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Upper Peninsula Fishing / 8/28 and 8/29/15
« on: August 29, 2015, 07:59:34 PM »
Not much to write home about either day. 8/28 I tried Johnson lake, caught an adorable little pike. I think he thought he was big enough to hang with the big boys. Also caught a few 14-16" bass and a little 'gill.

Pike lake 8/29, caught a bluegill, used it as bait. I had a pike nail it, but it shook the hook. My fault for not sharpening them.

I think in the month or so I haven't been able to fish I might have forgot how  :-[

General Fishing / State Record unwritten rules
« on: June 22, 2015, 12:13:59 PM »
Last weekend (free fishing weekend) my wife, brother and I went out fishing. I ended up catching what I believe is the new state record Pumpkinseed. According to the 2015 fishing guide, the current record is 2 lbs 5.3 oz. The weigh-in on my scale (I know my scale doesn't count for official purposes but bear with me) said 2 lbs 8oz. So I get all excited and keep it (I NEVER keep panfish of any sort), get home and re-memorize the entry rules. It used to be that you had to bring a state record entry to a grocery store and weigh it on a commercial scale, have it identified by a DNR fisheries biologist, fill out forms, etc. Now it seems that all you have to do is bring it to a DNR field office or fish hatchery and they set you all up.

Well with it being the weekend the only DNR Fisheries Biologist around here wasn't at the office. So I froze the fish hoping that it would still be acceptable. But now I've got people telling me that it needs to be alive, not frozen, presented in a golden aquarium with only the purest spring water and blah blah blah. Which leads me to the big questions here:

Can potential state record fish be frozen before entry?

What do they expect us to do if it can't be frozen, when all the offices are closed on weekends (when more people are out fishing)?

I scoured for hours and couldn't find anything saying it can't be frozen, but also didn't find anything that said it CAN be either.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / 4/6 Escanaba River and Little Trout lake
« on: May 07, 2015, 06:11:23 PM »
Fished the Esky first, catching nothing but chubs. I thought I tied into a trout once, but it got off before I could land it. Nothing really exciting going on anywhere on the river, unless you count one trout per 100+ casts. My brother did catch a pretty nice stick though. I think it was oak. I'm going to keep trying though, since my new house is right across the street from it and I KNOW there are nice sized trout in it.

Later on we went to Little Trout Lake. Caught a whole mess of bass of varying sizes, He caught a 8" Brookie on his last cast, and my first cast I caught a chunky 16" Rainbow. I'd say it made up for the lack of fish catching in the river. No one else was catching much though, so it's either the spot we were in or just plain luck.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / 4/3 Escanaba River and 4/2 Johnson Lake
« on: May 04, 2015, 01:16:42 PM »
4/3: Bite was very slow at the Peter Nordeen Park in Gwinn. Tried Blue and Silver Little Cleo's, which is THE go to for most folks around here, with no luck. Rooster Tails and Mepps are up there also, but you see more Cleo's on average. Switched to a pink and silver Mepps with no luck, and then finally decided to try crawlers. Kept getting little nibbles from what I imagine was probably creek chubs, then my very last cast before work I caught a 12" Brown. Shortly thereafter it started raining, so I imagine it'll be a little slow fishing in the river for the next day or so like it usually is after a rain.

4/2: Went out for a couple hours with some friends. I caught the first Largemouth, 15.5" roughly 2-2.5lbs. My buddy landed a VERY FAT 21" 5lb Largemouth. That was about the extent of our trip, since I didn't take the boat out and fishing from shore leaves you limited options to move around.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / 4/23/15 Little Trout Lake report
« on: April 24, 2015, 01:17:46 AM »
Took my daughter out fishing with a buddy of mine. Still don't have my license, so I pretty much baited her hook and watched her fish until she got bored and wanted to play on the playground. She had one little nibble for a split second, but nothing to show for it.  My buddy tied into what looked like a decent sized tree. A little cold out, so we called it quits after about 20 mins fishing and 10 mins on the swing set.

General Fishing / Almost time....
« on: March 10, 2015, 01:47:12 PM »
46 days. Is the suspense killing anyone else?

General Fishing / Im back!
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:47:32 AM »
Hey everyone! I finally got my ducks in a row and got real internet again! Whats been going on since Ive been out? Anyone do anything cool? Catch a record? New boats/gear? I've been trying to keep up on Facebook, but internet on my phone is barely good enough to see posts, let alone write anything.

General Fishing / Broken computer...
« on: August 09, 2014, 12:45:19 PM »
Just wanted to say I haven't forgotten about you all. My laptop was K.I.A., so my posts have been/will be few and far between until I fix it or get a new one.

As far as my fishing reports go, I have everything written down and ready to post when I get some more time to be online.

General Fishing / Snapping turtles
« on: July 12, 2014, 11:59:22 PM »
Anyone ever hunt for snappers? A buddy and I started talking about it one day, and we have been on the look out ever since. I know what to do when you catch one, and what to do afterwards and all that. Just having a hard time finding them to begin with. What types of habitat do they prefer? Stained/clear? Lots of debris (logs, vegetation etc) or minimal cover? Muddy bottom/sandy/gravel? Any info would be appreciated

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Sporely, Pike and Bass Lakes
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:46:40 PM »
7/8 Sporely Lake: Caught a crap ton of bass, as usual. Tried for Lakers and Splake, but no luck. Was windy, rainy and cold. The bigger bass are hanging out in the deeper-ish waters, but a couple 15"s were caught in about 5 FOW.

7/9 Pike Lake: Seen a bunch of nice pike, but nothing would strike. Lake is extremely shallow until you get out of the first bay. Caught a few fat Largemouths. Also caught some bluegill, but they were all small. Ridiculously weedy and a bit windy and cold.

7/9 Bass Lake: Caught a bunch of bass just before dark, then decided to try for Rainbows again. My buddy and I each caught 6, 4 of which were keeper size or bigger. Biggest was 15". Didn't hammer them like last time, but I attribute that to the rain we had that morning. 

Tournaments / 24th Annual Republic Sportsmans Club Fishing Derby
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:36:02 PM »
July 19th and 20th (a Saturday and Sunday). Entry is $15 per person. Free camping in Republic (Does NOT include campgrounds, only public land around the town). Firework show Saturday night, beer tent, live bands, dancing and of course some awesome door prizes! For more info check out:  (the poster is from 2012, but I believe it's same every year).

General Fishing / Boat battery safety
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:06:14 PM »
The reason I bring this up is because A) we don't have anything like this on the forum yet, and B) one of my deep cycles just exploded in my hand as I was carrying it to the boat. So here are a few points to remember:

Don't charge your batteries indoors. It is a royal pain to clean up the acid should it explode.

If you are using wet cell batteries, periodically check the fluid levels. Top it off if needs be, or if you can't refill it pitch it and buy a new one. When the levels are low it creates a space that allows the gasses (hydrogen and oxygen) to build up inside the battery. While charging, the electrical current can arc between the plates and set off an explosion.

If the vents come off on your battery check them every so often for blockages. A blocked vent won't let the gasses escape, which will lead to the vents shooting off of the battery like rockets, or worse, the case blows up shooting acid everywhere.

Vinegar or baking soda neutralizes battery acid better than water. It takes a large amount of water (in proportion to acid) to neutralize it. Keep a bottle of white vinegar or some baking soda somewhere close by in case anything happens. Obviously, if it gets in your eyes you would flush with water and not vinegar.

If anyone has anything else to add feel free. I know I missed some stuff, but this is just a quick entry while I sit and rue over the fact that I have to buy another trolling battery.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / 4th of July weekend reports
« on: July 06, 2014, 03:36:17 PM »
Went to Lake Michigamme over the weekend. Put a serious hurting on the bass, rock bass and pike, but not much else was very active. PTL 5" Finicky Ticklers in Baby Bass brought home the gold on all of them. Water is almost coffee black, 73 degrees (according to my finders), and choppy (due to the wind and A LOT of people boating).

Headed to Bass Lake last night for some bass and rainbows. Kept tying on to some seriously nice size bass, but I think my hook may have been dull (even though it was brand new). It was mentioned in an earlier post about Gamakatsu hooks being lower quality this year, so it's entirely possible. Anyway, PTL 7" Ticklers in Oxblood were the go-to for the bass, landing me 4 decent sized (3.5ish lbs) and my neighbor 1 really nice one (5.4lbs)  I got my buddy to give up on Berkley plastics (PTL wins again!), so that made the entire night worth it right there :P We also caught about 50 Rainbows each using corn, but the only keeper sized ones (12" min.) came from using Ski's Spinners.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Last week reports
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:33:52 PM »
Haven't been online much lately since I want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the summer before it disappears again :P Anyways, I've been to a bunch of lakes in the last week so here goes:

Greenwood Reservoir: Ridiculously windy and just as ridiculously hard to keep the boat under control, but I caught my first keeper size walleye (17"), a couple ridiculously FAT smallies (17" and 18"), a 10" pumpkinseed, a tiny pike and almost a crappie. Just about everything was hammering my PowerTeam Lures Craw D'Oureves, except the walleye which apparently wanted the PTL 7" Tickler. Water level is up A LOT. Not sure how much, but it is quite a bit.

Johnson Lake: Caught a 29" pike while drifting, a bunch of largemouths ranging from 14" to 19", and some nice size bluegills.

Engman Lake (night fishing): Super windy and hard to stay where I wanted, but I managed a few small bluegill, a couple bass and a few pike. No size limit on the pike in here, in case anyone was wondering. Seems like the fishing has deteriorated here since I last fished it.

Escanaba River: Took a canoe trip down river (from the Peter Nordeen Park to the end of Iron Pin road) with some friends, caught 3 fat small mouths (which is NOT what I was targeting) and no trout. A little sore about that fact, but it did rain the night before so it's not that surprising. Water level is finally back to normal, and normal temp for the summer months.

General Fishing / Free fishing weekend AND free ORV+?
« on: June 06, 2014, 11:29:36 AM »
As many of you might know this Saturday and Sunday (the 7th and 8th) is free fishing weekend. What I just heard is that they are experimenting with free ORV, Watercraft etc this weekend as well. Anyone know how true that is? I couldn't find anything on it yet, but maybe someone on here knows something.

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