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About lakerunner

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  1. lakerunner

    Ann Arbor

    gooty--also, I have a boat for you!!! It is listed on the Duluth HSO classifieds section. it is a 231 Mako that is totally set-up for fishing Lk MI, Huron, Erie, whatever. Check it out.
  2. lakerunner

    Ann Arbor

    gooty--purchase a Gazateer map book and start exploring. It truly is endless. Once you get situated over there, give a shot out. We'll probably be able to give you some more specifics.
  3. lakerunner

    Ann Arbor

    gooty--if you haven't gotten the hint by now, when you get that job and you move to MI, you won't be disappointed. It is different fishing and different cultures but if you like the outdoors, you will love MI! All of it, the UP (yoopers are the locals) and the LP (loopers are the locals) and of course you will be called a "flatlander" being that you will be living in the southern LP. Enjoy!!
  4. lakerunner

    Ann Arbor

    Shiner--you're right and wrong. There is a Skamania strain but they don't stay in the rivers, they just run up them and spawn and return. The kings though, like to run right after the skamani and will stay in until they die. The rivers there though rarely get over 60-62 degrees--even the big ones like the Muskegon, Grand, Manistee as long as you are below the dams. Backwaters, that is another story. Boy I miss it there!!! My brother has been hammering kings off of Grand Haven and has picked up a few in the Little Manistee. Fishing options are endless!!!
  5. lakerunner

    Ann Arbor

    Don't be too quick to complain about the steelheading! Most of us that have lived in MI would love to go back because of the steelheading!! You will be living close to 5 of the top 10 rivers in North America (Alaska including) for fishing for steelhead and salmon. Duluth is nothing for steelheading. You will have access to large fish river fishing (salmon, steelhead, lake-run browns) 9 months of the year!
  6. lakerunner

    Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor is very nice, especially the countryside around it. You have everything that you just mentioned but you'll have to drive to Lk Erie. There are some WMA's around there but most of the land is pvt so you'll be asking for permission. If you are accustomed to the city then you won't have a problem there. I grew up about 3 hrs to the west in Grand Rapids and love MI.
  7. lakerunner

    New World Record Brown Trout!!

    Folks: Here is a link to the new world record brown trout that was just caught in Racine WI. It will beat out the record that was set last year in MI by 2 oz. 41 ½-pound trout caught off Racine is likely world record Benny Sieu Fishing the waters off Racine on Friday morning, Roger Hellen of Franksville landed a 41-pound, 8-ounce brown trout. The fish is more than a whopper - it is a potential world record. By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel Posted: July 16, 2010 |(13) COMMENTS Racine — When Roger Hellen launched his 21-foot boat in the Racine harbor early Friday morning, he was no different from the 1,300 other anglers competing in the Salmon-A-Rama sportfishing tournament - he hoped to land a big fish. "Something in the 22.5-pound range would have been great," said Hellen, 38. Such a fish would assume the top spot in the Lake Michigan-wide contest run by Salmon Unlimited of Wisconsin Inc. Hellen outdid himself. Not only did he take over the tourney lead, he assumed a new title: potential world record holder. Trolling the Lake Michigan waters off Wind Point, north of Racine, Hellen hooked and landed a 41-pound, 8-ounce brown trout. The fish blew past the 22.4-pound brown trout that had been in the Salmon-A-Rama lead. It is nearly 5 pounds heavier than the Wisconsin record listed by the Department of Natural Resources, a 36-pound, 8.9-ounce brown trout caught in 2004 in the Lake Michigan waters of Kewaunee County. And if the weight, pending applications and reviews hold up, it will establish a world record for the species. The standing world record, according to the two leading game fish record-keeping organizations, the International Game Fish Association and the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, is a 41-pound, 7.5-ounce brown trout caught last September in the Manistee River of Michigan. Hellen, a supervisor at a Racine packaging company, grew up in Kenosha in a fishing family. He learned the Lake Michigan fishing ropes from his father. These days, Hellen, a member of Salmon Unlimited, fishes just about every weekend out of Racine. He had been having mixed success in recent days, including a "bomb out" in the "Two-On-A-Boat" competition earlier in Salmon-A-Rama. But strong west and southwest winds in the last couple of days pushed warm surface water away from the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan, allowing colder, more "salmonid-friendly" water to upwell and creating good fishing conditions close to shore. So when Hellen and his fishing partner Joe Miller launched Hellen's boat, "Get Hooked," Friday, they targeted near shore areas just north of Racine. The duo had three 10-pound chinook salmon in the box and were trolling in about 40 feet of water off Wind Point when another fish hit. The time was 8 a.m. The lure was a blue-and-green spoon fished about 10 feet below the surface. Hellen grabbed the rod and began the angler's assessment: How big? How strong? What kind? "It ran pretty good," said Hellen. "We knew it was big, but honestly, we had no idea just how big." A half-hour passed before Hellen was able to work the fish to the stern and Miller scooped it aboard. There was no longer any doubt about "how big." The fish was 40.6 inches long and had a 27-inch girth. The fish was the biggest Hellen had seen in three decades of Lake Michigan fishing. But it wasn't a big chinook salmon, notoriously hard fighters and often the biggest fish caught by trollers - it was a brown trout. The pair knew they just landed an extraordinary fish, certainly a tourney leader and perhaps something more. They put the trout in the cooler. It dwarfed the three kings. Next they pulled lines and made a beeline for the Salmon-A-Rama weigh-in station. Fish lose weight after they are caught; tournament anglers in a catch-and-keep event like Salmon-A-Rama rarely risk "shrinkage" when money is on the line. The fish was identified as a brown trout by Cheryl Peterson, a Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician working the Salmon-A-Rama weigh-in tent. The fish read 41.15 pounds on the uncertified scales at the boat landing, said Peterson. The DNR stocks two strains of brown trout in Lake Michigan - domestic and Seeforellen. Peterson said Hellen's fish appears to be a Seeforellen. The strain is known for growing fast and to large sizes. Tissue samples were taken by the DNR to age and assess the genetics of the fish. The DNR has stocked brown trout along with chinook salmon, coho salmon and rainbow trout, or steelhead, since the 1960s to help control excessive numbers of alewife, an invasive species. The stocking not only controlled the alewife but created a world-class fishery. Since the fish was record-caliber, Hellen took it to Brossman's Meat Market in Racine where, on a certified scale, it weighed 41 pounds, 8 ounces. The fish will likely earn Hellen the $10,000 grand prize and $700 brown trout category prize from Salmon-A-Rama; the tourney ends Sunday. The fish was examined Friday afternoon by Salmon-A-Rama officials, including a cavity check for lead or other foreign objects, and passed. Hellen said he plans to submit the appropriate applications to both the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the International Game Fish Association. Hellen spent the afternoon accepting the congratulations of fellow anglers, friends and complete strangers at Salmon-A-Rama. His behemoth brown trout was on display in a freezer with the other species leaders. "This is great for the lake, great for the club, great for the fishery," said Tom Pietila, president of Salmon Unlimited of Wisconsin. Tomorrow, though, Hellen will be back trolling on Lake Michigan with competitors. "The tournament is still going," said Hellen. "If there's a bigger one, and there usually is at some point, I want a chance at it."
  8. lakerunner

    need opinions on what a mountable rainbow?

    A 30" is very common for Lk MI. If it came out of a river, full of log jams, and a 20 minute battle, then a 33-35" fish is mountable. But, out of the Lake, 5-6# fish are common. A "trophy" out of Lk MI usually starts at 15#. But of course it is up to you and seeing as how you live aways from the big lake, I would mount it for memories sake.
  9. lakerunner

    new record?

    That is the story. I used to guide on that river in the same area that he caught the fish. It always puts out lots of big fish.
  10. I don't know if this would apply to you or not but, if you are divorced, have your ex sign a short little note stating that you have the right to take him with you. I have always taken one with me and my son; sometimes I need it, sometimes I don't, and sometimes I just give it to them anyways w/o asking. Just one little thing that shows that you are trying to have all of your bases covered.
  11. lakerunner

    Stick bait jerk bait trout streams

    Flatfish and Hot-N-Tots are 2 more great pieces of hardware. I've used them extensively went back-trolling/drifting large pools via a boat. I've also used them on smaller and they worked great especially if you know that there are bigger fish around. Trout will act like pike at times and hit things just out of pure aggression.
  12. lakerunner

    Asian Carp!!

    Now wouldn't that be awesome--sitting on the water, fishing, shooting asian carp, and maybe someday shooting those darn cormorants.
  13. lakerunner

    Asian Carp!!

    I wonder if we'll be able to carry shotguns with us while fishing. Shooting those things would be great fun (and practice for bird season) when they are flying through the air at the boat. Just joking--major saftey hazard but it would be fun!
  14. lakerunner

    Asian Carp!!

    This is what was posted on today's AP. They can stop them, so why don't they do it???? We need to keep on calling our reps and tell them that Obama'a plan is 100% unacceptable!! By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer John Flesher, Ap Environmental Writer – Thu Feb 11, 6:21 am ET TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – With marauding Asian carp on the Great Lakes' doorstep, the federal government has crafted a $78.5 million battle plan that offers no assurance of thwarting an invasion and doesn't use the most promising weapon available to fight it off. The surest way to prevent the huge, hungry carp from gaining a foothold in the lakes and threatening their $7 billion fishing industry is to sever the link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River basin, created by engineers in Chicago more than a century ago. The strategy released by the Obama administration this week agrees only to conduct a long-range study of that idea, which could take years. The government also refuses to shut down two navigational locks on Chicago waterways that could provide an easy pathway for the carp into the lakes, although it promises to consider opening them less often. Instead, the plan outlines two dozen other steps, from strengthening an electric barrier designed to block the carp's advance to using nets or poisons to nab fish that make it through. That's an expensive gamble that may not keep enough carp out of the lakes to prevent an infestation. "We're spending close to $80 million just for a short-term deterrent," said Joel Brammeier, president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, an environmental group. "We need to stop pushing money toward temporary solutions and get everyone on track toward investing in one that works for good — and that means absolute physical separation." To be fair, the solution environmentalists prefer — cutting ties between the lakes and the Mississippi — would mean reconfiguring some 70 miles of canals and rivers. That's a massive undertaking that could not happen quickly and is fervently opposed by barge operators who move millions of tons of commodities through the Chicago locks each year. Bighead and silver carp — both native to Asia — have been migrating toward the lakes since escaping from Deep South fish ponds and sewage treatment plants in the 1970s. The biggest can reach 100 pounds and 4 feet long, consuming up to 40 percent of their body weight daily in plankton, the base of the aquatic food chain. Once established in the lakes, the carp could starve out the prey fish on which popular species such as salmon and whitefish depend. The carp have already infested parts of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, driving away many native fish. Silver carp are known to hurtle from the water at the sound of passing motors and slam into boaters with bone-breaking force. While scientists differ on whether the carp would thrive in the Great Lakes, which are colder, deeper and ecologically different than rivers, many say the risk is too great to take any chances. "None of us know for certain what their impact would be," University of Notre Dame biologist David Lodge told a House subcommittee this week. "There's only one way to find out, and I don't think any of us want that." Pulled in different directions by the fishing and the barge industries, and politicians in Illinois and those from the other Great Lakes states, the Obama administration says the only realistic approach is to confront the carp on multiple fronts instead of taking the bolder step of severing Lake Michigan from the Mississippi basin. "We cannot fight biology with engineering alone," Cameron Davis, the Environmental Protection Agency's spokesman on the issue, told the congressional panel. Yet the federal plan is heavy on technological innovations. Among them: barriers using sound, strobe lights and bubble curtains to repel carp and biological controls to prevent them from reproducing. They're promising measures — but still on the drawing board. Environmentalists and Great Lakes governors outside of Illinois who want to close the Chicago locks claim it's the best short-term option. But it isn't a foolproof solution, as young carp might still be able to slip through the leaky structures. The Chicago waterways also have other access points to Lake Michigan. Army Corps of Engineers officials are putting their faith in a two-tiered electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal about 25 miles from Lake Michigan, to which they will add a third section this year. It emits pulses to scare off the carp or knock them unconscious if they don't turn back. No carp have been found above the barrier, although biologists have detected their DNA in numerous spots past it and even within the lake itself. "While we're all talking," Lodge said, "the fish are swimming." That almost certainly means at least some carp have eluded the device and reached the lake. The government's plan aims to keep their number low enough to prevent them from breeding. The problem is that no one knows how many carp need to make it into the lake to establish a foothold that can't be turned back. "This is a lot of money to pile into stopgap measures," said Phil Moy, a University of Wisconsin Sea Grant researcher. "It may do some good in the short term, but in the long term it's not going to solve the problem of invasive species on both sides of the divide. Ecological separation has to happen for this to be successful."
  15. lakerunner

    Stick bait jerk bait trout streams

    My hometown was actually GR but I "grew up" in Irons. I lived (and guided) on both the Big and Little Manistee rivers. Every chance I get, I sneak back there. I really miss having "large" fish in a river nearly year-round. Spring steelhead run (which usually lasted until mid/end-May. Skamania run in July along with some Kings and Cohos, full out salmon run shortly after, followed by the lake-run browns, then fall steelhead run for those that would winter-over. Man I miss it!!!