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I have a tournament on a clear water lake in Northern Michigan.  I have pre-fished and everything, but I got news today that the lake has turned over and is now extremely muddy.  I live 3 hours away from the lake and am planning to get up there the day before the tourney. I have to completely change my plan and was wondering what other anglers would do in this situation.

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Was there a big rain storm or something? The lakes start  when the water gets to be around 50 degrees, it is still August and a little arly for that?

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I'm with Muddy.  I don't keep up with the temps in Northern Michigan but I would be surprised if the water is cool enough to turn over.  If there have been no rains in your area, is there a flooded upstream lake that could have released a ton of water your way?  

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I would switch up my baits to something that moves a lot slower. Fish larger baits that are more visible in murky water.

Large spinnerbaits with big colorado blades to really move the water chartruese/white/red

Large jig w/ trailers darker colors

Crankbaits that make a lot of noise anything to help you create the reaction strike

Add rattles to a tube and just throw it like a jig and shake it like a jig

Carolina rigged works great in this type of situation.

Good Luck on your tournament ;)

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I have a tournament on a clear water lake in Northern Michigan. I have pre-fished and everything, but I got news today that the lake has turned over and is now extremely muddy. I live 3 hours away from the lake and am planning to get up there the day before the tourney. I have to completely change my plan and was wondering what other anglers would do in this situation.

Was this information given by a competator?

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I would switch up my baits to something that moves a lot slower. Fish larger baits that are more visible in murky water.

Large spinnerbaits with big colorado blades to really move the water chartruese/white/red

Large jig w/ trailers darker colors

Crankbaits that make a lot of noise anything to help you create the reaction strike

Add rattles to a tube and just throw it like a jig and shake it like a jig

Carolina rigged works great in this type of situation.

Good Luck on your tournament ;)

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I agree with the others that said it sounds to early for the lake to turn over.  Granted, I'm not familiar with the water up there, but would imagine the water is warmer now than any part of the year?

The turnover I'm familiar with happens after the water cools.

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I would stick to my game plan until the fish say! If the lake is normally clear and has really got a lot of mud I would look for clear water small creek thats cleared go to the opposite shore from wind.

Garnet

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I may be wrong here, but I've never seen clear water turn muddy because of the turn over.  Plus, I believe also that your temps aren't there yet for a turn over.

Hmmmmmm..........

Either way, fish what the conditions tell you.  If it's muddy, fish muddy applications, etc.  Bright,loud baits  

Adapt, excel, win

Good luck :)

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I would switch up my baits to something that moves a lot slower. Fish larger baits that are more visible in murky water.

Large spinnerbaits with big colorado blades to really move the water chartruese/white/red

Large jig w/ trailers darker colors

Crankbaits that make a lot of noise anything to help you create the reaction strike

Add rattles to a tube and just throw it like a jig and shake it like a jig

Carolina rigged works great in this type of situation.

Good Luck on your tournament ;)

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A good storm can disturb the thermocline, but not cause the lake to turnover completely.  Take a look at historical surface temps leading up to the recent weather, and compare to readings you get when on the water.  You may want to move shallow.  If the water is murkier than usual, use appropriate baits.  it may have settled down by the time you fish.  Read the water that's there, not the water you pre fished.

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