Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If you want access to members only forums on HSO, you will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member. 😀

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Alphid

Shell Lake

Recommended Posts

Wondering if anyone out there has fished Shell lake in the summer? We have a tourny out there in May and I can hardly wait. I know the lake has some cribs and some nice looking stucture.
Needless to say, I am starting ot think about pre-fishing and would like some imput.
Thanks,
A

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alphid,

When is your tourney? I may be fishing Shell early in May for smallies. I haven't fished it before, but have some ideas on where to start. Early in the season - always start on the north shore where the water is the warmest.

------------------
God bless,
Judd Yaeger
Yaeger Guides (Twin Cities Guides) www.yaegerweb.com/guide

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Your best bet in may is to fish South Bay. Personally, I have never done real well around the cribs that time of year. The lake is really clear, so you'll find fish shallow in the morning and evening and staging deeper during the day depending on cloud cover. Fishing can be good near the rocky shorelines, but fish there are generally spooky due to the water clarity. Later in may and early june, there is also a large mayfly hatch that can make fishing tough. I've done best fishing for the smallies like you would fish for largemouth on other lakes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yaeger Guide
Our tourny is the second weekend of May. We will be out there this weekend on both days. Basically it is a club tourny and we have about 7 boats. Nothing to major but lots of fun. I am planning on looking on the north end obviously but wonder about some other areas with timber, rock, etc., that would hold some spawners or pre-spawn fish. Are you going to be out there?

Duey,
Thanks for your response. I will check out the South side also. I am excited to find those cribs even though you said wouldn't be too hot just to know where they are. Glad to hear the lake is clear too, the aqua view will be fun to use. Are you going to be out there?

Thanks for some feedback. I will let you know what we find out/Catch.

Thanks,
A

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

actually the club tourney will only be 5 boats, each with partners. so locals don't have to fear a wave of boats out there that weekend. continuing on what alphid asked, is the structure predominately sand/rock in the main lake? what about in the south bay? looked like from the maps the south bay was more of a flood plain type area, with potential wood and things like that. i could be wrong though. alphid and i will be out there this weekend looking for big smallies and some polebending! it's been a lllooonnnngggg winter!

catchin'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Along the shorline of the main lake is mostly sand. The basin is muck. All of the points contain rock. The island is mostly rock as well. Generally the rock will run out 15 to 20 feet before the muck transitions. South bay is mainly a sand shoreline with bullrush. South bay is basically the only part of the lake that has weeds. Over the past few years the water has been way up on the lake which will push the smallmouth shallow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Any water temps to report out there? Looks like it will be nice weekend weather wise at shell lake! here comes opener!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

was at shell today, saturday, water temps in main lake area started at 48 degrees, some bays around the islands ended up around 53 but that is all for the report. for our boat, only a walleye was caught while bass fishing. the other boat we went with managed one smallie but that was a 13 incher. did not see much actioni n the shallows except small perch following up baits on the way to the boat, but nothing else really going. we concentrated on deppths from shallows to 20 feet, using jerk baits, drop shot, football jigs, senkos, deep and shallow cranks, even top water. nothing elicited any strikes making it more frustrating for the bass opener. i thinkt the smallies will start going within a week though, as the water warms some more.

if anyone has anything to add to your experience this week or weekend, it is much appreciated!

Catchin'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

I was out Friday night and Saturday for walleyes. Only picked up a few. Couple nice ones though. Little slower than in previous years. Should pick up as the water warms up. In the past for smallies, I've never done well on opening weekend. Usually takes a week or two for the smallies to move into the shallows. When they do move in, it can be incredible. We've caught lots of big fish out there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Just spoke to my brother who was up there until today, and he said they got a 6.5 and a couple of fours. (smallies) He's got pictures, but I haven't seen them yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Duey
WOW! 6.5 pounds?? that is awesome! sounds like those bulls are starting to make their moves towards the shallows. i have no idea what the weather for the weekend is going to do to it, but it should be interesting. i love this time of year...

Any clue on how they caught them? what type baits, color? depths? sand or muck? weed areas? just curious, i think this weather will make it dreary and tough to pull limits, it is supposed to cool down and get windy. This sun is making them active i suppose.

thanks for letting me know his success! post the pictures if you can, that is huge!

Catchin'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

I haven't got all the details from him yet. I am sure he caught them shallow. 3'-10'. Probably on topwater baits, like a pop-r. I know he was in south bay when he caught them. Anywhere the bullrushes are coming up. Otherwise he might have picked them up trolling for eyes with shad raps. I'll let ya know when I hear more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Duey,
Tell your brother congrats on the catch. That would be a monster to be seen. Are you planning on getting out there this weekend? Like my brother said, any tips on the techniques used to get these fish?
This weekend weather report doesn't look the best but I am sure that it will be worse than currently pictured. It always seems as though when tourny comes around the weather turns dump.
Catchin', big day tomorrow. Early fishing and no work. What a way to end the week.

A

[This message has been edited by Alphid (edited 05-08-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

I won't be out there this weekend. But I did talk to him. Said the bite was on shallow cranks. (Shad Raps) Color didn't seem to make a difference. Was in and around Southbay where there were bull rushes or where they were pre-emergent. That's a pretty typical pattern for this lake. If the fish are in the shallows, don't bother trying to finesse them, speed and irregularity is usually the key. When there in, they can be extremely agressive. Often you will have multiple fish following a hooked fish. Hope this helps and good luck. Let me know how you end up doing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for your help Duey, that is extremely useful. we were out on the lake last weekend and know what you are talking about regarding the emergent stuff, those look like good areas. this weather will probably put it all in a funk, but we will let you know what is up. looks like we might go to balsam tomorrow during the day with some warmer water probably to be found there. will let you know how that goes too.

thanks for the tip on not finessing the fish there too, while obviously different conditions deem differnet presentations, some lake's fish seem to prefer certain presentations more often than not.

Will let you know what happens!

Catchin'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

had our tounrey over the weekend on shell, but had to cancel sunday because of the drenching rain, wind and flash flood warning, so taht sucked. go figure the weather has been what it has been since and seems to continue, those smallies are going to be spawning pretty quick and being active! i wish i could get out there this weekend, but it won't happen. for the weekend, the fish seemed to be in prespawn, roaming flat areas and hanging around isolated cover. 5" Jerk baits, like rapala husky jerks seemed to do the trick, but it was a fill 8 hour day of jerking them. color seemed to not matter too much, but natural patterns i guess were a norm. when the bite slowed, smaller 4" jerk baits were put on like yo zuri's and those seemed to get additional ones. people also got some using senkos as well, just casting and jerking them back slowly.

well, all this information may or may not be helpful with how the action probably is going now. i am sure those fish are a lot easier to find than we had, as "working for the bites" would be an understatement for last weekend.

Feel sorry for homeowners on the lake as the sandbagging was all over, and after satruday nights storm, there were reports of water levels raising and people's porches being torn off houses, teh wind didn't help. i hope things work out for them.

catchin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone been on Shell lately? I may be going there next Tues. and was wondering what the smallies are doing. Also, what's the best boat access with the water so high? Thanks.

rascal

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • This evening I will reset the live trap.   So far my peanut dough blocks from Menards have only been lasting a day or two, thanks to midnight ramblers....   Score so far is two racoons and a possum.   I wonder what morning will bring... if it stops raining.   
    • I fish a big reservoir that goes as deep as 140 I believe and we do a bit of trolling over the deep parts of the lake.  In fact at night you can troll and your graph will be littered with fish in the 20-50ft range starting over 70ft of water but if you go to 60ft depth range your graph will be empty. Once the deep darkness of night falls those same fish will show 30-70ft deep on the graph suspending over 140ft of water.   We seem to mostly catch walleyes out of this group of fish and rarely catch anything else.
    • These feeders are only partially blackbird proof, as they can still poke their heads in and peck at the food a little bit. I don’t use the suet one much, because only downy woodpeckers can fit in there. 
    • This feeder is blackbird proof for the sole purpose that only woodpeckers and nuthatches can eat upside down. I purposely angle it this way so it’s easier for the pileated woodpeckers to hang on.
    • It only takes about 5 Mb/s to stream a HD movie.   I'm guessing you have some sort of interference going on.   Inadequate BW shows up as buffering....   Or the Roku is going bad.   I have had a couple of them do that, including a roku stick.      My money is on roku device being bad.   If you have a chromecast, does that work better?   
    • Milwaukee Fishing Eezy Peezy! By Milwaukee Wisconsin fishing charter Capt. Jim Hirt Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing Report 6/24/2019 Hello all, thank you for reading my reports. Joe, Laura and Jonathan Wolf from Mansfield Texas had fair weather and a multi species catch on a beautiful day on Lake Michigan. I enjoyed the opportunity to fish with them. Join us in Milwaukee! To get my fish reports and how to videos first go to http://www.jimhirt.com By subscribing you will keep ahead of the other anglers. When I post you will get it fast! Action is steady and all species are active. The water is still 50 degrees on top. This has made for easy presentation to fish. As long as this continues anglers will have success don’t miss out. Good weather and lake conditions will fill the cooler in the future. The water is warming up near shore and that area is slow. There are pods of forage from 70 feet and out to 200. The recent changes has brought many Chinooks and Coho in. Most of the fish came from the top to the bottom. Our best presentations are Church Walleye planer boards with 150 and 225 copper running 40 to 65 down and downriggers 80 to 120 feet down. Flasher and Bull Frog flies or 100 foot leads on Reaper magnum spoons on downriggers have been the best producers. Reaper magnum spoons are sold at http://www.badgertackle.com with free shipping. Our best boat speed was 2.0 mph. Wire Divers are producing very well set to #2 with 130 feet of line out. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2019, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved. Fish,report,salmon,lake,michigan,Milwaukee
    • Well, after two and a half hours on the phone with Netgear and Comcast I have no resolution.  Comcast is coming out to the house on Wednesday to see what the problem is.  I am on the 150 mbs plan and I still only get around 30 on a speed test.  Even when I wire directly to the router the performance is the same.  I may upgrade to the Roku Ultra as well.
    • The speeds that you show are enough for streaming, the roku stick is not their best streaming device. I use Roku 3 and used to have your bandwidth with no problem.
    • fishingstar 4th win with 319pts. 2--Fishing_Novice             314 3--mnwildman                   304 4--Juneau4                        283 5--BlackLundProV            279 6--gregg52                         268 7--icefishinnut                   218 _____________________________________________________ Seasons totals 1--Juneau4                       4635 2--Fishing_Novice           4490 3--gregg52                        4462 4--mnwildman                 4423 5--icefishinnut                 4387 6--BlackLundProV           4371 7--fishingstar                   4309   Chicago is the next stop 🏁
    • nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
×
×
  • Create New...