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Old 07-26-2006, 09:14 PM
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Im from Florida and Moved to Michigan. Ive got my Florida fishing down but never fished the great lakes. Anyone have any suggustions on what kind of bait, do i troll and if so how deep? Also any other great tips for lake michigan fishing would be of great help. Thanks
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Old 07-26-2006, 09:31 PM
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Are you going to fish lake erie?
THis year has been great in the western basin. casting erie derie weight forward spinners in gold are working great. Drift with bottom bouncers and worm harness. Or troll with jets and dipsey divers with spoons and crankbaits.

Any bait store can show you how and where.
Try yellow perch fishing and steelhead, smallmouth fishing also.

If your on lake erie, be safe. the lake can be rougher than the ocean real easy
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Old 07-26-2006, 09:36 PM
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I will be fishing lake michichan and inlet lakes. Yes i also want to learn how to catch perch and steelheads. Havent cought anything yet. Its hard to go from a shrimp to a night crawler. Is a steelhead like a salmon?
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Old 07-27-2006, 01:01 PM
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nate44 gave you a very good start for lures......sometimes jigging works well too. Jigging is also very effective for your perch as well.

But for catching Pickerel or as some might call it Walleye (the name difference is a regional thing) on a regular basis you'll need good charts and a downrigger. In some parts casting is also effective.

Pickerel are pattern holding fish, in other words they like deep water close to shallow water, they like structure, shoals, islands and points and weeds, they are a water temperature conscious fish (in other words they’ll hold at or just above given thermos when holding up), they are a light sensitive fish....they have huge eyes for hunting at night or for seeing you in the daylight. Aside from the real brutes pickerel school. When night feeding they can often be found in very skinny water.....shore fishing or off of docks is possible and down right effective. Pickerel are mainly a night feeding fish, (huge eyes) but they will not pass up on a meal or snack in the day time.

In open bodies of water when the fish are holding in shallower waters (say 25' or less) it is best to fish these fish when the water has a chop to it, or otherwise they’ll see you and the bit will shut down. Pickerel spawn in the major rivers with fast moving water, often white water. You do not need a gaff for our inland fish, just a good net will do.....but watch out for the teeth in pickerel.

Now despite you are talking Lake Michigan, I have a healthy collection of Ontario Out Of Doors magazines which will give you a solid understanding of fishing and hunting in these parts.....Michigan and Ontario are very similar geographically, except we have far more wilderness and inland lakes and by nature our winters are not as harsh as yours (we’re on the north side of the lakes). If you want to cover the costs for the shipping you are more then welcome to them.
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Sharkster - 7/26/2006 10:36 PM

Is a steelhead like a salmon?
Well in general shape only. A steelhead/ Rainbow/ Bows (same fish just different names) are Trout and they are not to be confuse with Salmon. Once you hook into a good 10-15 lber you'll know why they're called steelhead.....they are an exciting fish to catch, especially in the rivers.
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1/4 ounce White Rooster Tail tipped with a small piece of pork rind works around here.
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Old 07-27-2006, 01:14 PM
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Catch a walleye by not fishing Lake Michian for them -- very low population. If you want salmon and steelhead, fish Lake MI. For walleye head inland. Ask about inland fishing in your area on WalleyeCentral.com. Try to hook up with an area fisherman and learn the ropes. Try jigs with plastics, worm harnesses behind a small weight, leeches and small weights, trolling crank baits or worm harnesses or small flutter spoons. Fish dropoffs, weed bed edges or over weedbeds. Only Canadians call walleye - pickerel.
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rodbender bob - 7/27/2006 2:14 PM
Only Canadians call walleye - pickerel.
So when you are better than half way across Lake Erie do you then call them Pickerel?

We've always have said that anybody that calls Pickerel Walleye are people that want to sound like they know what they are talking about, but because they are calling the fish a Walleye we all know they don't know to much at all. After all the species did originate here in Canada.
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People do very well at night trolling body baits. In the spring and fall you can really hammer them jigging. I've always used crawler harnesses. But, we've also used plugs, spoons, kwikfish, blah blah blah. It just depends on the region. Talk to the local bait shops, they'll head you in the right direction. Also, try for perch. Super easy, and cheap. Plus, you deep fry those things fresh you'll be going back for more.
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how funny....clever!
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Old 07-31-2006, 08:43 AM
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go to www.walleyecentral.com post on message board. rodbender is right though....fish lake erie not lake michigan.
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Old 07-31-2006, 08:26 PM
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great posts, thanks for all the info. Its a big fishing shock moving from florida, its like learning to fish all over again. We have also been trying to catch salmon by trolling and getting skunked everytime so far.. I will get the hang of it soon. It just takes some practice im sure. Im sure i will be posting here soon with some big catches.. actually it is fun fishing fresh water. Ok who wants to start a fishing show with me? Get to fish everyday and make some money at the same time..
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I fish the central basin in Lake Erie for Walleye, perch, and trout. In the central basin we normally get a nicer fish than the western basin, and normally use Dipsy Divers for the walleye. We normally use stinger spoons, or double blade willow leaves with worms and troll. The Western basin guys usually drift and use spinner baits like erie dearies. In the spring the western guys jig with swedish pimples tipped with emarld shiners (minnows) on the reefs to catch the spawning walleyes. As the summer progresses the Walleye migrate east ward and we have been doing very well on them. As an example, I was out yesterday from ashtabula Ohio, and we caught 17 Walleyes fishing time was about 3 hours, It was just me and my wife, and our 3 boys ages 3,4, and 8 - the fishing that we do for these does require some muscle because of the equipment that we use - kids were of no help. Most of these were around 22-23 inches with one at 31". The smaller ones are better to eat. I would be willing to share a lot of information with you if want my phone # send me an message in this website. Me and my brothers have fished Lake Michigan, Ontario, and Erie alot and can give you some good information. PS if you want the best steelhead trout fishing in the world, we have it right here in Northeast Ohio - no kidding.
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