February 10, 2017
January 19, 2017
Little Long Lake:
Good, safe ice combined with Pike and Perch action to keep you busy has made this lake a lifesaver on this wacky/warm winter. This is a study lake with no size limit or bag limit on pike…. very fun
There are lots of shanties scattered about the East end, off of Beulah with fishermen spotted as far west as Railroad Point. The west end has yet to freeze. The East End reports are a bit slow with lots of small fish reported.
Anglers are still reporting good ice and good smelt action from Green.
Good ice combined with decent action have kept this spot hopping thus far this winter.
This lake seems to be the buzz right now. Good ice with some anglers reporting great catches, while others reporting mediocre catches. Sounds like this is a hot/cold lake and it’s a roll of the dice which day you hit.
August 6, 2016
Well… Mother nature is running us ragged here in Benzie County. We’ve gone from no ice, to great ice, back to ok ice, with rain and upper 30’s-lower 40’s for the next 7 days. East end of Crystal Lake was seeing some decent perch action. A bit of culling involved, but good action and some nice eaters. Betsie Bay was producing some decent pike action, with a bit of sorting, but good flag and spearing reported. Ice was good but variable and the spots where most anglers prefer to be were still unsafe. As of 5pm tonight, the bay was back to 3/4 open. Little Long has been darn slow, which is a bummer as it has the most consistent and safest ice. Even with size not being an issue, the pike have been pretty elusive so far this year.
As of 4pm today, we have pulled our rental shanties and suspended trips until January 30th, pending ice conditions. Please be safe and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions.
July 16, 2016
LAKE MICHIGAN FISHING REPORT
Good early & late bites have been helping with nice catches the past few days. We’re seeing a really nice mix of good kings and coho! Temp is in that 60’ range.
Divers out 150-250’ with spin doctors and flies. The kings are really picking out the UV stuff (Full Throttle, UV Crush, Pink Dots) with Big A, Riverside and Aqua Gold Glow working well for flies.
Riggers down 60-70’ also using flies/spinnies. Leads and copper not as hot but if running, suggest 300’ of copper and 10-12 color leadcore.
Rock Bass action remains stellar but if you don’t mind putting in the time (with some patience) you can pull decent numbers of OK perch out of those waters too (8″). Perch are hitting leaches and minnows while the bass will eat anything that ends up in front of them. We’re still seeing some nice Lakers coming out of Crystal as well. Target that 80′ of water range with Spin N Glo behind dodgers.
June 29, 2016
The winds have finally calmed after almost a week of nearly unfishable waters. We weren’t sure what to expect going out yesterday, but things have remained pretty much the same. The trout action to the north was still amazing. Nice size and great numbers. We are also still consistently picking at some kings in deeper water to the west. 7-12# average but usually grabbing a nice one or two as well. The larger kings have been picking out the spin doctor fly combos on my divers. While the younger fish have preferred spoons on coppers and leads. The standard size spoons seem to be the ticket there. Pink Dots Spinnie with the Big A fly as well as the Wonderbread spinnie with Auqua Gold Glow fly. For spoons we’ve been seeing good action on Moonshine Silver Flounder and the DW Sexy Veggie.
We’re still hearing of some limited success on the piers as there are some bait fish in there and silver fish to follow.
The Rock Bass bite is on. Fishing the drop-off with pretty much any technique of your liking will produce large numbers of nice fish. In that 80′ of water right on bottom, we’re also seeing nice Laker action. Cowbells and Dodgers have been the key for the Lake Trout.
Lower – Crawler harnesses trolled super slow have been producing some ok (15-17″) Walleye this week. We also picked up a few incidental pike using walleye methods.
Upper – We’re still seeing some decent pan fish bites, starting to move a little deeper as this water warms.
Trout, Trout everywhere. It’s not a matter of IF you will catch your limit, it’s really how fast and how big of fish do you want! There are some monsters up north (3- over 20#s weighed in this weekend) but still a fair number of decent sized ones on the bank and in the hole as well. Dodgers with Spin N’ Glos or those awesome Laker Flies have been the ticket. They’re really nailing all of the colors!!
We have quite a few kings around right now, but they are small, probably 2yr olds. Many of our guys are actually avoiding the bank for kings for just this reason. Some nicer ones have been caught in that 150-200′ of water 60-80′ down. Flies behind spin docs have been the ticket there, although the meat bite is picking up and also producing a bit larger fish.
We saw both Steelhead and a couple nice browns caught this weekend as well. The Pier report for these have remained pretty good too, due to the cooler than expected water temps. Don’t be afraid to put down some of the smaller Moonshine or Stinger orange spoons for these dandy fighters.
We haven’t really seen the offshore steelhead program set up yet and with the way the lake has warmed consistently and evenly, we may not. A few boats chased what appeared to be a nice break about 12mi out early last week and it just didn’t produce.
The Rock Bass bite is on! Hit the blue line with some leaches on a perch rig or troll 25′ of water with a Jr. Thunderstick 4′ behind an egg sinker. Some reports of decent perch still lingering and of course the small mouth are still hanging around as well. We haven’t had many lake trout reports as of yet, but wouldn’t hesitate to go out to that 80-100′ of water and troll cowbells or dodgers with spin n glos right on bottom.
Pan Fish Catches still remaining steady on Upper though as the water warms, you may have to wonder out do deeper water. Walleye has slowed some on lower but the bass should still be good. Target deeper water and underwater points.