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Title: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Savage on January 25, 2006, 04:47:42 PM
What is your favorite inland lakes, and why?  You can add in what the best lure to throw is, if you want to ::)

I want to keep it to inland lakes, so I don't see a whole bunch of LAKE ST CLAIR. ;D

I would have to claim Grand Lake in Presque Isle county as my favorite, with tubes being the #1 bait of choice.  That lake is just packed full of mosnster smallies, and a few scattered largemouth.  You can wail on 'em from ice out through late fall.  There are all types of natural lake structure, but the 2 best seem to be rock reefs and weed beds near the drops.

Hard to beat!
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: robtheboatman on January 25, 2006, 05:05:38 PM
 Mine has to be Wixom lake.  Throwing zara spooks in the fall.  Monster smallies, and largemouths.
Rob
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Revtro on January 25, 2006, 06:04:04 PM
Great Question!!!

Mine would have to be Lotus in Oakland County.  It's part of Maceday.  It has smallies and largemouth.  Senkos are my bait of choice because of the water clarity. 

My second choice will get a "boo" for sure from most of the guys probably, but I like fishing Pontiac Lake.  The fish are mostly dinks, but there are lots of them.  I've had a lot of memorable days out there with friends catching upwards of 20 to 30 bass.  It's an easy lake to catch bass on, so it's great to bring kids to.  Just don't fish it on summer weekends.  It's a zoo.

Ovid isn't on the list yet, because I've only fished it a couple of times, plus I hate the no-wake speed limit, but it has all the elements of a typical "Bassmaster Magazine" lake.  The couple of times I fished it, I really enjoyed all the structure to fish in that lake.

How about someone takes a poll of their least favorite lakes.  Perhaps if we post our least favorite lakes, some guys who have done well on them can help the rest of us figure out how to make them our favorite lakes.  I'll create a post for that.  These are both very productive questions.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2006, 07:51:14 PM
I would have to say that Duck Lake at Interlochen State Park is my favorite. My favorite, because it is one of the nicest state parks in the system, and most importantly the park sits between Duck and Green Lake. Both have great smallmouth fishing. Just north a few miles is Long Lake another great lake with everything from big smallies to decent walleyes. Just around Long Lake (Instead of heading left to the Long Lake access stay right) you end up at Boones Long Lake Inn. You will never find a bigger platter of perch and if you buy one of their steaks you will be amazed at it's size. They don't advertise,  just word of mouth is sufficient. A big place and yes there is usually a line. The Hoffenbrau in Interlochen has a fantastic Sunday brunch. From Duck Lake you are only 20 minutes to Gander Mtn. in Traverse, and in another 10 minutes you're dumping the boat in Grand Traverse Bay. Everybody knows about the Bay's potential. Within 50 miles of Traverse is a host of other great smallmouth waters: Elk, Torch, Skegmog, Leelanau, Crystal, Bellaire, Charlevoix to mention a few. Staying at the park gives the kids tons to do, and if the wife takes a notion she is only 20 minutes from a big mall and slightly farther to two casinos. If you are on the fly, the park has two cabins that each sleep 4. One cabin is in the north campground and the other in the south. The north cabin is litterally spitting distance from the ramp. The south cabin is a much more scenic site. Over looks the lake and really is a nice spot to sit around a campfire while your boat is charging. The cabins book early so make sure you reserve one if you're interested. If you are so inclined, you can go across the street to the world renown Interlochen Music Camp. You'll hear them on the water and they often bring in some very well know performers for concerts.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: yukonjack2 on January 25, 2006, 08:30:59 PM
I like em all when the Fish are biting - see the other post when they are not - lol

I am close to Orion and spend the most time out there - seems the fishing has dropped off though since the LMB virus problems the last few years.

I spent a little time on Crooked lake in Petoskey - not much time spent fishing, but it looks awesome - and the Emmet county State Park - camp petosega is all newly redone anand a great place to stay.? I am looking forward to the BFL on Burt/Mullet, but its just too far to run to Crooked - darn.

(you spelled it wrong...)
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Bulletproof on January 25, 2006, 08:38:46 PM
Its funny you mention Grand.  My grandparents are deciding whether or not to build on Grand or Long?  I fished Long for 5 days straight this summer over the 4th of July.  What a beautiful lake and some awesome smallie fishing.  Never fished Grand but drove around it plenty of times and it looks purty nice!  So do they build on Grand or Long? ???
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Cy on January 25, 2006, 09:25:35 PM
I would say right now my favorite is Hardy Pond, on the Muskegon River in Newaygo County for those you that don't know it.  It has an awesome Small Mouth population and some really good Northern fishing.  I wore my buddy's out there with a spinner bait last spring.

My second favor is probably a White Lake in I think Muskegon county.  Mostly Large Mouth but lots of good cover and good water.

Cfruel
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: fishstick on January 25, 2006, 10:14:43 PM
I'd have to say the portage chain in pinckney...largemouth and smallmouth and you cant catch them about anyway you want!!! also lots of different lakes to choose from with my favorite being big portage
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: djkimmel on January 25, 2006, 11:14:44 PM
Can I do favorite for largemouth and favorite for smallmouth?

If so, then Ovid for largemouth and Mullett for smallmouth.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: chase5004 on January 25, 2006, 11:29:52 PM
I would have to say the Canadian Lakes chain in Mecosta Co. (to date) It doesn't seem to matter what the day might bring, I can always seem to put some fish in the boat. It is a Largemouth lake with a lot of pike.

Pat
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: blakstr1 on January 26, 2006, 06:42:04 AM
Bulletproof-  I would tell them to build on Grand, I know people on both...as a property owner the people on Grand are much happier.

My favorite lakes are either of those Grand and Long(Alpena)..It depends which one I'm fishing to decide which ones my favorite...they are both awesome!
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: fishon1219 on January 26, 2006, 06:53:44 AM
Wixom lake is my favorite for sure. Even though I only get up there once a year, there is always the possibility of a 7 pounder. There is every type of structure you can think of up there. A good population of both large and smallmouth, and some nice pike for a bonues. The lake is so big it dosent seem to be bothered by the fishing pressure either. Beautiful lake.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: McCarter on January 26, 2006, 07:37:44 AM
Kent Lake.  Like Wixom lake, kent has every type of structure and cover you could ask for.  It fits any style of fishing, and the fish are plentiful as usually willing to bite.

I have caught some real 'Giants' out there, both largemouth and smallmouth.  Plus, its a short 8 minute drive from my house to the launch.  and there are no jet-ski monkeys or powerboat junkies to ruin the day.

PoorBoy himself :-\'
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: smbassman on January 26, 2006, 09:22:25 AM
Smallies - I would say any lake up north from Benzie county to Alpena and north.  All of those I have fished have great potential and can produce huge fish and good numbers.

Largemouth -  It is a secret I wouldn't announce on the internet.  I only fish it about once or twice a year to keep it a secret, but for quality and numbers it couldn't be beat.  My biggest has only been 5#, but the average size is 2-3# and I spoke to one guy that caught and released an 8#.  He would not bring another fisherman with him to keep it a secret.  Unfortunately, there is a campground/resort on the lake and the last time I was there several of the groups staying there were catching and keeping baskets full of bass (most not legal length).  It is a small lake in eastern Genesee county and that's all I am saying.

Oh yeah, my second best inland lake is my pond(about 6 acres).  Lots of bass, gills, some perch, crappie and at least one walleye(24") and one Pike(38"-16#s).  I swear there are growth hormones it that water with the size of fish in it.  Best of all - very little fishing pressure ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: blakstr1 on January 26, 2006, 10:42:10 AM
 :)SMBASSMAN :)

i officially nominate your pond for the site of our 2006 Club Banquet...The pond.. :o...i mean you are exactly what the club has been looking for! he,he.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: dartag on January 26, 2006, 12:08:22 PM
Union Lake because it is right out my front door...   smallies and largemouth.    Cass is my second choice because it has the same bottom structure and is only 5 miles away...  got to learn St-Clair this spring for ABA and BFL.... 
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: spinninbug on January 26, 2006, 01:06:54 PM
My favorite inland lake I have to say is Hamlin Lake north of Ludington for largemouth,  my favorite smallie lake would have to be Pere Marquette and out to the mouth of the pere heads.  Also Portage lake in Onekama is a pretty good smallie lake,  both lakes have access to lake michigan,  I know some of you guys were talking about fishing lake michigan in here,  it's pretty awsome if you know where to go and find them. 
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Hooksetter on January 26, 2006, 01:26:41 PM
I would have to say the Portage or the the Half Moon chain. Both have smallies and largemouth, although Portage seems to have a better population of smallies. Both have lots of fishable water.

Also, Thompson Lake in Howell. Lots of largemouths.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Bulletproof on January 26, 2006, 03:04:09 PM
Bulletproof-? I would tell them to build on Grand, I know people on both...as a property owner the people on Grand are much happier.

My favorite lakes are either of those Grand and Long(Alpena)..It depends which one I'm fishing to decide which ones my favorite...they are both awesome!


I was kinda leaning towards Grand myself.  They like both equally so maybe i can win them towards Grand.  Talk about a nice retreat to spend the weekend at a few times in the summer.  They will get sick off seeing me and my boat on their dock for sure.

I'm assuming Grand fishes a lot like Long?

If you were forced to pick a lake bwtn the 2 which one would u go with?
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Savage on January 26, 2006, 06:28:47 PM
Quote
I'm assuming Grand fishes a lot like Long?

If you were forced to pick a lake bwtn the 2 which one would u go with?

I lived in Presque Isle county for the first 20 years of my life, and would without a doubt say that Grand is the lake to live on.? Long Lake fishes great, but it's basically big and long (good name! ;D).? Grand on the other hand is much more scenic, with rugged islands and secluded coves (cripe, this sounds like a travel brochure :P).? They both fish just flat out awesome, you will wonder where all the fish are coming from.? Right now the fish are bigger at Grand...

You can see below why Blake and I love Grand so much, we took first and second there last season ::)
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Potter on January 27, 2006, 12:32:26 AM
My vote is for Wixom.  It has a mixed bag of quality smallies and largemouth.  You can fish to your strengths most of the time, and a lot of water to run. The wind will not cause any trouble with fishing.  And it is also close to home!!
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: UAWBigDog on January 27, 2006, 05:14:47 AM
I really don't have a favorite.  I guess they are all good when the fish are biting.  But if you backed me into a corner for an answer........I would have to say Belleville and Ford.  Lots of largemouth and smallmouth on both and it is different everytime out.  It is the challenge that draws me to these lakes because they fish different every time out.

BD     ;D
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: blakstr1 on January 27, 2006, 06:42:20 AM
"You can see below why Blake and I love Grand so much, we took first and second there last season"


For the record...I didn't know I had that many teeth and I'm really not that short...SAVAGE is about 6'5 and was wearing big shoes.. :-\'
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Savage on January 27, 2006, 07:07:53 AM
Yeah, but I was hunching down a bit....
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: blakstr1 on January 27, 2006, 07:09:53 AM
 :P Ma Nama Na  :P
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Savage on January 27, 2006, 07:13:06 AM
LOL :D

I love that commercial.....
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Bulletproof on January 27, 2006, 10:30:58 AM
Oh my favorite lake is one of those that I couldn't possibly divulge the name of.  I can say that it has huge largemouth(7-8#'ers) is above the 45th parallel and is below the bridge.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: DennisB. on January 27, 2006, 10:31:41 AM
houghton, inlaws got a house on it and I finally find fish on it after fishing it for 11 years.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: djkimmel on January 27, 2006, 12:59:20 PM
blakstr1 - you're at least 6' 2" in my book!!!
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: blakstr1 on January 27, 2006, 01:26:46 PM
 :D? As long as I stay behind the keyboard...I'm as tall as I want to be!!  I think I almost hit 6'2 when I jumped one time...okay probably not..

Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: UAWBigDog on January 27, 2006, 04:49:48 PM
All I know is that I see two men in a picture holding 1st and 2nd Place Plaques.......and that speaks for itself.     $$$$$$$$     ;D

BD     8)
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: djkimmel on January 27, 2006, 10:05:19 PM
Oh my favorite lake is one of those that I couldn't possibly divulge the name of. I can say that it has huge largemouth(7-8#'ers) is above the 45th parallel and is below the bridge.

I remember that lake!!! Awesome lake!!! How do you spell it again???
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: djmaclf on January 27, 2006, 10:27:06 PM
I would have to say Thompson Lake in Howell.  Problem is the tournaments have been pounding the lake for the past few years.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Bulletproof on January 28, 2006, 02:30:14 AM
Oh my favorite lake is one of those that I couldn't possibly divulge the name of. I can say that it has huge largemouth(7-8#'ers) is above the 45th parallel and is below the bridge.

I remember that lake!!! Awesome lake!!! How do you spell it again???

It's actually a really hard name to spell.  So I won't make an arse of myself by trying to spell it.  I'm sure some of you guys have got to know it.  It's in a very northern county of the LP and has got absolute giant buckets.  Any guesses?
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Savage on January 28, 2006, 11:04:46 PM
My guess is the Tomahawk floodwaters, or else Fletchers? ???
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: gnewski5 on January 28, 2006, 11:34:29 PM
Spinninbug,

Hands down,...............Hamlin,   What a riot!!!!

We fished this as a club last year.   Too much fun!!!    Going back this year (july 15 and 16th). Wood , weeds, drops, river, rocks, sand flats, it has everything. The only other lake I can even think that comes close is the Back Waters of the Asable River (Alcona county darn pond).

Mind you this is the best of the best the cream of the crop( for my fishin style only). And this don't count big water! (Bolles Harbor (erie) is like my home course).
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Bulletproof on January 28, 2006, 11:44:41 PM
My guess is the Tomahawk floodwaters, or else Fletchers? ???

Farther North......
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: djkimmel on January 29, 2006, 01:46:22 AM
gnewski5 - you made it!!! I feel like we accomplished something now.

Hey - has anyone fished that Lake Winnewanna in Waterloo State Recreation Area? I think someone mentioned it before. It's a pretty good sized lake and I've never been on it.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: huston on January 29, 2006, 07:03:53 PM
I live in Oakland county around the Detroit Zoo. I want to check out Kent Lake, Maceday & Lotus, & Oakland/Woodhall this year. LK. St. Clair can be hell sometimes in a Bass Boat Can anyone give me a little insight on those lakes etc.... best baits,top techniquesetc... It would surly be appreciated.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: DennisB. on January 29, 2006, 07:43:56 PM
gnewski5 - you made it!!! I feel like we accomplished something now.

Hey - has anyone fished that Lake Winnewanna in Waterloo State Recreation Area? I think someone mentioned it before. It's a pretty good sized lake and I've never been on it.

My dad lives about 1 mile from there. We can barely get our duck boat in it, the boat ramp is messed up bad!! and they had it emptied about 4-5 years ago to fix the levie that spills into sugarloaf. some one keeps pulling the boards out of the spill way to keep the level way down. When ever lake levels get a little low they take from winnewanna to fill sugarloaf. Theres some good fish in there but ya can't get to them without the right boat

(http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5da00b3127cce9114e46b9b3d00000016108AcNWTRq2ZuJ)

this pic was taken last year there

Dennis
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: dhuff on January 29, 2006, 09:03:45 PM
I don't think I remember seeing that outboard at the fishign show!....lol
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Savage on January 29, 2006, 09:36:50 PM
Alright Bulletproof, is it:

Frenchman's Farm Pond?

How about Paradise Lake?

Twin Lakes?

 ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Bulletproof on January 30, 2006, 01:47:51 AM
Alright Bulletproof, is it:

Frenchman's Farm Pond?

How about Paradise Lake?

Twin Lakes?

 ??? ??? ??? ??? ???

U lucky dog!!!! ;D  It's one of the 3 you mentioned.  I could probably stand a trip up there this spring(mid may) if your willing?  Those monster buckets will get you in shape for your summer tournies.  There are some slop slobs that will put a major bend in your flippin stick I promise.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Savage on January 30, 2006, 08:58:16 AM
You got it.  The only one I've been on of those 3 is Twin.  I've caught some toads in there... ::)
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: djkimmel on January 30, 2006, 07:33:55 PM
Too bad about Winnewanna - darn. You'd think they could keep people from messing with it. Why would people do that? It looks like a pretty large lake, but I don't expect I'll get my boat in there. I remember putting my boat in one of those lakes at a questionable ramp and getting stuck pretty bad.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: djkimmel on January 30, 2006, 07:40:44 PM
Well, I would think we can all spell Twin Lakes. I've heard it's pretty good fishing there, but never been. I've heard Paradise Lake is pretty good too, but never been there. It's hard to leave Burt and Mullett, but I did get over to Tomohawk once.

As much fun as big smallies are, I miss a big ornery largemouth once in a while.

Now that French Farm reservoir - whatever its exact name is - looks very remote, hard to get to and I have to think it won't have much of a boat ramp. I look at it on the map every year along with a few other floodings, but I can picture myself getting stuck and never being found, except possibly by refugees from the Deliverance movie ("You sure got a purty flippin' stik")... I'm too chicken to find out... maybe because I've tried similar things before and regretted it.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Savage on January 30, 2006, 09:48:09 PM
Dan-

I'll take you on a guided tour of Twin next time you are up to fish Mullet.  No sense wasting time finding the hogs.... ;D
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: djkimmel on January 30, 2006, 11:54:05 PM
That sounds like a great deal!!! Thanks. Maybe we can get some good pictures for the web and for articles.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: blakstr1 on January 31, 2006, 06:36:14 AM
Twin is just plain cool, no matter how you look at it.  Its probably the most calming place you'll ever fish, really peaceful, down the end of a long gravel road, very little, almost non-existent launch too..but hold on!  Savage is the one that showed me this place..its a gem.
Title: Re: Favorite inland Lake
Post by: Savage on January 31, 2006, 11:37:11 AM
Dan-

Yeah, we could do that.  Along with some directions on how to get there, because it isn't readily apparent.  Probably why there are so mnay hogs!  Be sure to bring your clear water gear, there is no high speed boating allowed, and the water is as crystal clear as I have seen anywhere.  Especially in the spring.