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About The Fishing

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Starting in late August Steelhead will start showing up at the mouth of the creeks in the early morning. At first they’ll leave as soon as the sun hits the water, as time goes by they will stick around the mouth

of the creeks longer and longer until the first cool rain in mid to late September. Then we'll

start finding them running up the creeks a short distance, the more cool rains the further

they will push up the creeks. The fish well settle into the deeper pools once the creeks freeze

up until a thaw and the fish will continue their move up stream again, along with fresher fish

just beginning their spawning run, until they spawn and begin their journey back to the lake.

The spawn usually will happen in the spring, late February thru early April, though I have

caught spawned out fish as early as late November. Eventually they all spawn and return to the

lake where they meet up with a lot of younger non-spawning Steelhead that congregate at the mouth

of the creeks in search of baitfish to feed on. Throughout the colder months Presque Isle Bay is also producing Steelhead. Though not in the numbers that we come to expect in the creeks, it still can be a                                 good option when the creeks are blown out from heavy rains or froze over from winter                                        weather. Spring time brings about other fishing opportunities. Ice is off the bay the

                                lake may still have some ice, depends on how hard the winter was. As the water 

                                warms around the end of March Crappie and Perch move into the shallows to spawn   

                              and there are still some younger Steelhead chasing bait around the bay along with

                           some mature fish, they will stay till the water gets into the mid 50's. The water continues to warm when it gets into the upper 50's the Bluegills and Bass get more active, both are being caught all spring but your numbers increase dramatically with the warming of the water. Bluegills will scatter and move off into deeper water a couple of weeks after the spawn is over. Bass will continue to produce good numbers all summer, but weeds will have a growing effect on how many can be landed.


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My weapon of choice is an 11 1/2 foot noodle rod with 4 pound test line, crowds have forced me to switch to 6 pound test. Maxima is my line of choice, the abrasion resistance of Maxima has brought me back to it after trying others time and time again. For hooks I like Eagle Claw style #42 size 10, 12 or 14

depending on the situation, at times I will use a Mustad style # 37460 size 14 with skein. As

far as baits go I rely heavily on natural baits although artificial definitely have their time and

place. Early on off the mouth of the creeks casting spoons and spinners can be productive                         if the fish are not to spooky, if they are spooky power bait, egg sacks or large minnows                       fished off the bottom with as little weight as possible or under a float. Once we start fishing up                the creeks its skein, egg sacks, minnows (live & salted), yarn, nymphs and streamers, depending on the conditions, fished most of the time with a float but sometimes without. When fishing the bay we can use spoons, spinners, jig & grubs, minnows and egg sacks or skein.

How I Fish Bluegills

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I use 9 to 10 1/2 foot light action rods with 4 or 6 pound test line, depending on the situation. If longer casts are needed longer rod is better, as the season goes on weeds and pads get thicker heavier line is  

                         better. Early on when we're fishing for Perch we will catch some big Gills on minnows, but                               grubs are the way to go when we start targeting them. Bluegills will start showing up off                               the docks and piers then they start showing up outside their spawning areas I'll start                                   looking with a jig & grubs (curl-tail, tube or hair), as the water warms I'll go to ice jigs & grubs (tear drop, banana or ant) then to a fly (stonefly nymph, spider, ant or streamer) lately I've been using Berkley 1" Minnows on the lightest jig head on hand and Berkley Waxes (tipped on any of the ice jigs or flies in place of the grubs). All of which would be suspended under a float, usually a Glo Bob pin float or a Rocket Bobber, they are both excellent when you have to make a long cast.

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As with the Bluegills we will catch a lot of bass on minnows early on fishing for Perch.

When we start fishing for them in earnest its plastic worms most of the time, my worm of

                          choose is Zoom. In the colder months I'll use the smaller models like the

                            Swamp Crawler or Finesse Worm as the water warms I'll throw in the

                            bigger Trick Worm. Zoom is a softer plastic worm than most which makes

                            it easier to set the hook with the light action rods I like to use. The rest of the time I'll                                  mix in spinner baits, tubes, stick baits and top waters. Again my rod is the light action 9                             to 10 1/2 footer; I'm using worms with little or no weight so the light action allows me to                               get it out where I need it. The last few years I've been working on a summer program that has produced some nice Smallmouths and Bluegills on a fly and grub combo fished as a dropshot rig.

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How I Fish Bass

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Perry's Monument
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