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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pere Marquette River Chinook Salmon

Fly Fishing for Coho and King Salmon on the beautiful Pere Marquette River in Michigan with can be eventful even in the month of October - Since it is so close to Halloween, I could not resist wearing the mask! ...who ever says fishing is no fun...doesn't know what they are talking about :-)

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Muskegon Fishing Report: 09-09-12 Salmon

Good catches of Coho, Steel head and perch are being caught from Grand Haven Pier north to Whitehall.From the piers, fishing with alewives has been good with many fish near 20 lbs. Both sides of the piers are producing fish as the enter the rivers. Boat fisherman are also catching tons of fish in the channel and just outside the piers. Nice perch are also being caught in the 14 inch plus range off minnows caught with casting net.

                                      Cliff Shaunt of Muskegon with this near 20 lbs. female.

                   Average Coho being caught of the Ferryburg pier caught by Brent Vanderstelt

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hess Lake to Host Annual Winterfest Ice Fishing Contest

While Hess Lake is know for giant crappie, it's also well know for it's annual WINTERFEST on Hess Lake which feature snowmobile races, motorcycle races, fly in planes, helecopters amd popular polar plunge!

The ice fishing contest, sponsored by Parsley’s Sport Shop, will take place with weigh-in set for 2 p.m. on the deck of Smuggler’s Cove Restaurant located on Hess Lake. There will be an adult division and a children’s division. The contest is open to all lakes, and gift certificates will be presented to first, second, and third places.

“The contest has really, really grown,” said Ron Parsley, owner of Parsley’s Sport Shop. “It’s a big event that is a lot of fun. It stirs up a lot of business for local stores.”

An extreme plunge is set for 1 p.m. Other events taking place on the ice include a chili cook-off, family-friendly wet T-shirt contest, chicken bowling, snowshoe races, and slap-shot hockey.

A raffle drawing will take place at 3 p.m. at Smuggler’s Cove. The first-place winner will receive $1,000; second place will get $500; and third will be awarded $250. Tickets may be purchased for $5 each at various local businesses.

“It’s just a really fun day out on the ice with family and friends,” said Robbin Faulkner, chairperson of the Winterfest Committee.

Saturday’s events will wrap up with a dinner and dance at Sportsman’s Bar and Restaurant. Happy hour will be 6-7 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Live music will be provided by Just Jake. Tickets are $25 in advance at the chamber or $30 at the door.

The Events are held behind Smugglers Cove on Hess Lake, parking will be across the street from Hess Lake and features a chili cook off tent, sloppy joes, hot dogs and hambergers along with snacks and drinks available.

All festivities will be visible from the deck at Smugglers Cove!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Muskegon Lake Ice Warning-Tug Barge Arrival

Ice fisherman have a few more days to move their shanties before a barge and tug cut through Muskegon Lake.

The barge's arrival was scheduled for Friday night, but has been pushed back to Wednesday. The time of its arrival is not yet available.

Muskegon Lake will be unsafe for ice fishing for at least a week after the barge breaks the ice, said Nathan Jandt, an employee at North Muskegon bait shop Adam's Angler Archer.

Ice fishing conditions already are marginal because an early January thaw melted the ice, and subsequent snows insulated the lake surface, making it slushy, Jandt said. He estimated that most parts of Muskegon Lake have 4 or 5 inches of ice, with some snow and slush on top.

Safety guidelines dictate ice fishermen should wait for about 8 inches of ice when it forms under snowy conditions, Jandt said, though 4 inches of ice is safe if it forms during drier weather.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Just for Fun Friday! Fish On!

Fishing Report for Today? Red Hot!

Muskegon Fishing Report (Fall Salmon) 9/24/2010

Boat and pier anglers are catching a few salmon and steelhead in and around the harbor.

Boat anglers have been trolling around the piers, in the channel and into Muskegon Lake. Few salmon have been caught as anglers were having a problem with weeds getting tangled around the line. Try plugs in chrome with a red head or anything that glows.

Muskegon River - Salmon and some brown trout have been caught.

First sighting of 5 salmon in the Pere Marquette south branch two days ago but nothing yesturday nor today .. heard they are in Hesperia at the damn but haven't seen any fishermen there to back up that statement - must be fish-on in Muskegon Good Luck!
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Muskegon Fishing Report 03/06/2010

We caught 1 Walleye, 1 Steelhead (big one), and 2 Northern Pike. It was a nice morning. It was weird fishing in open water right next to ice and there was a half dozen ice fisherman on the ice.

We fished with Deep Diver Rapalla's & of planer boards. The bombers caught 3 out of the 4 fish (green & orange)

Brent, we launched right at the causeway and trolled the Muskegon River mouth area. . Walleye season shuts down March 15.
by Phil Eppard