers are fishing 45 to 50 feet down in waters 120 to 160 feet deep while trolling white and glow J-plugs and green, orange or blue spoons. Pier anglers have caught chinook and coho in the early morning when using alewife.

Portage Lake - Good numbers of panfish are still being caught in the deeper waters on the east end of the lake. Good walleye and pike fishing. The walleye bite is better at night and the pike are hitting on small spoons and body baits throughout the day.

Manistee - Anglers are catching chinook salmon in front of the piers and in the harbor. The best baits are glow and pearl J-plugs. Pier anglers are also catching chinook when casting glow spoons.

Manistee Lake - Boat anglers are taking some nice chinook salmon.

Manistee River - Has fishable numbers of salmon although peak conditions are not here yet. Spawn, flies and small spoons are taking fish.

Hamlin Lake - Good fishing continues with limits of bluegill taken in 6 to 12 feet of water off the Boy Scout Camp and in Pete’s Bayou.

Big Sable River - Fishing slowed since the first big run but chinook are stacked up below the highway bridge. Fish are on the gravel but not bedding. Some anglers are using alewife while others are drifting spawn under a bobber. Those surfcasting at the mouth are using spawn bags however Mepps and Cleo’s were taking more fish. There are a good number of suckers below the dam.

Ludington - Boat anglers are catching chinook salmon in front of the piers and between the Bath House and the Pointe in 30 to 80 feet of water.

Pere Marquette River - Has fishable numbers of salmon although peak conditions are not here yet. Spawn, flies and small spoons are taking fish.

Upper Peninsula

Keweenaw Bay - The bite has been slow for the most part. A few chinook, coho and lake trout were taken by those trolling about halfway down in waters 60 to 100 feet deep between Sand Point and Carla’s Café. Those jigging found a few lake trout in 120 to 240 feet of water. A nice pike was caught in Huron Bay. In the South Portage Entry, anglers have caught coho and lake trout in 60 to 90 feet of water between the Farmers Reef and the Jacobsville Lighthouse.

Falls River - There have been reports of some pink salmon in the river.

Marquette - The past week was good for lake trout fishing with many boats catching their limit in shallow waters. Salmon fishing continues to be slow however a few more chinook were caught along with a couple steelhead.

Dead River - Coho salmon have been seen.

Carp River - Coho and steelhead are in the river.

Green Bay - The chinook have started to move closer to shore. Fish were caught on the Bay side when fishing off the pier with small Cleo’s. Good colors were silver with green or blue. Smallmouth bass were caught off the pier and walleye were caught straight out from the marina on perch colored harnesses.

Ford River - Salmon are starting to show up around the mouth and several walleye anglers have caught them. The launch on the river is closed to all fishing until the construction is done.

Cedar River - Yellow perch and smallmouth bass were caught when drifting with crawlers or crank baits. Walleye were caught near the mouth when trolling a crawler harness in 15 feet of water.

Little Bay De Noc - Walleye action was spotty but fish were caught off the First Reef when trolling crawlers in 10 to 16 feet of water and in the flats near Brach’s Cabins. The Black Bottom produced a few fish however more fish were marked to the south around the East Bank in 14 to 26 feet of water. Good perch fishing in the flats out from Brach’s Cabins and off Gladstone Beach when fishing the drop-off. Excellent smallmouth action around Hunters Point.

Big Bay De Noc - No walleye to report this week but the smallmouth bass anglers are just getting started around Snake Island. Only a few catches to report so far but the fish were big. Most are drifting minnows 15 to 25 feet down along the break. Perch fishing was fair off the southern end of Ogontz when jigging worms in 8 to 14 feet of water. Salmon season is winding down off Fairport. A few chinook were still being caught on spoons 40 to 60 feet down in 100 to 120 feet of water.

Au Train - Lake trout were caught in the flats and along the Wood Island Reef.

Munising - The coho are starting to move in.

Grand Marais - Coho and steelhead were caught when trolling in the bay and out towards the Sable Point Lighthouse.

St. Mary’s River - Has good numbers of pink salmon between the Power Plant and the tour boat docks. Anglers are casting or jigging Swedish Pimples and spoons. Good walleye action in the early morning when trolling a bottom bouncer with a crawler harness and blades. Some nice yellow perch were caught in the weedbeds across from the ferry dock on Neebish Island. Good smallmouth action off the southeast corner of Sugar Island in 20 feet of water.

De Tour - Chinook and lake trout are still being caught in the shipping channel. Green and blue spoons worked well. Walleye are still being caught around Peck Island, Rutland Island, Scott Bay and north of the city launch. Off Drummond Island, perch were caught in 6 to 8 feet of water near Ashman Island and Harbor Island.

Cedarville and Hessel - Fishing has been slow but chinook can still be found 50 to 80 feet down when using hammered silver spoons with chartreuse or black. Small orange and gold spoons also caught fish.

Carp River - A couple pink salmon were caught by the Mackinaw Trail Bridge which is down near the mouth.

Always a Good Idea to have a Camera with You

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

This pic was taken by my Aunt Nan and cousin, Claudia.  They were driving down West Jefferson, which is the same road that you take to Sterling State Park, but just closer to the Downriver area where the name changes.  Two nice healthy bucks feeling their oats while do the fall thing that comes natural.  Sometimes its a pain in the rear to take a camera with you everywhere you go, but when you don’t have it, you could miss a shot like this.

dueling bucks

Matthew’s B&T Perch Derby: September 20th

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

This really should be a fun event for the whole family, and its this Saturday! Cost is only 25 bucks per boat, and that is going to include a meal after the weigh-in.  Jason and Mike have really stepped it up this year getting more folks involved in some quality fishing events.  You have a little competition, you talk some fishing with the other anglers after its all over,  and did I mention?  THEY FEED YOU!!!

So if you want some fun, fill up as many folks as  your boat will hold, get involved.  You only have to turn in a few fish for the weigh-in, and you get to keep the rest!!!  Call the shop for more details @ 734.242.0666  and good luck.

My rigs are ready,  just need to get out there this week and do some prefishing and enjoy the bright sun shiny day!

Pike and Muskie Locations

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Well this is the first blog in a while, not sure how I picked up the flu last week,  but here goes.

When fall comes around the corner,  the big fish are starting to bite.  Looking for their winter stores of nutrition, the fish really turn on. When hitting a new lake, there are certain areas that an angler can key on that will more than likely hold fish.

Look for inlets and outlets in the lake.  Current attracts the bigger fish because of the cooling effect and oxygen levels.  Its also stirs things up, which brings in bait to feed, and drawing in the big fish.



Look for points that either drop off or have small flats before the bottom plunges down.  Not sure if you can make out the difference in the water shades, but this point had a nice drop.

Point an drop


Also, be aware of any changes in the weather patterns.  A sudden front coming can make a big difference in the mood of the fish.



If you follow some simple indicators,  chances are you can find nice fish too.  Have no idea why this pic came out so small, but you get the idea.




How to Straighten Line

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I’ve been sicker than a dog the last few days, so today feeling a little better I decide to go and cut some line for making up the perch rigs I will need to fish in Matthew’s Bait and Tackle’s First Perch Derby on the 20th of this month.  So as I am using the snips to cut my line 20 inches for making the snells, they are coming off tighter than the end of a pig’s curly tail.

So taking some time, and this isn’t brain surgery, so  just a few minutes here, I looked at the problem.  How to get the line straight?  My solution to the problem was to tie a loop, and then add a weight to the bottom.  No good, already had the line measured out.  The final solution was to secure one end with a pair of forceps, and hang from a nail.  At the other end, I did the same with with another pair.  Wa-laa, a line straightener for my pre-cut lengths.  I have no idea how to spell wa-laa, it just doesn’t spell check, but you get the point.

Hope it helps any do-it-yourselfer out there who might have come to this problem themselves.

Michigan DNR Fishing Report for 9/11

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Cooler temperatures and much needed rain pushed salmon up into the rivers. Anglers are reminded that the season to take both snapping turtles and softshell turtles will close on September 15th, 2008

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie - Perch fishing has been hit-or-miss with some boats taking fish while others were not so lucky. Most were fishing off Stony Point and the E Buoy with small minnows. Walleye fishing slowed considerably. A couple anglers caught a walleye or two when perch fishing with a crawler harness. Dark green and gold were good colors. Largemouth bass action was fair to good near the River Raisin.

Detroit River - Fishing has slowed for walleye and perch. Smallmouth are hitting near the points of the shipping channel and around the islands.

Lexington - They’re getting a few perch in 25 to 40 feet of water. Chinook, steelhead and lake trout have been caught in 90 to 110 feet of water when using dodgers with Spin-n-glows or spoons. Bass and pike were caught inside the harbor.

Port Sanilac - Perch fishing was spotty however a few fish have been caught in waters up to 40 feet deep.

Harbor Beach - Is producing limits of lake trout in 90 to 130 feet of water.

Grindstone City - Is producing limits of lake trout in 90 to 100 feet of water.

Port Austin - Limits of lake trout were reported in 90 to 100 feet of water. A few bass and walleye were caught in 40 feet.

Saginaw Bay - Walleye action slowed with the onset of cooler weather, heavy rain and strong winds but fish were still being caught in the vicinity of the Spark Plug and one or two miles east of the Plug in 19 feet of water. Some found fish near the Callahan Reef and in 15 feet of water over the Bar which is west of Sebewaing. Perch fishing is spotty with a few caught near the G Buoy, one or two miles east of the Spark Plug and about two and half miles north/northwest of the Quanicassee.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joe - Boat anglers trolling between the piers and along the mud lines are taking good numbers of chinook and coho. Pier anglers have caught trout and salmon.

St. Joe River - Water levels are still low however chinook, coho and skamania have been caught up at the Berrien Springs Dam and the Buchanan Dam. Anglers are using spawn, flies, Wobble Glo’s, Hot-n-Tots and Cleo’s. There were reports of fish up near the mouth of the Dowagiac River.

Paw Paw River - Anglers are catching salmon at the mouth.

South Haven - Salmon and steelhead are being caught between the piers and along the mud line. Pier anglers are also taking fish.

Saugatuck - Boat anglers trolling in waters up to 60 feet deep were taking chinook just off the bottom. Pier anglers casting glow spoons or plugs in the early morning have also caught fish. Perch were caught north of the pier in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Kalamazoo River - Salmon and steelhead have been caught up near the Allegan Dam. Walleye are still hitting on crawlers.

Holland - Boats trolling in and around the piers are catching chinook. Pier anglers are also taking fish when casting spoons or plugs in the early morning.

Grand Haven - Pier fishing was slow but boat anglers found them in 90 to 130 feet of water. Spinnies with fly combos or spoons have caught fish. Pier anglers are using alewife for bait. Perch were caught off the pier.

Grand River at Grand Rapids - Anglers are still finding salmon and trout up near the Sixth Street Dam. A few walleye were caught near the bridges. Catfish action continues with some nice fish taken below the dams.

Grand River at Lansing – Walleye are hitting over at the Moore’s Park Dam and catfish are still being caught along Riverfront Park and below the dams.

Morrison Lake - Has good bluegill action.

Muskegon - Boat anglers are catching salmon in 110 to 130 feet of water. Pier anglers took when jigging. No perch to report.

Muskegon Lake - Salmon have started to move into the lake.

Whitehall - Fishing has been good. Pier anglers are taking salmon on small Cleo’s and megabaits. Salmon have moved into White Lake and the lower stretches of the White River.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Rogers City - The fish are staging off Swan Bay so most of the action has been here and Adams Point. They are fishing waters 20 to 70 feet deep while using J-plugs at least 150 feet off the boards. Bombers are also working well. Good colors were blue, green, pearl, purple or white with a black ladder back. Some nice fish ranging 10 to 15 pounds have been caught. Some are starting to turn dark but silver fish can still be found out in deeper waters.

Presque Isle - Strong winds put a damper on fishing, but those able to get out have caught fish off the red can, north between the lighthouses, in the North Bay or Thompsons Harbor. Try fishing the top 40 in waters 45 to 70 feet deep. Use anything that glow before sun up and after sun down.

Alpena - Salmon can be found in 110 feet of water while the steelhead can be found at the surface in 115 to 160 feet of water. Perch are hitting on minnows.

Thunder Bay River - Anglers are catching salmon and lake trout on spoons.

Harrisville - Fishing has picked up but is still not consistent. Anglers were successful in shallow waters and deep waters but northing really in between. Chinook were caught in 25 to 45 feet of water. Try orange and silver or blue and silver lures. Lake trout have been pretty aggressive over the last week.

Oscoda - Fishing has been slow with not many boats venturing out. Salmon have been caught around the mouth of the river. Small spoons caught fish especially orange and silver or blue and silver.

Tawas - Pier fishing is slow with a few small perch, the occasional bass or pike and some catfish taken. A few walleye were caught in 20 to 30 feet of water near Buoys 4 and 6. Some salmon were staging off Whitney Drain, but none have been caught. Surf fishing is available at the Singing Bridge access site but the walkways along Whitney Drain are being replaced and will not be available to anglers until late October at the earliest.

Au Gres - Walleye can still be found in 20 to 30 feet of water and perch in 20 to 45 feet of water straight off the river mouth, but anglers will have to work for them.

Higgins Lake - Good numbers of lake trout are still being caught when trolling just off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet of water. For whitefish, try jigging Swedish Pimples and wax worms right at the bottom. Perch are still hitting in 20 to 40 feet of water around the Sunken Island. No word on brown trout.

Houghton Lake - Walleye fishing continues to be good. Anglers are slow trolling along the weedbeds in about 9 feet of water with a crawler harness or Hot-n-Tot. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good and some nice pike have been caught.


Northwest Lower Peninsula

Petoskey - Salmon can be found in and around the piers as they begin to move into the Black River.

Charlevoix - Salmon are starting to come in by Medusa Creek.

Elk Lake - Anglers are trolling for trout along the west edge of the lake in 80 to 90 feet of water but catch rates were slow. Bass anglers are targeting 10 to 20 feet of water along the east shore from Drake Lane to Easley Road and between Kewadin and the Golf Course. Perch have been caught near in Spencer Bay and near Whitewater Park when using cooked shrimp and crawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water.

Skegemog Lake - A lot of bass anglers are still taking fish in the flat between the Torch River and the Baggs Road Access, off Fairmont Drive and near the Narrows. They are using lures and natural baits such as crawlers and leeches in waters 3 to 20 feet deep. Some nice 21 to 25 inch pike were caught and bluegills can be found in 10 to 12 feet of water.

Glen Lake - The perch are starting to bite a little better on the north/northeast end of Big Glen when using minnows, wigglers, worms or shrimp. Lots of rock bass have been caught. This is a great fishing opportunity for kids!

Frankfort - There are lots of fish in the harbor, but those trolling inside are reporting slower catch rates. Nice chrome fish have been caught right in front of the piers in 45 to 60 feet of water. Those fishing up in West Platte Bay and in front of Point Betsie have taken a good mix of chinook, coho and steelhead.

Betsie River - There are fish being caught from the M-22 Bridge up to the Homestead Dam when using spinners and glow spoons. Those casting or floating spawn down near the old Elberta pilings are also catching fish.

Onekama - Has good chinook action in the Barrel until about mid-morning, then move out to the Shelf. Some nice coho and a couple steelhead have been caught in the Barrel. Pier fishing has been decent with the cold water but most are still trolling with spoons or plugs about 45 to 55 feet down in waters 80 to 160 feet deep.

Portage Lake - Some bigger bluegills are being caught when drifting however those windy days are making it difficult for anglers. Crawlers and wax worms seem to work best. A few walleye are still being caught along the weed edges during the day and the channel at night. Those seeking pike did best mid-day when trolling small spoons or body baits on the flats.

Manistee - Anglers are taking some limit catches of salmon. Boat anglers are fishing in the harbor and around the piers with chrome or glow J-plugs. Pier anglers are using glow spoons.

Manistee River - Fishing has been good but should get even better as more chinook move in from the big lake.

Hamlin Lake - Panfish action is still good when fishing in 4 to 8 feet of water with worms. Hot spots have been around Wilson Hill Park as well as the Narrow and Sable outlet. Lots of largemouth bass have been caught and many were keepers.

Big Sable River - Fishing at the mouth is starting to heat up as the salmon move in. Anglers are using Cleo’s and Kastmasters when fishing the surf and drifting spawn bags up to the highway bridge. Anglers are reminded that is unlawful to use other than one single-pointed unweighted hook measuring 3/8 inch or less from point to shank when fishing from the mouth upstream to the Hamlin Lake Dam.

Ludington - Boat anglers are taking decent catches of salmon between the Bath House and The Point and in front of the piers in 50 to 100 feet of water. Chrome or glow J-plugs were the ticket. Pie anglers have taken a few salmon on glow spoons.

Pere Marquette River -Salmon fishing is good and should only get better as more chinook move in.

Pentwater - Salmon fishing has been very good with lots of big fish caught.

Pentwater River - There are salmon in the river just above Long Bridge Road.

Upper Peninsula

Black River Harbor - Coho and chinook salmon are in. Fishing in 50 to 70 feet of water with flashers and flies has been very productive.

Ontonagon - A nice mix of lake trout, brown trout, chinook and coho are showing up in 75 feet of water. Most are trolling with green spoons.

Lake Gogebic - Walleye fishing has been good for those trolling in the middle of the lake with stick baits.

Paint River - Trout fishing is good on the South Branch just west of Iron River. Grasshopper patterns are still working for those fly fishing.

Stanley Lake - West of Iron River reports musky fishing is starting to pick up.

Keweenaw Bay - Coho and chinook salmon have been caught when casting off Sand Point or trolling near Sand Point. Lake trout action was slow except for a few fish caught out from Ruona’s and around the Huron Islands. Those heading out from the Big Traverse Marina were trolling in 130 to 180 feet of water or jigging in 150 to 240 feet of water.

Marquette - Lake trout numbers have been good and the fish seem to be coming into shallow waters. Salmon numbers are down a bit from last week but chinook and coho are still being caught in both the upper and lower harbors.

Carp River - Both salmon and steelhead have been seen in the river.

Green Bay - Salmon have been caught less than four miles out in waters up to 80 feet deep. Fish spoons about halfway down. Off Menominee, the salmon have moved in closer to shore and some nice fish have been caught at the Lighthouse Pier when using aqua or silver small Cleo’s. Catfish and freshwater drum were caught close to shore.

Menominee River - There have been no salmon upstream as of this report, and no walleye have been caught. The only fish caught were smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum.

Ford River - Smallmouth bass are hitting on crawlers and crank baits.

Cedar River - Walleye fishing has picked up as more anglers are trolling in 30 feet of water along the shoreline and fishing off the bottom.

Little Bay De Noc - Walleye were caught by those trolling from Gladstone Beach north to Garth Point. The First and Second Reefs produced a few fish when trolling crawlers in 10 to 22 feet of water and those jigging crawlers or minnows off the Narrows found fish in waters up to 28 feet deep. Action around the Black Bottom tapered off this week but a few limits of perch were still taken before daylight when drifting or trolling crawlers in 18 to 20 feet of water. Fair to good perch action off Kipling as reports have been mixed. Some are jigging minnows in 20 feet of water while others are jigging crawlers in 4 to 8 feet of water in front of Brach’s Cabins. Good pike action but many are small. No salmon were spotted in the river.

Big Bay De Noc - Most anglers have been after smallmouth bass when casting crank baits and tube baits just off the weeds in 11 to 14 feet of water. Garden Bay has good action along the pilings. Perch were caught south of the Ogontz launch in 7 to 10 feet of water. Off Fairport, the salmon season is winding down as most of the larger fish are migrating to the rivers. A few fish were still caught when trolling spoons 40 to 60 feet down in 80 to 110 feet of water.

Munising - Fishing is slow however the cooler weather should help bring the salmon in. One boat caught its limit of lake trout out at Big Reef.

Manistique River - Salmon have started to move into the river.

St. Mary’s River - Anglers are starting to catch a few chinook salmon on the upper river between Rotary Park and the Sugar Island Ferry Dock and up near the Edison Power Plant. Mornings are best when trolling spoons or J-plugs a good 22 to 25 feet down in waters over 30 feet deep. Pink salmon have been caught near the Ship Museum Camp and off Portage Street. Those jigging are using a number 4 Swedish Pimple and those casting are using pink lures. Lake Nicolet has good channel cat action off 9 Mile Road and just out from the old dock pilings. Lake George has good pike action above the rapids and near Buoy 16 when trolling rapalas or rattle traps in 14 feet of water.

Cedarville and Hessel - Anglers have been catching perch off the marina pier at Hessel. The Moscoe Channel has been best for perch when using minnows, crayfish or worms in 4 to 6 feet of water. Perch and pike were caught at the Middle Entrance and the east end of Cedarville Island and Little Joe Island. Those trolling minnows around the weedbeds are taking some pike.

Carp River - Anglers are catching chinook at the mouth when casting small green and white spoons, orange and white spoons and silver J-plugs. Still-fishing with spawn bags is also working. Steelhead and brown trout have also been caught.

St. Ignace - A limited number of chinook have been caught 50 to 80 feet down when using hammered silver spoons with chartreuse. Orange, black and gold were also good colors.

Sale Items @ Walmart

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

The other day I was in the Walmart store here in Monroe and picked up a few items for this and next season.

First off,  I picked up five spools of Trilene Big Game, two green, and three clear for 5 bucks each. Really good price, when its been anywhere from $7.99 or $8.99 the last few years.  Its every bit as good as XT, also made by Trilene (Pure Fishing).  The green will be used for backing on my reels spooled with Power Pro, and will use the clear for next years harnesses and rigs.

Good hint for storage of mono lines from one year to the next.  Take a zip loc bag or better yet, if you have one of the vacuum things for meal and meat for the freezer, use that.  If you have one, get all the air out, and if you don’t, do the best you can.  Then find a place where the temps are pretty much stable all year long, and away from sunlight.  I keep my spare mono in the gun safe in the basement.

The other item I picked up was actually two marker buoys, some off brand.  Bright orange, and only $2.50 each.  I have some already, but the price was right.  These days GPS pretty much takes the place of having to use these, but  when on the small inland lakes and you just have a fishfinder on the boat, they are awfully handy to have to mark your spots.

If you go in, you might find a few other items that I didn’t notice, too.