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Ludington Fishing Report: 8-17-13

Ludington Fishing Report: 8-17-13

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April Bonner with her trophy king salmon. This fish was 1 of 9 boated today, and they came on silver streak spoons. Mostly hot lobster and wonderbread in 30′ off ludington state park. Dipsy divers with 60′ line out and plugs on surface lines were also good.

Ludington Report: 8-9-13

Ludington Report: 8-9-13

Ludington Report: The big ones are in!

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Mark hanson with a 28# king. One of several huge fish tonight 120 down in 130′ on a purple haze paddle and cut bait. We were fishing North of Big Sable Point.

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report: 7-23-13

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report: 7-23-13

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report: 7-23-13 – 54″ Musky Video

Get a load of this hog from 7-23 on lake st clair!

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report: 7-21-13

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report: 7-21-13

Lake St Clair Fishing Report

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A nice double from our 7/21 trip. Looking good fellas!

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report: 7-12-13

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report: 7-12-13

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report: 7-12-13

Just a quick report for Lake St. Clair. Took a trip with the Knepp family last Thursday, and the bite was on. We managed to boat 7 Muskies, with the big fish of the day pushing the tape to just shy of 50″ – and two others coming in at 43″. We had our best luck off of Belle River in Canadian waters. We were fishing in about 14 FOW, with a nice healthy 3′ chop.

Boat rods with plugs were the order of the day, although the biggest fish of the day grabbed a gold and black Perch bucktail spinner. That’s all the time I have for now. Headed back out on the water to smack them again! Tight lines folks! We’ll see you shortly with another Lake St. Clair Fishing Report.

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If this email from Stan is any indication, he and Dana had a great time!

From: “STAN KNEPP”
Date: Jul 12, 2013 5:46 AM
Subject: yesterday’s muskie fishing
To: “CAPTSTEVEJONES@GMAIL.COM”

Steve,
Thanks for a great day out on the lake and taking time to teach some rookies about musky fishing. None of us had ever caught one before. They are a magnificent fish. Looking forward to fishing with you again. Attached is picture of Dana Davis’ 49-50″ musky.

Stan Knepp

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report | 6-17-2013

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report | 6-17-2013

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report from 6-17-2013

Opening weekend for bass started as we expected: tons and tons of big smallmouth! this 5#r was only 1 of 3 caught over 5 pounds, along with 90 other bass up to 4#s off of huron pointe on smoke purple tubes and golden shinners in just 5’of water.

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You can’t buy a smile that big!

Captain Steve

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report | 6-14-2013

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report | 6-14-2013

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report 6-14-2013

Crazy day today with lots of action, so I only have a quick report. Rods were firing left and right and I earned my keep today, so to speak. We boated 11 Musky, but no real monsters today. Still – not too shabby. We filled in the remaining blanks with some nice healthy Lake St. Clair smallmouth. I stopped counting after 100!

These pics were a double header a moment ago (posting from my phone) – Nick LaChapelle with a 48″ musky and Joe LaChapelle with a 4# smallmouth.

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Get out there and fish!

Captain Steve

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report – 6/13/2013

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report – 6/13/2013

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report | 6-13-2013

lake st clair fishing report 6-13-13Muskie fishing on St Clair is really heating up! We released 7 very nice fish today. This beauty topped them all, pushing the 35# mark. This trophy was taken on a 6″ziggie 9$ bass off Huron Pointe.

Huge Musky

A huge 45-3/4#, 54″ musky was officially recorded by Keith Jones caught off the Bell River area in Canadian waters on a Blue Frog Charley Brown lure. Keith is no relation to your captain – he just shares a really cool last name!

Smallmouth bass season opens Saturday, and we can’t wait. Largish brown or purple smoke tubes 6-12′ down off 7mi road or Masonic road should be a good way to get started out from what we’ve been seeing from incidental catches. A typical day on bass should put 50-150 nice fish on your line. Just drag the super salty tubes around, and you’re sure to have a good day.

NOW HOW EASY IS THAT! Have fun…

Captain Steve.
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Lake St. Clair Report – 6/11/13 – Fish On!

Lake St. Clair Report – 6/11/13 – Fish On!

Lake St. Clair Musky – Week of 6/10/13

We’re in the thick of it! We have been busy fishing from sunup to sundown lately, so I haven’t had much of a chance to post up reports. Apologies in advance. Fishing on Lake St Clair has been hot and heavy, and is only going to improve. I’m headed out on the water for a trip, but here are a few photos to wet your whistle!

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Andu and Rob boated 7 nice musky on this trip. Perch was the hot color off Huron Pointe in 9 FOW. Perch Ziggies and Perch Charlie brown lures were the best.

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Roger had a bang up day on the water. Perch lures were still the hot ticket. 11 fish made it to the boat. This one (49″) was the biggest of the day.

Detroit FreePress Video – Lake St. Clair Musky

Detroit FreePress Video – Lake St. Clair Musky
Detroit Free Press

Lake St. Clair Musky Charter | Steve Jones

Few who have spent time trolling on Lake St. Clair would argue that it is not the best muskellunge lake on the continent. On this day we’ve boated and released six up to 42 inches, along with a 32-inch northern pike.

That would be an excellent muskellunge month on many lakes, maybe even a good season. But here it’s so-so, even a little disappointing in both the numbers of fish and their sizes.

“It’s been a really good season,” said Capt. Steve Jones, one of St. Clair’s most experienced and successful muskie charter skippers. “We’re averaging nine to 15 fish a day, and if you get 15 at least one of them will be 50 inches.”

He knelt by the long live well at the stern of his 31-foot Pursuit fishing boat “Predator,” named for the lean, spotted, toothy fish that have been his obsession for 30 years. Satisfied that the 35-incher he had landed a few minutes ago was properly revived, Jones lifted the fish and threw it headfirst into the water like a silver spear and watched it swim off into the clear, green waters.

St. Clair has long been known for lots of muskellunge, although not the numbers anglers see today. Despite stories of giant muskies being caught, records from the Michigan-Ontario Muskie Club testify that even a 30-pounder was rare.

“That’s not true any more,” Jones said. “Thirty-pound fish are common. The biggest one I know of this year was a 54-inch fish caught early in the season, and it already weighed 38 pounds. By September or October that fish will be pushing 50 pounds. All it has to do is eat some bass or suckers.”

Like many muskie fanatics, Jones has been collecting lures for years and said he now has more than 15,000 of them. He usually starts the season in June trolling smaller plugs in the 6-inch range, switches to 9- to 12-inchers in July and August, and by September is trolling the 18-inch plugs that aficionados refer to as “lumber.”

“In the spring the fish are just recovering from spawning and they’re lethargic and won’t chase a lute far,” Jones said. “Right now, they’re squirrely. They’ll chase a lure and hit it, but a lot of the time they won’t get hooked. I think they’re just curious. But come fall they get serious and start feeding in earnest. That’s when they want a big bait and when you get the biggest fish.”

On this day, every muskellunge hit a plug of some kind, mostly in frog and smallmouth bass colors, trolled at 4-5 m.p.h. The hits came on both plugs trolled 60 feet behind planer boards and 40 feet directly behind the boat on down rods.

But Jones said that he has been getting many fish on big bucktails that once were a rarity in the tackle boxes of St. Clair anglers.

“I stared bringing bucktails back on St. Clair about 10 years ago,” Jones said. “They didn’t work well in the musky water, but once the water started to clear, they really did the job. They stay up high in the water, and I’d say now that’s where you get 75% of the fish.”

Muskellunge, the largest members of the pike family, can crossbreed with their northern pike cousins to produce tiger muskellunge. But pure muskies live at and beyond the southern end of the northern pike’s range.

St. Clair is ideally located for growing big muskies, far enough north that the fish here outlive their more southerly relatives in Tennessee and West Virginia by 5-10 years, putting on inches and pounds. And since fish continue to grow throughout their lives, as long as they have enough food, St. Clair muskies have the potential to reach very large sizes.

But unlike other northern havens, such as New York’s St. Lawrence River and the Chippewa Flowage in Wisconsin, St. Clair has never produced a 65-70 pound world-record fish, not even one that was challenged as a fake. St. Clair has never produced a fish over 50 pounds that was measured on a certified scale.

Jones said this could be the year that changes.

“Twenty years ago if someone said you’d get a 50-pound muskie out of this lake I’d have said never, no way. But I think someone is going to get one soon, maybe this year. Last year a friend of mine caught a fish that was over 48 pounds, and there were several 40-pound-plus fish weighed on certified scales.

“When I stared fishing muskies here, the water clarity was 3, 4 feet. The fish spotted their food silhouetted against the surface, and I think they were mostly eating minnows. Then the zebra mussels arrived, and for the past 20 years the water has been getting clearer and clearer.”

The sheer numbers of muskellunge in St. Clair might also have been be a limiting factor in the days before zebra mussels, and some anglers think an outbreak of exotic viral hemorrhagic septicemia five years ago might have helped by thinning the population out a bit.

“We’re getting a lot of small fish now, 24-35 inchers,” Jones said. “That’s a great sign for the future. If the lake keeps producing enough food for them, we should be catching 50-inch muskies for a long time to come.”

Jones will move his boat to Ludington to fish salmon in Lake Michigan in August and return to St. Clair in September for the prime part of the muskellunge season. He can be reached at 586-463-FISH or online at www.fishpredator.com. Contact ERIC SHARP: 313-222-2511 or esharp@freepress.com.

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Lake St. Clair Musky Contact

FishPredator Musky Fishing Charters
37897 Mast St
Harrison Twp., MI 48045
Phone: 586-463-3474
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