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spoonplugger2
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7/21/14 2:29 PM CST
Spouse of RangerRick: I sent you an email with an attached copy of an article, Basics of Structure Fishing, by Buck Perry, "the father of structure fishing". Also included is a link to the Spoonplugger bulletin board and a suggestion where to get a copy of Spoonplugging: Your Guide to Lunker Catches. The bulletin board is a gold mine of information. I forgot to mention there is a whole list of articles by Buck Perry in the "Buck Sez" forum. Hope you find it helpful.

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ltharley
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7/20/14 8:38 PM CST
Dear RangerRick's Spouse,

To start, I have never fished the Fox Chain, but many of my fellow "Spoonpluggers" have. If you are trolling spoonplugs (sp), you simply have to follow the "guidelines" set forth by Buck Perry. If you and your husband are not familiar with those, I would strongly suggest you purchase his book "Spoonplugging" available from Bucks Baits on the internet. It covers the system of spoonplugging in great detail. That said, I have fished many different bodies of water and the system always works. Here is what you should do:

Troll the shallowest water you can without getting fouled up in weeds. On Marie, I think that would be around 8 feet of water or so. That should be a 250 spoonplug on about 60 feet of line. Troll about 2.5 mph, trying to keep your lure near the bottom. If you do not contact fish at that depth, move to a 200 sp and troll the next area of depth. I think the major breakline or drop off (the depth in which the bottom rapidly drops to a deeper depth)is around 10 feet on Marie. That is a key depth to troll and fish. Once you get deeper than 8 to 10 feet of water, is imperative that you keep your sp on the bottom or as close to the bottom as possible without plowing your lure into the bottom.

Once you find what depth and what area the fish are in you can cast jigs or whatever to catch them.

Again, I recommend that you read anything you can from the late Buck Perry. He figured it out for us.

Dennis

rangerrick
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7/20/14 9:32 AM CST
I am lost. I have been out on the lake for the last two years and outside of a small walleye and a few small perch we have not caught anything. We are both retired and hate each other and we want to get along and enjoy our retirement. This has been a dream of ours since a long time ago. I read your reports everyday and I don't understand the jargon nor do I understand most of the things that you will write in there, My husband understands a few of them but putting them together with what we have doesn't make any sense. It has been a dream of ours to fish Lake Marie, Lake Catherine, the Chain and unfortunately things are not working the way we had hoped. Any help would be appreciated. I don't know what type of lures to use, I will go and buy them. They speak of hot spots, they speak of areas where fish congregate, we don't have any idea what they are talking about. Please help. We come out of the channel between Lake Marie and Channel Lake. Your last report said musky were no longer being caught with trolling. We uss spoon plugs, does that mean they are no longer available with spoon plugs? It is a dilemma. We enjoy the Chain. Any help would be appreciated. If you want to give advice without going through this my email is sirbz@yahoo.com. Thank you sincerely yours in Christ

MuskyFix
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FISHING REPORT
7/18/14 11:20 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny
The muskies have been pretty active. Largest has been for Jared from LA with a 47 incher and a few 42's from a couple weeks back. The muskies have been all over from shallow to deep. Bucktails and Gliders have been hot lately a few still on the troll.

Good Fishin keep up the CPR

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CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/18/14 7:18 AM CST
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CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/18/14 7:17 AM CST
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CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/18/14 7:16 AM CST
Hey guys just dropping in for a quick report. Fishing continues to be good out here on the Chain. A mix of species are active. This week we put our limits of walleyes in the boat mixed in with some crappies and cats. The muskies are staying consistent as well. Some really nice fish made it to the net this week. The blade bite has been good along with some cranks at times.


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EyeLoveYou11
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7/17/14 7:59 PM CST
Great afternoon into early night bite! Pistakee was hot! 1st cast 25" Walleye, also a 19" and 17" with about 20 Lil cigars, tons of bluegills, and a 12" crappie. Literally ran out of bait and headed home. By far the best Walleye fishing in the last 15 years. Everything is Quality and Quantity! Be safe with the wackos driving over sized vessels that belong on Lake Michigan!

MuskyHunter08
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FISHING REPORT
7/17/14 1:21 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Went out with captain Ben Modica of Muskyfix guide service after work. Casted for some muskies. Landed a 38 and lost a good 40" next to the boat. Had 3 follows as well. If you want to catch musky you have to go out with the best guide on the chain ben modica. He will put you on fish.

Ice Chopper
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FISHING REPORT
7/17/14 11:25 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
A little evening bite for the Northwood last night on Marie. All fish CPR'd. Drifted thru 3-6 fow with the standard jig and minnow. Landed a few walleye, some sheep, gills, small cats and native stripers. Moved a little deeper and found crappies. Wind was right for a west side drift in that shallow water and the results were good. AND to the guy who hit the NO WAKE marker buoy on the east side. . . .you got what you deserve. SLOW DOWN ! Tight lines ! IC

snake pliscon
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7/14/14 2:30 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F
Was out on petite lake last Friday was having a rough morning drifting jig and half a worm. Was heading in decided to cast a couple more times with green jihad tipped with minnow, and landed a 23 inch eye. Beautiful fish, but had to release it can anyone tell me if they are going to change the slot limit???

Ice Chopper
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7/14/14 10:14 AM CST
The Northwood was on Lake Marie Saturday and Sunday. Slow fishing early on Saturday. Landed a big catfish, some sheep, a couple walleyes, but some beautiful gills. Off by 10:00am. Sunday much better action. Slow drifting thru 5-7 fow using jig and minnow. Not marking many. Moved to 10-13 fow and hit the honey pot. Landed a 22.5" walleye. Hit the crappie nest and caught fish between 8-11" for over an hour. We were exhausted trying to work two poles each. Finished on the east side with some nice sheep and a few walleyes in 7 fow. All fish were CPR'd. 1/32 oz jig with plastic and a small minnow. No luck with worms on the weekend. Smaller bait, bigger fish. Tight lines ! IC

rippinlips25
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7/10/14 2:11 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Went out with mufugger yesterday evening from 4-930, stayed on Marie most of the time. Somewhat slow, ended up with 4 eyes, a pike, and a largemouth. Eyes were 3-6 ft, 2 would have been keepers if we were keeping, pike was in the weeds, and largemouth came on Channel Lake in 6-7 fow.

Minnows seemed to work best for the eyes.

Made a couple late trolling passes up north, produced nothing.

Ice Chopper
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6/28/14 3:05 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
The Northwood set sail again on Lake Marie early this morning. Fished from 0600 to 1000 hours. Quite slow for the first two hours as the breeze wasn't moving things around. Then, like a light switch the walleyes started to get active. Drifted thru 5-7 fow using a small jig and plastic, tipped with minnow. Worm was not the bait of choice for the walleyes today. We landed at least 25, with plenty of them in the slot range. All CPR'd. Also had luck with the sheep, a few cats, a beauty of a LMB, gills, stripers and one lonely crappie. Both dead stick on the drift and a slow retrieve worked. We saw some other walleyes caught in shallower water also. Tight lines ! IC

Chi-townfisherman
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6/26/14 10:11 PM CST
Hello all, I am new to fishing the fox chain and am looking for a little help with the walleye and crappie during this time of year. I've taken notice that lake marie and channel and Catherine seem to be pretty decent for these fish. Any advice on fishing for these fish regarding fow or good spots in that area would be appreciated. Thanks!

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