Monday, January 26, 2015

Budd Lake 1/24/15

Budd Lake 

Saturday afternoon we made a trip back to Budd Lake to try and find a big walleye.  We started at the South end of the lake and fished up the West shore without much luck.  While scouting we found a few pan fish for dinner which made the trip great.  The pan fish were in 18 to 23 FOW on the bottom. Saw lots of fishermen on the Southeast shore and on the point.

Budd Lake 18 to 23 FOW

Sunday morning we made our annual trip to Arnold Lake.  We scouted and fished from 9am to 3pm without any success.  In the morning we started out at the boat launch and drilled the East shore from 10 to 55 FOW and only found a few very small perch.  Then we worked around the South shore and back along the West shore using the camera, sonar, and fishing without any luck.  At noon we headed to the deepest part of the lake and found nothing.  On our way around the North end we found life when we were checked by the DNR officer cutting across the lake on his way to Long Lake.  Overall, Arnold is not the lake it was in the late 80's.  The lake association has started planting fishs which should help in the year to come.

Arnold Lake - Drilling lots of  holes on the sunken Island.
Good Luck....

Friday, January 23, 2015

Houghton Lake 1/17/15

Houghton Lake North Shore 11 FOW

Houghton Lake North Shore Tip Up Walleye 11 FOW

Made it out on Houghton Lake for the first time this year and had a great time.  We fished on the Northeast side of the lake straight out of the launch to avoid some of the tip up town traffic.  After a lot of scouting we found a good weed area in 11 FOW.  We caught fish on jigs and tip ups from 2pm till dark.  Hooked seven walleyes with only 3 keepers.

Good Luck...

Budd Lake 1-18-15

Budd Lake North End 23 FOW.

Pan fishing action was very good on Budd Lake last week.  We drilled lots of hole around the lake and ended up finding a good school of pan fish in 23 FOW on the North end of the lake.  The bite was great and we sorted a lot of fish to get dinner.

Good Luck....

Monday, December 22, 2014

Saginaw River 12/21/14

Saginaw River
If you don't have good ice yet try the Saginaw River.  Mark and I fished the river on Sunday (12/21) and had a great time.  Lots of young walleye in the river and the bite is great on jigs and minnows.  We caught over sixty walleyes most of them 14 inches in four hours of fishing North of Veterans Memorial Park.  We kept 5 fish and had a blast.
Good Luck....

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Houghton Lake First Trip 5/6/14


We made our first trip this season to Houghton Lake on Tuesday (5/5).  The weather conditions have made it impossible to get out on the water and for the first time in 20 years I missed the first two weeks of walleye season all thanks to the cold, wind, and rain.  
Fishing Report:  when we arrived at the lake we had a strong East wind which kept us locked into fishing the South Shore from the launch to the West.  We fished from 5pm - 10:15pm in 4 to 8 FOW and hooked six pike and one bass.  The water temp was 51F and the weeds are just starting to get going.  Found lots of minnow in close to shore which is usually a great sign that the walleyes will be close.  The lake is behind and will require some warm days to get the bite back to normal.
Good Luck.....

Monday, February 03, 2014

Houghton Lake Ice Fishing 1/31/14

Houghton Lake 11 FOW.  Joe's first fish.
Houghton Lake walleye bite was hit and miss on Friday.   Got out on the Lake at 7am and setup in 11 FOW on the North West side of the lake.  Holes drilling is taking longer now that the ice is 20 + inches thick.  The bite was dead early, but picked up at 10am when I missed two fish and saw a few on the camera.  At noon the pike bite picked up and we hooked five total with two over 26 inches.   Afternoon was slow with one walleye at 5:30pm.  Overall fishing was slow, but had a great time on the ice. 
Good Luck....

Houghton Lake 11 FOW 5:30pm Slick Jig
Houghton Lake.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Aqua-Vu Micro AV 2 Review

Aqua-Vu Micro AV 2 made fifteen fishing trips before breaking.  Started fishing with the  AV 2 camera on 12/26 and it broke on my last trip to Houghton Lake on 1/26.  Not good results at all.   The failure was caused by the cable twisting and breaking inside the micro camera.  I really like the small compact design for scouting which is a big plus, but the durability of the cable system makes the system fail.

Overall I do not recommend the AV 2 and when I was out looking for a new camera today the fishing rep at Cabela's kind of told me the same thing when he stated that the Micro AV 2 was not made to take hard use.  I'm not sure why anyone would buy a fish camera other then to fish with it on the ice in the cold and hard conditions of winter.
Blue Screen of Death. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Houghton Lake Ice Fishing 1/26/14

Houghton Lake NW Shore 11 FOW
Cold and windy afternoon of fishing on Houghton Lake.  Fished the NW side of Houghton Lake in 11 FOW today.  We moved out further East and found some bigger fish while scouting around.  The bite was ok at best from 1pm till dark.  All fish were hooked on slick jigs and minnows today.  One walleye on a tip up and lots of small pike.
Good Luck...
First fish of the year. 

Matt, Chachi, and Mark Frozen Fish