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As we Northerners know, things have definitely been a little hit-and-miss.  Was out last Thursday and Saturday.  Caught a few Thursday, including a couple on a crankbait, which has been very elusive for me in my fledgling bass career.  This guy and a 3lb, 10oz largemouth that I didn't get much of a picture of are the first two bass I've got on crankbaits that weren't sub-legal.  I also just missed, probably, a 15-20 pound salmon on a tube from a lake that's not really supposed to have salmon, which was the most exciting three minutes I've had fishing in quite a while.20161029_150143.jpg

Then on Saturday, had a rough day.  First five hours, not as much as a bite, except for a little pike my buddy got on a jerkbait.  The last hour, I got 7 or 8 in the boat, all over 2 pounds, most over 3, including my "official" PB 4lbs 5oz.  20161029_150815.jpg20161029_151129.jpg20161029_151108.jpg

The last bleedy one is the 4 pounder.  Hey, it made me happy, that's all  that counts.

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New to the site and stumbled upon this. I'm from Greenville (Montcalm county). I mainly fish small state land lakes. Went out last weekend and caught a hammer handle not by choice. The bass have been real hit and miss around here lately. 

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Went out today and wasn't having any luck fishing the Kustom Kicker Jigs Freak parallel on some ledges (my go to lately). I tied on the new NX3 Swim Jigs by 2kJigs (not publicly released yet so was stoked) but nothing :(. Switched to some crankbaits, nothing. Tried some texas rigged soft platics, nada. Eventually, I tied on a Sebile jointed jerkbait (and then a Shadow Rap) and it was game on. A game of dinks but enjoyable regardless. I did however have my crankbait come untied and fly off. I spent 20mins casting at it with a jerkbait and finally got it!!

 

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I am headed out in T-minus 90 minutes. I am thinking it's going to be the last opportunity for the season since I'll be dealing with the holiday spectacular the next two months.  65 degrees, sunny, calm.  Boy do I want me some topwater smallies this morning...

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Update:  No topwater fish this morning. No jerkbait fish today.  No spinnerbait fish today.  No crankbait fish today.  Nothing but four lousy tube fish...but I got a new PB.  4lbs 8oz.20161106_190837.jpg

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Dude ~ !     Nice Smallie

PB's are Always a Blast

Congrats

btw - stop throwing topwater in November - you'll hurt yourself . .

:yes:

A-Jay

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It didn't last long.  I have a couple of points on this lake that you can often get a hit on a buzzbait or hollow-bodied frog even in late October and mid March.  I figured I'd give it a shot.

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lecisnith, those are all nice smallies, I'm jealous!  I have not caught me one over 1.5 pounds this whole season. 

I did catch some very early morning largies on a 3" swimbait and a buzzbait...

 

 

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Sad to say, bass fishing is over with for me this year.  I'm pretty sure they are moved out to their winter homes for the most part and this morning was frosty and too cold for me.  I couldn't buy a bite.  Found some bait fish but no bass and no bites.  I took all my reels of my rods, cleaned everything up, organized all my tackle, and put everything up.  It was depressing, like ending a long relationship.

I wish I could pack my family up and move to a warmer climate, I don't know what I'm going to do all winter.  Already I can't wait till May.

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Heading out for my first-ever post turkey day outing on Sunday.  Supposed to have temps in the high 40s with "light, variable winds".  Looks like a perfect storm to go out and get skunked!  I think that I'm going to actually be targeting walleye and pike and just hope to run into a smallie or two.  Last game of the year, can't hold anything back now.

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I dont ice fish, have cleaned and organized my reels and tackle. Kayaks look so lonely now. Checking out the TW sales, changes everyday. I am already bored. What do other anglers do in the winter months to pass the time?

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Michigan is somewhat underrated as far as fishing! Love some Lake St. Clair, as well as Grand & Long Lake in Alpena. I used to do a lot of fishing over near Traverse City, but haven't made it over there in quite sometime. Anyone fished the torch chain in recent years? 

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I spent a lot of time fishing on Intermediate, however I never got over to Torch, or Skegemog. Both are lakes I will need to be making stops at, I know about the quality in Skegemog. What about Torch? 

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As far as Torch is concerned I haven't had near the success that I would like or feel that I should have.  As far as size is concerned, every bass I've ever caught or have ever seen caught out of that lake has been big, 3 pounds or more and seem to fight harder than usual, even for smallies.  The problem is finding them.  And I've never been able to find them in numbers.  I have heard of people having very, very good days, though. 

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I've always wanted to fish both torch and skegemog but it's all the way on the other side of the state and idk if my boat is big enough. I have fished skegemog but only from shore for a very short tine. Both lakes are absolutely beautiful

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Depending on the conditions, I wouldn't hesitate to fish Skegemog in a small boat.  The lake isn't all that big, and a lot of it stays pretty calm, even when everything else is churning.  Torch, on the other hand, would probably require a larger vessel.  But fishing on Skegemog is usually a very rewarding time.  Highly recommended. 

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While I have never fished Skegemog in a kayak, I have considered it.  Just make sure to wear a pfd because it does get a fair amount of boat traffic.  I would shy away from Torch.  It is basically an inland great lake.

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It's getting to be that time of year. I've already been out a few times - to play with new rods and reels more or less.

 

 

Has anyone been out? Any luck? If so, what, where, and how are you fishing? Let's get this Michigan thread back in the swing of things!!

 

BTW: Who has a recent water temp stat (within a day or two)? My guess is high 30's, low 40's? I sold my boat last fall with plans to get a new one...hasn't happened yet. 

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I haven't had the boat out yet but I've tried a river a couple times that has smallies in it, no luck. It felt good though to be holding a rod and casting! No water temp. To report. Really itching though to get out on the boat and chase after the green fish! 

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