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 Posted: Sat Aug 14th, 2010 07:43 pm
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Just got home from an awesome week up north! Great weather and great fishing too. My sister and I did pretty darn well on the bluegills fishing all the cuts and flood areas off of Houghton Lake in my little flat bottom john boat...

...but Higgins Lake was awesome this week. Some perch were pushing 14 inches (I didn't catch any over 10). 1 pound plus rock bass were not uncommon this week either fishing the dropoffs. Typical for this time of year, but just about everyone got a Master Angler Rock bass. (once again, I didn't).

However Thursday evening using my "cheap" hand crank downrigger, fishing about 60-70 feet down in 100 ft. of water we got 4 rainbow trout in about 1 1/2 hours. All between 15 and 16". Trolling silver Mepps Cyclops spoons with red beads tipped with a leaf worm.

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A big Houghton Lake Bluegill

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Averaged about 6-15 Bluegills and Sunfish each morning paddling down the Muskegon River (west of Houghton Lake).

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 Posted: Sun Aug 15th, 2010 02:52 pm
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Nice pixs of fishing in the Great Lakes State.



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 Posted: Sun Aug 15th, 2010 07:32 pm
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Thanks. I haven't been out on LSC much this year AT ALL. I spend almost every weekend Up North. But that doesn't mean I can't go fishing!!!!

Waking up at 5:30, making a pot of coffee, being all by yourself on a little flat bottom boat by 6:30 watching deer with the fog on the stream catching hand sized sunfish?

That's one heck of a consolation prize if you ask me.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 15th, 2010 08:31 pm
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Miles and miles of lilly pads and nothing, except for the occasional cottage, as far as your arms (and obligations) allow you. ;)

 

To me? Keep your Las Vegas...THIS is a vacation.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 15th, 2010 08:34 pm
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Keep your fancy $80,000 bass boats too (ha ha) with your 225 HP Mercury's...I had a blast on this 11ft Oar powered flat bottom. :D

It reminds me of my childhood, the simpler days.

 

Not that I would complain if someone wanted to give me an $80,000 Bass Boat with a 225HP mercury...

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Its not a small bluegill...I just have big hands!;)

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Great Pics!  And I can tell you had a Great Time.
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great pics for sure. I miss getting to a little spot we had up north for years, the mornings were my favorite times of the day.

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Looks like a great time.  lots of action too.  Could you run a small outboard on the Muskegon in that area? 

 

The rainbows look like some good grilling.

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Yessir...in fact many people launch "real" boats down this stretch...some bass boats (although this is hardly Lake Dixon) and many typical fishing boats with 15HP or less. All the cottages dotted along the way have docks with fishing boats.

If you're familiar with this area, this is the stretch of the river between the Reedsburgh Dam and the Old 27 Dam (River Rd. before it dumps into Houghton Lake). A bit shallow this time of year (they adjust the dams constantly) but probably a good 4-5 feet in the middle on average, with deeper pockets on the outside of some of the sharper bends (the pike holes).

I'd love to post a "Google Earth" link if I can...

If you look way to the left in this pic you can see the tiny dirt road bridge where I launch from (there's a landing area next to it). Its at the end of a snowmobile or ATV trail or whatever.

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You can see Houghton Lake to the east...and Reedsburg Dam/resivoir to the south. I fish between the highway (127) and south of the main "fork" (towards Reedsburg Dam).

It's God's Country back there believe me.

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Thats all good bro but i ve sure been missin ya on the charters! its hard to find good help nowadays?



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