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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - 12/9/2018
« on: December 09, 2018, 03:30:37 PM »
Fished at Webber today for a couple hours.  Had one take, fought It for a couple minutes, It came off.  Reeled in and was entirely POíd to see that I had one mangled hook, and one broken split ring.  This was a Husky Jerk HJ 12 and I have never had a problem with the hardware on these lures.  Cost me a 20# fish (it was bigger than the biggest one Iíve caught)...  only bite I had, just reeling It down and banging the bottom then dead sticking all the way through the run I was fishing.  The hit was ferocious and even though I didnít land It, it was nice to get the adrenaline going...

Flood gates at Webber are closed.  Fish ladder is also closed.  Water is coming through the powerhouse.  Steelhead are there.  So is cold...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River -11/11/2018
« on: November 11, 2018, 06:56:25 PM »
Fished Webber today for a couple hours.  Got some smallmouth, a walleye, and a pike.  The wind was absolutely horrid.

Lost the fish I was after - 0 for 1 on steelhead today...

All fish on a silver and black Shadow Rap. 
S-L-O-W was the ticket as all fish hit the lure on the fall...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - Webber Dam - 11/4/2018
« on: November 04, 2018, 03:14:30 PM »
Has been absolutely on fire the last two days.

Kept 4 walleye last night, let a couple more go today, and absolutely destroyed smallmouth today - I caught 19 of them...including my personal best.  Also got my friendsí son his first two walleye.

Shadow Rap.  Husky Jerk.  Along the seam.  Very slow twitch pause twitch.  Carbon and Moss Back Shiner have been the two best colors for the Shadow Rap.  Glass Perch HJ 10 or Firetiger HJ 12 have been producing as well.

Thereís a few of them...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - 10/23 & 10/24/2018
« on: October 24, 2018, 03:21:47 AM »
Epic fishing night.

The bite has changed.  Slow and subtle is out the window replaced by fast, spastic, and erratic jerks.  X-Rap in olive green and Husky Jerk 10 in gold were the champions.  Working the lures aggressively with occasional pauses of 5-10 seconds.

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - 10/4/2018
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:05:38 AM »
Quite a few salmon moving through the fish ladder at Webber last night.  Had one hookup that I failed to land again.  Lots of porpoising after midnight, but they seem to be moving pretty quick upstream...

Water is high so the fish seem pretty scattered.

Got a couple walleye including one really nice one that is the biggest Iíve caught out of the river.  I downsized from HJ 12 to HJ10 Husky Jerks and the size difference is what got the two walleye to bite.  One came on chrome/pink, the other on UV Tiger (I think - itís glow in the dark white green and blue).

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - 9/20/208
« on: September 21, 2018, 10:18:05 AM »
Got to the river about 10:30 pm after work.

Water is up a bit and there is some debris, but not horrible by any means.

Smacked a beautiful walleye in my first cast with a silver/black Rapala Shadow Rap just crawled along with the current.

Didnít get another bite on that presentation so I switched It up and the pike were happy to oblige.  All pike came on a Shadow Rap Shad (color didnít seem to matter but most of them were on Halloween pattern) just twitching It an inch or so under the surface.

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Muskegon River - Croton - 9/18/2018
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:16:30 PM » loaded with salmon.  Silver.  Big.  Canít get em to the shore...

Still trying...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - 9/14/208
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:05:45 AM »
Snuck out after dark at about 10:30 pm or so.

Water is even lower than It has been - It is so low that the meager trickle coming out of the fish ladder is noticeable.

Caught a walleye on a Thunderstick.  Saw something interesting laying on shore.

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - Webber Dam - 9/8/2018
« on: September 09, 2018, 02:23:32 PM »
Water level goes up...  Water level goes down...

I need to fix my waders.  Got a leg full last night.  So I bought some new ones to use while the old ones dry out.  Then I am going to spend a few days reconditioning the old ones and, ideally, have two pairs.  Thatís a win if I can get them to keep the water out.  The tough part will be the hole in the top on the boot, but I have a plan for that.  The seam by the knee will be easy...  I will report on results because there is confusion all around the web as to what works and what doesnít...


Still no salmon that I have seen.  Thought I had one, but no - It was a big ole flathead:

Also got a smaller flathead and a walleye:

All solid fish and all on a Husky Jerk size 12 firetiger, crawled along the bottom.  Lost a gigantic smallmouth that was well over five pounds as well, but thatís just a fish story...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - Webber Dam - last couple of weeks
« on: September 02, 2018, 02:24:42 PM »
Been fishing quite a lot.  The river continues to give up 2-5 keeper walleye every evening that I continue to throw back...

Two very different patterns, but first a comment of the operation of the dam:

The fish ladder is open.  And that is the only water moving on the east side of the river.  There is still no water coming through the powerhouse. 

The east most floodgate is open.  And is continually being adjusted.  Open.  Close.  Open.  Close.  I have heard that stupid siren more in the last two weeks than all the other sirens of all types (including police fire ambulance and dams) I have heard in my entire life.  One minute I can walk halfway across the river without getting wet, the next that same rocky point is under waist deep water.  This is doing two things:

1) When It comes up, movement of the water is generated under the coffer dam which seems to change the bite.

2) Tons of debris moving around, but the water is still surprisingly clear.  Mostly algae and weeds being washed off the apron.  Which brings me to a side note:

If you are the guys or know the guys walking out on the stupid apron under the floodgates, I will not cry if you or your friends drown.  Especially if you stay out there when that siren goes off.  Seems a pretty big gamble considering Iíve not seen any fish being caught by those folks...  But I digress...

Pike have been hammering white Shadow Raps and Perch Shadow Rap Shads after dark.  They are taking the floating shad ones when the bait breaks the surface as It rises back up after a twitch.  They are taking the sinking ones about three cranks after the bait lands.

I have been getting walleye in Halloween colored (silver / dark green / orange) Shadow Rap Shads off the surface.  Casting up by the coffer in about six inches of water and just twitching It over the rocks.  Only lure I am able to do this with because everything else dives down and grabs weeds on the hooks if I cast that close to the coffer dam.

I have also been getting walleye on regular Shadow Raps in silver or albino shiner (white / orange belly) if the pike donít grab them first.  I am throwing these out and cranking three times VERY SLOW and then dead sticking It.  I am letting It sit on the bottom up to a minute at a time and then just barely twitching It.  I do this for 6-10 twitches and then slow crawl it back along the bottom - as slow as I can reel and get action.  This is incredibly slow.  Very slow.

The point is i am working these crankbaits incredibly slowly.

Only thing I am getting bit on at all.  As far as I can tell I am consistently out fishing even the guys using live minnows.

Have not seen any salmon.  Always have the long pole just in case...

Thereís a few pics...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - 8/14 & 8/15/2018
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:26:47 AM »
Found some fish at Webber.  Caught them all on a Shadow Rap Shad in silver/black or perch.  Cast as close to the coffer as possible, reel down slack, and twitch It back super slow. 

No water moving through the powerhouse yet and fish ladder is not open.

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - Webber - 8/6 and 8/7
« on: August 07, 2018, 04:50:04 AM »
Got out of work at nine.  Decided to go fishing because It was done raining and not so damn hot.  Good decision...

Shadow rap in white / orange, X-Rap in gold / black, Berkeley swimbait thing.  Didnít matter It seems...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Red Cedar River - 8/5/2018
« on: August 05, 2018, 09:23:08 PM »
Man is the water low.  Saw a lot of fish but most often they saw me as well...

Got a couple pike and a smallmouth.  Also missed several fish.

Firetiger Powerbait Swimbait just working It all erratically and spastically over top and around logs.

The blood on the side of the bigger pike is from me btw...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - Lyons - 8/4/2018
« on: August 05, 2018, 02:50:36 PM »
Found some bluegills that exceeded an appropriate size for bait, but did catch a few little ones.  Hand size gills on a tiny white jig head under a bobber with a tiny piece of crawler.  Thanks Neebo...

Catfish were angry last night.  And biting.  Just a circle hook and a gill or rock bass - about as easy as It gets.  The humidity was absurd though...

Made a new friend.  He caught a fish also - grabbed a tiny minnow right out of the water.  Unbelievable...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - Lyons - 7/28/2018
« on: July 29, 2018, 11:58:38 AM »
Caught 5 smallmouth on a white Berkeley Power Bait swim shad thing - dragged along the bottom - as soon as the sun got behind the trees.

Got 2 bluegills on a little piece of crawler floated through an eddy under a little bobber.

Turned the 2 gills into 2 channel cats.  The catfish were incredibly aggressive - both bit within 10 seconds of my bait being in the water.  1/2 ounce sinker and about a foot and a half leader.

Unfortunately, I was unable to catch any additional baitfish.  No rock bass, no gills - I didnít even see any minnows or crayfish that I could scoop up.  So, I threw a bunch of different cranks trying for a walleye (It was practically daylight outside because of the moon) but had no luck.

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