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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Re: Anyone there?
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:54:49 PM »
I am on the mighty struggle bus of fishing.  Hit the river yesterday.  Caught two tiny bass and two tiny rock bass (that were, of course, converted into bait).  That was It.  I drowned two rock bass for not even a bite.

Only fish of any size was an unknown that absolutely crushed a green shad rap that i was banging along the bottom and then pulled a Houdini and went poof gone.

Tons of bass activity at the surface.  Loads of gar swimming a foot off shore after dark.  But whatever those bass are eating they donít seem to want any part of anything I have to offer.  And I havenít found a catfish yet...


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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Re: Anyone there?
« on: June 16, 2018, 02:25:04 PM »
I've been hammering fish on the Grand.  Pike, bass, rock bass, walleye, catfish - just slipping on posting updates.  Webber Dam has been on fire for me so far this year.

That being said, I fished the turn in Lyons / Muir last night and had one stinking bite.

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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Re: Grand River - 5/20/2018
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:51:39 PM »
Gar perspective info:

I am holding the fish as far out as I can;

I am holding the phone as far back as I can;

The tail was on the ground; and

I thought It was going to get off because It ran (exploded?) out into the white water and got around the buoy on the west side of the river at Webber... 


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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Re: Grand River - 5/22/2018
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:45:58 PM »
Alleymad, I was looking for the partridge in a pear tree! You've caught a huge variety of fish this spring. That's the first crappie pic I ever remember you posting.

I am lacking the sunfishes and thatís about it as far as the areas in the river where I fish this year, until itís catfish time.  I doubt Iíll ever get a sturgeon out of the grand, but I have caught every other species that lives in there with the exception of a musky in the last couple trips.  I even got some dink perch the other day. 

I can get crappie but I donít target them.  I know a few good spots for them right in Lansing.  Only time I really get more than one is when Iím fishing for catfish bait at night and find a group of them. 

For perspective on how good the fishing has been, Iím posting maybe one out of four fish Iím catching...  my arm was literally sore and I quit fishing on Tuesday...




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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 / Re: Grand River - 5/20/2018
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:05:43 PM »
I have not eaten a gar although I hear they taste like chicken.  I let it go because teeth and slime...

I should've measured it and taken some good pics because it was easily a master angler.  North of 50" including over a foot of mouth...

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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 / Re: Grand River 5-13-2018
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:40:36 PM »
Theyíre in there, just not so much in the areas I fish.  But as with everything they get washed down and will hang out wherever there is a current break.

Most of them will be in backwaters above the dams.


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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Re: Grand River 5-13-2018
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:36:56 PM »
One of those fish has a hole in its mouth like it tried to swallow a grenade.

I remember that one - it was beat up.  It had a rusty hook and a split shot hanging out of its side and I dropped it too (while I was removing the rusty hook).  It swam away fine, so it must be tough.

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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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General Fishing / Re: What to use
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:22:07 PM »
Never thought of it from that perspective, Hobie-Wan. It makes a lot of sense. I'm going to try this method for sure.

Going to second the ďfish more aggressivelyĒ thought.  When It gets hot then slow down, but water in the 50s demands something fast and banged off structure a lot of times.


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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Ionia County - The past 3 weeks or so
« on: May 09, 2018, 05:32:30 PM »
The smallmouth would hit anything as long as you could get It to contact the bottom.  I probably caught 50 and every single one came when either I popped my sinker up off a rock or bounced a jig head off a rock or crashed a crankbait off a rock.  Silver was the best - but It was also blazing bright sun so thatís not too surprising.  Also got a couple on green but the golds and blues werenít doing much for me. 

There was another guy fishing by me and I gave him a couple really nice red horse suckers.  Got them both in some surprising fast current...


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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Re: Ionia County - The past 3 weeks or so
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:58:54 PM »
The Grand had smallmouth, suckers, and carp today.  No walleye that I could find.








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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Re: Grand River - Lyons
« on: May 06, 2018, 06:44:51 PM »





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Lower Peninsula Fishing / Re: Grand River - Webber etc... 3/13/2018
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:24:37 PM »
Fished on Sunday 4/22/18 and Tuesday 4/24/18 and managed 1/3 steelhead, a bunch of smallies, and a northern.

Fish came on a variety of different jerkbaits either cranked down and dead-sticked or crawled against the current.  Olive when cloudy, silver when sunny...








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