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So guys I'm up here in Michigan and we finally have some 70° weather this weekend. What should I throw what lures and what colors water is dirty due to end of winter and cold front is coming and happening over next day or so so here's the conditions.

 

70°

Dirty water

After cold front

Early April in michigan

 

Please list some baits you would throw I'm going fishing in 5 days so plz post by then if you are to late still let me know wat u would have thrown THX!

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Me , this time of year , I mainly go shallow . A consistent plan of attack is to start at a major point and work my way to the back of a cove . Baits include but not limited to are spinnerbaits , square bills , lipless cranks , floating minnows , Texas rigs and weedless jigs .

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Where at in Michigan? I'm from central MI (Clare) but work down in Muskegon and fish there too.

 

As for lures, it depends on the water, and what you have access to. Shore fishing? Boat? What lake or river? Etc..

 

Let me know and I'll let you know what I would do.

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I'm from Muskegon. I actually just made a trip up there recently. 

 

I seen quite a few old friends. Whom do alot of fishing. Usually various species. Dirty water id be using a lipless crank, blade bait, spinner bait, chatterbait..  and probably a dark jig before the day was through. 

 

Just because it's gonna finally reach 70° ... Doesn't mean the water is warm!  Keep it slow. Good luck 

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Right ! Ya I was thinkin some chatters or lipless cranks woukd he good

3 hours ago, SemperBass said:

Where at in Michigan? I'm from central MI (Clare) but work down in Muskegon and fish there too.

 

As for lures, it depends on the water, and what you have access to. Shore fishing? Boat? What lake or river? Etc..

 

Let me know and I'll let you know what I would do.

Boat access going to wixom lake 

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Throw a spinnerbait that gives off some thump. I fished in Michigan twice last Saturday couldn't get bit. I threw a Ned rig and a Keitech fat impact. Hopefully your luck is better.

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4 hours ago, Bass-fisher said:

wixom lake 

Oh man oh man! Love me some Wixom, Sanford, and Ross. 

 

Here's my advice. Just because it's going to be in the mid to high 60's does not mean the water is warm. It is still that transition time between winter and early spring. Because of that, I focus on transition areas MAINLY but will fish everything just because.

 

1. Find the deep spots on your topo map, then find the shallows, and fish the area between the two. I would use a spinnerbait or bladed jig (chatterbait). Fish it at every water column depth. I would go around the E/SE cove entrances and fish the deep creek channel all the way to inside the coves/tribs (with everything) on every one heading up toward Smallwood.

 

2. Just east of the M30 bridge (east of the Marina) and then the North, you will run into a lot of deep submerged vegetation. Obviously that's mostly all dead; if not all dead, but it also has a lot of submerged wood. Plus, it slopes enough into the deep creek channel that I would use a lipless crank here and along the shoreline to the east. Keep in mind the depths. Once bit, slow down and I would fish tubes here nice and slow for smallies.

 

3. North of the west dam is a huge pocket. Even more north of that is another pocket (west of Dundas) and probably the biggest main lake point on this body of water. Fish it. Fish it fast. Fish it slow. Just fish it.

 

Again, it's cold water right now. It's getting warmer so you can start using searching baits but if you don't get bit, don't get discouraged. Just slow down and go a little deeper. It's a hard time to pattern them but just have fun and don't be surprised if you spend time retying due to pike. They roam the south end of the lake alot along with Bowfin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 minutes ago, SemperBass said:

Oh man oh man! Love me some Wixom, Sanford, and Ross. 

 

Here's my advice. Just because it's going to be in the mid to high 60's does not mean the water is warm. It is still that transition time between winter and early spring. Because of that, I focus on transition areas MAINLY but will fish everything just because.

 

1. Find the deep spots on your topo map, then find the shallows, and fish the area between the two. I would use a spinnerbait or bladed jig (chatterbait). Fish it at every water column depth. I would go around the E/SE cove entrances and fish the deep creek channel all the way to inside the coves/tribs (with everything) on every one heading up toward Smallwood.

 

2. Just east of the M30 bridge (east of the Marina) and then the North, you will run into a lot of deep submerged vegetation. Obviously that's mostly all dead; if not all dead, but it also has a lot of submerged wood. Plus, it slopes enough into the deep creek channel that I would use a lipless crank here and along the shoreline to the east. Keep in mind the depths. Once bit, slow down and I would fish tubes here nice and slow for smallies.

 

3. North of the west dam is a huge pocket. Even more north of that is another pocket (west of Dundas) and probably the biggest main lake point on this body of water. Fish it. Fish it fast. Fish it slow. Just fish it.

 

Again, it's cold water right now. It's getting warmer so you can start using searching baits but if you don't get bit, don't get discouraged. Just slow down and go a little deeper. It's a hard time to pattern them but just have fun and don't be surprised if you spend time retying due to pike. They roam the south end of the lake alot along with Bowfin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thx ! Will also repost after Sunday on my catches and thx for the info

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Water Temp 40 - 50: Hard jerkbaits (water with 2' of visbility or more), lipless cranks, deep cranks, drop shot, jigs, and sometimes standard cranks or slow rolled spinnerbaits.

 

Water Temp 50 - 60: Still the above, except I stop fishing jerkbaits when the water is consistently in the upper 50s because I just find other lures seem to produce better. Spinnerbaits get better and better at this water temp as well.

 

Don't overlook Carolina Rigged Centipedes and Ring Fry type baits, or Ned Rigs if the water has around 2 feet of visbility or more.

 

Use darker colors like black blue, red craw, firetiger, chartreuse craw, ect.

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