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CHRIS WAHL
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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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7/1/15 9:31 PM CST
Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Had another good day on the Escanaba River, despite the post-cold front conditions. Fished with my dad and my brother who's home on leave for a couple weeks. Casting and trolling with assorted shallow running crankbaits and spinnerbaits got us smallmouth, rockbass, sheephead, pike, and walleyes.

My dad was on a roll for a while, boating three nice bass in the 18 to 20 inch range. Another time we pulled up to a little cove. He said "that looks like the kind of spot a pike would live," and makes a cast with a spinnerbait. Just as he was saying "I can't believe there's not a pike in there," a nice one slammed his bait. Nothing like calling your shots.

I picked up a couple sheephead. Man, those things fight hard! Definitely not "trash fish" in my book!

Trevor was the pike-man this trip, landing at least a half dozen, but nothing "photo worthy." Better luck next time, bro.


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7/1/15 10:28 AM CST
taskforce, your PM isn't on... If you'd like PM me your cell phone number. I will be up this Holiday weekend in the same area. Cabin is between Cedar and Ford River but usually launch Ford River or Escanaba.

Stop by Chris and Diane if you can get up that way(Bay View Bait and Tackle), they are always helpful with reports and can point you in the right direction.

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6/30/15 8:06 PM CST
Thanks Chris for the report. As always you are sharing reports. Anybody else have any info on depths, water temps and tackle. Thanks!! Will share report when i have something

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6/30/15 8:58 AM CST
Jesse caught a nice perch on three white petals from a daisy flower.

Charlie with one of the 11 kings he and his dad Gary and friend Tim caught, fishing out of Escanaba. Maybe we'll actually get to have a salmon bite off the Ford River Can this year.


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6/29/15 7:31 PM CST
Hello Guys, sorry for the non report, but coming back up for the 4th this Thursday. I havnt been up since the walleye opener. Coming up to do some walleye fishing. But want to go chase some salmon over by fairport. Just wondering if anyone is willing to share some info. Early or late bite? Spoons or flashers. What depths? Any rainbows showing up? Thanks for the help. Will be out. Share a report later

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6/29/15 7:12 PM CST
I'll be camping at Wells Park starting this coming Wednesday (July 1st) through the weekend. I plan on bringing my boat. Any reports from anyone fishing out in the lake in front of the Cedar River or in the river itself? I know this is not the actual fishing report board for this question, but there are way more people that pay attention to this board than the actual Cedar River board. Any info. would be greatly appreciated!

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6/28/15 4:59 PM CST
My friend Drew came up From Green Bay again this weekend. We had a slow start to the trip, but did well in the end. Caught walleyes, smallmouth, pike, rockbass, and even a perch. I was able to get my boat all the way up to the dam. I told Drew about a spot where there's a spring that comes out near it. Back in the day when we used to wade the river, it was always good for one or two bass, usually nice ones, if you cast a topwater bait near it. Sure enough, he hit the spot on the second cast, and a nice 18 inch smallie crushed his Skitter Pop as soon as it hit the water. He said that strike and fight alone was worth the trip up here.

Reid, Clare, and Easton teamed up to catch this steelhead on a 10 color leadcore rig. Reid said he didn't know how the picture came out like it did, but that it was pretty cool. I'll agree to that.


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6/27/15 8:29 AM CST
I took my moms cousin and his son out for an afternoon of fishing on the Escanaba River, Friday afternoon. Casting and trolling with #11 firetiger Rapalas and Rebel crayfish produced walleyes, smallmouth, rockbass, pike, and sheephead.

Diane and I did well trolling at the mouth of the river the evening prior, mostly catching small walleyes. There were several boats in the area Friday afternoon, so we headed upriver. Joel was the "hot stick" this trip, catching the most fish and the biggest variety, as well as our two keeper walleyes. His son Greg caught a 28 inch pike that was the biggest fish he has caught to date, ( he'll be going to NMU this fall, so I think we'll be able to top that mark for him.) For whatever reason, I had one of those trips where I just couldn't keep anything hooked up! towards the end of the trip, I switched out the back hook on the Rebel Crayfish for one a couple sizes bigger. Promptly doubled up with Joel with a pair of "trash can lids" that fought like mad, (and didn't get off!)

All in all, another fun day on the Escanaba River.


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6/22/15 10:44 PM CST
Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
My buddy Drew brought his daughter Hannah up again, to fish with me on Father's Day. We fished the Escanaba River from the mouth, all the way up to the dam. Caught smallmouth, walleyes, pike, and even a perch and a rockbass.

Drew and I doubled up on a pair of 18 inch bass near the highway bridge. I was throwing a spinnerbait, and he was using a Mann's Baby 1- crankbait. Hannah did an excellent job netting our fish While we were casting.

She likes trolling better, so as it got closer to sunset, we moved back to the river mouth to troll for walleyes. We were running assorted shallow running crankbaits. I like my little Rebel Crayfish. Hannah did well with a #11 Firetiger Rapala. Drew was mostly running a Jr. Thunderstick in green glow. It wasn't fast fishing, but we got one or two every pass. Lots of throwbacks, but we did catch three legal sized fish, so enough for a good meal.

A good time was had by all this trip.


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6/22/15 10:11 PM CST
Looks like Brendan and his folks had a pretty good weekend. His email from Sunday -

Got out on them again this morning, caught 8. Constant action out there in big bay. 29"

Double with a 24 1/2" and 27 3/4"

27" and 25 1/2"


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6/22/15 7:50 PM CST
Brendan's report and picks from Saturday

Mayflies hatched big tonight in Big Bay de Noc. Caught 6 walleyes, and lost many more big ones! 27,25,23,24,18,18. Me with a 24" Mom, Tracey, with the big fish of the night, 27"


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6/15/15 4:44 PM CST
Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Launched out of the Escanaba River Sunday afternoon, mostly looking for perch. Took a little while, but I finally found some decent numbers holding in 18 to 20 feet along the slope of the drop-off. Fishing wasn't fast and furious, but I got enough to keep me entertained. Of the 28 landed, I kept 16. Got them on perch rigs with minnows and the last of the wigglers for this year, (minnows took more keeper sized fish, anyway.)

Used up all my bait, so I decided to head in early, clean my fish, and fry them up for dinner. On the way in, I decided to troll back to the launch. It may seem like an odd choice, but I've found that the walleyes in the river like Rebel Wee-R Crayfish when trolled in 3 to 6 feet of water. In the pass from the mouth to the launch, I caught five walleyes, with two keepers, ( a 15 1/2 and 19 incher.) So much for heading in early! Made a few more passes and caught three more undersized walleye, and lost two more, (one looked to be legal.)

So anyway, ended the evening with a nice mixed bag in the old fish coffin.


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