Saturday, April 30, 2011

Houghton Lake Opening Day 4/30/11

Another great Houghton Lake walleye opener.  We had a great time trolling with the wind and working all of our favorite early season walleye spots. My nephew and I started fishing on the South side just east of the elks club trolling our normal setup.  At 9:50am we hooked our first 19-inch walleye of the open water season on a white thunder stick trolled back 18 foot at 2.35mph.   We continued west and hooked our second fish in 5.5 FOW with the same white thunderstick.  The action slowed up till a little after 11am when we found a nice school of fish in 4 FOW on the sand in front of the Heights Marina.  We basically trolled off of the sand starting in 3 FOW and pulled our baits over the break into the waiting walleyes in 5 FOW.  Overall we hooked six fish and kept four.   We then moved back South to get out of the wind and hooked three more keeper walleyes by 3pm.   With nine keeper walleyes in the boat and hunger setting in we decided it was time to head home and deep fry our catch. 

The best colors for the day were all white and gold and black.  Speed was 2 to 2.5 and I know it seems fast for 48 to 50 F water, but it was working today.  Area to fish tomorrow is just south of the Heights Marina on the break 5 - 7 FOW.

Boat Launch Reports:
We talked to a few guys at the dock and the action was slow for jigging with most guys getting one.  The Hannson boat hooked 8 walleyes trolling shallow and we met Joe who had a slow day, but said he normally limits on each trip to HL.

Good Luck...


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy fisherman

Don and two nice walleyes
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Dons 2nd walleye

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Dons 1st walleye 27-1/2" about 9lb


Trenton Channel Walleye Action
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Went out this morning to the Trenton Channel and picked up 2 walleyes on chartreuse in 15-18 fow. These were dons 1st walleyes ever and he is on top of the world. Yesterday his son Cody got his 1st ever walleye. It makes me happy to put people over fish and see them smile like that.

-Rich

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cody with a nice detroit river walleye

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This morning Cody and I went to the Trenton Channel and got 1 nice male for the freezer and quite a few lite hits and lost 1 hogg that broke Cody's line. This afternoon I went back out by myself and got 1 more nice male and lost 5 half way up to the boat. This was very disappointing to me and I almost threw my pole in the water. All 5 lost fish were within about an hours time. The fish were in deeper water today and had little action with chartreuse and found the magic color of the day to be orange. Hand liners were filling their boats up today and the Bliz and Kieth had there limit within 2 hours this morning pulling fire tiger baits. The water in the entire river is muddy due to heavy rains all week but the fish don't seem to mind. I will have a boat load tomorrow morning and see what the river will give us.

-Rich

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Monday, April 18, 2011

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I spoke with the bliz just now and they caught 4-9+poud males and a small female for a net weight of 43.49 lbs fishing 9-10fow south of edison in the trenton channel using 1/2oz chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows or berkley 4" shad. They used their trolling motor to keep a vertical jig, laying the jig on bottom for a few seconds and softly raising up about a 1/2". You can read more @ the master walleye curcuit website or walleye central.
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What a weekend! The cabelas masters walleye tour came to the detroit river and braved all that mother nature could throw their way. As it turns out my life long freind greg bliznik aka "the bliz" took 1st place against all the pros. Greg is a long time tournament fisherman that usually places highly at the weigh in scale and it is no suprize that he smoked the field last saturday on his home court. I haven't spoke to him yet but I will be soon to get the full story and report and pictures. I'm looking forward to posting his reports in the future as he is an excellent fisherman that knows more about these fish we love so much than most. Great job bliz!

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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I went to Marina Gibraltar boat yard on Wednesday afternoon to check on my boat and was talking to the owner of the gas dock.  Bill told me that he has been seeing lots of customer in his bait shop the last two days who have been hooking 3 to 5 fish and sometimes a limit.   The warmer weather is helping and fish activity and it should be great fishing in the Trenton channel from here on out.
I will be out both mornings this weekend to capitalize on those eater males, hope to see you there. On a separate note a friend of mine was in the dwf tourney last Saturday and took 6th place with 3 walleyes. Nice job blizz!

-Rich

Monday, April 11, 2011

3" Magnum Detroit River Report

Trenton Channel Early Moring Fog

Rich and his first open water walleye 4/10/11
It's on! Spring walleye is on the upswing in the Trenton channel of the Detroit River. We loaded up the skiff Friday night in preparation for a weekend of excitement on the river. Saturday morning we were in our favorite fishing hole by 7:00 am to find no less than 300 boats within a 1/4 mile radius due to the DWF tournament going on. Its was fun and unbelievable. The best way to describe it is organized chaos as you have all these boats drifting downstream sometimes inches from each other. Most of the people out there have been doing this for years and manipulate their trolling motors around each other without a problem.  We had a great time and saw a few nice fish hooked.

The fishing report is as follows:

  • Saturday,  we got shut out.  Had a few hits and lost two on plain lead 5/8 oz jig tipped with minnow.  Lots of light bites.

  • Sunday started with slow action for most anglers until the fog lifted and then it turned on for about an hour. We landed 1 fish during that time and had countless hits on chartreuse jigs tipped with white twisters / minnows. Purple and Plain jig heads were also working tipped with motor oil color grub or minnows.and minnows.
Good luck and we'll see everyone next weekend on the river.

-Rich

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Walleye 101 Fishing Seminar

Lance Valentine Walleye 101 Seminar at Saginaw Gander Mountain
You can never know too much about walleye fishing no matter what your level of experience.  And when you have the opportunity to attend a free fishing seminars held by experts it's a great way to expand your knowledge base.  As my boss always tells me "you never lean anything when your doing all of the talking" and with that in mind it was great to listen to Lance Valentine and his staff from Walleye 101 put on an excellent three day free informational seminar at Saginaw Gander Mountain.  Lance is a good as they get and he is also a great speaker who will keep your attention and help you learn in the process.  The free three week seminar covered topics from open water trolling, GPS and Sonar tips, to river walleye fishing methods.  Lance and the Walleye 101 staff have a great seminar format setup with lots of video and PowerPoint presentations that really go into detail and keep you glued to the topics.

If you have the chance to attend a Walleye 101 event you should do it, you'll have fun and learn in the process.  Check them out at http://www.walleye101.com/ or at http://www.walleyekid.com/ .