Daily updates on the fishing in Lake Michigan, posted by Captain Gintas.
It's almost that time, ice breaking, Whitefish, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout, all can be caught using my bottom, slip rig, loop knot. Skein and a Crawler are a deadly combo on the bottom near a river mouth in the Spring.
Here's a video of my tackle/baits for ice fishing. My spoons I tip wih a minnow or wax-worms. For Trout try a srip of Squid!!!! It's time to start thinking about a Fishing Charter this Summer. Weekends go quickly. 6 people, 6 1/2 hours on a private Charter boat 5 minutes from Downtown .Chicago. . You bring a lunch and drinks. We take care of all baits, fishing gear, and fish cleaning. $750
Well here is video proof Mr, Smith made it to The Lake of the Woods, MN. Angle Outpost provided us with an unbelievable experience in the middle of "God's country".
We are back from an exciting trip to Lake of the Woods, MN. Every morning an old personel carrier from WWII brought us out for an hour ride to a heated shanty. It picked us up at sunset and drove us back to the Lodge. Jigging spoons with glow worked best because of the turbitity reducing visibility. An "eye-ball bait with 2 minnows near the bottom under a bobber worked best during the day as a "dead-stick". Sauger, Walleye and some huge Perch kept us busy.
More video from Lake of the Woods
WE wemt to 87th str again and pilled up some Perch.
It's Sunday the 26th at 2pm, been at 87th str. got my limit, cleaned them and am having a beer doing this report! It's rather difficult and scary for most people to climb down to the ice, but it's worth it! In the morning the Perch were next to the wall, but that changed. Near the middle was and has been the best for larger fish. I use a rattling/glow spoon (big one) and hook a minnow with 2 of the hooks so it sits horizontally. Find the bottom and pull up 6 inches. I jerk it up, wait til it settles and wait 30 seconds and repeat. If not getting action MOVE!! 2 Browns were taken on a Swedish Pimple with a Perch belly strip on it, but squid and Shrimp work as well Cut the Squid in strips about 2 to 3 inches depending on your spoon size
Ever since the ice blew out at 87th str. there have been no reports of Perch being caught until today, Saturday.. The ice is back, so I hope they stay here all Winter! The Browns have showed up in the City Harbors as usua, so all is not lost. Ice fishing up North in Wisconsin has been great as usual! Pike in the day on large Shiners under Tip-ups, and Walleye at night. After 11 pm has been when the Walleye show up tp feed. I guess they wait until the Toothy Pike go to sleep. The Streams of Indiana are freezing over again, so only a few places will remain open. State Line Pumping Station is wide open and packed with all sorts of fish besides the massive schools of Threafin Shad (2 pounds each) The parking at the North parking lot of the Horse Shoe Casino, (West end) is your best bet. Walk along the fence and hang a left when the fence turns . The hot water will be obvious and the Shad schools will be also. They jump all day long and enjoy the Steaming water. Browns under a float with a Crawler or Large Shiner will take all sorts of fish besides just the Brown Trout.
87th str has ice forming again, but we didn't even get one bite a few days ago. I hope they don't leave. Up in Wisconsin at the Lake house the Pike and Walleye are keeping the kids interested with flags popping up. Large Shiners in 8 to 12 feet of water (anywhere there are baitfish). The Streams are running nicely and a pink jig and wax worm under a float is taking some nice Steelhead.