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Thursday May 21, 2009

It’s been a spring plagued with high winds and cold temperatures. The bite’s off, but not void.
 

The walleye bite’s been the most effected by all the cold fronts. Fish, however, are still being taken on Long, S. Lake Leelanau, and Big Platte Lakes. The nighttime’s been the right time and trolling bodybaits has been the best technique.

 

After dark the ‘eyes swim into the shallows and feast on minnows; Rapala Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues (both suspending lures) trolled directly behind the boat at 1.8 MPH in water 6 to 12 feet deep has been the best ploy to imitate the forage.

 

The lake trout bite’s been good on West Grand Traverse Bay. Water temperatures are creeping into the high 40’s and the fish are moving shoreward.

 

Troll the steep drop offs with bodybaits (and lead core line if you want ‘em deeper) and spoons on downriggers. The best depths vary day to day with the winds. Check out 20 to 65 feet of water for the best results.

 

In a side note, I hit the Upper Peninsula during the walleye openerAuTrain Lake, to be exact. Between two boats we kept 16 walleye and four pike during our three days on the water.

 

The best technique was jigging 1/4-ounce jigs with rubber worms in 8 feet of water. Other fish came to the boat, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and perch.

 

Speaking of bass, don’t forget this Saturday’s the opener of the catch-and-keep (only if you want to keep ‘em) bass season. Last Thursday I guided on Lake Skegemog; water temperatures were in the low 50’s, and my client landed 8 smallies from 1-1/2 to 3 pounds. The fish came on both suspending bodybaits and on spinnerbaits.

 
As always – BE SAFE ON THE WATER.
 

Dave ~ WildFishing

It’s been a spring plagued with high winds and cold temperatures. The bite’s off, but not void.

 

The walleye bite’s been the most effected by all the cold fronts. Fish, however, are still being taken on Long, S. Lake Leelanau, and Big Platte Lakes. The nighttime’s been the right time and trolling bodybaits has been the best technique.

 

After dark the ‘eyes swim into the shallows and feast on minnows; Rapala Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues (both suspending lures) trolled directly behind the boat at 1.8 MPH in water 6 to 12 feet deep has been the best ploy to imitate the forage.

 

The lake trout bite’s been good on West Grand Traverse Bay. Water temperatures are creeping into the high 40’s and the fish are moving shoreward.

 

Troll the steep drop offs with bodybaits (and lead core line if you want ‘em deeper) and spoons on downriggers. The best depths vary day to day with the winds. Check out 20 to 65 feet of water for the best results.

 

In a side note, I hit the Upper Peninsula during the walleye openerAuTrain Lake, to be exact. Between two boats we kept 16 walleye and four pike during our three days on the water.

 

The best technique was jigging 1/4-ounce jigs with rubber worms in 8 feet of water. Other fish came to the boat, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and perch.

 

Speaking of bass, don’t forget this Saturday’s the opener of the catch-and-keep (only if you want to keep ‘em) bass season. Last Thursday I guided on Lake Skegemog; water temperatures were in the low 50’s, and my client landed 8 smallies from 1-1/2 to 3 pounds. The fish came on both suspending bodybaits and on spinnerbaits.

 
As always – BE SAFE ON THE WATER.
 

Dave ~ WildFishing

It’s been a spring plagued with high winds and cold temperatures. The bite’s off, but not void.

 

The walleye bite’s been the most effected by all the cold fronts. Fish, however, are still being taken on Long, S. Lake Leelanau, and Big Platte Lakes. The nighttime’s been the right time and trolling bodybaits has been the best technique.

 

After dark the ‘eyes swim into the shallows and feast on minnows; Rapala Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues (both suspending lures) trolled directly behind the boat at 1.8 MPH in water 6 to 12 feet deep has been the best ploy to imitate the forage.

 

The lake trout bite’s been good on West Grand Traverse Bay. Water temperatures are creeping into the high 40’s and the fish are moving shoreward.

 

Troll the steep drop offs with bodybaits (and lead core line if you want ‘em deeper) and spoons on downriggers. The best depths vary day to day with the winds. Check out 20 to 65 feet of water for the best results.

 

In a side note, I hit the Upper Peninsula during the walleye openerAuTrain Lake, to be exact. Between two boats we kept 16 walleye and four pike during our three days on the water.

 

The best technique was jigging 1/4-ounce jigs with rubber worms in 8 feet of water. Other fish came to the boat, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and perch.

 

Speaking of bass, don’t forget this Saturday’s the opener of the catch-and-keep (only if you want to keep ‘em) bass season. Last Thursday I guided on Lake Skegemog; water temperatures were in the low 50’s, and my client landed 8 smallies from 1-1/2 to 3 pounds. The fish came on both suspending bodybaits and on spinnerbaits.

 
As always – BE SAFE ON THE WATER.
 

Dave ~ WildFishing

It’s been a spring plagued with high winds and cold temperatures. The bite’s off, but not void.

 

The walleye bite’s been the most effected by all the cold fronts. Fish, however, are still being taken on Long, S. Lake Leelanau, and Big Platte Lakes. The nighttime’s been the right time and trolling bodybaits has been the best technique.

 

After dark the ‘eyes swim into the shallows and feast on minnows; Rapala Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues (both suspending lures) trolled directly behind the boat at 1.8 MPH in water 6 to 12 feet deep has been the best ploy to imitate the forage.

 

The lake trout bite’s been good on West Grand Traverse Bay. Water temperatures are creeping into the high 40’s and the fish are moving shoreward.

 

Troll the steep drop offs with bodybaits (and lead core line if you want ‘em deeper) and spoons on downriggers. The best depths vary day to day with the winds. Check out 20 to 65 feet of water for the best results.

 

In a side note, I hit the Upper Peninsula during the walleye openerAuTrain Lake, to be exact. Between two boats we kept 16 walleye and four pike during our three days on the water.

 

The best technique was jigging 1/4-ounce jigs with rubber worms in 8 feet of water. Other fish came to the boat, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and perch.

 

Speaking of bass, don’t forget this Saturday’s the opener of the catch-and-keep (only if you want to keep ‘em) bass season. Last Thursday I guided on Lake Skegemog; water temperatures were in the low 50’s, and my client landed 8 smallies from 1-1/2 to 3 pounds. The fish came on both suspending bodybaits and on spinnerbaits.

 
As always – BE SAFE ON THE WATER.
 

Dave ~ WildFishing

It’s been a spring plagued with high winds and cold temperatures. The bite’s off, but not void.

 

The walleye bite’s been the most effected by all the cold fronts. Fish, however, are still being taken on Long, S. Lake Leelanau, and Big Platte Lakes. The nighttime’s been the right time and trolling bodybaits has been the best technique.

 

After dark the ‘eyes swim into the shallows and feast on minnows; Rapala Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues (both suspending lures) trolled directly behind the boat at 1.8 MPH in water 6 to 12 feet deep has been the best ploy to imitate the forage.

 

The lake trout bite’s been good on West Grand Traverse Bay. Water temperatures are creeping into the high 40’s and the fish are moving shoreward.

 

Troll the steep drop offs with bodybaits (and lead core line if you want ‘em deeper) and spoons on downriggers. The best depths vary day to day with the winds. Check out 20 to 65 feet of water for the best results.

 

In a side note, I hit the Upper Peninsula during the walleye openerAuTrain Lake, to be exact. Between two boats we kept 16 walleye and four pike during our three days on the water.

 

The best technique was jigging 1/4-ounce jigs with rubber worms in 8 feet of water. Other fish came to the boat, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and perch.

 

Speaking of bass, don’t forget this Saturday’s the opener of the catch-and-keep (only if you want to keep ‘em) bass season. Last Thursday I guided on Lake Skegemog; water temperatures were in the low 50’s, and my client landed 8 smallies from 1-1/2 to 3 pounds. The fish came on both suspending bodybaits and on spinnerbaits.

 
As always – BE SAFE ON THE WATER.
 

Dave ~ WildFishing

It’s been a spring plagued with high winds and cold temperatures. The bite’s off, but not void.
 

The walleye bite’s been the most effected by all the cold fronts. Fish, however, are still being taken on Long, S. Lake Leelanau, and Big Platte Lakes. The nighttime’s been the right time and trolling bodybaits has been the best technique.

 

After dark the ‘eyes swim into the shallows and feast on minnows; Rapala Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues (both suspending lures) trolled directly behind the boat at 1.8 MPH in water 6 to 12 feet deep has been the best ploy to imitate the forage.

 

The lake trout bite’s been good on West Grand Traverse Bay. Water temperatures are creeping into the high 40’s and the fish are moving shoreward.

 

Troll the steep drop offs with bodybaits (and lead core line if you want ‘em deeper) and spoons on downriggers. The best depths vary day to day with the winds. Check out 20 to 65 feet of water for the best results.

 

In a side note, I hit the Upper Peninsula during the walleye openerAuTrain Lake, to be exact. Between two boats we kept 16 walleye and four pike during our three days on the water.

 

The best technique was jigging 1/4-ounce jigs with rubber worms in 8 feet of water. Other fish came to the boat, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and perch.

 

Speaking of bass, don’t forget this Saturday’s the opener of the catch-and-keep (only if you want to keep ‘em) bass season. Last Thursday I guided on Lake Skegemog; water temperatures were in the low 50’s, and my client landed 8 smallies from 1-1/2 to 3 pounds. The fish came on both suspending bodybaits and on spinnerbaits.

 
As always – BE SAFE ON THE WATER.
 

Dave ~ WildFishing

 

 

 

 

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