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CHRIS WAHL
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5/18/15 8:55 PM CST
Mike, along with his girls Brooke and Caroline, caught 4 nice walleyes trolling crawler harnesses near Ford River Friday evening.


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5/18/15 7:15 AM CST
Thanks for the report sylvan81. Everyone wants info, but few actually report back.


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5/17/15 12:23 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
We started fishing Friday after the rain let up. Fished for a few hours on center reef and the narrows and couldnt get a bite. We regrouped and ended up catching one eye 22" and a monster eye got off next to net. And a few northerns. So Saturday morning we ended up with 12 eyes and 5 northerns in the early morning. The eyes ranged from 9"-24". We fished the evening with only a triple at dusk. 3 eyes all 14"-18". Got up at 3:30 am for Sundays bite. Ended up with 11 eyes ranging from 14 1/2" - 19". And 3 northerns. We fished center reef, shipping channel by kipling, and narrows. Picked up fish everywhere. We trolled smithwicks, husky jerks, deep husky jerks, and #9 flicker shads. Best lure was smithwick green. Didnt kill them, missed a huge one but we had a blast. The weather will never be as nice for 3 days on opening weekend ever again!! Thanks to Chris and Bayshore tackle for the help this weekend. Stop in at both. Great people.

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5/16/15 5:11 PM CST
For those that are still looking, we are fully stocked with all 17 colors of the #3 Moonshine Shiver Minnows.

The episode of "The Next Bite" titled "Shivering for walleyes in Escanaba" will air at 5:30AM on Sunday, May 17th on the Destination America Channel. And again on NBC Sports Network on June 17th at 4PM. Set your DVR to see how Kavajecz and Parsons took 1st and 2nd place in the 2014 Cabela's National Walleye Tour event out of Little Bay de Noc in September of last year, using Shiver Minnows in open water.


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5/15/15 10:53 PM CST
Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Overall, the reports today were mostly positive. Fish were caught the whole length of the bay from Ford River, to the upper end of LBDN.

Sounded like the best bet off of Ford River was trolling crankbaits after dark. No daytime reports from there today. I'd imagine it was slower with the light winds we had today.

Heard of some fish being caught near the Escanaba light house, and I saw several boats trolling there when I drove by late in the afternoon.

Diane had one report from a fisherman that trolled crankbaits around the mouth of the Escanaba River early in the morning that got skunked. My dad, however, got a nice limit of 15 to 23 inch fish trolling floating Rapalas in the river.

Several good reports from the upper end of the bay near the reefs. Trolling cranks at night, and drifting or trolling with live bait during the day. We sold lots of crawler harnesses and floating jigs to people fishing up there, with no particular hot color. Bright colors and glow patterns in general were best, (makes sense with the dark water in the upper bay.) Crawlers were far and away the best selling live bait.

I did my usual opening day routine of fishing for smallmouth on the Escanaba River. Ended up landing 8 bass and 3 pike on bright colored Senko type plastics, rigged Texas style with no weight or wacky rigged. Landed three 20 inch fish. Smallmouth that size always fight good, but I swear, the smallies in the Escanaba River seem to fight ever harder than most!

Took a few pictures of some of the bigger fish. Must have splashed some water on the sensor, making for a couple blurry shots, but you get the idea of the class of fish that are in there.

How'd everybody else do for the opener?


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5/14/15 9:42 PM CST
Thanks for the info Chris. We will keep in touch. Just settled in going out at midnight for a few till the rain picksup. Thanks for the tips. You probably will see us tommorow when we need crawlers. Tight lines everyone on opening weekend.

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5/14/15 12:27 PM CST
A couple recent catches.

My dad picked up a nice 26 inch brown while trolling shallow crankbaits off Breezy Point near the Ford River. He also lost another trout, and caught a couple smallmouth.

Denny and his fishing partner caught a nice mess of perch on the upper end of Little Bay on perch rigs tipped with minnows and wigglers.

If you have a tough time with the walleyes over the opener, you should be able to find some nice perch in the bay that are willing to bite.


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5/14/15 11:42 AM CST
Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
sylvan81 - you should have no problems getting out of Kipling or Ford River this year, (lake level is up again this season.) Water temps near Ford River were in the low 50's after all the north wind we've had this last week. That should start warming with the wind switching to the south. Several days of south wind should have that water good and dirty. If that's the case, the walleye fishing should be very good! Cranks and harnesses will both produce in that situation.

Water in the upper bay is a bit warmer and very dark stained from the river runoff. There could be a decent mid-day bite, even if we have clear skies. Typically more drifting or trolling with crawler harnesses and floating jigs on the upper bay for the opener, (though trolling cranks after dark can be very effective, too.)

Good luck. Let us know how you do.


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5/12/15 5:02 PM CST
Coming up late Thursday so we can get on the water friday thru sunday. How is Kipling launch this year? Can i get a 20 ft skeeter out of it? Coming up to fish for walleyes. All catch and release. Plan on fishing the 1st 2nd center reefs, ford river, shallow west side. Just looking for a water temp in a few spots? Dont know if i should start with cranks or crawler harnesses? Any help would be great? Can share info of lower green bay. Thanks for the help and good luck this coming weekend!! Tight lines

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5/12/15 2:56 PM CST
Oh wow completely spaced that one I knew that thanks for reply

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5/12/15 2:48 PM CST
Our walleye season is still closed. It opens on the 15th. Perch fishermen in the upper bay, and guys trolling for trout near Ford River, have all run into walleyes, though.


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5/12/15 9:09 AM CST
Has anybody been getting any eyes in little bay

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5/1/15 10:32 AM CST
I just wanted to thank the Michigan DNR for changing the regulations, and allowing bass fishing all season long, (catch and release right now.) Myself and many others have been having a blast in the local rivers.

On Tuesday, I was fishing in the Ford River, and I had my best bass fishing trip,EVER! I won't say how many I landed in three hours of fishing because, frankly, most people wouldn't believe me. I will say that I more than doubled my previous best catch total, and I've had some pretty darn good catches in the past!

Didn't really seem to matter what you threw, it got bit. I've seen a lot of fish caught on shallow running crankbaits and small spinnerbaits. I was mostly using Senkos in bright colors. I also caught a bunch on topwater. I recently picked up a new bait from Rapala called a Waking Minnow that worked really well. My high catch rate was probably helped by the fact that the DNR had planted 15,000 steelhead in the river that day. I could see that the bass were chasing them around quite a bit, and that Waking Minnow was a really close match for the size and shape of those little trout.

I finally had to stop fishing Tuesday night because when I went to net my last fish, the muscles in my right forearm started to cramp up while leading the fish to the net. The real clincher was when I went to lip that fish, my thumb on my left hand cramped up, and locked tight against my palm. I couldn't open it for about 10 minutes! LOL! That's only the second time in my life where I caught so many fish, my body actually started to shut down, physically! That's a great problem to have, in my book!

Took my dad there the following evening. We had a good time, landing 25 bass. Any other time, that would be considered a fantastic night of fishing, but it felt like a bit of a let down after the insane fishing I had the night before. Again, a good problem to have.

I was too busy catching fish Tuesday to take many pictures, but here's a few.

First fish on the Waking Minnow. A 20 incher on the Waking Minnow. And happiness is a good case of "bass thumb."

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4/27/15 11:28 AM CST
BSG ... Check your PM !!

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4/26/15 3:56 PM CST
Water Temp: 40° - 45° F
Of course the big story over the weekend was the perch fishing at Garden. Lots of people, but also lots of fish, (many limits.) If you can put up with the crowd, and don't mind waiting a long time to launch your boat, it can be well worth the trip. Most fish were taken on 1 or 2 inch minnows, but wigglers and crawlers took their fair share, too.

Because of Garden, very few people have been fishing perch on Little Bay, yet. I got my boat out for the first time this year, Saturday afternoon, just as the wind changed and shut down the bite, (at least that's going to be my excuse.) I only landed a few, but found good numbers of fish that wouldn't bite on the East side of the bay, near the Vagabond Resort. Another report I got Sunday was good numbers in the Narrows, but the wind was too strong for the guys to hold an anchor and fish. Water's cool and we still have several weeks of good perch fishing to come.

Been getting a few mixed reports of walleyes and browns off of Cedar River. With browns being caught off Menominee and Cedar River, my dad figured there was no reason they shouldn't be off the Ford River, too. His first pass this morning around Breezy Point he picked up a nice 24 inch brown. First trout we've caught in years down there. Hope to see some more in the coming weeks.

How'd everyone else do this weekend?


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