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I'm going up there soon, and have heard they have a good Walleye fishery. Has anyone ever been there, and fished it? The house we rented comes with a fishing boat, and I'm also gonna rent a pontoon. Hopefully some of you are able to help me out with some "Hot Spots" and tips.

Thanks in advance,

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I was supposed to fish that lake this July with my son but I canceled my plans due to furlough days I'm forced to take. The wife is still trying to get me to go. I have stayed at a cabin on the lake during hunting season but never fished it. Talk to Czar, he has fished it a few times.

When you go up there be sure to stop into 'The Tally Ho' bar (Fri & Sat nights are best after 10.
Pizza Stop has some good pizza as well.
 

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Fished S.Manistique over the course of a dozen years on the annual family vaca. Haven`t been the last 3 years though. Good fishing lake for pike, wallys, bass, (sm and lm) perch and pannies. An occasional musky comes out of there too although I`ve never caught one. Most of the locals use leeches and slip bobbers for walleyes but I have always trolled for them along the 10 foot breakline near the weeds. I use hotntots, bombers and occasionally I`ll get one casting for pike using mepps. It`s a fairly shallow lake so you`ll have to be cautious till you hit the drop off. We love Curtis and it`s a great area for a fun family vacation. We stay right in downtown Curtis at the North Shore Resort and never have to even start the truck unless you go to the many surrounding attractions of which there are many. Within walking distance of downtown Curtis , which is ringed with cottages and resorts, there is baitshops, grocery store, trading post, boat/jetski/atv rentals, liquor store, 2 bars, 2 ice cream shops, gift shops and as Zib stated the best pizza in the world at the Pizza Stop. There are 2 additional restaurants as well. All this within walking distance. There are also many area attractions within a short drive such as Seney Wildlife Refuge, Taquamanon Falls, Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Pictured Rocks, Big Spring, Gar Lynn Zoo and if it`s to your liking a Casino in Manistique. There is also a great Independence Day celebration in Curtis and they have a great fireworks display over the lake. Here is a link for the Curtis Chamber Of Commerce. It will have lots of info.
http://www.curtischamber.com/
If I can be of any help let me know however I`m leaving tommorow for my annual trip to the Gulf of Maine on a 3 day ocean fishing trip and won`t be back till saturday night. All this talk about Curtis makes me want to be there right now. Hey, Zib, meet ya at the Tally Ho.
 

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Thats one of favorite lakes to fish in. I like the south end of the lake.We troll around with rapalas and crawlers harnesses get alot of walleye and pike. Like czar says curtis is a great little town. You must see big springs while your there!
 

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Czar's response was right on. I've been there for 3 weekly vacations and done ok. It's suprising that more ski's aren't taken from the soft water, will the amount of good forage in that lake, including ciscos and suckers. Most are speared in the winter.They do grow extremely fat in that lake! You should do real good on the eye's this time of year up there. There's plenty of good brookie fishing in the feeder creeks and the Fox system also for a change of pace. Have a great trip.
 

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Thanks all, we are looking forward to it. I'll get in touch with you next week Czar. Good luck and enjoy your trip too.
 

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QUOTE(Grapes @ Jun 9 2009, 06:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks all, we are looking forward to it. I'll get in touch with you next week Czar. Good luck and enjoy your trip too.

I am going to be in that area this Monday thru Friday, but my dad, brother and I will be fishing in Big Manistique Lake. Last year we were talking with a guy in the bar and he actually said the South Lake is better fishing then the Big Lake. I remember him saying he would troll using harnesses. Good luck.
 

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Well, hit the south lake and report back. I too have heard there is better fishing in the South Manistique.
 

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QUOTE(Grapes @ Jun 8 2009, 08:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'm going up there soon, and have heard they have a good Walleye fishery. Has anyone ever been there, and fished it? The house we rented comes with a fishing boat, and I'm also gonna rent a pontoon. Hopefully some of you are able to help me out with some "Hot Spots" and tips.

Thanks in advance,

Grapes

We just went up over Memorial Day Weekend but fishing was slow on the South Lake, rumored had it that the big lake was producing. The locals were using slip bobbers, floating leaches and minnows a foot off the bottom but no one was tearing it up. Also the south part of the lake seems to hold most of the fish, our group liked fishing the bay on the south west side of the lake. There is a troth near the point that we had great success in previous years.

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QUOTE(Tpigott @ Jun 10 2009, 12:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Grapes @ Jun 8 2009, 08:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'm going up there soon, and have heard they have a good Walleye fishery. Has anyone ever been there, and fished it? The house we rented comes with a fishing boat, and I'm also gonna rent a pontoon. Hopefully some of you are able to help me out with some "Hot Spots" and tips.

Thanks in advance,

Grapes

We just went up over Memorial Day Weekend but fishing was slow on the South Lake, rumored had it that the big lake was producing. The locals were using slip bobbers, floating leaches and minnows a foot off the bottom but no one was tearing it up. Also the south part of the lake seems to hold most of the fish, our group liked fishing the bay on the south west side of the lake. There is a troth near the point that we had great success in previous years.

Good luck!

Troy


My brother, dad and I just got back from fishing Big Manistique Lake for 4 days. We probably caught in those 4 days a total of 35 walleyes in which we could have kept only 7. The rest were all between 9 and 14 inches. We also did catch 6 Northern's between 20 and 28 inches and a few small perch. We drifted all week with harnesses tipped with leeches and crawlers. Even though we didn't catch a lot of keepers it was still a blast to catch them. I bet in the next year or so the fishing there will even be better. If anyone is looking for a great place to fish and great little town in Curtis, its well worth going up there.
 

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so far, Rat-L-Traps are the ticket up here in curtis. Lots of hammer handle pike, a 3 1/2 pound smallie, and 27 2-3 pound smallmouth. Hasn't really mattered what pattern or size Rat-L-Trap we use, it's catching fish. My boys are even getting some gills on the smaller ones.
 

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Hey Grapes, what resort are ya staying at?
 

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QUOTE(Czar @ Jun 22 2009, 01:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hey Grapes, what resort are ya staying at?

We rented a house just south of town off of H-33.

Found them on the internet, and the price is very reasonable.

Read my report in the Sportsman's, and you will probably appreciate the Bald Eagle sighting we had.
 
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