Results for April thru June 2002
Lately it seems that I've developed an uncanny knack and ability to
be at least 10 miles away from any major concentrations of fish.
The same area that wouldn't produce for me last evening was the place to
be this afternoon. Needless to say, I gave up on the inshore shelf
fishery to the south after last evening's very meager results. Go
figure, because I can't stay with the sparse pockets of fish we do have
living off Manistee, these fish are on a constant move!
with Richard and Lyle on a 4 hour sunset trip. We had about 7, or
8 hits and boated 5 fish. Now this sounds a lot better than
actually what occurred, because 3 of the fish were Salmon midgets, that
were promptly released.
6/28/02 My guests for today's non-event were Lyle and Richard. I made a bad call and ventured to far north and west to get us into a decent catch. After about 3 hours of trying to make something out of nothing, I decided to re-schedule the trip for this evening. The deep water fish I had been working were not there. Oh, yeah, we did have about 6, or 7 hits and boated 4 fish, all under 6 pounds.
have a commitment from the legendary "Big Jon" Emory to
participate in our upcoming Picnic-Tourney on July the 6th, 2002.
Jon will be there to fish and demonstrate some brand new products for
us. I consider the inventor and former manufacturer of Big
Jon Inc. an extremely welcome addition to our get together. It's
not too late to sign up for the team event either. For further
information on the July the 6th deal, I can be reached in the evenings
after 9:00pm at: (800) 552-2009, or E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
be busy today updating Statewide
Port Reports Page, having just returned home from a lengthy trip.
I had forgot what a marvelous parking lots expressways turn into when a
large semi, carrying bags of topsoil jackknifes, spills his load and
closes off all but one lane on northbound US27 around Plymouth, Michigan
late yesterday afternoon. Man, am I glad I don't live downstate
6/23/02 Big Steelhead
was the story over the weekend here in Manistee. Beautiful chrome
silver bullets were there for the taking over 400 to 800 feet of water
right on the surface, off the "birds."
6/22/02 Due to T-storms this morning we left the dock at 2pm and headed for deep water with the Earl Houston party. The anglers for this evenings event were Earl, Aaron, Jay, Harry and Len. While we didn't exactly set the world on fire we did have 10 hard hits and boated 7 fish. We had 3 Steelhead, a Laker and a King pushing 14 pounds on a very pleasant afternoon-evening on Lake Michigan.
the Ladies Day Tournament with Bev, Linda, Kendra, and Kim. We ended up
kinda respectable with a 18 fish total for the outing. Our catch
included 5 Kings (3 released) to 12 pounds, 3 Steelhead to 9 pounds and
10 Lake Trout to 16 pounds. Today's tourney is a weigh you best 5 fish
deal and our total weight was 45 pounds, as we finished in 16th place
out of the 55 boats entered. Click
here for our team's dockside catch photo
6/21/02am Predicted fairly calm seas and warm temperatures will grace the Ladies Day Tournament at the 6:00am blast off this morning. The boat is ultra-ready and the extremely sexy gals (see 1st Mates photo below) are ready to fish in string bikinis, or less! Check back later this evening for brand new exciting photos, complete results, of how we and the rest of the field did.
to get off the dock this afternoon, but the hawk (wind) was out and that
cheezed the grand plan for some pre-tourney research. Oh well,
we'll just have to wing it on Friday, because tournament rules prevent
evening fishing, prior to the do. Can't pre-fish in the morning
today, oil change, gas-up, computer duties and book-keeping must be
done, before leaving the dock.
was accomplished at the marina today. A new daylight-to-dawn
security light, 110V outdoor receptacle, 4 speakers installed, a new
horn and an antennae mount was fixed. Plus, cleaned up where a
tree had been cut down last fall and Capt. Mark Pefley cut the grass
that Solberg's workers forgot to do. A very thorough
scrubbing from top to bottom is in the works. And you thought the
charter business was glamorous and all about fishing? Wrong, the
behind the scenes duties are demanding and will keep you on the go.
6/18/02 The Port
Reports from Lake Michigan have been slow to come in, because of all
the lumpy water from this past weekend. Also, in southern Lake
Huron the action seemed to have slowed on spring Kings too. Too
busy with "stuff" that words can't describe, trying to get out
800 mailers and the boat ultra-ready for the Ladies Day Huntington Banks
Tourney this coming Friday.
6/17/02 According to the reports I received when I was working at my boat dock yesterday, fishing was definitely slow, Sunday morning out of Manistee. Most boats struggled to catch a fish, or two. So, the three days of north winds have screwed up the inshore fishing in Manistee temporally.
6/15/02 I'll be
trying to fish Lake Michigan this morning with Dave Draybuck group,
although the weather forecast and predicted sea conditions are less than
favorable. This is the second, or maybe third time I've tried to
get Dave off the dock, so let's hope for the best today. Tune in
later for fresh updates.
Yeah Buddy, I've got an excellent fishing report for those of you
planning to fish the Manistee-Onekama area this Fathers Day Weekend.
Salmon fishing remains on a tear in Manistee. Best action was over
110 to 140 feet of water, fishing from 30 to 50 feet down. Best
lures were, bumble bee Pro Kings, blue dolphin DW's and Streaks.
Best area was, straight out of Manistee to Onekama. Click
here for Capt. Tom's website
6/13/02 I'll be
working on the lake boat today, because a oil change and a thorough
scrub down is in order, charter business remains slow here in Manistee,
with most boats not leaving the dock. While my business has
slowed, I know of many who are in worse shape, as the economy in
Michigan falters. No matter what anyone says, Michigan depends on
a healthy auto industry.
6/11/02 Wow! 86 degrees for a high temperature here in Manistee yesterday, makes me think we will have the much awaited summer after all! The Port Reports are still coming in from both sides of the state. Lake Huron's thumb region is still producing good Salmon fishing prospects, along with Lake Michigan at Ludington and Manistee.
6/10/02 I'll be updating the Port Reports page today, as the much welcomed weekend fishing reports filter in. Still have dock time and maintenance to do, prior to this afternoon's predicted rain and T-storms. More computer time is in store, because I'm sending out 700 snail mail contact letters to my past charter guests before postage goes up to 37 cents at the end of this month.
6/9/02 We're finally are having good weekend weather wise, some Steelhead were being taken in 480 to 600 feet of water straight west of Manistee. Inshore action on spring Salmon is producing some fish in 80 to 200 feet of water on spoons fished from 35 to 65 feet down. Best bite has been at first light on the Kings.
6/6/02 Had the
grand opportunity me meet and fish with two over-worked fruit growers
from South Haven, Michigan named, Mike and Dan. These anglers were
beyond pro-caliber, because they never lost a hooked-up fish today.
We, as a team boated 15 fish (1 released), including 4 Lakers,
and 11 Kings to 18.5 pounds for a fairly heavy box, during our half day
sojourn on a very calm Lake Michigan. Click
here for our dockside catch photo
today with posting the many new Port
Reports that came in from over the weekend, as our reporters
continue to share their experiences with us.
success in Manistee continues to be a hit, or miss proposition with only
some boats doing well. While I hate to say it, Ludington looks
like a better choice if you're headed north this week to fish Lake
Michigan. From the sound of the Port
Reports, I'd say Lake Huron is on it's
way to a record year for Kings.
Huron is producing excellent angling opportunities, along with most of
your southern Lake Michigan ports. Both Ludington and Manistee are
telling of some Kings and the surface fishery for Steelhead is starting
to yield success.
Our port reporters continue to be much welcomed
"over-achievers" and have made this year's Port
Reports Page the best ever. I'll be sending out a E-mail
contact letter today as fishing in Manistee is decent, but not earth
5/29/02 I had
the great opportunity to fish with Harvey and John today, also we
were accompanied Manistee's own living legend, Capt. Bud Raskey.
The weather for the morning charter was very unsettled, with fog, rain
and even some thunder. We had 6 hits and boated 3 Kings to 14
pounds and a couple of Lakers. While we didn't exactly set the world on
fire with a super heavy fish box, for the conditions presented to us, we
did the best, we could do. Click
here for the catch photo
the Port Reports Page is updated with
results by now, because of the long holiday weekend, the reports won't
be posted until tonight.
fishing with cut-bait and flashers on today's adventure. We left
the dock after 8:00am, then seas quickly built to an uncomfortable 3 to
6 foot. In our abbreviated cut-herring study, we hit one right off
the bat, missed a diver hit and had a tap on another rigger before we
headed for the shelter of the harbor. Click
here for Mike's King
Spent a whole lot of time yesterday accomplishing nothing. So,
I worked on the website adding more content to the Lead Core and Wire
Line Diver Rods articles. On the plus side, the new CD player and
sound system is just about ready to be installed in the Cherokee
sometime today. Dock time at the boat is in order for me this
5/22/02 The Port Reports page just keeps getting better and better. Our dedicated reporters have been sending in photos of their hot lures and catch. It's a wonderful thing to see the exact baits that are working, I know it helps me in my lure selections if I haven't been on the pond for a few days. A big THANK YOU goes out to all of our matchless Port Reporters who are beyond spectacular!
I went on a morning research mission on Lake Michigan
aboard Capt. Tom Rasmussen's boat, the "Sue Lee." In
spite of a very cold surface temperature (40 degrees) we still managed 3
Lakers to 12 pounds, a Lamprey and a small Salmon.
5/20/02 Spent most of the day taking care of the website by posting the most excellent flood of great reports coming in from all over the state. Installed 6 roller guides (4 more to go) and completed the other wire-diver rod for the new article I'm working on. Set a record for page views (3348) on the website and sent out an E-mailer to members of the list with the private addresses to Battle Stations, Lead Core and Wire Rod construction. Man, I was busy today!
Fished today with "Good Luck" Barry Pines and ended up fairly
well considering all the recent cool weather. We had 11, or 12
strikes and boated 3 Lake Trout, a Coho and a couple of Kings to, maybe
13 pounds. The waters we fished was straight out of Manistee, the
water temperature was a chilly 42 degrees where we hit the fish.
I'd say for the conditions we ended up just fine. Click
here for today's reel inside info
Lumpy seas caused the cancellation of the Barry Pines trip
yesterday. The forecast for today is very much improved and it
finally looks like we'll be able to get off the dock. Tune in
later for a "hands on" fishing report from Manistee.
5/18/02 Looks like I'll finally be able to get off the dock with the Barry Pines charter group. I have mixed emotions about are chances of a successful outing, because of all the rough water conditions. Yesterday afternoon's blow was out of the northeast and that doesn't help us at all in Manistee. Oh well, we'll just have to play it by ear. Frost and freeze warnings forecast for the next few days too!
Brrrrrrrrr is the word for this morning, unseasonable cold
temperatures prevail in Manistee County. Gonna try a early start
to get Mr. Steve Freibert off the dock this morning for at least a
couple of hours, before predicted 3 to 5 foot seas make it to
uncomfortable to fish. May in Manistee has been a mess!
If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all!
Today's trip with Steve Freibert looks like we won't get off the dock.
Overnight winds from the southwest to 30 knots and scattered
thunderstorms today, is what I have to look forward too. Yep, if
it was easy, everyone would be in the charter business.
Spent what free time I did have today updating the Port
Reports section. My Aftco roller guides arrived today and I
will have a step by step instructional article on how to make regular 10
foot dipsy rods, into roller guide models able to handle 30 pound test
braided stainless wire. 9 roller guides are needed per rod, and
the old diver rods that I'm rebuilding are Wolverine, or Charter's
Choice. Changed the oil in the Cherokee and worked on tackle.
My charter business has been intentionally slowed this May. Compound
in the very unpredictable weather, plus remodeling a kitchen and
bathroom, I've more that had my hands full. Well, my mini 2 week
vacation is about to come to an end this Thursday. From then on
until the end of the month, I'll be fishing Lake Michigan on a fairly
regular basis. This will afford us the exact "hands on"
fishing reports from Manistee. From what I've seen in the Port
Reports section, Ludington's action on tuna-sized Spring Kings is
just slightly better than Manistee.
5/12/02 Predicted rain on Mother's Day caused the cancellation of today's much anticipated event. Plus, the east wind is not helping our fishery in Manistee. I'll be using the day off to put the finishing touches on a new article called, "Get the Lead Out." It's an in-depth study on how to rig, use lead core effectively and when.
5/9/02 I to cancel today's deal with Dave D. 5 to 8 footers are predicted this morning, and that's not my kind of weather to fish in. The silver lining in all the wind we've had lately is that, it's been from the southwest. SW wind usually stacks up the Kings off Manistee in May. I'll be fishing this Sunday, because a training mission with my "Ladies Day Tournament Angleretts" is in order. They're gorgeous, nude lap-dancers from the Deja Vue downstate, but the weather is gonna be kind of chilly, so they'll probably remained clothed most of the time.
5/9/02 Yesterday's stout southeast blow did nothing to improve the fishing opportunities of Manistee. The wind is supposed to be up for the next few days out of the south changing to west at 30 knots by tomorrow night. Gas in both Manistee and Ludington is $1.38 at the pump, marina prices are around $2.00.
5/8/02 Boat maintenance (changing oil), along with installing a new CD player in the Cherokee looms on the horizon for me. The good news is that the spring King fishery is alive and well on Lakes, Huron and Michigan. Every report from Manistee fishery is encouraging, with good sized Kings being taken daily, weather permitting.
5/7/02 Looks like at least halfway decent weather is here to stay. On both Lakes Michigan and Huron the action for spring Kings is heating up. Good to excellent reports predominate the Port Reports Page and please keep those fishing reports coming in. Busy with a bunch of "stuff" not directly related to the charter business for the time being, but I'll be on Lake Michigan soon looking for the fish named after me.
Some scattered reports are coming in on Kings off Manistee, but the
fishermen that are doing well have lock jaw and won't share any
information. I'll be on Lake Michigan towards the end of this week
for the inside and very reel story.
5/5/02 The action off Manistee this morning was terrible with most boats report skunks, or a fish, or two. Huge hoards of boats in the shoreline shallows is not conducive for success on the shy ways of Mr. Brown Trout. Some Salmon were being taken in 15 to 30 feet of water just north of Orchard Beach State Park, but that was on the wane today also.
Went Brown Trout catching yesterday evening. From about 6pm to
8pm we had at least 15 strikes and boated 7 chunky Browns from 2 to 5
pounds. The bite is getting picky and the secret is to be there
when the Brown Trout are hungry! Once they take the feed bucket
off, the action is totally non-existent.
Surprisingly enough the Brown Trout fishery in Manistee is still
going. The bite is early and by mid-day the action shuts down.
The weekday morning crowd has been intense, especially around the
harbor. Good reports from both north and south of the harbor are
coming in. Click here for: Port
Spent over 9 hours on working on the website readying the Port
5/1/02 I'll be reformatting the Port Reports Page today, removing the material from 2001. Good News! Capt. Janice Deaton from Harbor Beach and northern Lake Huron Creel Census DNR employee, Julie Diani will be once again aboard for the 2002 season. So, I've got my work cut out for me today. Working on the Cherokee later in the afternoon is on the agenda too!
Took a few days off to rejuvenate the spirit. I was on almost
a dead git since the 3rd week of February. The Browns in Manistee
are still hitting, which is remarkable for this late in April.
Boat maintenance will take center stage this week, seeing the auto pilot
and wash down pump are non-functioning units at this time.
4/26/02 Hockey's All-Star Great, Al Iafrate and George were the anglers on today's do. Light west winds were forecast, but as we broke the pier heads at 8:10am the seas were running at 3 to 4 foot, with a 5 footer every now and then. I had moved Al's trip at least 3 times due to nasty weather, so I was forced to tough this one out. During the course of our morning we hit 11 fish, boated 6 Browns and 2 Cohos. It was a struggle in the rough seas, but Al and George rose to the occasion and did a fine job on every fish. So, in spite a late start and poor conditions we did OK! Click here Al and George's dockside catch photo
4/25/02 A windy and lousy forecast caused postponement of today's Lake Michigan gig. West wind 15 to 25 knots, becoming partly cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet is predicted for today and there is a small craft advisory in effect also.
Two reel fishermen named, David and Doug showed up for today's Brown
Trout voyage on Lake Michigan. Strong winds from the southeast,
changing to south meant we missed more than we caught. In about a
3 hour troll, we had over 20 strikes and boated a 3 person limit of 9
Browns. Both anglers helped keep lines in the water, due to the
Al Smarta and Ben Nietubitz were my expert fishing partners for
today's Lake Michigan adventure in seek of Brown Trout. We boated
a 4 person limit in about 3 hours of trying. Catch this, we had 12
strikes and boated 12 Browns to the plus 8 pound class. 12 for 12
is a phenomenal average due to proper hooks, technique and proficiency
with a fishing rod. The average speaks for the quality of
fishermen aboard today, and yes, I landed fish after the
"experts" boxed their limits. Click
here for Al & Ben's catch photo
The "Jim & Don Show" was on today. Jim wanted to
fish the river for Steelhead even after I informed him, it might be a
tough go. High water was a problem, with plenty of debris that
kept fouling our lures. However, the biggest problem from what I
saw today was, the spring run of Steelhead is over. While there'll
be some available at Tippy Dam until the end of the month, take it from
me the "parties over." Last week's warm spell cause a
premature end to good fishing. Click
here for winter-spring 2002 Steelhead synopsis
I'll be readying the riverboat on the for tomorrow's BMR adventure with
Jim H. A day off from the lake is maybe what I need, because I
haven't been able to put together a reel good day on the Brown Trout
thing yet. Murphy's law has been in effect all during March and
April thus far, I'm hoping for an improvement.
4/20/02 Had to scrub this morning's mission with the Greg Barry group, because the launching platform called, Lake Michigan was heaving at 2 to 4 footers breaking right on shore. It was decided by Greg and his group to fish another day rather than toughing it out in marginal conditions. So far this Brown Trout season, we've yet to have a favorable wind from any westerly direction. The best thing about today's north blow is that it might cool the inshore water down and move the alewives back into the deeper water. The wretched wind and weather is ruining the results on our April Brown Trout fishery. It's disheartening to say the least!
Cancelled today's deal, because the lake forecast is lousy and with
the recent rain that's not gonna improve the Steelheading BMR.
I've been running way too much since the mid-February Steelheaders Show
and I'm gonna slow myself down to a tolerable level this season. I
want to enjoy the fishing too!
I fished Lake Michigan today with Henry and AJ (8 years old).
During the course of a storm-shortened trip, we hit 4 Browns and 3
smaller ones made it to the cooler. Which was just perfect for AJ,
because he landed 2 of them. Strong off-shore winds from the east
changed to the west just as a severe thunderstorm hit shore. We
seen 2 waterspouts and safety of the harbor was sought ASAP, as winds
increased to at least 30 knots. We were dockside around 10am,
because of threatening skies all morning long and never ventured more
than a mile, or two from the shelter of the harbor. Click
here for AJ & Henry
4/18/02am I'll be fishing Lake Michigan with Henry K. after Brown Trout. I'm more than looking forward to my guests, but today marks the first time this season I'll be reunited with long time friend and favorite deckhand, Mark Pefley. Mark has worked with me for about 10 years, so we should be able to put a reel program together. Tune in later this evening for the "behind the scenes" straight skinny.
4/16/02 Lake Michigan Brown Trout are being caught out of Manistee and the fishing for them is good, but not "red hot." If you plan on heading south out of Manistee the Browns down toward Big Point Sable are hitting the red-gold, and brighter shades of the S-11 Rapalas. To the north of Manistee the fish have a definite preference for the S-11's in darker patterns like the vampire, silver shiner, and black-silver original. From what I've seen both directions are producing about the same, but most charter vessels are choosing north for the time being.
Phil, Keith, George and Ed comprised my outstanding group of anglers
for today's episode. During the course of our half day outing we
boxed 6 Browns and only missed a couple of strikes....remarkable!
Flat calm bluebird conditions prevailed throughout the morning, making
fishing tough side. Never the less, we still ended up more than
happy, because Phil put a masterful whipping on a massive 15.4 pound
trophy Brown Trout. All men performed the line setting duties
admirably and handled every thing in a very skilled manner. Plus,
I get to have fun with them all over again this August 19th.
4/14/02 Curt, Randy and Reg were my esteemed angling guests for today's outing on Lake Michigan. During the course of our half day trip, we boxed 6 Brown Trout, including one behemoth 10 to 12 pounder. While the action didn't compare to yesterday's fast pace, we still ended up kinda respectable. It was an enjoyable day for me, because the hordes of boats that plagued the entire shoreline yesterday thinned out considerably. The sum it all up, it was a good time with a terrific and sensible fishing team. Click here for dockside photo
George, Don, Mark (B-1), and Chuck (B-2) were the anglers for
today's Lake Michigan Brown Trout fishing extravaganza. Even
though the curse of the "13th" smacked us pretty hard, a great
time was had by all. Getting back to the curse part, the Brown
Trout today were vile, contemptuous creatures that were named
"Houdini." Our action was superb, but boxing the wily
Browns was a horse of different color. We ended up with 7 fish,
had at least 14 hooked up and missed too many strikes to keep track of.
Hilarity filled the air, as Mr. B. Trout kicked our butt, by escaping.
Hey, the fish are supposed to win once in a while!
Gene and Tom came back today for a second helping after yesterday's
success on Lake Michigan. In spite of my warnings about the high
water on the BMR, they wanted to fish for Steelhead. Well, the
outcome as I expected wasn't so hot, because we caught 1 fairly decent
Steelhead and had a micro Trout interested. I explained in great
detail that our chances were sparse before heading down river in the
morning, but it fell on deaf ears.
Tom Davenport and Gene were the fishermen for today's maiden voyage
on Lake Michigan in quest of Brown Trout. Both men were more than
handy to have aboard, and I consider them Great Lakes prodigies by the
way they handled 9 rods with no problems. I believe it was a
baptizism by fire, because my autopilot went down and the rigging duties
fell to them. Click here for Tom & Gene's
Joy, Joy.....Joy! The lake boat is in the water at my slip (A-32)
in Solberg's Marina here in Manistee. 4 to 6 foot seas prevented
me from fishing with Ben and Al yesterday, because it was reel nasty at
the boat launch. The howling winds cut right thru you, making it
foolishness to consider Lake Michigan. The river came way-up with
high water (3000 cubic feet per second), or I'd have taken them on the
BMR. Plans for tomorrow have been cancelled, because Al I. wanted
to fish the river and I'm not sure of how we'd do fishing the high water
conditions. Also, my marina is now home to one of the illegal
Indian commercial tugs, at least for the time being. I say
illegal, because I can't even BUY the same rights that were ceded
to them by Treaty. Double standard for the super
General fishing tips and updates
5/29/02 The situation on our so-called spring Salmon fishery has been a up and down struggle most days. Some boats hit 'em good, while others are experiencing mediocre success. There's been no consistent huge numbers of Salmon available. Some days have been diamonds and some days are coal. Reason for the spotty fishing? Look at how messed up the weather has been.
Finally after about 2 weeks of trying I was able to get off the dock
in search of action on Spring Salmon. Fast moving weather front
and more wind that needs description was major problem.
5/4/02 The action off Manistee this morning was terrible with most boats report skunks, or a fish, or two. Huge hoards of boats in the shoreline shallows is not conducive for success on the shy ways of Mr. Brown Trout. Some Salmon were being taken in 15 to 30 feet of water just north of Orchard Beach State Park, but that was on the wane today also. To put it bluntly, fishing sucked today. Don't even consider fishing Manistee's Browns on the weekend if you intend on doing well.
4/24/02 East wind does something to these Brown Trout, factoid! East in any direction generally means poor fishing, or poor hook ups. We landed 9 fish today for about 30 strikes. On our first 1 mile of trolling we were 1 fish boated for 6 hits. I wasn't the only one with missitis. Capt. Bob of the "BBJ" reported one fish for 8 bites about 10am this morning. So, I created a new saying, "wind for the east, fish stay stuck the least." 100 foot leads of the regular boards generated our action. Click here for today's hot lures
The 2002 season got off to a extremely slow start, because there
just wasn't many fish entering the system during January and
February. In March the action picked up a tolerable pace and 5 to
7 hits was the norm throughout the month. Flatfish in the T-4 size
was my overall best producing lure, day in and day out (copper being
4/18/02 Since launching the boat I've yet to have a reel favorable wind for shoreline Brown Trout fishing. Offshore wind generally scoots the Browns towards deeper water and don't congregate then on the beach. Now. the rapid warming of the inshore waters to almost 50 degrees has loaded Manistee's Harbor with huge schools of soon to spawn alewives. This unseasonable warm spell is hurting our Brown Trout fishery in a big way, because hit's hard to get a fish to hit a trolled lure when it's belly is stuffed full of bait fish.
4/11/02 Fished south in cloudy murky water, which generally means poor results. Hit 11 or 12 fish on 120 foot leads off the planer boards. No one spot was better and the fish were very scattered, plus it was windier than hell with offshore direction. Inshore water was 38 to 40 degrees out to about the 15 feet depth, or just off the beach. S-11 Rapalas were the fish food. Click here for the "Hot Lures" Fish were on the small side when compared to 2001.
4/5/02 Had 5 strikes in about 5 hours on the BMR, keying in on the slower water is still working for me. I caught a loose hen earlier this week, but all the females I've seen are getting ready to drop eggs. This is about 2 to 3 weeks way behind the last 2 seasons. Flatfish shown in the above photos are the day-in, and day-out fish food choice. Feeder streams to the Big Manistee, like Bear and Pine Creek areas are producing best for me. Weekend pressure make the option of staying at home, a exceedingly wise one!
4/2/02 Here's the deal on the status of launching the lake boat. Forecast for this week include temperatures in the low 20's at night and high's only in the mid-30's. Well, that's not my idea of appropriate conditions to fish Lake Michigan for Brown Trout. So, I've put off the launch date for a while, even though the Cherokee is reel ready to splash. I am anxious to fish the "big lake," but I'm prudent enough to wait for the right circumstances. Plus, the eggs in the hens that we've been catching in the BMR are still tightly skiened up, prolonging the BMR season. Caught 2 yesterday on flatfish in 4 hours, which in all reality isn't bad.
3/29/02 Fishing pressure today was atrocious, discourteous boat fishermen running helter skelter up and down shut the fish way down. Being Easter Weekend everything that can float is launched on the Big Manistee River. I seen no other fish caught than the 3 we had. Most boats were skunked, or close to it. Why? Buttheads zooming through the holes wide open on full plane. Slow water was still the way to go for me. Click here for the "hot lures.