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MARK CLEMENTS
MARK CLEMENTS
Joined: 3/29/2004
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FISHING REPORT
4/30/16 8:01 PM CST
A few northern showing up right now. Mainly bluegills walleye and bass right now. River is rising fast right now.


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DICK NEEFE
DICK NEEFE
Joined: 3/1/2009
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4/26/16 2:37 PM CST
Trip today with Dave & son Nathan. Targrted smallmouth. Caught a bunch, no big uns like over the weekend but nice fish biggest smallie today 15". Got into bonus white bass at several places, caught oodles & oodles of white bass lots of doubles, lots of fun!!

See ya on the river

TED PECK
TED PECK
Joined: 1/14/2008
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4/26/16 2:09 PM CST
A scouting/fun fishing trip today. got on the water at 9;30. First, went looking for SMB. Found 'em in all 4 spots I checked. Fluke caught the most fish. Biggest 17". Stopped at 12 and went after WB. After hooking up every 3-4 casts until pretty much sick of it, played the "no fish in 10 casts and I'll quit" game. The River finally let me go home at 1:45. Best WB bait today was 1/4 oz. Roadrunner paddletail. Cold out there today! Had to put on the rain gear after leaving the ramp to stay warm. didn't help much. "If you're cold and don't have to be out there, why do you stay out there?" my wife asked. After 44 years of marriage you would think she would know the answer: I'm NUTS! Tounge Out

TED PECK
TED PECK
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4/25/16 7:10 AM CST
Brookie--any time I see the holier than thou postering by the railroad I would like to have Dickens ghost of the future out of A Christmas Carol take them to the Bad Axe RR bridge and point that bony finger at the exposed re-bar on bridge supports which trains thunder over at 60 mph every day. Not a matter of if--but when--a derailment will occur spilling everything from crude oil to tri-methyl-double-death and meythl-ethyl awful into the Bad Axe and subsequently the River. They admit they have no hazmat plan in place. Even the heftiest fine won't restore our River once its gone. A couple years ago i guided a DNR guy there. He got ahold of his counterpart in the DOT, who contacted the BN. They took the stance that there is no problem until there is a problem. All-righty then. Evil Grin

DICK NEEFE
DICK NEEFE
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4/24/16 4:21 PM CST
Report for this weekend's walleye trip with Jack's crew. Started out fishing spawning areas, caught some fish there, then moved to post spawn areas & caught some fish there too. Between our 2 boats had 9 legals on Saturday, 4 legals in our half day Sunday. Caught fish trolling 3-ways, pitching jigs, and dragging crawlers. What really made the weekend fun was while we were moving from one spot to another Jack asked if I knew anywhere we could catch some smallmouth cause they like to catch them too. I replied REALLY!!! Fished a spot for smallies for a couple hours each day where I found em stacked the other day. Caught about 40smallies each day with some dandys in there. Biggest one Jack's big fat 20"er. Tons of fun with great group of guus.

Should be some grea. Walleye fishing coming up. The walleyes ate leaving the spawning areas and with stable water conditions will be congregating in predictable areas in the next week or so.

See ya on the river

steve r
steve r
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Joined: 9/25/2012
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4/24/16 4:18 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
first time fishing pool 9. had planned on going up by the dam and vertical jigging hair jigs and minnows as that is what i read was a go to bait. stopped by the bait shop in genoa and a bought a large variety and minnows. on the way up we stopped at a couple wing dams. no fish on the first one. move to another. had the jigs already rigged so went with those. first cast. nice small mouth. from reading all the great reports on here over time i thought this is the time you stop and throw cranks. switch over to bomber A in root beer float and a purple flicker shad. had good success on those. after a little bit it seemed the fished moved. the initial bite was on the up river side of wind dam. cast over the top and bring it back against the current over the drop off. the would hit in the deep water right near the edge. as it got towards evening we moved closer to shore and on top of the dam ( roughly) now casting out towards the center and parallel or up river and bringing it back across the top to the shallow water. found the fish again. same cranks. as it got close to sunset they seemed to move again. kept the boat in the same place except now casting down river and towards shore and slowly retrieving back up river. about half the normal speed. found the fish again. in about 4' of water. switched up to rapala J11 in fire tiger hoping to a find a big walleye or two. nothing huge but the walleye did show up. got two keepers ( released). my girlfriend threw the bomber A in root beer float for the whole trip and produced. the bomber A in root beer float, flicker shad size 4 in purple with the same greenish color on top as the root beer and rapala J11 fire tiger did almost all the work. couldnt get hit on any other cranks. fished one wing dam over about 4 hours. up river, on top and down river. 13'-4' landed over 30 fish. 6 species had northern cut me off that would have been 7. thanks to all the posters for sharing. all of what i tried are things i have read from other reports over time. hopefully there is some info in this that can help someone have a fun and memorable day on the water like we did.

TheRedGhost
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4/24/16 3:45 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F
Went out on the first boat at the float with father. Fished for 1/2 hour with hair jigs... No success switched to river rig with leaf worm in the slack water. Between me and my dad we got 30 walleye (2 keepers), 20 perch (7 keepers), 10 bluegill (3 keepers), 8 bass, 4 sheepshead, and some red horse. This was over 9 hours. Fishing was pretty slow the walleye are done spawning but there are still lots of male walleye there. Hope this was useful, good luck

The Big Brookie
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4/24/16 1:47 PM CST
I brought up the issue of crossing railroads outside of designated crossings and the fact that this is one of the largest 'takings' in recent state history. When I questioned the safety argument all I heard was "it's private property." This is not a safety issue but rather being used to provide leverage currently and down the road as concerns over shipments of hazardous materials, crude, etc are causing citizens to become increasingly concerned. Just more political posturing.

JOHN BOMKAMP
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4/24/16 8:51 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Fished with my buddy Len in the Falling Rock Walleye Club event yesterday. Didn't catch the largest fish of the day, but we caught a bunch of fish. Northerns, whitebass, sheepshead and this bonus fish! We caught a bunch of short walleyes and sauger, and 3 legal fish, with the largest being a 22 inch male. Most of our fish were caught trolling cranks, with the good one coming by hand lining. He hit while we were pulling our lines in on our last pass of the day! A nice day out there, and lots of fun! The river is coming alive with the warmer water, and everything is starting to bite!

Thanks for reading my reports, and have a good week!

TED PECK
TED PECK
Joined: 1/14/2008
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FISHING REPORT
4/22/16 6:39 PM CST
Tonite I'm more baffled and confused than usual. had a half day trip with Sean and Terri-Two Gar. Cold, with NW wind when we got on the water at 8:30. Started where I left off yesterday. A couple fish followed baits to boatside and hit short. moved to some water out of the wind and caught a decent pike and a magnum WB. huh? Moved to another spot and folks pounded magnum WB on rootbeer float bomber. I fished other stuff WB ought to like more. Nope. They wanted the RBF bomber again today. Caught WE, SMB, LMB and the obligatory sheep, but those magnum WB were once again the fish du jour. WHY??? WB have been a bonus species here for the past couple of years. All of a sudden they show up, 12-16+ inches, all over the place...and they want RBF Bombers. huh?? Wondering I haven't put more than 8-10 average WB in the boat on any one trip for several years. Now the mongo WB show up, are aggressive and all over the place...eating baits which aren't even in the top 10 go-to WB baits. WHERE DID THIS HORDE OF MONGOS COME FROM??? Sean and Terri Two-Gar got out of the boat with a big cooler full of magnum WB and some other fish you might expect. After a lifetime on this River I would like to believe I know why this pattern is crazy good now. But I don't have a clue. Really baffled, humbled, blessed and confused. This immortal River blows my mind on a daily basis. Fortunately, I've been paralyzed from the neck up for years. All I do lately is laugh and net fish Big Smile Big Smile Sleepy Big Smile Big Smile

JOHN BOMKAMP
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FISHING REPORT
4/22/16 6:20 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Bass fishing has been very good the past few days. Fished an hour or so today and we boated around 20 nice largemouths on rattle traps. Quality fish to 3 pounds. Panfish are biting pretty good also. Mixed bag of perch, crappie and bluegill. Beauty of a day out there! Upper 50's water temp.

DICK NEEFE
DICK NEEFE
Joined: 3/1/2009
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4/22/16 5:39 PM CST
Walleye trip today with Dick & son Troy. With the north wind blowing decided to go after some post spawn fish. Caught quite a few fish walleyes northerns and of course sheephead. Caught fish doing everything. Trolling 3 ways pitching jigs dragging crawlers. Had a couple nice eyes around 20", lots of shorts. Some great fishing right around the corner with the water staying down and warming.

See ya on the river

TED PECK
TED PECK
Joined: 1/14/2008
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4/21/16 5:59 PM CST
The magnum WB showed up today for Joe & Keith. hot bait was a root beer float Bomber. Filled livewell with 12-16" fish, then started throwing them back. some short eyes, pike, and SMB too. Biggest SMB 17" today

trapperone
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4/20/16 7:08 PM CST
Mark, any northerns showing up at the float yet?

the port
the port
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4/19/16 2:17 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Guided trip with Captain Ted Peck yesterday. Took a mixed bag of pike, walleye, lg and sm mouth bass in our 4 hours. We hit 6 spots and found fish in all but one. Really a successful beautiful day on the water.

The shocker for me was where we found the walleye. I guess that's why I hire a guide.

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