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Loon Lake, Benzie and Crystal Lake, Benzie today's trip

posted Feb 15, 2012 02:40:46 by MIRusticOutdoors
Started at loon this morning at first light, went all over the lake drilling holes and fishing. Fished till 1:30 and only caught one small perch... Not a good day on Loon, I concentrated on pike and panfish today and fished 40 feet of water down to 10 feet of water, just was not happening there today. So packed up and headed to Crystal lake, got there at about 3 and fished till 8, picked up some nice size perch by the marina!Also caught a 13" mud puppy trying for Burbot.
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Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark
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charliesnedeker said Feb 15, 2012 21:49:55
heading up this weekend. portage on friday, back to leelanau saturday, loon on sunday - tentatively. any ideas or suggestions
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MIRusticOutdoors said Feb 15, 2012 22:41:56
Have heard that people have been doing well on both Portage and Leelanau, good perch and pike.Portage has 6 to 9 inches and people are running machines out there. Leelanau people have been catching decent walleyes and perch. I personally did not have luck on Loon, but then again I was fishing the shallower water for panfish and pike, did pick up a nice rainbow out there about a week ago. I do know that people where catching decent perch on Loon in the 60 ft max.

Good luck, and if Loon is not producing give Crystal lake a try=)
Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark
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charliesnedeker said Feb 16, 2012 22:06:17
what can you tell me about the possibility of catching a burbot. i declared earlier this year that this is the year for my first burbot. any tips?
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MIRusticOutdoors said Feb 17, 2012 22:39:22
We did not have any luck on either attempts for Burbout out on Crystal Lake. Although we were only able to get out to about 43 feet of water because of unsafe ice. They like the 60 to 80 feet range but will come into the shallows to feed.Try catching a few smelt the day before going Burbot fishing. Smelt, I have heard is the go to bait for Burbot. Fish the dead smelt on the bottom with tip ups, try putting just a smelt head on a hook also. You can jig for Burbot with a big glow spoon and a smelt head, again fishing off the bottom and just bouncing the spoon off the bottom.
Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark
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charliesnedeker said Feb 20, 2012 01:57:55
fished portage fri - got some perch, biggest almost 13, few9,10,11 and 2 throwback walleyes. blown off sat so went to herring and loon - 16" small mouth, more pigs at portage on sunday. good weekend.
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charliesnedeker said Feb 20, 2012 01:58:52
fished portage fri - got some perch, biggest almost 13, few9,10,11 and 2 throwback walleyes. blown off sat so went to herring and loon - 16" small mouth, more pigs at portage on sunday. good weekend.
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MIRusticOutdoors said Feb 20, 2012 02:13:29
I am assuming Upper Herring? I fished there about 2 weeks ago, did ok. Looks like Portage is going to be on my list in the next few days! Congrats on the jumbo!
Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark
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charliesnedeker said Feb 20, 2012 20:34:22
40' of water. jumbos on tip-ups using blues
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