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Lake St. Clair Fishing Report 8-10-2011

FISHING REPORT

Hello fishing fans!  It’s August 10th - thanks for joining us for the Long Cast Guide Service Lake St. Clair fishing report.  I’m Captain Kevin Long and here it is…


Scientific Stuff

Water Temp:                         Lake St. Clair – 79-82
                                           St. Clair River – 77
                                           Detroit River – 80-82

Air Temp:                             am 60s-70s, pm 80s-90s 

Water Clarity:                        Lake St. Clair – mostly clear with pockets of stained water
                                          St. Clair River – good
                                          Detroit River – good with greenish tint

 

Shenanigans:                      Never turn your back to throw out walleye guts with fillets on the table.  Gypsy the
                                        wonder dog ate two raw fillets (again), and I ate some extra potatoes…

Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report

Summer is in full swing around here, and before you know it fall will be in the air.  The smallmouth bass fishing on Lake St. Clair has been extremely strong this summer with good numbers and a lot of quality fish in the mix.  Our success this summer stems from fishing heavy current areas in our connecting rivers.  We have been fishing deeper than normal due to extremely high air and water temperatures this summer.  Surface temperatures ran warmer than I can ever remember over the past five weeks. 

The smallmouth around here are reacting well to plastics over hard baits, as they usually do in August.  I have been using a Provider tackle ‘Performance Series’ tube head in both the 3/8 and ½ ounce sizes lately.  The jig head is built on a 3/0 Owner hook that really holds fish well.  It is also designed to swim your tube straight, with no spinning motion like you get with a standard teardrop shaped jighead.  This really helps the bait look natural in deep water, and it helps the tube come over rocks without snagging since the hook stays upright.  

I have switched a lot of my rods over to 10 pound braided line with a 10 pound fluorocarbon leader for fishing deep current.  The thin diameter keeps your bait down and near zero stretch helps feel bites and get good hook sets.  When these jet black fish come shooting off the bottom from heavy rocks, a 6:1 spinning reel is a must to catch up to the fish and keep a bend in your rod.    

I HOPE TO GET YOU OUT ON THE POND SOON!

Capt. Kevin Long

Cell 561-714-0182

 
Lake St. Clair / Detroit River fishing report 6/16/11

FISHING REPORT

Hello fishing fans!  It’s June 17th - thanks for joining us for the Long Cast Guide Service Lake St. Clair fishing report.  I’m Captain Kevin Long and here it is…


Scientific Stuff

Water Temp:                          Lake St. Clair – 66-68
Air Temp:                               am 50s, pm 70s 

Water Clarity:                        Lake St. Clair – mostly clear with pockets of stained water

                                           Detroit River - greenish stain with pockets of clear water

Shenanigans:                     

On Friday, June 3rd I was fortunate enough to fish a double (two trips in one day).  I took a crew out from 6:30am-2:30 pm and than another crew from 3:30pm – 7:30 pm.  Desperately in need of food (and a beer), I stopped by the Plaid Rabbit on the way home.  Ate said hamburger and arrived back to Fergo’s house at 9pm.  Roommate Art is at the Potomac River for a tournament mind you.  Stick key in door lock (dog is going crazy inside) but the dang thing won’t go in.  Seems like someone put SUPER GLUE in the key hole!  Let me tell you, that trick works.  I had to have the neighbor boost me up to break in the dang window.  We still haven’t figured out who it is…

Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report

I hve run 14 guide trips in the last 12 days, and have had some of the best fishing I can ever remember on Lake St. Clair.  In fact, we broke 100 (over 100 smallmouth) three days last week (115, 101, and 100).  The weather was pretty stable last week, minus a couple cool mornings and a couple days of East wind.  The water has stayed very clear in key areas, and most of the fish are in a post-spawn protective mode.  There is another wave of spawners that will move up this week on the moon.

The fish are reacting well to swimming retrieves, and usually continue to do so through the mayfly hatch, which has started and usually continues through early July.  A Provider Tackle ‘Mush Head’ series grub head in 3/16 or ¼ ounce size is hard to beat.  The head is designed to swim straight, even at a fast clip.  Stick a 5” Khalin grub on the back, or a Zoom Fat Albert, and use a medium speed retrieve.  This is a great time of year to take kids out fishing or beginners because the numbers are really good, and you don’t have to feel for bites.  As for numbers, we averaged 73.25 smallmouth bass on full day trips last week.  Once again, Lake St. Clair is even better this season than the last.

Detroit River Musky Fishing Report

The musky fishing on the Detroit River is getting into full swing.  On my last couple musky trips we have hooked 3-4 per day (mostly jigging) and had a couple follows on swim baits and even had a topwater fish when things got right.  It is really weird to see all of the people out there musky fishing on the weekends.  For the last 10 years you would rarely see another musky fisherman on the river, but after getting Bondy into musky fishing, and the invention (and subsequent promotion) of his ugly “Bondy Bait”, word is out that the river is a good place to be.  Most of the pressure is on classic obvious spots, and fortunately there are a lot of places people don’t know about yet.  I don’t mind burning some extra gas and running away from the crowd, but it’s hard to not feel bad for people that fish pressured lakes all the time.  I guess pressure keeps you on your toes, just like in the old tournament days.

I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks on the river, when the summer gets going a bit, and the slicks of mayflies are rolling down stream.  Last year during this period we had several 6 to 8 fish days!  Some long time clients are in for some fine fishing, mark my word…

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I HOPE TO GET YOU OUT ON THE POND SOON!

Capt. Kevin Long

Cell 561-714-0182

 
Lake St. Clair Fishing Report 5-30-11

FISHING REPORT

Hello fishing fans!  It’s May 30th - thanks for joining us for the Long Cast Guide Service Lake St. Clair fishing report.  I’m Captain Kevin Long and here it is…

Scientific Stuff

Water Temp:                          Lake St. Clair – 63-66
Air Temp:                               am 50s, pm 70s

Water Clarity:                          Lake St. Clair – really stained in the main lake with clear water near shore

Shenanigans:                     

In the first annual ‘Ridgeview Fart Contest’ over two boats and 8 fishermen on Saturday, May 21st, Tom Cox blew away the competition and took the overall crown. The category of ‘first’ went to Tommy Fell, but categories ‘biggest’ and ‘most’ were strongly dominated by Mr. Cox.

In preparation for the event, the crew went to dinner the night prior at a New Mexican Restaurant (formerly Andiamos) at 9 mile.  I even ate a beef burrito and had like 7 margaritas to prepare!  I really can’t believe I wasn’t even in the running.  This was just one of those events that you have to go back to the drawing board, think about how you can improve on a few things, and get ready for the next one.  Dang it!

Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report

This was another wild weather week on Lake St. Clair.  Heavy rain for several days this week caused the flooding of rivers and we saw the lake come up A FOOT AND A HALF!  That is really unusual for this pond.  It reminded me of Beaver Lake in Arkansas back from my Tour days in that the water is not really muddy.  A lot of the lake still has a nice ‘bass fishing stain’ that you get on reservoirs.   Of course, there are trees and logs floating everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled while cruising down the lake, and I would recommend slowing down, because you will probably hit something.

The smallmouth fishing was strong again this week, and the first wave of post spawners are taking up in a little deeper water.  We have had quite a few fish spitting up gobies and one spit up a big perch already.  Because of the stain, the reaction bite had been strong, while some days it was hard to beat a Provider Tube in plain old green pumpkin.  As for numbers, the most bass we caught last week (with three clients on a full day) was 86 and the slowest day was 44 smallies.  I kind of like this stained water!   

Detroit River Fishing Report

The white bass are happening on the Detroit River right now.  Look for diving gulls and schools of emerald shiners.  A white grub is hard to beat on a 1/16th or 1/8th ounce jig head and a straight retrieve.  Remember the white bass limit is only 25 per man, and it is pretty easy to lose count if you are going to keep them.




I HOPE TO GET YOU OUT ON THE POND SOON!

Capt. Kevin Long

Cell 561-714-0182

 
Lake St. Clair Fishing Report 5-17-2011

FISHING REPORT

Hello fishing fans!  It’s May 18th - thanks for joining us for the Long Cast Guide Service Lake St. Clair fishing report.  I’m Captain Kevin Long and here it is…


Scientific Stuff

Water Temp:                        Lake St. Clair - 65 down to 55, Detroit River - 62 down to 54
Air Temp:                             am – 40-50s, pm – 50-70s  (a wild week)

Water Clarity:                        Lake St. Clair – really stained with pockets of decent water
                                           Detroit River – stained

Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report

Much like last year, we were graced with 20-30 mph E/NE winds on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  The Western shore of Lake St. Clair took a beating, but calm mid-week winds will have the lake back to normal by the weekend.  Actually, you have not been able to see the bottom in 4 feet of water all spring.  Bright lures that make a lot of racket are the ticket when you can only see down 12-18”.  Our catch rate was awesome before the heavy wind, and in fact last Saturday we had 93 smallmouth on a full day trip.  When fishing in heavy mud, we can usually chip away at them, and catch around 25-35 bass on a full day with certain baits.

The first wave of pre spawn fish with the subsequent ‘easy fishing’ on moving baits has already came and gone, and this wave locked down on beds last Saturday.  Another wave or two will move up though, and there is some incredible fishing to be had come this weekend and really through the rest of May. 

Remember that the Michigan DNR has given us the privilege of a catch and release season on Lake St. Clair during the spawn.  Be sure to get fish back in the water immediately, and if anyone in your boat is gut hooking fish from a slow hook set, make sure to mash their barbs down, or take them to another lake. 

Detroit River Fishing Report

Mid-May is generally a great time to catch numbers of walleye on the Detroit River.  The males are  stacked in deeper channel basins and on certain deep edges.  This week the walleye fishing was good, until heavy East wind muddied up the water.  It usually takes 2-3 days for the water to return to normal once the wind subsides.  If you are forced to fish under muddy conditions (12” of visibility or less), try bulking up your bait and use either a black or white plastic that makes some racket.  Also, using a stinger hook in muddy water will up your catch over 50%.  Make sure to use a free swinging stinger hook attached to the bend of the main hook, and for muddy water, I like the stinger to extend just past the plastic.

The white bass have shown up in the River, from the Wyandotte area down to the mouth of Lake Erie.  This fishing will only get stronger over the next couple weeks.  Look for diving seagulls on breaking fish to get in on some really fast action.  A white grub on a small jig head is hard to beat for white bass, but last year a medium sized Beatle Spin was a close second.

Good Fishing,

Captain Kevin Long

 
Lake St. Clair Fishing Report - Oct. 24, 2010


FISHING REPORT

 

Hello fishing fans!  It’s October 24th - thanks for joining us for the Long Cast Guide Service Lake St. Clair fishing report.  I’m Captain Kevin Long and here it is…

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