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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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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Red Cedar River - 7/23/2018
« on: July 24, 2018, 12:07:42 AM »
Walked along the river trail from riverfront park (where the grand and red cedar converge) to the rail road trestle.  First time Iíve seriously fished this stretch after eying It for years.  The low water and the exposed bank made It more accessible from shore than normal, so I figured why not...

Lost two jerkbaits to pike, including my fave the olive green Shadow Rap- ugh...

Caught some pike and a couple smallies.  White Power Bait Pogy swimbait.  Drag along the bottom s-l-o-w until it hangs, pop It off -most times itís stuck, once in a while It hops up and got hit.

Sadly, I lost the two best fish I hooked.  A pike ole pike exploded the now gone Shadow Rap, jumped about 5 feet out of the water, and cut my line.  Also lost a big smallie right at my feet.  On the plus side, I did slip and sit in the mud right before It came off...

This stretch of river needs a kayak.  It would be much easier to fish.

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - 7/1/2018
« on: July 02, 2018, 03:34:32 AM »
Got me some walleye.  Slow cranking a white Shadow Rap with the current.  Barely crawling It along.  Also missed an unidentified fish that ran about 20 yds of line before de-hooking my lure...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - 5/22/2018
« on: May 22, 2018, 08:59:50 PM »
Pike weíre hungry today.  Got fish on just about everything - lipless, jerkbait, paddletail all worked.

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - 5/20/2018
« on: May 20, 2018, 05:44:32 PM »
Lots of fish.  Every single one of them on a cheapy Cotton Cordell lipless crank in firetiger.  Cast out, lift, let It fall on a tight line, feel bottom, lift, repeat...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River 5-13-2018
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:09:06 PM »
River was high when I got to It.  Then they opened up the floodgates and It got higher!

But fish were biting.  Smallmouth were, anyway.  One dink walleye.

Jerkbait in olive green, lipless crank in Helsinki shad and firetiger were the most productive.  Fish were nailing the lure after contact with the bottom but a few came on the jerkbait dead sticked ...

I think thatís a fair representation of what I was catching...

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Grand River - Webber etc... 3/13/2018
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:08:52 PM »
I fished last Tuesday and today.  Put some pics up in the other thread, but wanted to make a more specific condition / tactic type of report.

First, the river is still hustling along pretty well.  A lot lower than It was, but still moving...

It is also really clear considering what It looked like a couple of weeks ago.

Last week I got bit on fire tiger husky jerks and blue and white lipless crank baits.  Tossing them upstream and banging them through rocks, then pausing.  The lipless crank was getting hit on the fall on slack line (hard to keep contact with It because of the current) and I missed several fish and also lost several probably because of weak hook sets.

Today, I tried everything.  It all failed.  I didnít even get a bite.

I will point out that they changed the rocks and whatnot above the coffer at Webber and the flow right along the bank is making life difficult for me.  Used to be I could manage my line pretty well to keep my lures from getting dragged by the current.  That is much more difficult than It was before because the fast current area is about three times as wide as It was last year...

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