Great Lakes Bass Fishing Forum

Bass Fishing => Bass Fishing Tips, Techniques & General Discussion => Topic started by: Revtro on January 05, 2006, 04:08:56 PM

Title: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Revtro on January 05, 2006, 04:08:56 PM
I know it's still a ways off, but where will you be on April 29th??
... Just something to talk about while we're pining away waiting for the dreary, dark, cold, and wet winter to get over with.

As for me, I'll probably be at Pontiac Lake (like I do every year...don't ask me why) trying to catch some 12 inchers.? DOH!?
Actually we have an event on Cass shortly after the opener, so I'll actually probably break with tradition and be on Cass freezing my hind end off. ;D?

Where will you be?
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: dartag on January 05, 2006, 04:27:21 PM
union lake since i live on it.  the smallies will be staging for the full moon in may.  what event is on cass???.  is it a club or open???.  i love fishing that lake.  just like home. 

ss
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Chewy on January 05, 2006, 08:18:36 PM
I'll either be on Gun or Gull throwing a suspending jerkbait!...Can't wait for this early opener.....neither can my wife.  I think I'm already driving her nuts and its only January.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: djkimmel on January 05, 2006, 09:18:11 PM
Right now, I'm thinking the cheaper the gas, the farther away I'll be... but there are couple of lakes in Barry County with some BIG ole largemouths who start calling to me every spring...

Gull can be fun too. I have still never been on Gun. I don't know why...
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: UAWBigDog on January 05, 2006, 10:11:06 PM
With the new rules for Catch and Release this coming Spring, I am planning on making my way out to St. Clair.  I also am considering Long Lake in Oakland County because it is a shallow lake that usually warms faster than others in the area.  St. Clair seems to be my number one choice.  I will probably spend a lot of the spring out there on the mile roads weather permitting of course....... ;D
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Revtro on January 05, 2006, 10:32:52 PM
Dartag, we just have a small club event on Cass.  We're not even sure of the date yet.  But I'll probably be on Cass getting ready for it.  I'll likely hit St. Clair as well, but it can get dicey in a hurry out there in April and early May. 
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: smbassman on January 06, 2006, 08:36:48 AM
Well - I unfortunately will have to miss this first CIR opener. :'(

I have already scheduled my week long trip to Arkansas for the BassCat owners appreciation tournament ;D.  The 29th will be the second(last) day of the tournament on beautiful Lake Norfork.  Considering I have been there the last two years and the temps are usually in the 70's, I'll be sure to be thinking about you guys trying to slip a jig into the mouth of a yawning bass and freezing your arses off!  Of course I will be joining you the next weekend - but I don't know where yet!
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: MBell on January 06, 2006, 10:27:01 AM
Havne't read the new regulations yet,going to wait for the fishing guide since I've heard a million different things.  That being said I'll be on Saginaw Bay weather permitting.  I always go out there and get some easy fish to warm myself up for the year. 
-Matt
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: MadWags on January 06, 2006, 10:39:12 AM
I'll be on St. Clair throwing a crankbait.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: spinninbug on January 06, 2006, 11:49:04 AM
I will more than likely be on Hamlin seeing as that is my favorite lake, big surprise hey emeryj?  :)
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Revtro on January 06, 2006, 11:56:54 AM
Smbassman, I didn't know that's when the Basscat Owners Tournament was.  I haven't gotten anything about it.  I really wanted to fish it this year.  I'll go to their website and check it out.  I may end up down there as well then!  Glad you mentioned that.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Cheetam on January 06, 2006, 12:39:19 PM
Hopefully not cruising web boards... :D

More than likely Clair (now that its legal) or Kent.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Grandbass on January 06, 2006, 01:30:56 PM
More than likley Webber Dam impoundment.  It usually fishes pretty good that time of year... I have heard through the grape vine;-)
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: dhuff on January 06, 2006, 01:33:43 PM
Man that all depends.  Probably either on Saginaw Bay with Matt or in one of my spots on the bay.  Or maybe on one of my favorite inland lakes for that time of the year..............
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: 5alive on January 06, 2006, 02:17:08 PM
Hopefully, I will have already tagged out on a nice Michigan long-beard (turkey), and be floating around on Saginaw Bay. I wish the catch and release season would have included using barbless hooks. Anyways more time chasing after little green fish, I can't wait.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: plumley on January 06, 2006, 03:04:54 PM
Probably Thompson or Kent. Both close and fishable.. I have two new tricks I need to practice. Both with plastic baits..
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: djkimmel on January 07, 2006, 01:35:45 AM
5alive - Originally thought about going for lures only - barbless hasn't caught on enough in this state yet to not have caused too much anxiety and it was anxious enough at times already. Seemed like several different options just lowered the odds with too many anglers - not good in a tough issue. Even some biologists were mixed on lures only or not, and barbless hooks or not. Usually came down more to personal choice and belief rather than scientific significance.

BUT - you can always start a trend. Someone has to. Heck - catch-and-release was an unpopular idea at one time... and look at it now. Has to start somewhere...
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: djkimmel on January 07, 2006, 01:42:51 AM
Havne't read the new regulations yet,going to wait for the fishing guide since I've heard a million different things. That being said I'll be on Saginaw Bay weather permitting. I always go out there and get some easy fish to warm myself up for the year.
-Matt

Matt - are you talking about the new bass season regulations? You know I have the actual fisheries order on it that was signed by the MDNR Director into regulation posted down below (along with the 'drop shot' order) under the Biology, Conservation, Legislation & Regulations board at: http://www.greatlakesbass.com/forum/index.php?topic=46.0

You can read exactly what was signed into law for 2006-07 on both issues in that section. I got copies of the actual Fisheries Order from the MDNR Fisheries Chief (signatures and all).
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Chewy on January 07, 2006, 12:52:06 PM
Hey Dan if you are interested in Gun let me know.  I live 10 minutes from there and know the lake fairly well.  I can show you around or can e-mail you where the smallies hang out.  for all the help you have given me over the years it's the least I can do.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: yukonjack2 on January 07, 2006, 01:06:26 PM
Good news and bad news that weekend -

bad news - won't be fishing
good news - will be towing my boat south to Ky/Barkley for the
                   NBAA champoinship theat upcoming week -
getting ansy already and its only Jan - anyone else going?

Jack
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: MBell on January 07, 2006, 01:52:42 PM
Thanks Dan didn't  see that, now my bass fishing will start on the 29th and I can leave those sheephead alone. 
-Matt
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: djkimmel on January 07, 2006, 03:31:36 PM
Shoot! You can still catch sheephead... :D
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: stackenem on January 25, 2006, 07:02:29 PM
Just found out that instead of being able to fish on the 29th I have to put on the penguin suit at my youngest sons wedding. There goes another opening day. Good thing is the new daughter in law wants to fish tourneys with me. Don't know if that is good or bad.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2006, 07:26:16 PM
I plan to where grooves in the road from my house to Muskegon Lake to try and get ready for the first Classic Series event. Don't know the lake but hope to learn it and those lakes that everyone will be running to from there.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Vic Cerabone on January 25, 2006, 10:40:50 PM
Cass, Kent, or Lake S.t Clair.  I'm goign to use the new C&R season on LSC to bring out some of the folks I don't often fish with.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: McCarter on January 26, 2006, 07:51:16 AM
I will be on Lake St Clair gearing up for the ABA Paper tournament out there.

I have never been on 'the pond' before the opener.  I look foward to it, but will probably struggle.  I usually manage around 13 - 15 lbs catching post spawn smallies on opening day, but always out deeper.  I have never bed fished out there and suspect that is what it is going to take to win.  Maybe i can find some fatty pre spawners in the same areas as my post spawn fishys.  Scratch out fattys, im looking for long fish, being that it is a paper tournament, the longer the better.

PoorBoy himself :-\'
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: dartag on January 26, 2006, 08:07:40 AM
never bed fished out there and suspect that is what it is going to take to win.? Maybe i can find some fatty pre spawners in the same areas as my post spawn fishys.? Scratch out fattys, im looking for long fish, being that it is a paper tournament, the longer the better.

PoorBoy himself :-\'

do like they do down south..   tie them to a stump so you know where they are on opening day....  i won't tell anyone..

ss
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: McCarter on January 26, 2006, 08:25:55 AM
you might be onto something :D

PoorBoy himself
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Revtro on January 26, 2006, 11:13:42 AM
Brian, you're gonna love it out there in April and May.  I used to do quite a bit of walleye fishing (inline trolling) that time of year on St. Clair and always hooked into a ton of smallies.  You could throw a shoe out there that time of year and catch them like nobody's business.  I can't wait.  I'll be out there a lot this spring trying to get my friends who have a nominal interest in bass fishing totally addicted to St. Clair Smallmouth.  Yee Ha!   ;D
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: blakstr1 on January 26, 2006, 11:16:13 AM
I'll be somewhere around mid-Michigan..the Bay, Sanford, Wixom???  Looking forward to it even if I haven't decided where to go..
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Hooksetter on January 26, 2006, 01:17:35 PM
Unfortunately, I will not be fishing in Michigan opening weekend. I will be in South Carolina with my wife and my mother visiting long lost relatives. I will be taking enough gear to get out fishing somewhere down there but I don't know where yet. I am open to suggestions. This will be my first time in that region of the country. I know ther are alot of great places to fish but I will be limited to 1 or 2 days tops so I would appreciate any suggestions for lakes or rivers that could make my time spent there more memorable.

Hooksetter
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: Savage on January 26, 2006, 07:05:06 PM
I'll be right where I always am that time of year, (er' I mean where I'd like to be every year ;D) pulling fat smallies off a deep point on a liitle lake I love up north.? They love that X-rap.....

If I happen to be down here in Sag-nasty, I'll probably head for Sanford or Wixom?and go up river to my favorite spawning grounds.? Start shallow and work back until I find them, and then WAIL on 'em! ::)? I'll have to get there before Blakstr does!!! :-X
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: djkimmel on January 26, 2006, 11:24:36 PM
Hooksetter, if you are going to be anywhere near Santee-Cooper, they are both fun to fish. I liked the lower lake better - Moultrie. You'll probably hit it at the end of spawn or post-spawn there. Sounds like you aren't taking a boat. There are shore-fishing areas there you could probably catch some fish at. Of course they have a lot of big catfish too.
Title: Re: Where will you be on April 29th?
Post by: 225XS4Garza200PXL on January 27, 2006, 10:48:20 AM
On April 29th, I will more than likely be at home...



aka... Lake St. Clair...

Jose

You guys see the white and blue Stratos... come say hi...