Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Portage Lake 7/17/11

First Walleye of the afternoon TD 7 Blue/Silver/Red
We fished Portage Lake in Onekama on the second day of our camping trip and had a great time.  We arrived in Onekama in the morning and stopped at Andy's Tackle Box bait shop on our way to the boat launch.  The owner is a great guy and was very helpful pointing us in the right direction along with telling us a few great stories one in particular that my nephew will never forget.

Walleye fun.

Best Bait Shop in Onekama.  Stop in to get fishing reports.

We started out bluegill fishing at the West end of the lake and had some luck hooking a few nice fish.  During the afternoon we explored and fished in deeper water looking for perch.  At 6:30pm we setup to troll in 17 to 20 FOW where we had marked some suspended fish in the morning.  We hooked our first walleye at 7pm and lost it at the boat.  After marking the spot we started trolling the area and ended catching four walleyes and losing three more.  We targeted fish down at 14 FOW early with deep taildancer.  Closer to dark we brought up two of our lines in the 6 foot range and hooked two more fish.  The action slowed up at dark and after a full day on the lake and lots of sun we called it a day.  I plan on fishing Portage in the fall and hope to find some big Lake Michigan walleyes.

Lunch on the fly.