Menominee River May/June 2020

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Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby Brett » Jun Sun 07, 2020 5:13 pm

Got up to the UP last weekend to fish for smallmouth bass on the Menominee River, a follow-up to the guided trip Mike (Catchafew) was kind enough to offer on the forum last year. We didn't get to fish together so much this year as I work at a hospital and we took social distancing seriously, but had a good time catching up and he gave me some more pointers. Hope we can get out there together again next time Mike, pretty sure I still owe you a shipment of Freddy's.
The fishing was good. Caught bass consistently with a few 3-4 pounders mixed in, also a couple walleye and a lost a small pike I thought might be a brook trout at first. I'm glad I caught a glimpse of its beak before it sawed me off. And there were rock bass, lots and lots of rock bass. I also dabbled with very basic bushcraft and survival skills which was a lot of fun, and had my first pasty. Not exactly the zing of Caribbean jerk but exactly what I would want for lunch if I was cutting down trees in the snow. To the pictures.

Last year I got a decent sized musky on the second cast. This time a PB smallie on the first, she grabbed the rebound off the opposite rock wall and went downstream with it. Perfect start.

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The following morning I got up and hit the trail to some more remote locations. I found a tiny cave with great view and rock front porch perfect for a campfire. Couldn't help but get comfortable and watch the entertainment.

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After that I explored some more and caught a lot of fish. Here are the better ones.

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Re: Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby Rambler » Jun Sun 07, 2020 5:19 pm

Absolutely green with envy. Great report.
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Re: Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby Brett » Jun Sun 07, 2020 5:28 pm

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The next day there was a sentry posted on the road into where I wanted fish. A bowl of water and a scratch on the ear and he was done giving me a hard time.

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It soon started to rain and this guy was out hunting with the walleye.

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The rain got bad so I stashed my pack and shirts under a tarp. I had dunked my reel almost losing the last fish in a tricky spot and it was a little grindy so I decided to try out my altoid tin survival fishing gear. The angling gods approved and I handlined in a new PB (I haven't spent much time targeting smallies).

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After that I stopped fishing before dark for the first time of the trip, went back to the motel and had dinner, tired and satisfied. The next day was a scorcher, I tried the first spot of the trip again but the heat seemed to turn them off, so I hit the road back to Chicago. Can't wait to get back out and I'll definitely camp next time. Thanks for reading.
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Re: Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby Aux Pleins » Jun Sun 07, 2020 6:37 pm

Killer river for sure. Nice report and pictures. Griefmop just bought a place up there on the Michigan side.
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Re: Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby catchafew » Jun Sun 07, 2020 9:33 pm

Nice report out Brent and quality fish as well. I like your minimalist/survival kit, that's pretty cool you got a pb smallie on it.

Thanks for heads up about you taking social distancing seriously, your story about your hospital having a refrigerator truck trailer in its yard full of bodies because your morgue is full is very sobering. Hopefully we can catch some together next year.

And kudos to you for taking that long hike to find that new spot, I never did the homework to push that far upstream. Yourself and few others from wcf are showing me up here I'm getting too complacent and not exploring new productive stretches from rivers I fish frequently.
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Re: Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby joetrain » Jun Mon 08, 2020 4:31 am

Way to go Survivorman.
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Re: Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby wiktor911 » Jun Tue 09, 2020 4:51 pm

Awesome river
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Re: Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby badger75 » Jun Tue 16, 2020 5:33 pm

Great report and pics.
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Re: Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby jonny2can » Jun Tue 16, 2020 7:20 pm

Cool post.. nice smallies!
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Re: Menominee River May/June 2020

Postby mike son » Jun Tue 16, 2020 7:32 pm

Awesome! This river has been on my go-to list
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