After a couple crazy weekends at the Grand Rapids fishing show and the Field and Stream store grand opening, I am ready to go fishing. We still have a little bit of ice in Muskegon (actually its gone now), and Lake Michigan too. I've actually been out a couple times already on the Laurentian for my job as a great lakes researcher. It is always cool to be out there dodging icebergs. But spring is on its way, my bass boat is out of storage and getting prepped for launch (actually launched). I've got a lots to do to it this spring, but I hope to have a good start on that this week.
Most of the projects I'll be undertaking will be pretty simple, and should be fairly easy. Putting the Humminbird ONIX units on is a really exciting project for me. There are a couple other in depth things, that I really want to do. But my lack of mechanical skills and funds are going to put the stops to that. Doing these projects really makes me thankful to have a garage to store the boat in though! My tackle is an absolute mess so I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time in the boat messing with that too. I really need to figure out what I need to restock on before the season gets ramped up. This whole process would be a lot simpler if I either had a large pole barn to store the boat in (I can dream right?) or I didn't have to put the boat away in the middle of hunting season.
So I actually wrote most of that a couple weeks ago, but never posted it because it is such a BORING time of year. Things have picked up quite a bit in the last few weeks, we now have year round catch and release bass fishing in Michigan! It has been a long time coming, and huge thanks to everyone who signed petitions, went to meetings, emailed legislators, or participated in anyway. A special thanks goes to the guy who spearheaded the effort, Dan Kimmel.
I actually had the honor to take Dan out on his first trip of the year. Was cool to get out with him on Muskegon Lake catch some nice fish and be legally targeting bass! Was also interesting to hear some of his stories from tournaments past in the area. I could go on about the fishing report, but Dan did a pretty good job of that on his website Greatlakesbass.com . I'm not surprised my first bass of 2015 came on a Nemesis Baits bullet craw!
I've also been having an absolute blast pounding giant Lake Michigan walleyes. I'm not much of a walleye fisherman, but I figured a little something out. I never thought I would become desensitized to catching 8lb walleyes, but it has happened. Nothing really huge so far the biggest I'm guessing slightly over 10 and lots of spawned out 7 and 8 pounders. Also getting some bonus lake trout and brown trout, which has been cool. The diversity when the water is cold in Lake Michigan is kind of fun. I actually was going to write an article about this until, I really dialed it in. I'm pretty much an open book when it comes to my blogs and my articles, but this one I'm going to have to keep quiet.
Back to the bass fishing, if you need some ideas for this new early spring bass fishing. I've got 2 new articles for the FishSens Magazine, both on early spring fishing. One about the areas I look for and one about my top 5 baits for cold spring water. I think they are pretty informative, so if you get a chance they may be worth your time to check out.
I'll also be at D and R Sportscenter this weekend working with Lew's, Minn Kota, and Humminbird. So if you are in the area please stop on by, otherwise I'll see you on the water bass fishing year round in Michigan.