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Well this is only my 6th trip to the lake (live about 1.25 hours north) and it was my slowest one. I fished from 7:06am to 11:00am (for bass) with only one bite, one fish to the boat. Launched from Harley, shot due east to the peninsula by the 2 light houses (don't know the name for this area) and fished for 1 hour with nothing. Shot down south of Metro, I think it's called the 400 club area, and fished this area for 1.5 hours with nothing. I've caught 30-40 fish in 5 hours in this area before, now nothing. Shot up to Point Huron and fished along the ridge, again with nothing. Decided to try Anchor Bay and fished some weed lines north/north east of that old broken down dock/debris area and pulled one 16 inch smallie out. It was actually funny because the sherrif boat was coming over towards me (i thought to check my license etc), but they stopped when I hooked into the fish. So did another fisherman and his kids. I was really hoping I could boat the fish, which luckily I did. So... anyways not sure if I'm doing something wrong, I was told a cold front had some help in slowing the bite, but I'm still learning. Good luck everyone out there everyone.

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Same thing I have been using every trip down. 3.5" Tubes with a 3/8 oz tube jig. Mardi Gras, Pumpkin Junebug, and a Purple/Yellow one. Also tried drop shotting with some worms and my trusty rattle-trap as well. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a beginner angler, but I've never had this much trouble in this lake. I know the fish are a little deeper, but damn it was surprising!!
 

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After a few slow days like that on the lake I hate to admit it, but I will usually pick up a dozen lg minnows to at least locate some fish. I'm no pro either but it works during the dog days. Did pick up a nice 5.8lber smallie last week by the 400 club.
 

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QUOTE(Jagarmeister @ Jul 20 2009, 10:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>After a few slow days like that on the lake I hate to admit it, but I will usually pick up a dozen lg minnows to at least locate some fish. I'm no pro either but it works during the dog days. Did pick up a nice 5.8lber smallie last week by the 400 club.

Nice! Thanks for the advice. I will try that next trip down. I'm not sure if it will be anytime soon, but it gives me another option. How far out from the 400 club are you fishing? I'm usually about 300-400 yards from where it goes from 5 feet to about 10-11 feet. Thanks again.

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QUOTE(Jagarmeister @ Jul 20 2009, 10:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>After a few slow days like that on the lake I hate to admit it, but I will usually pick up a dozen lg minnows to at least locate some fish. I'm no pro either but it works during the dog days. Did pick up a nice 5.8lber smallie last week by the 400 club.

i drag minnows almost every time i go out i do pretty good on them..
 

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QUOTE(Jagarmeister @ Jul 21 2009, 07:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Heres a picture of it. I caught it at 13 ft but the depths really vary and that area.

Nice looking fish brother! So far I've caught a large quantity of fish, but the biggest has only been 2 pounds. I CANT wait to catch a 4# plus. I'm getting a new rod for my birthday from my wife, St Croix Legend Bass rod, so I can't wait to try it out. Hopefully I'll catch my first pig. Thanks for the advice, it's really appreciated.

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QUOTE(DR.hook @ Jul 21 2009, 07:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Jagarmeister @ Jul 20 2009, 10:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>After a few slow days like that on the lake I hate to admit it, but I will usually pick up a dozen lg minnows to at least locate some fish. I'm no pro either but it works during the dog days. Did pick up a nice 5.8lber smallie last week by the 400 club.

i drag minnows almost every time i go out i do pretty good on them..


Since I have never used live bait (yeah, i know...) how do you rig it when you drag. Like a drop shot set up or something?
 

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My buddy and i were out that day as well. Fishing was really tough. we launched at about 8 and immediately headed over to the mouth of the middle channel. hooked one fish but lost it. then made a run a few miles up river to a spot that usually produced this time of the year. nothing. back across the lake to 9 mile marker bouy. couldnt find anything over 14" in shallow (6-8) or out deep (13-16). most fish came on a green pumpkin chigger craw and one or two here and there on a drop shot. decided to fish right in front of 400 club and just drag tubes. finally found the fish ONLY in 10 feet of water. in the last hour we salvaged the day with 1 fish over 5 lbs and about 7 fish in the 2-4 pound range. Green pumpkin again was the color of choice in the 3.5 inch category.
 
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