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Tournaments / NLWC Tournament St. Mary's River, August 16
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:25:55 PM »
The NLWC will hold it's 3rd event this year on the St. Mary's River System launching out of Aunne Osborne Park in Sault Ste. Marie.  This is a diverse river system that can be fished any way you care to fish.  Deep channels and shallow bays there is something here that fits everyones particular style of walleye fishing.  As usual we encourage new anglers to join and fish one of our events.  I can guarantee you will learn something about walleye fishing at each event.  Thank you to for their donation to add additional prizes to this event.  Anyone wanting more info may contact me at anytime.  I'm excited to be fishing this event with my sons who are 12 and 14.  Gonna be a tough bite for some of us with the cold water temps!

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Poor weather
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:07:28 PM »
High winds, rain, 50 degree temps.  Not how I wanted to spend July.  Walleye fishing may be a little tougher for me this year on the St. Mary's River.  With hot weather the areas fish are very predictable.  Most of the shallow bays become too warm to hold fish and they are too full of weeds to fish them anyway.  Fish migrate into the shipping channel and become quite easy to catch.  The only positive side is it's going to force me to fish new areas.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Brookies
« on: July 06, 2014, 02:41:52 PM »
Fished the Sucker River near Grand Marais Friday.  Bugs were awful.  Brookies were willing biters and caught a few up to 10".  Stopped by the Fox River in Seney on the way home and caught a 12" Brookie from the bridge right in town.  The kids had a few others come unhooked but we had a good time. 

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Monocle Lake, Brimley
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:46:45 AM »
Hadn't fished this lake in about 7 or so years.  Tough to launch a larger boat.  The ramp is good but no dock.  Caught a few walleyes, one on a jointed shad rap and 3 trolling slow death rigs.  Lost a few fish on the slow death again.  Towards dark the smallies were surfacing.  Caught a few casting 1/4 oz stand-up jigs with 4" BPS Sqirmin Worms. 

General Fishing / Hook file!
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:30:26 PM »
Never again will I fish without a hook file in the boat.  I forgot to mention I had 6 to 7 fish come unhooked while fishing my last tournament.  The two walleyes we landed came unhooked in the net.  I was fishing a simple method that requires slow speeds, less than 1.3 mph usually with special hooks designed specifically for this method.  I used hooks from the two major brands that make them.  Hooks were brand new out of the package.  Tests showed I could barely penetrate the skin on my finger.  Both are quality companies and I did not want to mention them specifically or the type of hooks used.  I chalk it up to my mistake, I know better.  The only thing I have found that any type of "RED" dyed hook is inherently dull.  Until I file the dye off the hook point I've had issues.  I will continue to use these products because the work very well.  My fault for leaving my file at home. 

I guess the moral of this rant is to touch up hooks frequently whether new or not.  I do it about every ten casts when ripping jigging spoons and it definately increased my hook ups.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Munuscong Bay
« on: June 09, 2014, 06:14:08 PM »
The bite continues to be good on Munoscong Bay.  Took less than an hour to boat a two man limit of 17 to 20 inch eyes Saturday.  Trolling hot-n-tots 5 feet behind boards in 3 fow.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Hot Walleye Bite!
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:12:27 PM »
If you get a chance to get out Munuscong Bay is on fire!  A friend of mine has boated almost 60 walleyes ranging 15 to 25 inches in the last two days.  Both crankbaits and crawler harnesses behind boards has been the ticket.  For those of you unfamiliar with the area it is best to launch in Barbeau.  This is a large shallow bay (2-4 ft) with very dirty water.

General Fishing / Lake Charlevoix
« on: May 30, 2014, 03:47:52 PM »
Anyone down that way have a report on anything other than itty bitty perch?  Also what are the water temps?  Thanks.  Be down there next Saturday.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Big Manistique Lake
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:44:09 PM »
Water temps were from 59.6 to 60.2.  The weather man fooled me again with the forecasted winds.  Trolling whitecaps with an experienced angler onboard is a chore let alone 4 kids and my spouse.  I knew where the walleyes were but tail winds pushing the boat over 3mph made it impossible to catch them.  I put my kicker in reverse to slow us down and tried to steer with the bowmount.  This works great with a steady wind but with gusting winds it was stop and go.  If the wind died our harnesses would fall into the weed tops and foul, it was a huge pain trying to clean lines in those waves.  We did manage to salvage the trip by finding a somewhat secluded bay.  The pike were hungry and willing to bite.  The kids had a blast reeling in 25 to 35 inch northerns.  We kept 3 30" fish for a meal and headed home.  It was good to get the kids out and let them catch some fish.  Sometimes I wish I fished pike tournaments!  I'm just thankfull I'm usually able to use them as a day saver when the kids get bored with a tough walleye bite or rough weather.

General Fishing / Wanton Waste!
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:31:04 PM »
Last night I stopped at the fish cleaning station in the Sault to clean a few pike.  There were two 5 gallon buckets sitting outside the door of the station.  Both buckets were full or rotting suckers and a few beer cans.  None of the fish had been cleaned, just left there to rot.  I could not understand why someone would take the time to catch them, put them in a pail and drive all the way to the fish cleaning station just to leave them there to rot.  Acts like this are what fuel anti hunting and fishing organizations in their battle against us.  Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.  Since two of my young boys were with me I used it as a learning experience as what not to do.  It was clearly explained that anything they take from the wild is to be used not wasted.  The individual or individuals that did this are not true sportsmen or women and set a bad example for others.  I also explained that we were fortunate to have a nice facility to process our fish and we need to do our part to take care of it and keep it clean.  I've seen this behavior all too much in this area especially with the fall salmon runs. 

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Good weather, Time to fish!
« on: May 24, 2014, 11:09:23 AM »
With the nice weather we should have some good reports from this weekend.  I'll be out tomorrow with the kids.  Thinking of either Monocle Lake near Brimley or heading to Curtis and fishing Big or South Manistique Lakes.  Depends on the wind.  I'll post a report with the details.

Tournaments / NLWC Tournament, Lake Charlevoix June 8
« on: May 20, 2014, 03:36:09 PM »
The NLWC will hold their second event June 8th on Lake Charlevoix.  This is an exceptional walleye fishery.  I would not be suprised if the winners boat a 25lb limit.  It's a huge lake but there are fish about anywhere you choose to fish them and by any method.  Covering water here is key.  We encourage new anglers to fish these events and invite anyone to attend.  If you just want to see what it's all about the weigh in will be held at the Ironton boat launch between 3 and 4 pm.

Lower Peninsula Fishing / Cheboygan River
« on: May 20, 2014, 03:27:08 PM »
The Cheboygan River is loaded with walleyes right now.  If you live in the area check it out!

General Fishing / Tough Bite! (at least for walleyes)
« on: May 20, 2014, 03:25:08 PM »
Fishing was tough for all anglers in the NLWC's first event on Crooked and Pickeral Lakes.  17 teams entered the event and only 1 team caught a limit.  A total of 19 walleyes were weighed in by 9 teams and 8 teams zeroed.  My 1 fish earned me a 9th place finish but earned a tie with 4 other teams for 6th place in the points race.

I can say I caught a ton of fish!  Just not the right kind!

Saturday afternoon my wife and I found the water temp to be 52 degrees.  We trolled crankbaits in 7 to 10 fow.  I 4 hours time we boated two brows between 4 and 6 lbs.  a 5 lb walleye, 12 northerns and a smallmouth.

Tournament day was Sunday,  water temps were 52.3 degrees.  The daily total was 1 walleye at 15 1/2" and over 30 northerns.  Of all those pike, not one was even close to the 24" mark.  Had a great time, fished well together and my wife learned alot about planer boards and boat control.  I'm looking forward to the next event on Lake Charlevoix, June 8.  I can guarantee there will be alot more walleyes caught and much larger fish!

Tournaments / NLWC Walleye Tournament, Crooked Lake, May 18
« on: May 11, 2014, 01:47:13 PM »
Next Sunday, May 18, the NLWC will hold it's first event on Crooked Lake in Emmet Co.  Only a $30 entry fee!  We are always looking for new members!  I'll be there grinding it out, it's the one lake I can't seem to put a limit together!

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