Looking to take a few co-workers out pulling for eyes in LBDN on Sunday morning... Was looking for any tips on good places to start or where the "hot bite" is or if it has already shut off completely... thx in advanced for any help received! :)
Little & Big Bay De Noc
MOON PHASE (95%)
Been hearing some good salmon and trout reports from Fairport and Manistique.
Went out for a "shake down run" on my friends salmon boat last night, out of Escanaba. LOTS of bait from Portage Point to the Ford River Can. Mostly 35 to 45 down. Had 50 degree water at 50 feet. No bites this trip, but that was probably a good thing since SOMEBODY forgot to put a landing net back in the boat! That's why you need to have a shake down cruise - to find out what needs to be fixed before the real fun starts!
Good luck out there.
MOON PHASE (97%)
66° - 70° F
Been getting some really nice perch around the Escanaba River. Not big numbers, but some quality fish.
Also catching tons of small walleyes in the mouth of the river. You usually need to catch 15 to 20 to catch one keeper, though. But if you want to have some fun with ultralight gear, or put some kids on a bunch of fish, it's hard to beat. Try trolling in 4 to 7 FOW. Any shallow running crankbait will work. #5,7,9, and 11 floating Raps, #6 and 8 Husky Jerks, and mini Rebel Crayfish are all good. Firetiger is really the only color you need.
Take A Vet Fishing ( http://takeavetfishing.org ) will be holding an event in Gladstone on July 17th.
As it sits right now, they have 43 vets signed up, 19 guide boats, and 10 volunteers. The more guide boats they have, the more that can fish, (generally one or two vets per boat.)
If you'd like to sign up as a vet, guide, or volunteer, you can register at http://takeavetfishing.org/events/
chuckc - The walleye fishing is better, now, but is still slower than normal for this time of year. It typically shuts down around the 3rd week of June when the alewives move in to spawn, and the mayfly hatches start. Tough to compete with all that natural food.
On the positive side, when the alewives move in, the salmon usually aren't too far behind. Locally, the salmon fishing can be good right off the Escanaba harbor, as long as the water temps to get too high. The area off of Fairport, at the south end of the Garden Peninsula is typically the first area to start producing, and lasts through the whole summer.
Chris, hey, can't come out to play for a couple weeks yet. Have fun at the tourney. Are the walleye back yet ? We were there during the big walleye tourney a couple weeks ago and boy, everybody was complaining. I think they were still up the rivers. Also, any word on fishing Ogontz bay in BBdN ? ?
I have not yet targeted salmonids up that way. Can you please give us some pointers in general, like where, when, how deep kinda stuff ?
FREE FISHING WEEKEND, AYA TOURNAMENT
This coming weekend, June 11th and 12th, is the summer free fishing weekend in Michigan. Resident and non-resident fishermen my fish those two days without a fishing license. All other rules and regulations still apply.
The Bays De Noc Great Lakes Sport Fishing club will be hosting the annual Angler Young Angler Tournament on Saturday, June 11th. Entry fee is $150 per team. Teams consist of two young anglers, 17 or younger, and one adult. After boat inspection and rules meeting at Ludington Park in Escanaba, teams may launch from any public access in Delta and Menominee Counties. Fishing is from 7am to 4:30pm Eastern Time. Teams can weigh 3 walleyes for a shot at the first place prize of a Lund boat, motor, and trailer. Over $7000 in various prizes.
Any questions, contact tournament directors Jerry Plourde (906) 420-0022, Lynn Hanisko (906) 789-1475, or Jon Creten (906) 420-8101