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It's Not the Heat...

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In the heat of summer, most of us move as little as possible. Bass are just the opposite: Because their metabolism speeds up as the temperature climbs, they are more active and must feed regularly. But when and where you fish are key because bass develop particular habits in hot weather. Here’s how to schedule your fishing:   more...

 


 



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Hutchins Lake lost weeds, not luster

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photo: outdoorThe night was a hot and humid evening where anything could stick to you like Velcro.

The plan was to stick a few nice bass along the cabbage weed beds. Plans change and so must the angler. It didn't take long to figure out that there were no weeds.

I really hate seeing lakes getting sprayed and watching the weeds disappear. But here we were with a rod rigged so on to Plan B.   more...

 

 



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Chicago man finds his niche with tackle shop

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Tim Dawidiuk moved his family to Door County from Chicago for the lifestyle and the fishing nine years ago, and hasn’t looked back.

“This is probably the best place to raise a family,” said Dawidiuk, a charter captain and tackle manufacturer in Sturgeon Bay.

Since July 1, Dawidiuk and wife, Erin, have operated Howie’s Tackle, a retail shop at 223 Green Bay Road, behind Country Kitchen in Bay Plaza on Sturgeon Bay’s west side.

There you can find tackle to tempt trophy salmon, trout and smallmouth bass.

After arriving here in 1995, Dawidiuk teamed up with an Illinois partner to market the Howie Fly, a once-secret salmon producer that has been around since 1970.   more...

 



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Hook, skyline, sinker good for kids

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The Sagittarius rocked gently as we stepped off the dock at Diversey Harbor, a reminder that we were separating from land.

We did the usual jostling of men settling into an outing, giving each other the business.

"I don't know if the coolers are big enough,'' contractor Tom Kalter cracked to Capt. Mike Okoniewski.

The banter separated us from the mundane, the everyday world.

Okoniewski had put together a fine bunch for the Diversey Harbor Challenge on July 19. Kalter; Jerry Pabst, the semiretired former head of the charter captain's association; Nick Prevas, the owner of Superior Sports; and I completed a boat that included three generations of Okoniewskis: Frank "Oakie,'' 82, Mike, 46, and Justin, 11.

The Okoniewskis are an exception to the rule. For them, fishing is cross-generational. Last week, I started the first of two parts on how to take your kid fishing around Chicago.   more...

 



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Michigan Fishing Report

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The Associated Press

The recent cold front shut fishing down in many areas of the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its weekly fishing report. Warm temperatures forecast for the end of the week should help improve conditions around the state.

SOUTHEASTERN LOWER PENINSULA

Recent high winds and cold temperatures did slow fishing in Lake Erie during the last week, the DNR said in its report. Most anglers only could stay out for a short time due to wave conditions. A few fish were caught in 16 to 17 feet of water in Brest Bay and around the Raisin River Buoys.

One boat reported catching perch around the Sputnik and in 23 feet of water off Stony Point. Most anglers have been drifting with crawler harnesses due to weedy conditions caused by high wave activity. 

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The fourth annual Lake St. Clair Walleye Association Fall Fishing Classic

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The fourth annual Lake St. Clair Walleye Association Fall Fishing Classic hosted by Gilbert's Sportsmen's Club will be Sept. 10-11. To register, call Stan Bydlos at (586) 716-7741, Jerry Fox (586) 463-8032 or Bo Soulliere (586) 773-3811.  more...
 


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Bass season changes?

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State fisheries officials announced 24 public meetings throughout the state in August to gather input on proposed bass season changes.

The DNR finalized a report this year called "Black Bass Fishing Seasons in Michigan," which identifies ways to provide additional recreational fishing opportunities without putting bass populations at risk.

At a meeting of the External Coldwater Regulations Committee -- a group made up of the Michigan United Conservations Clubs, Michigan BASS Federation, Michigan Musky Alliance, Michigan Darkhouse Angling Association, Pikemasters, and Michigan State University and University of Michigan fisheries professors -- the report was unanimously moved forward to the public review process. The forums are intended to provide background information on the proposed season changes, answer questions about the report, and take public input on the proposals.

Local meetings will be held at 7 p.m., Aug. 18, at Chesterfield Township Offices, located at 47275 Sugarbush Road, and Aug. 19, 7 p.m., at Van Buren Township Hall, located at 46425 Tyler Road in Belleville. For more information, call up the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.



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Early in, late out

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Fly fishermen, who have enjoyed excellent afternoon and early evening fishing through the first three months of the season, will find that they will have to get up early or stay up late to have the same kind of success for the next few weeks.

Tricorythodes mayflies, the tiny white-winged blacks that are about the size of this capital letter "T," are hatching and returning to the water to lay their eggs in big numbers on many streams in northern Michigan, including all of the branches of the Au Sable.

These flies hatch just after daylight in the coolest part of the day. Though they are minuscule, they appear in such big numbers and are such easy targets that trout feed on them heavily.

I ran into a trico hatch recently on the South Branch of the Manistee River and caught six fish (10-15 inches) in 50 minutes. Fish were rising everywhere on the slower pools, and they took a No. 24 down-wing pattern that I tie out of vanity. (I can't read a stop sign without my glasses at 100 feet, but I take them off to tie flies.)   more...

 



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Fishing For local Kings

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Most of the rest of the folks on Lake Michigan have been fishing for salmon for a month or two.

However, in the Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs area the salmon season really doesn't start until the middle of July and it doesn't get good until early August. The season, on this part of the lake, will usually peak in late August or early September and peter out late in that month. There are still some dark fish around in October, but those are for the bank anglers.

 

It looks like it will be a fair season, this year. There seems to be an abundant supply of alewives in the area and that is absolutely vital for the fish and for the fishing. A chat with Dr. Sara Thayer at the Department of Natural Resource's Great Lakes Fisheries Station a few months ago made it clear that the kings in Lake Michigan are in a bit of trouble and much of it relates to the supply of forage fish. The salmon aren't getting enough to eat and as a result, they are staying in the lake much longer than normal.  more...


 



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Modern Lady of the Lake takes plunge, saves day

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 (KRT) - The Lady of the Lake was a mythical enchantress who presented Arthur with his sword. A new Lady of the Lake - of genuine flesh and blood - is the hero of an unlikely fish story from Lake Michigan.

The big one that got away - after it had passed away. A lady who took a dive of her own free will. A salvage operation with the main stakes being . . . dinner? It sounds like a fish story no one would believe, but there are plenty of witnesses. What began as a normal fishing afternoon out of Winthrop Harbor for five anglers on the Diamond Ghost with charter boat captain Tony Bovenzo on a recent Sunday ended up stranger than the Chicago Cubs' season.

The fishing was satisfactory, and each of the friends on their annual excursion caught a Chinook salmon. The fish ranged from a baby king salmon of two pounds up to the 17-pounder caught by Jim Schofield, a Bensenville veterinarian.

It was midafternoon when the big fish struck.

"He gave about four runs," Schofield said. "He charged the boat twice."  more...

 



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Lake Erie walleye fishing still good, but different because of holes in population

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LUNA PIER -- After three and a half hours of trolling crankbaits through an area of 13-foot deep water that had been hotter than habaneros the last few days, we had just three walleyes on ice.

"They must have moved out of here," said Joe Robison, my fishing partner. "Let's go."

Robison, a wildlife biologist, ran several miles to 17 feet of water. We rigged up, and started trolling toward even deeper water. Seventy-five minutes later, in 22 feet of water, we were finished, boxing our 10th keeper that fell victim to a chartreuse, black-back Wiggle Wart.

But four of the seven we took from the deeper water came on small spoons, dragged behind mini-diving disks off planer boards.  more...

 



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Doing some U.P. lake-searching with Adrian Jack

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Seeking advice on where to fish on any lake is a lot like buying a lottery ticket where the odds may be millions to one.

Several bits of advice on several lakes during my trip across much of the Upper Peninsula with Adrian Jack amounted to naught. Maybe it was bad advice and maybe it was to be expected with high winds churning up the waters and nullifying some good advice.

When we fished Big Manistique Lake along the western edge of Mackinac County, the advice offered to us had amounted to little or no advantage. Maybe the advice wasn’t worthwhile, because the details lacked the essential elements we needed to find fish.

Things changed on Big Manistique Lake after we filtered the information given to us. more...

 



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Getting Deep Cheap

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To most anglers, trolling deep means trolling with downriggers. But there are other equally viable (and less expensive) ways to present a lure or bait deep in both fresh- and saltwater.

In-line diving planers
Tied into the main fishing line ahead of the lure, these are trolled directly behind the boat and are most practical for reaching depths of 15 to 50 feet.

How far down the planer runs is directly related to the amount of line set out. You also must set the tension for the trip arm properly; it has to help hook a striking fish as well as pop free quickly so that you can fight the fish unencumbered. Planers pull hard—you need a stout rod 8 or more feet long and at least 14-pound-test line. Models include the Luhr-Jensen Dipsy Diver, Jet Diver, and Pink Lady (800-535-1711; www.luhrjensen.com) and the Davis Fish Seeker (510-732-9229; www.davisnet.com). Cost: $6–$14.    more...

 



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Salmon angling slowly improves

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Grand Haven, Mich. — Salmon fishing has been a mixed bag so far this summer. From good-sized fish and limit catches to small fish and empty coolers, Great Lakes anglers have experienced a little of everything.
On Lake Michigan, cool weather early in the season led to a slow start, but action has picked up in recent weeks. Reports from ports up and down the western side of the Lower Peninsula indicate a pretty good season so far.
“We’ve had reports of throwing a few in the cooler to filling a cooler,” said Gary Stillson, co-owner of Lakeview Marine and Tackle in Grand Haven. “The sizes are varied, but I’d say they’re running medium to large.”
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Walleye tournament on Saginaw Bay

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The Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League Michigan Division will wrap up its regular season July 31 to Aug. 1 with a Super Tournament on Saginaw Bay.

The tournament is the third of the year leading up to the $100,000 Walleye League Finals on Sept. 2-4 on Bay de Noc in Escanaba.

The Saginaw Bay event marks the season's only two-day event and features a purse of $34,945 for 200 boaters and another $2,625 for co-anglers.

Anglers will take off from Hoyle's Marina in Linwood at 7 a.m. both days. The final weigh-in on Sunday will be held at the Wal-Mart at 3921 Wilder Road in Bay City at 3 p.m. To enter, call (270) 252-1000.



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