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Big Daddy Dave and a common-size pike (30 to 35-inchers)he caught while fishing on Buck Lake during his trip to PK Resorts. (www.pkresorts.com)



Mmm... Yummy... Big perch abound at PK Resorts.



Carol and an eater-size 'eye. There are lots of walleye this size for shore lunch, as well fish to 26 inches that we released.



Walleye pro Mark Martin releases a 25-incher.

N. Lower MI and Canada
Monday August 3, 2009

Weeks worth of guiding, and a fly-in trip to Canada in-between, has made Dave one busy boy! But things have slowed a little and now and I can catch up on life.. Including updating this fishing report.

On the local scene...

The walleye fishing has been good... and so too the catching. Big Platte Lake, which is a real hit-and-miss fishery, gave up a couple walleye in the 20-inch mark the begining of last week. Pulling bottom-bouncers and crawler harnesses in 28 to 35 feet of water was the ticket here.

Long Lake and South Lake Leelanau have been producing well, too. Last week I trolled crankbaits high in the water column (about 12 feet down over 30 to 45 feet of water) and we landed 2 keepers about 20-inches each and released 5 under-size fish. On South Lake Leelanau, we pulled crawler harnesses behind bottom-bouncers in 30 to 35 feet of water and kept two for 11 fish caught.

On the smallmouth bass front, several fish were landed by my client in Duck Lake last week. The best bait was a 5-inch Kaylin's Grub cast into 6 to 10 feet of water. We didn't get any monsters, bu plenty in the 1-1/2 to 2-12-pound range.

Big brown trout are the name of the river game right now. I went out with Guide Russ Maddin the other night, and our bud, Mike, and we went two for two on flies. The fish ranged from 18 to 19 inches.

And a HUGE congradulations goes out to river guide Tommy Lynch for his catch of a behemoth 30-inch brown he took on a big mouse pattern while fishing the Pere Marquette last week. Check out the "newsletter" at www.hawkinsflyfishing.com for a photo of Tommy and this monster.

Over the border...

More walleye, pike, and perch than one could imagine was what was going on while I was at PK Resorts (www.pkresorts.com), near Hornepayne, Ontario. My wife and I hung our hats for a week, July 18 through 25, at this fly-in-only lodge on Granite Hill and Buck Lakes. We were also there with walleye pro Mark Martin and his family.

The lodging? Great!

The food? Excellent!

The staff? More helpful than words can muster!

The fishing? I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

As always: BE SAFE ON THE WATER!

Dave

 

 

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