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Old 02-09-2018, 09:16 AM
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Still a little early, I guess.

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Old 02-09-2018, 10:15 AM
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I'm ready for the thaw. I love all of the seasons here in Michigan, but spring, summer, and fall are my favorites.
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My wife wants to do Macinac Island again...............had a great time the last time we stayed there.

I might surprise her with another 2 night visit there this year if my recent surgery improves enough to go biking again.
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Old 03-19-2018, 04:34 PM
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Still early up here. Took the dog for a couple drives this weekend. Friday was Cheboygan and Mackinaw. No pics at Mackinaw. Crowded and was getting tired.
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Saturday was Alpena. Took a picture of this snow owl.
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Then went down the road a bit to Black River and Harrisville.
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Harrisville Marina. Think im gonna bump Harrisville up on my list for weekend spots. With fishing getting better in Huron, Harrisville is a nice, clean little town with a nice state park and beech. Tawas or Alpena are nearby. All the dots are geese sitting on the fresh ice. Looks like it's trying to freeze back up after the couple of days.
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To early for me too. I have a buddy that put his boat in a couple of weeks ago when it got warm. Now he is afraid that he is going to crack his block. I told him he doesn't have to worry about it so long as the water temperature is above 32F. I plan on being in by the end of the month.
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Almost uncovered and dragged it home during the thaw last week. Glad I'd didn't. Maybe next week. Still have some unfinished work left from last summer. Got get the guage pod in that I built and run the new wiring. Get the new batteries mounted to the shelf I rebuilt. Almost a new boat.
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Guess this is why the Mackinaw wasn't at her dock in Cheboygan.

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Thanks for posting! Great area of the Great Lakes.
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Drove over to Costco in Traverse City today. Went up to Sutton's Bay and stretched the dog. Stopped for a late lunch at the pour House in lake lelanau.
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I just relocated to the area, living in Gurnee for the moment (until house sells in Va) and I was wondering when its time to start fishing on Lake Michigan? Are the charters starting up yet?
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Originally Posted by TripleCrownNC View Post
I just relocated to the area, living in Gurnee for the moment (until house sells in Va) and I was wondering when its time to start fishing on Lake Michigan? Are the charters starting up yet?
This is a good report to watch. Steelhead are coming into the rivers to spawn. But coho are good this early in the southern basin. As the season progresses and water warms, they'll move north. Chinook seemed to be coming back last year. Seems earlier they have been on the Wisconsin side to feed as the alewives and other baitfish have been diminished for a few years. Later in the summer they come back across to stage for spawning in the rivers on this side. But. It sounds like alewives and smelt have been on the rebound. If you're on the east side, keep an eye on the Atlantic Salmon reports. They have been stocking them throughout the northern basin of Huron, in addition to what LSSU has been stocking through the St. Mary's for years. Sounds like the DNR finally has something figured out and seeing some tangible returns. Plus if you're already setting up with walleye gear, (for trolling) you won't have much to change for Atlantic's. Sounds like they like a little higher presentation. Just run a few in-line planners with lead core or copper wire and some dypsy diver rigs. Those will be fine for the early half of the season in Lake Michigan as well. Downriggers will be helpful when the water warms up and the fish go deeper.
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Sorry, forgot. If you need dockage to launch, then watch for the dock reports on that link. Didn't know where Gurnee was. But yeah, should be close to the coho action. Also St. Joseph and target the mud line from the outflow of the river for some steelhead action.
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Thanks Standby, I am on the west side of the lake between Chicago and Wisconsin boarder. This will be a big learning curve for me, I've been saltwater fishing in the Atlantic my whole life so I have a lot to learn. My boat is still in Virginia until my house sells. So I called steelhead troller who charters over here and got on a split trip with him (and other guys I've not met) in late May. I may look around for other options like that to get out and see how its done in the lakes.

Next weekend I am going fly fishing in Ohio for steelhead with a friend who really has it dialed in along the rivers. That will be all new to me too.
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That's actually a good tactic. Familiarize with the gear a little before throwing the money at it. Since you're on that side, Green Bay area is known for good brown fishing. Michigan DnR is trying heavily to reestablish them on our side again around Ludington.

Use to hit the Pere Marquette, Manistee and Rogue River a lot for Steelhead. Now usually just The Betsy. If you like stream fishing, Michigan is loaded with places north of Grand Rapids (the new beer capital, hint hint). Lookup Glen Blackwood on YouTube. He had a PBS show for awhile. Runs a flyshop and guide service out of Rockford, Mi. One of his best guides and tiers actually went to work for Sage sometime back.

Actually just got back from my cabin in the headwaters of the Pine River, just south of Cadillac. So no Big Lake pictures this weekend. Haven't used it since I bought and started restoring this boat a few years a go. Found I badly need to fix the roof and evict some squirrels.
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My wife wants to do Macinac Island again...............had a great time the last time we stayed there.

I might surprise her with another 2 night visit there this year if my recent surgery improves enough to go biking again.
My wife and I took our bike around Lake Michigan last year. If your looking for a nice little place to spend a few days try this one Beach Haus in Traverse City.
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01April18, Summer is only two months away... (July and August.. then back to “in-between” season for another 8 months) ��
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Originally Posted by TripleCrownNC View Post
Thanks Standby, I am on the west side of the lake between Chicago and Wisconsin boarder. This will be a big learning curve for me, I've been saltwater fishing in the Atlantic my whole life so I have a lot to learn. My boat is still in Virginia until my house sells. So I called steelhead troller who charters over here and got on a split trip with him (and other guys I've not met) in late May. I may look around for other options like that to get out and see how its done in the lakes.

Next weekend I am going fly fishing in Ohio for steelhead with a friend who really has it dialed in along the rivers. That will be all new to me too.
I look forward to having you on the boat. Make sure to remind us that you are a learn to fish crew member. We will have you come to the docks an hour before the trip starts and do an hour of rigging with you dockside before the trip.

Charters/guides run year-round on Lake Michigan. Winter fishing concentrates on Chicago, Indiana, Milwaukee Harbor and the Oak Creek, Wisc power plant. Winter is from trailer boats only. The Indiana slipped boats start chartering on March 1. Chicago and Waukegan boats start April 1. Because its been so unusually cold I pushed our launch date back to April 16. Our Chicago partner boat is running trips already.

Here are the forums for South Lake Michigan fishing

Chicago Fishing Reports | Chicago Fishing Forums This one is good all year

http://www.thesouthend.org - Indiana mainly - very active now because this is where the fleet of trailer boats are fishing. This one goes pretty dead during the summer.
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