Sunday, June 21, 2015

Houghton Lake 6/20/15

Houghton Lake 7 FOW

Fished on the Northwest side of Houghton Lake on Saturday evening.  We fished from 7:30pm - 10:45pm and caught 9 walleyes with 4 keepers and some nice pan fish while trolling in 7 FOW.  The bite was good all evening trolling crank baits.

Good Luck...

Houghton Lake 

Monday, June 08, 2015

Manistique Lakes Fishing Trip

South Manistique Lake 11 FOW

We spent two weekends up in Curtis fishing Big Manistique Lake and South Manistique Lake with the kids and friends.  The weather didn't cooperate most of the time, but we still had a great time at Curtis.  We stayed a Pine Bluffs on both weekends which was great and made a new friend.  Mick the owner of Micks Bait shop was great and very helpful.  She has really improved the store and has about everything you need. 

The fishing report summary:

Big Manistique Lake was good on the South side of the lake along the break in the evening and in the weeds during the day. Most of the fishermen on the lake were fishing with jigs and spinners drifting close to the bottom.  We found most of our fish in 10 to 12 FOW hanging around the 6 foot mark. Our best bite was on scatter raps on boards run back 20 to 28 foot.  The pike action made the planner boards lots of work, but it was worth it.  The best fish we caught on the big lake was 19 inches and the average fish was 14 7/8 inches. 

South Lake was about the same as the big lake but we found more pike and bigger walleye on both trips to the lake.  We caught walleyes on the East side of the lake, both bays, and the South end.  The wind dictated our fishing locations on all trips and limited our exploring. 

Good Luck....

South Lake Walleyes

Morning catch Big Lake

Scatter Rap Double 

Big Lake walleye on the south shore

Great view at Pine Bluffs

Casting Scatter Raps at the break

Manistique Lakes Walleye
Trolling the South Lake

Broken Scatter Raps Day 1

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Houghton Lake 5/2/15

Houghton Lake
First fish of the year.
Houghton Lake 10 FOW 

Headed up to the lake at 5pm and fished till dark.  Warm weather is really making the fish come to life.  We started out in 11 FOW on the West side of the lake and found bait fish and pike.  We worked the area until dark and ended up with five walleye.  Best action was over the weeds in 10 FOW using inline boards with thundersticks 5 foot off the board.  Inline boards are a lot of work in pike country but they paid off on this trip.

Good Luck....

Friday, May 01, 2015

Houghton Lake 5/1/14

Ed & Joe Houghton Lake 
Houghton Lake 11 FOW North Shore

Had a great time fishing with Ed and Joe on Friday.  We started our trip at 10am on the North shore trolling in 8 to 12 FOW.  The bite got better as the sun came out and then shut down at at noon.  We moved west and stopped along the way to jig a few areas and never hooked a fish.  At 3:00pm we started trolling and ended on the South shore at 7:00pm where we found lots of pike and bass.  Overall we had a great time fishing and scouting the lake on a beautiful day.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Houghton Lake 4/29/15

Houghton Lake 

Fished Houghton Lake with the dogs on Wednesday from 9;30pm - to 1pm and had a great time.  We started out on the South shore and hooked three undersized walleye quickly  East of the boat launch in 8 FOW.  Right when the fishing got good the wind kicked in and pushed us back to the North side of the lake.  We ended up with four keepers, four undersized walleyes and a few pike in the mix.  Like opening day my best action was on natural colors.  Getting fish by moving and checking weed areas. 

Good Luck.....
Houghton Lake South Shore fish inspection
Macy waiting for something to happen

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Houghton Lake 2015 Opener

Houghton Lake North Shore 11 FOW
Catch and Release Pike 11 FOW 
Opening day was cool and windy, but it was a hundred percent better then last year.  We only made it our for the afternoon and headed to the north shore to break the wind.  The fish we found were scattered and in 8 to 11 FOW all on natural colors.  We hooked some nice pike and three walleye from 4pm to 7pm.  

Good Luck....

Monday, April 06, 2015

Steelhead Report - Until Walleye Season is open on Houghton Lake...

Spring is the time of switching from hard water fishing (ICE) to lakes and streams.  While we are waiting for the Walleye season to open up at Houghton Lake... Let's Pause for some Steelhead River Action.

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