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rudycard72

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« on: December 22, 2005, 01:49:24 PM »

Does anyone know the time it takes to travel from launch at riverside park to muskegon lake and is it worth the trip?
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Re: grand river
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2005, 04:31:04 PM »

A lot of guys do it, the worst part is in the grand with all of the no wake zones.  It's been a while since I've done it but I would guess at least an hour with all the no wake zones.
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Re: grand river
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2005, 11:01:16 PM »

If it is calm out on that Great BIG lake and you follow the non-dawdlers out the no-wakes (I tend to be a little slower than others), it's a little over an hour to get into Muskegon.

I've been running to Muskegon or White for years - not every time, but more often by far than staying.
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Re: grand river
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2006, 03:03:52 PM »

You would think with everyone hauling fish from Muskegon and White to the Grand there would be fish there...but there is not!   ;D
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Re: grand river
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2006, 03:19:26 PM »

Thats a good point.  Where do they go?

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Re: grand river
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2006, 03:31:16 PM »

Probably to Macatawa... (Macatoilet :D)
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Re: grand river
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2006, 05:05:12 PM »

fished 2 BFL's on the grand.  both from riverside park were delayed for fog.  then they let us go only to hit ZERO visibility at 60 mph..  about the most scared i have been in a boat..  never have caught a keeper there.  although i caught a bunch of big Dog Fish...  my log book says  " never go back ".  i do what it says..

think spring..

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Re: grand river
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2006, 07:17:10 PM »

I fished the fog bowl as well - nokeepers for me either - spent all day in the river without a bite, then caught a 13.75 dock fish with 15 min to go - ugh I so dislike that place.

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Re: grand river
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2006, 09:13:14 PM »

The grand can be a great place to fish just got to put in your time I have see a lot of 4 to 5 pound fish come out of there. stick to Dan advice stay away from lake Mac no fish there I will say againThere ARE NO FISH in Lake Mac ;D ;D Smallies or large mouth.
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Re: grand river
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2006, 10:56:57 PM »

I have never fished Mac, are you being    facetious?  I have had limited success on the Grand.  I have caught one keeper in 2 out of the 3 tourneys I have fished there.  In the Fox tournament Lake Michigan is closed so you have to stay in the river system.  Last year I ran way up stream and could not get a keeper to save my life.  Unfortunately I hit a log on the way back down and missed the next tournament on the river.  The one thing that I find very interesting, for a river I rarely catch a smallie out there.   ???

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Re: grand river
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2006, 12:06:39 AM »

Mac has some good fish in it, but it seems like a real challenge to learn and get confident in it. I've only been on it about 3 times, so I'm no authority. There are a handful of guys who kick butt out there.

What amazed me is how muddy it gets, how little good weeds it has and how it gets like a mini Lake St. Clair on the weekends with tuna boat traffic. Just blew me away to see that many big boat wakes on an inland lake that isn't that big. The lake is overabundantly crowded with marinas and when even a quarter of those tuna boats come out at once - there's some big ones too - it gets ROUGH! I was spittin' lake water out there one day.

The smallies in the Grand River seem to be increasing slowly and steadily. I haven't caught a ton, but I've caught them from Lake Michigan down several miles past Eastmanville. In the past, I caught more from the gravel pit on down past Eastmanville, but lately, I'm getting more from Indian Channel out - not enough to count on them yet, but I don't fish there a lot either really. I don't really want to run down to Eastmanville right now - as you mentioned - it is treacherous.

They are getting some out of Spring Lake too - you have to know the place pretty well to figure that out (I haven't but I like knowing I have a lot more to learn).
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Re: grand river
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2006, 11:00:18 AM »

Cfruel: Lake Macatawa can be a VERY good lake If you read Dans post there are a lot of docks and that is were the fish are and by the chanel ,you just need to find them. I fish Mac when ever I just go fun fishing and right before a tournament.Why not Im only 10 min away. The Lake can make you look like a Pro WHEN YA FIND THEM Last summer I put 14 ponds of largemouth in the boat of a spot no bigger that a pickup truck.
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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2006, 12:22:49 PM »

Those are the best spots to find.  I have a spot like that on a popular inland lake down here that I keep quiet about.  I love those deep water spots that you always have to yourself and it just seems the fish are always there. 
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Re: grand river
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2006, 03:21:52 PM »

Deepwater spots are still basically unexplored opportunities.
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Re: grand river
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2006, 03:35:05 PM »

Dan, I agree with that.  When ever you can find a spot off the bank to catch 'em, you are already ahead of a lot of other anglers.  I like Spring Lake but it has a tuna boat problem as well.  You need to get there early and be gone by 11 AM if you want a smooth ride.

Dan and Andy, Thanks for the info on Mac, I will make sure I get out there this spring.

I really like this forum!!!  I just recently ran across it and it is very cool to be able to talk about local waters and topics with you guys, instead of trying to relate to anglers around the country.

Thank You!
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Re: grand river
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2006, 10:03:43 PM »

That's what we are all here for - but I'll be happy to have any angler from anywhere since we do all do some traveling too. No matter what, we'll always have lots of Great Lakes/Michigan information here.
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Re: grand river
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2006, 08:20:42 PM »

If anyone needs help on Macatawa I would be more than happy to go fishin.
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Re: grand river
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2006, 10:27:42 PM »

Now that is an interesting offer??? And I just happen to have a BFL on the Grand later in the summer...
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Re: grand river
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2006, 03:36:35 PM »

Well Dan you know were Im at ;D ;D
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Re: grand river
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2006, 09:37:31 PM »

Andy,

You have to careful with offers like that!  I may just take you up on that!  I'm sure you hate to go fishing...just like the rest of us! 

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