Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

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Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby DasGoby » Apr Sun 05, 2020 8:28 pm

Our spring break trip to New Orleans obviously got canceled. On top of that my wife, who is a physician, got asked to cancel her vacation to participate in the emergency response to Covid-19 happening in Michigan.

I thought about cancelling my vacation too but with the kids off from their (now virtual school) I decided to take some time off to spend with them, support the wife, and do some local fishing.

Day 1 - cold day fishing canal off of a popular local lake for panfish. Presentation was fishing Swedish pimples tipped with waxies under a float around docks. Had great success catching giant gill after giant gill, probably 30+ between 8-10, never seen anything like it. Kept around 20 for dinner.

Day 2 - repeat of day 1 but took a couple rods rigged with swim baits too. Goby jr hooks into a monster in the canal. It stays down digging forever, whatever it is is huge. Finally it surfaces and it is a big long day walleye. We didn’t bring a net and start to get nervous. There are a couple nice guys fishing in a boat in the same canal about 15 feet away. They see what is going on and one makes a perfect long throw of his net to me. I scoop the fish for the win!

We went out into a bay off the main lake and did some more casting. The wind died down and it was really calm. Goby Jr. caught two bass and a decent pike to round out an epic day of fishing.

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Day 3 - repeat of day 1 but we catch some big crappie around 15” or so in the mix. I think if we had minnows we could have caught more.

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Day 4 - we go chasing suckers, walleye, and steal head on some Lake Erie tribs. We underestimated how high the rivers were after a big weekend rain and took the skunk. Oh well, can’t win them all.

Day 5 - fish a local pond from shore, a few small bass and a few more giant crappie.

Day 6 - fished from shore and canoe at my friends lake house which can be magic in the spring. We arrived to find more 10-12 inch bass along the shore than I’ve ever seen. We probably caught 50 in two hours with some more big
Crappie and a half dozen bigger 2-3 pound bass mixed in. No pike though.

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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby RonG » Apr Sun 05, 2020 8:42 pm

I was hoping someone would put up a report this weekend. Awesome one, at that! :thumbup: :thumbup:

Big crops and cool walleye! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby Skifish1 » Apr Sun 05, 2020 8:52 pm

Wow. Nice mixed bag!
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby joetrain » Apr Mon 06, 2020 4:12 am

Yeah man nice staycation.
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby Aux Pleins » Apr Mon 06, 2020 5:55 am

Net toss for the win. Classic stuff man.
Nature and shit.
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby Rambler » Apr Mon 06, 2020 6:59 am

Did you wash your hands after catching the net?
Keep calm and fish on...

There's a fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby DasGoby » Apr Mon 06, 2020 7:29 am

Did you wash your hands after catching the net?


Better, rubbed them on a dozen or so more gills.
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby vman01 » Apr Mon 06, 2020 11:44 am

Those are some pretty fish
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby HEDDONFROG » Apr Mon 06, 2020 11:53 pm

Wow, what a way to spend some time at home with the kids. Killer walleye
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby badger75 » Apr Tue 07, 2020 7:41 am

Eye, eye, sweet 'eye.

tasty 'gills and crops.
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby jmdog2003 » Apr Tue 07, 2020 7:47 am

Yay, this gives me hope for more fishing trips someday
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Re: Local Fishing in SE Michigan - Covid Spring Break

Postby polishfly » Apr Tue 07, 2020 7:26 pm

Quality specimens! That walleye is a beauty
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