Little & Big Bay De Noc

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5/3/16 @ 7:30 AM
chris wahl
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chuckc

However you like to fish for walleyes, will probably work on LBDN during the first part of the season. Drifting or slow trolling with crawler harnesses or floating jigs is typically the most popular, though.

The upper bay near Center Reef, off the Gladstone campgrounds, the Escanaba River, and the area off the Ford River are normally the best areas.

Just a heads up - the Cabela's National Team Championship will be here May 18th thru the 21st. On top of the already busy opening week crowd, there will be an additional 200+ boats on the water. If you don't like fishing with a lot of other people, you may want to wait another week. Typically, the walleye bite is good thru mid to late June.

Good luck.

Edited on 5/3/16 7:32 AM
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5/3/16 @ 7:09 AM
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chris wahl
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WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Still lots of perch off the Vagabond in 35 to 40 FOW. Water temp was up to 50 degrees, Monday. Had to sort thru lots of small fish between groups of keeper sized perch. Wigglers worked the best, but worms worked well, too. When the wind switched to the south, we headed south of the Gladstone campgrounds. Marked some decent numbers, and caught more keeper sized fish on average, before they shut down around 6pm. All the fish I've caught so far were females, and most are spawned out. That means there are still lots of fish up shallow, spawning. Still lots of good perch fishing to be had in the bay this spring. Get out and enjoy it.

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5/2/16 @ 6:39 PM
chuckc
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How do folks generally fish the Lil Bay for the opener ( assuming they are fishing for walleye). Is there any one prime method that is used more than any other ? Chuck

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5/2/16 @ 10:36 AM
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chris wahl
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My friend Drew was up from the Green Bay area, Sunday. We tried trolling off the Ford River for browns, but the wind died just as we were setting lines, and all we caught was on 28 inch walleye. Temps in the lake were from 47 to 51 degrees.

Switched gears and fished for bass in the mouth of the river. Caught a bunch of smallmouth and a couple pike, mostly on chartreuse tube jigs and Senkos. Had 53 degrees in the river.

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4/30/16 @ 11:44 AM
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chris wahl
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Good perch bite on the upper bay, mostly around the Days River in 20 to 25 FOW, and just south of the Vagabond Resort in 35 to 40 FOW. Tough to beat perch rigs with wigglers, right now.

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4/23/16 @ 8:15 AM
Kupti
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Thanks AGAIN !!! Same advice as last year but I thought I'd check in to see if there was anything new blowing in the wind ...

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4/22/16 @ 9:11 AM
chris wahl
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Kupti Really, the steelhead fishing is still just getting started up here. I don't fish them much anymore, but when I did, I always had the best luck in mid May, just before the walleye opener.

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4/21/16 @ 12:40 PM
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chris wahl
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After being stuck in the hospital for three days, it was time for some "on the water therapy!" Smallmouth bass are some of my favorite "therapy fish."

First one in the boat this year was a fat 20 1/2 inch fish, well over 5 pounds, on a chartreuse Senko. Caught three more on the Senko, and one more on an X-Rap Shad. Lost several fish, too. Water was right at 50 degrees, so things are just getting started.

Nice sunset, too.

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4/20/16 @ 11:03 PM
Kupti
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Hey Chris ... Are there any Steelhead still running the rivers up there or is it over ?? There was still some action in Sheboygan Wisconsin but I'm sure it's at it's end ... With you being a couple hundred miles north I'm just curious if it's worth the drive ... OR ... did you hear of anything from your neighbors in Manistique ???

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4/20/16 @ 3:15 PM
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chris wahl
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All access sites are open on the bays, now.

Good reports over the weekend from Little Bay de Noc and Garden Bay for perch.

In Garden, just look for all the boats. Generally in 9 to 12 feet of water, though. Typically, 1 and 2 inch minnows work the best, but wigglers have also been taking a lot of fish over there, too.

So far, it sounds like wigglers have been the best on Little Bay. Better reports have been coming from the north end of the bay, near the Days River, in 20 to 25 FOW. Also the east side of the bay, off the Vagabond in 30 to 35 FOW.

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4/20/16 @ 10:00 AM
Roostertag
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How is the perch bite in Garden? Didn't have any results when searching for a "Garden" message board so I'm posting here. Hour+ drive so don't want to waste a weekend if the bite isn't good.

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4/14/16 @ 5:40 PM
chris wahl
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All docks are in on the Escanaba River.

Dock is in at Garden.

Nahma is still iced in.

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4/14/16 @ 9:47 AM
chris wahl
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Checked around on Wednesday.

Docks are in at Kipling, but there was a small amount of ice off the launch. A boat could probably plow through it pretty easily. Otherwise, it will probably be melted over the weekend.

The dock is in at Rapid River. The ice had damaged the ramp, but it has been repaired enough to launch a boat, again. Thanks to the DNR crew that fixed it so fast!

There's still about 50 yards of ice between the launch and open water in the Escanaba harbor.

Sounds like the ice has been moving in and out of Garden Bay. Wind forecast for the next few days should be perfect for blowing the ice out of the bay.

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4/11/16 @ 8:48 AM
chris wahl
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As of Friday morning, Garden bay was still iced in. Kipling still had a small amount of ice in front of the boat launch. The weather has been too bad for anyone to take a boat out on LBDN, yet. The long range forecast finally starts to look good, starting this coming weekend.

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4/10/16 @ 7:44 PM
Jabswitch
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Any reports on perch fishing yet from either bay?

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