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Anybody looking forward to this fishing season? The fishing season "ends" at the end of March in Michigan, so I've gotta get a new license here soon.

Here's hoping I catch more than 2 fish this year...I've been pretty consistent at 2 fish per year for the past 3-4 years. I need to find better spots, I guess.
 

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I almost prefer ice fishing these days. Gives me something to do in the winter months while I do other stuff during the summer season like food plots, nesting boxes; stuff like that for hunting season.
 

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Well, the local "Big 5" type sports store chain is closing, so they're having some (actually, really bad) sales on stuff. But, I saved a few bucks by buying some sinkers and some crappie rigs.

Anyway, I spent the afternoon today assembling the crappie rigs, making some leaders for trout and steelhead, and organizing my tackle boxes. I've got everything organized into 3 different boxes: Big Lake, panfish/small lake, and stream/trout/flyfishing. We'll see how the whole system works out. Though, I've been jonesin' for a decent fishing backpack...something to carry my tackle, with a rod and a net holder on the ends, and a creel on the bottom.
 

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You'd probably catch more fish if weren't using crappy rigs :D
 

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not really an angler here. But I am interested in perhaps learning tenkara style fly fishing. I like how the hardware folds up tiny and total gear weighs a couple ounces - so would be a way to get fresh fish on backpack trekking trips in the alpine lakes of the Cascades without much added weight.
 

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Technically, yes...But the play on words was clever. :D

Truth be told, 2 of the biggest (relatively speaking) fish I've ever caught were on crappie rigs...the first being a bluegill that curled up in a 5 gallon bucket, and the second being a 24" sheepshead. When nothing else is working, I can confidently drop a crappie rig into the water and catch something. It may not be a huge bass or walleye, but some sort of fish will bite. Bonus points, of course, to a double-header...which I've only ever achieved a few times, and only in the same lake that yielded that ginormous bluegill referenced above.
 

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Been fly fishing for steelhead off and on this winter. It's been slow but looking forward to some warmer drier weather.

Just returned from the North Umpqua with no luck.
Anybody looking forward to this fishing season?

The fishing season "ends" at the end of March in Michigan, so I've gotta get a new license here soon.

Here's hoping I catch more than 2 fish this year...I've been pretty consistent at 2 fish per year for the past 3-4 years. I need to find better spots, I guess.
 

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Anybody looking forward to this fishing season? The fishing season "ends" at the end of March in Michigan, so I've gotta get a new license here soon.

Here's hoping I catch more than 2 fish this year...I've been pretty consistent at 2 fish per year for the past 3-4 years. I need to find better spots, I guess.
Yes, definitively.
I used to live in the Port Huron Michigan area, so there was plenty of places to go fishing, most being within biking or walking distance.
I moved to the ghetto (9 Mile Rd. And Van ****) in 2013, and since I don't drive anymore, I really haven't gotten out much in the past few years.
I'm hoping to change that this year.

This is one of the last decent largemouth that i caught in July of 2014. And I believe this was the second to last time that I've been out on the water.


And yes, I do have a mild fishing addiction.
All the backpacks, boxes, and buckets on the left are stuffed with tackle.
Also not pictured are a few fly rods, and a couple ice rods.
 

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Nothing wrong with those big bluegills, they are good eating fish. The ones that are north of being one pound are scarce around here.
There's a private gravel pit lake by my parents' house (actually, a small chain of lakes) that are entirely residential. The homeowners association pays to have it stocked with fish, and occasionally, the nearby creek floods over and lets wild fish into the lake. But, nobody fishes it and there aren't much in the way of natural predators or anything, so there are tons of HUGE panfish in the lake. On warm summer nights, you can walk to the end of a dock and see dozens of smallmouth swarming around. That lake truly is a honey hole...those fish will bite on anything.

Yes, definitively.
I used to live in the Port Huron Michigan area, so there was plenty of places to go fishing, most being within biking or walking distance.
I moved to the ghetto (9 Mile Rd. And Van ****) in 2013, and since I don't drive anymore, I really haven't gotten out much in the past few years.
I'm hoping to change that this year.

This is one of the last decent largemouth that i caught in July of 2014. And I believe this was the second to last time that I've been out on the water.


And yes, I do have a mild fishing addiction.
All the backpacks, boxes, and buckets on the left are stuffed with tackle.
Also not pictured are a few fly rods, and a couple ice rods.
I've never fished Lake Huron, to be honest. The only Big Lake fishing I've done is Lake Michigan. I can't imagine it's much different. So, do you do mostly pier fishing? Looks like a few of your rods are set up for piers.
 

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I picked up a pair of kayaks last Memorial day along with an annual fishing pass. Didn't catch anything (not even compliments!), but it was also late in the season. Might give it another go soon.

I do miss the days when I lived in Manitoba, it wasn't fishing there, it was catching.
 

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There's a private gravel pit lake by my parents' house (actually, a small chain of lakes) that are entirely residential. The homeowners association pays to have it stocked with fish, and occasionally, the nearby creek floods over and lets wild fish into the lake. But, nobody fishes it and there aren't much in the way of natural predators or anything, so there are tons of HUGE panfish in the lake. On warm summer nights, you can walk to the end of a dock and see dozens of smallmouth swarming around. That lake truly is a honey hole...those fish will bite on anything.


I've never fished Lake Huron, to be honest. The only Big Lake fishing I've done is Lake Michigan. I can't imagine it's much different. So, do you do mostly pier fishing? Looks like a few of your rods are set up for piers.

Sounds like a 5-weight dream come true.
 

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I've never fished Lake Huron, to be honest. The only Big Lake fishing I've done is Lake Michigan. I can't imagine it's much different. So, do you do mostly pier fishing? Looks like a few of your rods are set up for piers.
I'm not much of a big water guy either.
Yes, I used to fish for walleye off the boardwalk near the blue water bridge all the time. Haven't done that since 2012 or so. That's what the short white rod is for. It's a 5' trolling rod. The tip is about 3/8"diameter. It's a beast! You need heavy gear at the mouth of the St Clair River. Most of the time I would use a 3lb weight just to keep my rig on the bottom.
My favorite style of fishing is 1 medium, and one ultralight rod, a backpack with some tackle and food/drinks, and a long hike into the woods following a small River, fishing along the way.. Very few people, lots of nature to admire. Very peaceful.
 

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not really an angler here. But I am interested in perhaps learning tenkara style fly fishing. I like how the hardware folds up tiny and total gear weighs a couple ounces - so would be a way to get fresh fish on backpack trekking trips in the alpine lakes of the Cascades without much added weight.
Yep, Tenkara sounds interesting...might be just perfect for the small streams here in Carolina. Keepin my eyes open for a rod on ebay. Miss them Cascade Mts!
 

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Every now and again I go out in the evenings and do some casting for whatever hits. I just use a light rig with a Daredevil or Mepps Aglia red/white and cast off the shore or dock. It's peaceful. I used to fish every day as a youth, I even got in the Mepp's magazine once with a nice northern pike.
 

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I fish year around, weather and water conditions permitting. My state (WA) also sells fishing licenses that are valid from Apr. 1 to Mar. 31, so this thread is a good reminder that I need to renew mine. I haven't fished very much this winter because the water conditions have been horrible due to so much heavy rain. The last fish I caught were sea run cutthroat trout and steelhead last Sept. or Oct. I has a worst ever salmon fishing season last summer, so we had very little salmon in the freezer this winter, and it's been gone for many months now.

I've been retired for a year now, and I intend to do more trout fishing in the spring and summer. So I just began the project of building a fly fishing pram for lake fishing. I got the plywood a week ago Friday and picked up some boat lumber Monday. I spent a couple hours today sanding the long pieces I ripped on the table say for chines, chine battens, and keel. I need decent weather so I can open the garage door and use the saw for long pieces of wood. I'm waiting for delivery of marine adhesive and epoxy; then I start to work cutting plywood and beginning the assembly process. I love a wood working project!

Because of all the rain, I did a lot of sanding in the garage, and I noticed that my mtn. bike (and nearly everything else) is covered with a deep layer of sanding dust. I'll vacuum off the surface dust, but I think it's going to need a major cleaning before using it.

Jasnooks,

It looks like you have the makings of a good start to a collection of fishing gear. For better or worse, my fishing gear collection makes my bike collection seem conservative and responsible. I lost count of my fly rods at 30+, and that doesn't include the assortment of spinning rods, and casting and trolling rods I have for salmon fishing. I just hope that when I die, my wife doesn't sell all my gear for what she thinks I paid for it.
 

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It's interesting to read about everyone's gear collection. As I mentioned, I've sorted my tackle into 3 compartments: Big Lake/pier; panfish, bass, and small-lake; and trout/stream/flyfishing. I've got 2 spinning rods, and 1 fly rod. The spinning rods are a 6' Berkley Cherrywood and a 7' Ugly Stick, both with Quantum reels. I'm completely blanking on what brand my flyrod is, but the reel is an Okuma. I bought an 8' leader/tippet last fall and just got around to tying it onto the fly line yesterday.
 
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