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The past couple of days have really made it feel like Spring is coming, which got me to thinking...Where will I fish first this year? The past few years I have hit Kent Lake first...I doubt I'll change it up this year..it's close, convenient, and when Madman doesn't hit 'em first, I stand a good chance at a Spring time hog. Which lake (river, pond, tributary and/or puddle) is first on your list for this coming season?
 

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Any of you guys heading out to a C&R lake pre-season and looking for a passenger, give me a shout. I'll pay ya' back with a trip out to Clair or Erie.

My first stop will likely be just cruising Clair or eyes on the D-River.
 

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I'd sure like to tell, but if i did my son would tie me up, and torture me LOL. He'd hide my fishing stuff, ground me, than i would still have cabin fever. I will say this it's a private lake in Oakland County. And it's loaded with fish and not many fish it.

So it's a real treat to have this place and we always have a blast there.

H2o<----says sorry i can't tell. lol
 

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Alex,

your on. soon as the ice thaws, i start hitting Kent lake and Cass lake.

i pretty much have the smallies on kent lake down to a science right after ice out.

we can talk more about it later, but plan on heading out. we will start hitting them as soon as there is open water, and then after about 3-4 weeks after the ice is gone and the water temps start hitting the mid low to mid 40s, it gets almost too easy


madman himself
 

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QUOTE(madman24 @ Feb 21 2004, 09:56 AM)Alex,

your on....
Yeah baby
 

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"i pretty much have the smallies on kent lake down to a science right after ice out."

Don't believe everything you read Alex!


Actually I know Madman will be on fish because there is an ABA paper tournament in May and I KNOW he wants to do well in that one!

And, I'll take you up on that offer as well...
 

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I dont know really...more than likely the River...for some eyes...I would love to get out on Kent or Cass lake though...we'll see what my brother is like this year...some years he fishes...others he doesnt...

Anyone need a partner?

Jose
 

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QUOTE(Alex @ Feb 21 2004, 01:58 AM)Any of you guys heading out to a C&R lake pre-season and looking for a passenger, give me a shout. I'll pay ya' back with a trip out to Clair or Erie.

My first stop will likely be just cruising Clair or eyes on the D-River.
Alex,

Is there something wrong with your boat?

Pontiac Lake is the closest C&R lake for me. I'd like to try Cass this year too.

I missed out on the walleye action last season but I'm all over it this year.

I've never been over to the west side of the state yet so maybe I'll try Muskegan?

Heck, I don't know. I don't really care either just as long as I get a line wet. I was temped to drag a tube through the puddle in my driveway when I got home from work on Thursday


I do know that I will be heading home to fish Winnipesaukee and Champlain the end of May (VT & NH have a C&R season). I'm pushing for 7 days. My wife wants me gone for only 3. I hope we settle on 5 days
 

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QUOTE(jcheetam @ Feb 21 2004, 01:42 PM)Don't believe everything you read Alex!


And, I'll take you up on that offer as well...
Just give me a shout. Then I'll be able to give an objective opinion on who is the Kent Lake champ.


Nothing's wrong with the boat EC. I just never get out to those lake and if I go I may as well go with a "pro".


See you guys in the spring.
 

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Cass and Kent are great in the spring, I go where ever I'm closer to. As I remember the reason they opened a few lakes early was for a study, and it was only supposed to last 3 years. Anyone know more about this?
 

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Mexque, there is an article on the C&R lakes in the February issue of Bassmaster magazine that gives a little history and some opinions from a couple biologists (one retired from the DNR). Essentially the article states that the program hasn't been expanded because 5 of the 6 C&R lakes are impoundments, and DNR biologists aren't sure if the experiences from the lakes will necessarily translate statewide. This little experiment has been going on since 1988...
 

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Awesome segue I can't pass up. I recently posted the major parts of the actual study that the Michigan DNR (FTR 91-6) ran from 1988 until 1992 with involvement from the Michigan BASS Chapter Federation on my website. In a nutshell, there was a five-year sunset clause, but the 6 lakes have been re-approved several times now.

Without the federation or anyone else pushing things along with our conservative and sometimes tattered MDNR (and some anglers), the study has been stagnant despite the recommendation that it be expanded to other lakes. I've post plenty on this before.

I will just add that this latest rabbit they've pulled out of the hat about the study being invalid because some of the lakes are reservoirs or riverine is nonsense. I was every bit as involved in the preseason bass test as anyone else. I was at most of the pre-study meetings and spoke at most of the public meetings. I've also talked quite a bit to the researchers. This is just the latest excuse the MDNR is using to avoid doing something a few in their numbers don't want due to tournament bias and others don't want because they think there is still too much opposition from anglers who are afraid of anything that sounds like change.

I have zero tolerance for the bias. I can appreciate their concerns about getting hammered by anglers who aren't knowledgeable about bass biology, but I can't let that stop me. I think too many anglers are now ready for this change to put it off anymore.

I think everyone who loves to bass fish and even remotely wonders if they should be able to fish more owes it to him or herself to read more of the study. Click here to read the actual study information please. This page is only the study information, not mine.

If you really want to see what it's all about, I have a detailed commentary on the site based on my reading of this complete study and interviews with involved biologists along with all the other studies and biologist information I have collected over the years. You can go to that document from the study page if you want to. I hope you do. I put a lot of time into this subject.

As far as Kent goes, I may get over there with cameraguy again. Maybe I'll call madman if my boat is still being worked on then. Depends on how good the big crappies are biting on the other side of the state (and whether or not madman's invitation to do some fishing is still open). I know I'll be hitting some of the other 'test' lakes too.

Enjoy the fishing fellow anglers, but remember there are about 400,000 bass anglers in Michigan and only 6 test lakes. A great number of bass anglers have admitted to preseason fishing for bass. Do we want to continue to try to force them onto just 6 lakes or do we want to do as our own study says and add more lakes?
 

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There is so much information on this board it is incredible (keeps me coming back). Thanks djkimmel!
 

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Hand's down its got to be the River, them cool water eye's Lift and Drop lift and drop lift and drop and lift and drop and then BAM! a good old detroit river snag lololo but without a snag filled bottom there would be no Detroit River Walleye's
 
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