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April 23, 2014
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Hey all,

I'm trying to book a trip for LSC from July 20th-24th. Does anyone have any rental suggestions? I'm looking for a waterfront place that I can dock the boat. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance,

Lenny

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April 23, 2014
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Hey Lenny,

I've stayed at Belle River Yacht club for the last 5 years or so. You can dock your boat there as well. Tell Terry I sent you.

2 years ago I tried a trip in early July as I heard the winds layed down more that month. Not really the case but what I did find were the water temps being close to 80 already. Given the timeframe you'll be going, I'd be cautious. I know Spencer and the guides up there use revival tanks when fishing the peak summer months.

Good Luck!

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April 23, 2014
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ChadT wrote:
Hey Lenny,

I've stayed at Belle River Yacht club for the last 5 years or so. You can dock your boat there as well. Tell Terry I sent you.

2 years ago I tried a trip in early July as I heard the winds layed down more that month. Not really the case but what I did find were the water temps being close to 80 already. Given the timeframe you'll be going, I'd be cautious. I know Spencer and the guides up there use revival tanks when fishing the peak summer months.

Good Luck!

Thanks for the advice Chad. I ended up finding a place on Harsen's Island. Price was right, location seemed pretty equidistant from everything, so i booked it. I'm hoping that even with me booking the trip in July the water will still be moderate as the winter we had should keep things a few weeks behind.

Does anyone have suggestions on locations/presentations for this time of year at LSC? Should I expect to be targeting weed beds and fishing shallow, or will the fish be into the shipping channels at this point? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you,

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April 24, 2014
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Fish are everywhere, but the southern shore seems to be the hot spot in the summer. Specifically, Belle River hump and dumping grounds are where most people flock to. Check out the st. Clair fishing network. Lots of reports on there.

April 25, 2014
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Good smallmouth fishing and sturgeon available available in that area too. Jigging is popular for muskies in the river channels. Staying at Hansens you have the ferry crossing which limits trailering your boat to other launch areas. Note on the charts how the Ca /Us border winds through the channels. Law requires call in and approval number before crossing from Us side into Ca water. Whether that will be enforced is never a certainty.
"Equidistant " isn't a term I'd use for Hansens from a lot of the fishing on St Clair. 12 miles on LOTW isn't the same as 12 miles on St Clair.

April 26, 2014
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larryc wrote:
Good smallmouth fishing and sturgeon available available in that area too. Jigging is popular for muskies in the river channels. Staying at Hansens you have the ferry crossing which limits trailering your boat to other launch areas. Note on the charts how the Ca /Us border winds through the channels. Law requires call in and approval number before crossing from Us side into Ca water. Whether that will be enforced is never a certainty.
"Equidistant " isn't a term I'd use for Hansens from a lot of the fishing on St Clair. 12 miles on LOTW isn't the same as 12 miles on St Clair.

could you expand on the ferry crossing. Can i take my trailer across on the ferry, and is there a launch on harsens or do i have to launch before getting on the ferry. thanks

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April 26, 2014
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Couple launch areas on the island. Ferry isn't real big but can do vehicles with trailers. [ I haven't used the ferry or island launches]
You'll find plenty of weedbeds and current. Some open water gets real shallow with sand flats and bars. Also tons of BIG pleasure boats and freighters.
Only fished that area once in summer [August] . Fish on Pacemakers at daylight,double 10s ,Believers and tubes mid day. I'm usually going to be on the mid lake "flats" in July.

April 29, 2014
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larryc wrote:
Couple launch areas on the island. Ferry isn't real big but can do vehicles with trailers. [ I haven't used the ferry or island launches]
You'll find plenty of weedbeds and current. Some open water gets real shallow with sand flats and bars. Also tons of BIG pleasure boats and freighters.
Only fished that area once in summer [August] . Fish on Pacemakers at daylight,double 10s ,Believers and tubes mid day. I'm usually going to be on the mid lake "flats" in July.

So it seems there is nothing out of the ordinary in regards to the ferry/island launching, correct? I see that there is a pass/license required to fish the ''tribe'' areas in addition to the michigan and canada tags. is it worthwhile to get that as well?

I have a lakemaster chip of the lake which i hope will help with all of the shallow bars and flats.

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April 29, 2014
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No need for the Walpole permit. Just stay out of the marsh --
Simple fees for the ferry [$11] and the launch is a different fee. You'll see signs saying "No Power Loading" and they mean that !
Hoping you get good weather and find some fish. You'll be a long ride from where I'd fish that time of year. Suggest you check out the auction lot from Matt for a half day guided on the lake.

May 1, 2014
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larryc wrote:
No need for the Walpole permit. Just stay out of the marsh --
Simple fees for the ferry [$11] and the launch is a different fee. You'll see signs saying "No Power Loading" and they mean that !
Hoping you get good weather and find some fish. You'll be a long ride from where I'd fish that time of year. Suggest you check out the auction lot from Matt for a half day guided on the lake.

Thanks for the Reply Larry. Hoping for good weather. If we catch fish it will just be a bonus. Are there any areas that are good for pike? If we are having a really tough day/days I may want to try and put my father and brother on some pike to break up the day. I would be happy casting into a puddle all day long and not catching a muskie, however I realize that my father sometimes gets a little frustrated with no action for days on end and I would like my brother to have some action as well.

As far as the auction goes, I had looked at that however it is for a max of 2 people and I will of course have 3 in my party.

I know it is a little ride from the south shore, but I figured that if worse comes to worse I can stay near the island and jig the channels, right?

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May 1, 2014
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😉 More than a little ride to the middle grounds or south shore. 12 /20 miles isn't a long run on LOTW or a lot of other lakes. On St Clair it's risky more often than not.
Plenty of pike and smallmouths too. Mid 30"s is a good one there. Jigging the channels is almost always an option --unless mud is pouring out of Huron. White spinnerbaits are a nice search tool that catch pike, muskies and bass.
Some time trolling cranks is a good option to keep too. July will have LOTS of chopped weeds so frequent cleaning is required. [so much cruiser/powerboat traffic keeps a fresh supply ]

July 12, 2014
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well,

The trip is coming up soon. Looks like we are just going to miss a pretty big cold front and have the weather warm a few days before we get there. I am really looking forward to the 21st. We are going out with Catfish that day and I have heard nothing but good things about him. Does anyone have any recent reports/suggestions? I added some stainless rails to the boat as well as some downeast rod holders with intentions of doing some trolling if anyone gets tired. Have a bunch of rubber to toss in the main lake. Think we're going to give night fishing a go one day as well. Would love to just see some fish to be honest. I have fished the susky all spring/summer with very little to show and had a rough trip at the Cave this spring. Also made two trips to MC as well as a trip to Cowanesque and blanked on all of them. I know this is musky fishing and all part of the game, but would be bummed if all 3 of us blanked in 5 days at LSC.

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July 13, 2014
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Have a safe trip !
Suggestions: set the downeasts so the rod tips are in the water . Tons of chopped floating weeds in LSC. Keep in mind short line trolling [ 15 feet or less behind the boat] made it's fame on LSC. Leave your Storm flatsticks at home . If the wind allows safe boat travel the canals close to the Selfidge base most always hold some bass and medium size pike.
Be mentally prepared for lots of idiot boaters. Huge metropolitan area and more big cruisers than you can imagine.

July 14, 2014
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larryc wrote:
Have a safe trip !
Suggestions: set the downeasts so the rod tips are in the water . Tons of chopped floating weeds in LSC. Keep in mind short line trolling [ 15 feet or less behind the boat] made it's fame on LSC. Leave your Storm flatsticks at home . If the wind allows safe boat travel the canals close to the Selfidge base most always hold some bass and medium size pike.
Be mentally prepared for lots of idiot boaters. Huge metropolitan area and more big cruisers than you can imagine.

When i was at cave this spring there were no weeds but the guys all shortlined with the downeasts and dropped the tips in the water to keep the lines free of floating debris. That was a big part of the reason i got them. i also picked up some 1lb round sinkers to get my blades to depth Why do you say leave the flatsticks at home? The weather seems like it will cooperate... there will be a pretty good cold front this week, but a warming trend starts on friday and should have things stabilized by sunday. My hope is that we keep on enough muskies and we dont have to switch to bass, but i am taking my gear just in case. I am fully expecting it to have heavy boat traffic, but my thinking was that fishing during the week may make it a bit more tolerable.

Thanks for the response/advice larry. Its a big body of water and a little intimidating. All of your advice is appreciated.

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July 14, 2014
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I guess I just think Flatsticks are a bad lure. Too many good/great ones to waste time on known problem lures.
One pound weights will keep DBL 10's down ! 🙂 [ not sure trolling blades is as hot on LSC as it was a couple years ago] "IF" your anchor set up is stout enough those weights would work to try for a sturgeon . Lots of current and 70+ deep water in the channels on the upper end.
Hoping for the best for you with regard to boat traffic. Lots of water and lots of pretty weed beds makes it tempting to run too much and change lures all the time.

July 14, 2014
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You want to be on the south shore. Some boats are catching 20+ fish a day with lots of 50's right now. 1lb weights might be extreme. I was always told 2-6 oz.

July 15, 2014
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Good luck Lenny! Hope you and your party, bag a few slimy girls...and maybe a few muskies as well ;D I hope to see some pictures when you return.
Safe travels and tight lines!!!

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July 15, 2014
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Thanks for all of the help guys. I will be sure to have a report when i get back, good, bad or other... I have high hopes for this trip. We'll see what happens.

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July 20, 2014
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tick, tick, tick...... At work, waiting to get out of here and on the road..... Michigan muskie factory here I come!!

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