Monday, July 26, 2010

Houghton Lake / Saginaw Bay Reports

Houghton Lake: Fished Houghton Lake on Friday (7-23) and had the pleasure of taking my nephew Nick out for the first time this year.  We headed out of the South DNR boat launch about one mile and setup in 12 FOW trolling the weed edge East and West. We setup with TD7 taildancers and Berkley minnows all down in the 7 foot range. The fishing action was ok and overall we caught 2 keeper walleyes and put back six undersized fish. Closer to dark we moved to sallower water and trolled with trout colored taildancers and trout colored Berkley minnows. The best action was after dark and we caught eight walleyes six of which were keepers.

Saginaw Bay: We launched out of Standish at noon and fished until 7pm. Fishing was slow and the floating weeds made trolling very difficult. We ended up catching two walleyes on purple harnesses in 24 FOW. The highlight of the day was the excitement of my nephew landing his very first catfish, he loved it.

Good luck…..

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Houghton Lake / Pratt Lake Reports

Houghton Lake:
We made it out fishing on Wednesday (7-14). Fishing action was slow at best most of the afternoon. We fished the West shore in 9 to 11 FOW and marked lots of fish trolling North to South, but the bite didn’t happen until 9:00pm. Overall we caught and released 5 keeper walleyes. Best action was on black / gold Berkley Minnows trolled down 6 foot.

Pratt Lake:
We fished Pratt Lake Monday (7-19) from 6pm -10pm. At the start of the trip we fished deep 15 – 21 FOW trolling night crawlers at 1.25mph and hooked one 19 inch bass and a small pike. Closer to dark we moved in and fished the center break line / sandbar trolling chartreuse thundersticks at 2mph. We ended up catching one 18 inch walleye and we lost two at the boat. Fishing action on Pratt was good, but boating activity is really high and the 7:30pm no wake law is not followed at all which makes fishing in the dark kind of scary.
Good Luck…

Monday, July 12, 2010

Saginaw Bay Walleye 7/10/10

We fished the Saginaw Bay out of Au Gres on Saturday morning (7/10). The fishing was a bit on the slow side all morning, but we did manage to catch five walleyes and two undersized fish. We setup with harnesses and fished in 35 to 40 FOW all morning. The best action was on purple and white harnesses trolled at 1.2 mph.

Good Luck.