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Post Posted: 09:29pm - Mar 26,06 
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Headed out this morning with Ed_r from the state park at about 10am. The sun was out, very little wind, a boat full of fatheads, waxies, donuts, blueberry muffins and coffee. The water was like glass, water level has dropped since last week and could be considered about normal summer level. Water temps at launch time were hovering right around 41 degrees.
Haven't fished the river below Pistakee in some time so we thought we would spend some time trolling some crank baits. We dragged, reef runners, shad raps, and JD Cranks down just past the Johnsburg bridge but found no action. We then cruised back to Pistakee and fished the Meyers bay area with only a couple of small gills to show for it. A few nibbles here and there but fish are still sluggish. The gills were taken on slip bobbers and waxies around docks in 3-4 foot of water. With little action we decided to hit the north river which we fished with jigs and fatheads at several different depths. There were some fish congregating in the 7-8 foot range but the afternoon was spent with very lite taps and just a couple of missed fish. The river current is still fairly strong but levels have subsided. By the late afternoon, water temps were reaching the mid 40's and we had hopes of picking up a few stragglers but besides a few minnows coming back missing a few scales, no fish were boated. Fish are still sluggish and once missed, did not seem to come back around for a second try at their meal. It's just a matter of a few warm days to get things moving. Thank you Ed for sharing a nice day on the water. Although it's still early, the tactics we used today will start producing some nice catches soon.

Not a giant Gill at all but still takes the honor of being the first Fish on the spinner boat in 2006. There just gonna get bigger from here.

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Another month, we'll be using this one for bait.

Fish81156, Glad ya got a couple crappies.

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Post Posted: 09:34pm - Mar 26,06 
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Hey Jd, Nice to see your reports again. I know my but needs to get over there but this Lake Michigan thing is tough to let go :cry: Keep them reports coming as i always read your reports. Thanks JD

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Post Posted: 11:11pm - Mar 26,06 
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Thanks Wash, It's just the beginning of what should be a great year on the Chain. Unfortunately it's still a bit early and the fish are playing hide and seek. :lol:

.... and yes, you've got your hands full out there. That's a whole lot of water. :shock:

Hope yo do well on the big pond. :wink:

We'll have to each pull a day off and join the other for a day. :move

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Post Posted: 05:41am - Mar 27,06 
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Glad to see you back on the water JD and looking forward to a season of reports. I know Ed_r had to have a good time!

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