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  1. Two public launches in the area, the St Joe city launch on the island, which is in the flow of the river, so you have the current to deal with: and the DNR launch in Benton Harbor which is protected from the current (but some folks have had things stolen in the parking lot, I've not had any problems).

    The river is in good shape right now, but there are sand bars to watch out for. One sandbar area is in front of the launches, just follow another boat to see the main channel. No issues once you get past the first bridge, other than watch out for the dredging going on, but their pipe is well marked and wasn't in the way as of Friday.

    Best fishing right now is out in 80-120 foot of water, I'd start straight out from the pier heads and go from there. Fish are being found at many depths using riiggers, divers, core, wire and flatlines, all seem to be working.

    Good luck, I should be out on Saturday if the wind doesn't blow us off again.

  2. This post is a great read. I have always wondered about a pc based gps, I checked out one used by a DNR officer and was intrigued by it. I also like that the pc is versatile and has many other uses, such as the mentioned access to the net with wifi. I may be interested in trying a set up like this some day.

    Thanks for all the info Frank.

  3. I'm paranoid about that subject.:) I'd almost bet you could find 4 of them on my boat. I was with someone that forgot to put his in. We made it out past the pier heads @ Oscoda. we were able to get back to the docks and pull out the boat. If you have an extra one onboard, there is a possibility that you could plug the hole from the inside. They don't take up much room.:)

    I am extra cautious now, and have 3 of them on board.

    In my much younger days, had an incident where my buddy wanted to get the water out of his boat after a heavy rain by pulling the plug and gettting up on plane to suck the water out. I was driving, he pulled the plug from over the side, told me to gas it. I did and he went over board, with the plug in one hand and a beer in the other. Funniest sight I can remember. I came back around and picked him up. Not too much water came in, and we finished the job. I won't try that one again.

  4. I can tell you from first hand experience that the freshwater intake structure to that plant has some good fishing. You have to work there to get access to it. Back in the day when I was a security guard there you could fill a lunch box with big perch or whitefish in 5 minutes. So after lunch I was fixing for some dinner.

    Yes, spring fishing at the plant used to be the hot spot. Unfortunately, that whole area is now off limits. I do not think the buoys marking the perimeter are out yet, it's up to the boater to know where they are at. It used to be a warning was given, but lately they have been writing tickets. This is not a new restriction, it went into place in 2001.


    (3) Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant. All waters of Lake Michigan around the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant encompassed by a line starting on the shoreline at 41°58.656' N, 86°33.972' W; then northwest to 41°58.769' N, 86°34.525' W; then southwest to 41°58.589' N, 86°34.591' W; then southeast to the shoreline at 41°58.476' N, 86°34.038' W; and following along the shoreline back to the beginning.

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