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  1. There is life after the salmon fishing has died. These were caught last night casting from shore. The bigger one weighed 15 pounds 38 inches and the smaller one was 12 pounds 34 inches. On light tackle they fight like a salmon and are pretty good eating.
  2. The DNR is trying to sell everyone on Atlantic salmon. I don't think that many people will bite and it will be a big bust costing the DNR millions of dollars. If people sell their boats and get out of fishing for salmon they won't buy another boat to fish for atlantics that weigh on average 8 pounds. That is a joke. If the DNR wants atlantics they need to get the true atlantic salmon planted not the landlocked ones that currently get planted. People want salmon that grow to 30 pounds and rip line of from your reel. Most people don't want the lake trout either, they can't even free the hook from a release.
  3. I quit salmon fishing, well not quite but close. I am having just as much fun catching pike that are just about as big as the salmon and are very good eating. THe ones in the photo are from last night 38 inch 15 pounds and 34 inches 12 pounds.
  4. I checked everything out a few months ago be prepared to drop hundreds here there and everywhere. I strongly recommend getting a good business plan before you invest a dime. At age 18 I would join the coast guard and get my captains license through them. You will also get plenty of water time.You will also have a full time job at a location near water where you can start as a captain.
  5. I know lots of tribal fishermen and I asked them first hand on how many salmon that they caught last fall. Most pulled their nets early because the salmon were not there. In years when the tribal members caught loads of salmon I had no problem catching all that I wanted. Sure some get caught in the nets but there has always been enough for everyone. The big problem is that guys want to fish for salmon when the sun is blazing on the lake or river and they don't bite then.
  6. I carry two extras but it helps when you put one of them in the boat before you launch. The boat filled with water so fast that I had to jump in the lake and put the plug in. I had to pull it back out and spent 20 minutes waiting for the water to drain out of it.
  7. I was on the ice for the last time on 04/11 and got skunked. What a nice day to be out on Lake Michigan fishing for steelhead though. The temperature was 45 degrees and the sun was beating down on me. I watched a total of 13 golden and bald eagles throughout the morning. A variety of ducks and geese were landing on the open water. Time to put the tip ups and ice rods away for the next several months and get ready for some soft water action. I am sure that the spring runs will be starting up by the weekend. There are some nice pressure cracks out there so it is better to be safe than to go for a helicopter ride.
  8. I managed to get on the hard water for a couple of days of Steelhead fishing. I changed techniques and managed to ice 4 of them and missed some more but it was fun. There is still plenty of ice but I don't expect it to last too long. We saw lots of wildlife between catching fish too. A great fishing weekend.
  9. Going out ice fishing for them tomorrow. I really hope that they cooperate.
  10. Does not matter I checked it out a month ago and found out the same thing. You also have to be careful where you guide, federal forest land is more or less hands off unless you have a special permit. There are lots of illegal guides out there. If you accept money for boat gas you are an illegal guide. Lots of it does not make sense but for the guys that have a large investment in the guiding business they want to be protected to some extent.
  11. Always fun to watch the kids catch them
  12. If you want Lake Trout you will do good. You will find a few salmon throughout the summer. If I lived in that area I would try for pike and muskie until later in the summer. There are also some inland atlantic salmon to make things more interesting. Good Luck
  13. Not before fishing......the boat would sink
  14. 1 bag of potato tots 1 medium onion finely chopped 1 dozen eggs 1 pound of shredded cheddar cheese 1 pound of ground sausage In a large mixing bowl break the dozen eggs and mix well. Fry up the sausage and chop it into small pieces then add it to the eggs. Mix in the sausage and about 3/4 of the cheese. Pour the contents into a greased cake pan and sprinkle evenly the remainder of the cheese on top. Preheat the oven to 350 and cook until the cheese on top is lightly browned. Cool for about 10 minutes then serve. This will provide a hearty breakfast for 8 to 10 people
  15. There should be some good steelhead fishing right now. Spawn, Yarn, Wobbleglos, Mepps #4 Spinners and rapalas have all worked for me. It has its good and bad days but if you work at it you can get them. Later in the spring the walleyes will be in there too. About the same time the walleyes are in there a few pike, muskie and some sturgeon show up. About late May it is a great spot for walleye, cats, smallies, and drum.
  16. steeliebob


    After this winter it would be good to be walleye wacking on a boat. Thanks for the offer Frank I think that I will finally take you up on it. I have been out steelhead fishing on the ice this winter twice, It has been way too cold up here. Wind chills at -40 keep me inside. I have been tearing up the pike though in December and January nothing really big I think 9 lbs was the largest but all and all pretty tastey. I did catch one steelhead out of the two trips about 3 lbs a short fat one.
  17. It should be good fishing from Tawas north. If you get up to Mackinaw City or St Ignace let me know and I can give you a report or go with you and show you the water. It is always an experience to fish by Mackinac Island or the bridge.
  18. steeliebob


    2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes drained I medium onion finely chopped 1 banana pepper finely chopped 1/2 Jalapeno pepper finely chopped 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce 2 teaspoons of lime juice If you want it hot use the whole Jalapeno. Mix well and refridgerate it goes well in chile too
  19. We have 24 to 32 inches of ice in the UP way too cold to ice fish right now. The wind chill is way below zero. Thinking that the ice will still be around in May.
  20. I have had more than my share of them this winter in similar weather, I feel your pain. It has been below 10 degrees every time that I have been out this winter. I wonder what March and April will bring.
  21. I keep saying that I am going to go fishing with you Farnk and never seem to make it. In April my daughter is going to have a baby (boy). If I make a day trip and start on the road about 4 am I can make it down there by 7. I thank you for the offer and man I want to fish those waters again. I will have to figure something out.
  22. Just 3 steelhead for the year all on tip ups. The fishing has been so horrible I think that I am going to call it quits until either last ice or the hard water is gone. I caught a 10 pounder in the first few minutes of the first trip out and that had me all fired up. Since then I have caught two 7 pounders and have really had to work to get them.
  23. I guess that I will be putting a hold on my trip to South Haven. I would hate to come home with anything less than a cooler full of salmon.
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