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

Friday, January 17, 2014

Houghton Lake Fishing Report 1/17/14


Ed's first fish of the day.  Houghton Lake 11 FOW
Fun afternoon of fishing on Houghton Lake today.  We fished the West shore in 11 FOW from 1pm to 6pm.  The bite was good early in the afternoon and slow the rest of the trip.  Jigging with slick jigs and spoons with small minnows got most of the fish today.   The ice conditions are great with 15  inches or better. 
Good Luck...

Houghton Lake NW Shore 11 FOW
Tip Up Walleye HL 11 FOW

Friday, January 10, 2014

Saginaw River Ice Fishing 1/10/14


Slick Jig Walleye
Fished out of the Independence launch down river of the USS Edson this morning.  Started fishing at 8am in 21 FOW.  I used my Aqua-Vu today and enjoyed watching lots of walleyes swimming around.  Early the bite was hot and anything jigged close to the bottom hooked fish.  Around 11am the action slowed up, so I downsized my setup to a small minnow on a slick jig worked close to the bottom.  This setup worked well until the end of the trip at 3pm.  Today I hooked more fish then I can remember with lots being 12 to 16 inches.  If I was fishing for a limit the trip would have lasted about two hours this morning.  Saw a few big fish on the camera that kept me interested till mid day.  Lots of fishermen out on the river hooking fish.
Good Luck...
Afternoon setup
Kept a few for dinner

Saginaw River Independence Launch


Thursday, January 09, 2014

Saginaw River Ice Fishing 1/9/14

Saginaw River catch and release 20 FOW
Saginaw River catch and release

Made it out on the Saginaw River after work today and had a good time.  I setup in 20 FOW and started fishing at 4pm.  Hooked my first fish at quarter after four and the bite went strong till dark.  I landed six fish 15 to 16 inches and lost several.  Minnows on slick jigs and spoons with minnow heads worked great.  The ice conditions are very good and so is the fishing.  Lots of fishermen on the river reporting good catches.    Good Luck....

USS Edson



Houghton Lake Report 1/5/14:

Fished out of the West Launch to the NW in 12 FOW on Sunday afternoon.  The walleye action was good again with the best bite happening from 4pm to dark. 

Joe's First Houghton Lake Walleye

Friday, January 03, 2014

Houghton Lake Walleye Report 1/3/14

Houghton Lake 10 FOW 2:35pm

West Shore 10 FOW

West Shore 10 FOW
Made it back to Houghton Lake this afternoon and fished out of the West launch again.  I moved to the North West and found a good area in 10 FOW.  The action started at 2pm and ended at 4:30pm.  The walleyes were very active during the day and anything I jigged worked.  If I had any luck I could have limited out.  Watching the action on the camera I missed six or more fish and lost one good one when I dropped it down the hole.  Tip up action still not good but I did get two perch today.  If you are heading out to HL the weeds on the North West side of the lake have been good the last two days.  Overall I hooked four 15 inch walleyes and had four undersized fish in a short very cold fishing day.  Wish the fishing was always this action packed...

Good Luck...

Tip Up Perch 10 FOW West Shore

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Houghton Lake Report

Houghton Lake West Shore 1-2-14
Fished the South shore on Wednesday (1-1).  Headed out of the South boat launch and fished West of the Elks in 7 FOW.  Fished from 1pm - 6pm and only hooked one small walleye and a few pike.  The action was slow and the best bite was from 5pm till dark. 

Today I moved to the West shore and fished in 10 FOW straight out of the West launch.   I got out at 1pm and scouted until I found a good weed area.  Started fishing at 3:30pm jigging a slick jig and a Lindy Darter.  Missed a walleye that came in for the dater at twenty after four and then hooked my first walleye on the slick jig at 5:30pm.  Watching the camera and my jigs I noticed that the walleyes came into the darter and if they missed it they hit the slower jigged slick jig tipped with a minnow.  I ended up with four keepers all caught in about 35 minutes.  In my last two trips I haven't had a flag on my tip up which is odd. 

The ice is great with 9 to 12 inches where I have fished.  Snow is deep in spots making quad travel difficult. 

Good Luck...

Houghton Lake West Shore 10 FOW

Houghton Lake 1-1-14

Houghton Lake West Shore 10 FOW