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Hbz113
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7/27/15 10:37 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Went out of Ford River Sunday morning from 4am-10:30am in search of salmon. Trolled spoons 30-50 ft down ended up 2 for 5. Depth finder took a crap so not sure how deep I was, hits came out by Minneapolis shoals

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7/27/15 6:56 AM CST
Brendan sent in this pic -

26 1/2" from this morning. Prefishing for the MWC next week.


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7/24/15 10:17 PM CST
Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Fished off the Escanaba Harbor again tonight. No smallmouth this time, but I did catch a jumbo perch and a good eating sized walleye on a jig. The water was pretty dirty as it was blown around the harbor mouth, from the swimming beach. Figured there might be a few more walleyes in that dirty water, that might take a crankbait. Picked up 4 pike trolling Bombers, but no more walleyes.

A few pics from this evenings trip.

That's how you like to see a walleye hooked on a jig!

Citrus Shad 15A Bombers have been working pretty good for me this year for both walleyes and pike, in dirty water.

Nice sunset over Esky harbor.

See ya on the water!


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7/22/15 9:55 PM CST
Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Fished out of the Escanaba harbor tonight, mostly looking for smallmouth. Picked up a beautiful 20 1/2 incher on a tube jig, that I would have KILLED for during the bass tournament this past weekend. Definitely would have been in the running for big fish with that one!

Anyway, while drifting back to the spot where I caught that fish, I saw a fish break the surface chasing some bait about 25 feet away. I quickly reeled in the Rattling Rouge I was jerking along the breakline, and cast to where the fish had surfaced. After two quick twitches with the bait, it got drilled! Fish jumped out of the water and, "Holy crap! It's a brown trout!" After a good battle I netted a nice 19 inch trout. Certainly a nice bonus fish, especially with the 71 degree surface temp I had at the harbor mouth.

The brown bass went back in the lake, but the brown trout went home!


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7/19/15 10:29 PM CST
Fished the Bay De Noc Sport Fishing clubs 1st annual bass tournament on Little Bay this past Saturday.

11 teams fished, and 6 of those weighed no fish - including my dad and I! I caught several nice smallmouth just days before the tournament. I had landed 18 1/2 inch and 20 1/2 inch bass within 6 casts at one of my favorite spots on Wednesday. Each fish came to the boat with 3 or 4 similar sized fish following it. I landed another 18 inch fish at another spot. In less than 2 hours I had several nice weigh fish. Figured that with 8 1/2 hours of fishing time, we'd be able to put together a nice 5 fish limit.

Alas, the fishing gods deemed us unworthy that day, LOL! Caught lots of undersized fish, but no keepers.

The teams that did land fish were mostly fishing south of Ford River. It took over 22 pounds to win, and over 20 pounds to be in the top three. Big fish was 4 3/4 pounds.

Still, I had a good time on the water, fishing with my dad. There was lots of laughing, cursing, and head shaking during the course of the day.

"I wish I had spent LESS time fishing with my dad," said nobody, ever. LOL!

By the end of the day, my dad had a pretty good pile of baits that didn't put any fish in the livewell. They looked kind of neat shining in the sun, so I took a picture of them. He called it "a picture of frustration!" Pretty much summed up the day for us.


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7/19/15 10:28 PM CST
There's been some salmon fishing right off of Escanaba this year. Not big numbers, (most are getting 1 to 4 per trip.) Not great, but better than it's been in several years. As usual, the better reports are coming from Cedar River and Fairport.


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Hbz113
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7/19/15 7:02 PM CST
Any word on the salmon bite?

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7/13/15 7:41 AM CST
A couple pictures from over the weekend.

Claire got a nice king with her dad, Reid. "Nice fish on 300 copper. She needed a few breaks, but did the majority of the work herself."

Lucy with a nice walleye. "Lucys 1st of 5 for the night, the salmon will have to wait!"


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7/11/15 8:42 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Went out of Kippling this morning, fished 12-15 fow pulling harnesses ended up with 5 eyes between 18-25 inches, wind picked up and started speed trolling shad raps on on the drop off at the sand bar just north of Kippling ended up with probably 10 pike biggest was 36 incher, all in all a good day on the water, walleye bellies were filled with mayflies

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7/7/15 9:51 AM CST
Some more pictures from over the holiday weekend.

Brendan and his cousin caught some nice walleyes. His email read - "Fished the head of little bay this weekend, fished in the deep water east of center reef, trolling crawler harnesses. Caught a 27 3/4 inch on the 4th of July, and my cousin from downstate caught a 24 1/2" on Sunday. Caught a couple more smaller walleye, and some other species."

Brian got a nice walleye from the south end of the bay. He said - "Picked up a 26" off Breezy Point Saturday (7/4) morning, with your fire tiger harness. Only catch photo worthy with the perfect beach-sitting weather we had, but that's okay with me too Smile Also caught a fair amount of smaller walleyes and bass in the River which was fun."

Alex got some walleyes, too. His dad, Mike, said - "Alec kept a couple good eaters today and let go a number of small fish. Got a few sheepshead also. The wind kept us from getting to our perch spot, but he had a good day anyways."

Thanks for the pics and reports, guys. Nice to see some walleyes being caught during the usually "slow time" of the summer.


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7/6/15 10:04 AM CST
A couple of pics from over the weekend.

Gary and his friend picked up a nice salmon 1/2 mile south of the Escanaba harbor Friday morning.

Mark caught a 38 inch northern in Big Bay de Noc.


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7/6/15 8:24 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Report from the weekend, went to Fairport on friday morning, just the wife and I went 3/4 with all lakers in 150-160 fow on spoons and one on a fly. Back at launch most said they were only catching lakers. So we made a different plan for Saturday. So a late start to saturday we went out to the DA can and fished south. Marked enough fish and some bait to keep us going for a few hours. Ended up with 1 king on a spoon, 200 copper. Water was like glass and it was warm out there. We fished close to break 90-120 fow. Water temp was 67 when we left. 50 feet down it was 50. Had to get back in for a barbecue and fireworks. A lot of family stuff going on so didnt make it back out. Thanks to all that pm me.

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7/4/15 9:08 AM CST
Hbz113 - There needs to be a good, strong, southerly wind for a day or two, to get the water stirred up and dirty. If you can see the bottom, you won't do very well. That said, even with ideal conditions, we're right in the middle of the slow time of the summer for walleyes. The alewives are in spawning, and the mayfly hatches are in full swing. TONS of natural food to compete with.

B@SSHUNTER - Typically you can find good numbers of fish on the large flats between Gladstone and Escanaba, especially the one on the west side of the bay. Even when the wind is blowing hard, it's relatively calmer on the flat, so easier to fish in a smaller boat. Typical bass baits will work - tube jigs, senkos, spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Good luck.


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7/2/15 9:08 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Went out of Ford river from about 4:30-9pm tonight, trolled harnesses in 8-14 fow all the way up to Breezy Point, only picked up 2 small mouth that were about 12 inches. Trolling speed was about 1.2 to1.8. Not sure what speeds to run at any info would be great

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7/2/15 10:20 AM CST
Heading up to Little Bay for the first time and hoping to chase smallmouth (catch and release). I've read through the previous posts and it looks like there are a few to be caught in the Escanaba River. I was wondering if someone could share some info regarding the bay itself, and what those fish might be chewing on. I do have a Hot Spots map, but it's a lot of water to break down and have a bit of a smaller rig to fish out of. Feel free to message me (thanks for the help).

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