fishing reports page link to main muskie fishing page
What's your Fishing Report you big Studs?
(Scroll all the way down to see the most recent reports.
The Rocketman's reports are blue, Guest reports are black.)


The Old Fishing Reports Archives
May thru July 1998
Submitted: May 2, 1998 at 01:48 by the Rocketman

How did your hero the Rocketman do today?
Pretty Good!

Went fishing on Saturday, 04/24/98 from 7:30 AM until 8:00 PM at Benton Harbor for Steelies. It was partly cloudy, 70, and the wind was SW 5-10mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 51F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 10' or more, and we were fishing in 80 foot deep water.

We went 9 for 11. John Osborne got the biggest one, a 16 pound King that went for a chrome with orange stripe NK Mag fished on a downrigger. The overall hottest set-up was a downrigger at 20 feet and the action was up high.

Decent action today. Mostly coho but also some steelhead and kings. Heard of a few browns getting caught too. Best action was about 5 miles straight out.


Submitted: May 10, 1998 at 00:33 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
We Sucked!!

We went fishing on Saturday, 5/9/98 from 11:30 AM until 7:30 PM at Benton Harbor for Kings. It was clear, 60 F and the wind was N 15-25 mph. The last few days the weather was cooling. The water temperature was 52 F and there were 4 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 10 feet plus, and we were fishing in 100 foot deep water.

We went 1 for 5 today. Chris Dauer got the biggest one, a 4 pound Coho that went for a chrome, orange and chartruse Silver Streak fished on a dipsy. Overall the hottest set-up was a downrigger at 30 feet and the action was up high.

Was a little tough out there today. Wind kicked up just as we started to get dialed in. Best action was in 140'-165' which is about 14 miles out. We made it out to 100' but didn't go further because it got damn cold and waves picking up. We had a real nice fish on for a few minutes that got tangled in another line and broke off. A couple more knock-offs and another coho which escaped on top near the boat. Wolfpack (my buddy) boated 5 earlier in the day. Also marked some big fish just south of the pierheads in 50' but couldn't get 'em going.


Submitted: May 16, 1998 at 10:48 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fair

We went fishing on Friday, 5/15/98 from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM at Benton Harbor, for trout. It was clear, 85 F and the wind was S 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 58 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was clear blue, visability was 10 feet plus, and we were fishing in 140 foot deep water.

We went 2 for 2 today. Jeff Glover got the biggest one, a 15+ pound King that went for a doctored Kevorkian NK fished on a board. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 60 feet and 8 ounces and the action was up high.

Drove all over looking for a thermal break and fish. Went out about 12 miles to 220 feet, and also tried as far as 10 miles north. Temp at surface was virtually the same everywhere. We found some fish and got the king about 12 miles NNW of pierheads in 130-140' water. Also a decent laker in the 8-10 lb range. Both went for the exact same weird set-up, custom painted spoons on long lines on boards. Incidently, we were running bass rods in this position...



Submitted: Jun 8, 1998 at 08:16 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Poor

We went fishing on Saturday, 06/06/98 from 8:30 AM until 8:00 PM at St. Clair/Anchor Bay, for Muskies. It was mostly cloudy, 60 F and the wind was NW 15-20 mph. The last few days the weather was cooling. The water temperature was 58 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 12 foot deep water.

We went 2 for 3 today. Wham Wham got the biggest one, a 40 inch Muskie that went for a Special Perch Terminator T3 fished on a long rod. Overall the hottest set-up was a none at and the action was mid-depths.

This was the MOMC opening day tournament. Was a strong cold front on Thursday, still affecting the fish activity. Water temp everywhere in the Bay was the same, 58F-59F. Usual for this time of year is high 40s to mid 50s. Bottom weeds already fully developed in even 12' of water when usually this time of year they are just getting started. Some people here doing ok earlier in the day then things slowed down as more clouds and wind moved in. Winning fish was a 33.75 lb caught Saturday in the Bay. Best colors at least on Sat were Yellow Belly Perch and Frog.



Submitted: Jun 13, 1998 at 23:43 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Great!!

We went fishing on Saturday, 06/13/98 from 10:30 AM until 8:30 PM at St. Clair for Muskies. It was mostly cloudy, 75 F and the wind was NW 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was windy. The water temperature was 66 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was clear blue, visability was 4-6 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 10 for 13 today. Chris Dauer got the biggest one, a 25 pound Muskie that went for a Blueboy Terminator T3 fished on a long rod. Overall the hottest set-up was a T3 WBS Bluefrog on a board at 30 feet and 2 ounces and the action was up high. The WBS Bluefrog got hit 5 times and the Blueboy got hit 4 times.

This was my buddy's Chris Dauer's first time musky fishing. He had to sit in a boat for the whole damn day. He got caught in a storm, rained on, and pounded by some big waves. He also got a 46"/25lb muskie, another big 44" muskie, and 8 more muskies from 30" to 40", plus a 3 lb smallmouth!

Damn, I love beginners in the boat!!

It's all downhill from here bud!
Chris' First Big Girl


Jun 17, 1998 06:22



Submitted by DOC TRUAX who fished Thames river area on tues 6/16/98

I got geeked by the rocketmans last report so we took the 15 mile (one way)trip from Algonac to the Thames...The result=ZIPPO...Wileys,Terminaters,spoons,believers...nothing worked. Trolled from Thames to damn near Mitchels Bay...Shoulda went to Anchor bay And we will Thursday...


Submitted: Jun 21, 1998 at 01:08 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fair

We went fishing on Saturday, 06/20/98 from 10:00 AM until 09:00 PM at St. Clair for Muskies. It was clear, 90 F and the wind was SE 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 74 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 6-10 feet, and we were fishing in 17 foot deep water.

We went 6 for 10 today. Wham Wham got the biggest one, a 43 inch Muskie that went for a Pearl Bluefrog Terminator T3 fished on a slider. Overall the hottest set-up was a slider at 20 feet and 2 ounces and the action was up high.

The most hits were on that Bluefrog at 20 and 4, also 3 on S/E Titty Dancer at 50 and 2 end of board(biggest fish), 2 on T3 Crackle Frog on downrod, 2 on TX Zit Frog on DR at 15 and 6, plus another couple hit T3 WB Bluefrog on the board. All action in 15 feet or more. Also heard St. Lawrence going real good for ObieWan. We also boated 2 pike and 2 smallmouths.



Submitted: Jun 23, 1998 at 22:34 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good!

We went fishing on Monday, 6/22/98 from 3:45 PM until 9:00 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was clear, 90 F and the wind was SE 0-5 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 76 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was clear blue, visability was 6-10 feet, and we were fishing in 16 foot deep water.

We went 5 for 9 today. Larry got the biggest one, a 44 inch Muskie that went for a Blueboy Terminator T3 fished on a board. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 30 feet and 2 ounces and the action was up high.

The 44 inch was a SILVER MUSKIE, the first one I've ever personally seen. A picture is below, click it to see the full size version. The hot pattern was exactly the same as Saturday, even the lure colors. The Blueboy got the most hits but TX Zitfrog went 3 times, with a 40 and 43 inch boated and another of the same size that went airborne and threw the lure.

guest musky 10
44" Silver Muskie
Lake St. Clair



Submitted: Jun 23, 1998 at 22:44 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good!

We went fishing on Tuesday, 6/23/98 from 12:00 PM until 5:30 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was clear, 90 F and the wind was W 0-5 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 77 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was clear blue, visability was 6-10 feet, and we were fishing in 14-17 foot deep water.

We went 7 for 9 today. Larry got the biggest one, a 40 inch Muskie that went for a Blueboy Terminator T3 fished on a board. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 30 feet and 2 ounces and the action was up high.

Another repeat day. Exactly the same pattern held again except this time we also picked up one on Pikescale, Perch Mackerel on a slider hooked a 45-48" muskie that got off at the boat, and the amazing TX Zit Frog (15' and 10oz) got hit by another big girl who also went airborne and threw it. The weight seems to be the problem!



Jun 26, 1998 23:41



Submitted by Shawn Downs for Alan Downs who fished Piedmont lake, Oh on 6/17/98

My dad, Alan Downs, bought a terminator T3 SS/E WB Perch from Buckeye Outdoors in Ohio. On 6/17/98 within 30 minutes after the bait first touched the water the very first time he used it he busted a 46 1/2" muskie with a 22" girth weighing 29 or 30 pounds. I will try and get you a picture of the fish as soon as we get the film back. The fish was caught on Piedmont lake in Ohio. We will also be ordering some lures off of you in a couple of days.


Submitted: Jul 4, 1998 at 10:10 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good!

We went fishing on Friday, 7/03/98 from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was mostly cloudy, 80 F and the wind was SW 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 78 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 14 foot deep water.

We went 3 for 3 today. Joe Hicks got the biggest one, a 48 inch Muskie that went for a Special Perch Terminator T3 fished on a board. Click the thumbnail below to see a bigger picture.

Joe's musky was 26lb+ weighed on my chatillion scale. We got two more muskies, a 39" on a T3 Blue Wormy and a 35" on a TX Blue Wormy. Also a couple 3-4 lb walleyes on Blue Wormy and Yellow Frog, both T3.

guest musky 11
Hicks' Big Girl
Lake St. Clair



Submitted: Jul 7, 1998 at 08:04 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fair

We went fishing on Monday, 7/06/98 from 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was mostly cloudy, 80 F and the wind was S 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was unstable. The water temperature was 77 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty blue, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 14 foot deep water.

We went 3 for 5 today. Terry got the biggest one, a 38-40 inch Muskie that went for a Dogturd Terminator TX fished on a down rod. Overall the hottest set-up was a down rod at 15 feet and 6 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

TX Dogturd hit twice - got one, Believer YB Perch hit twice - got one, PI YB Darkfrog hit once - got one. Other two muskies boated were in low-mid 30" range.



Jul 9, 1998 22:25



Submitted by doc Truax who fished lake st clair on tues 7/7 & thurs7/9

On tues i boated a 42" near bouy 6 of the middle channel marker...he crunched a terminater in perch off the transom...thurs I went everywhere...metro, dumps, bell river hump...Zippo...did 360's around the walleye fisherman in the grounds and i didnt see them pickin up anything either...the skies were too high i guess


Jul 14, 1998 22:27



Submitted by chris truax who fished anchor bay on 3/17

0/1...he hit a board rod at 20ft & 2 oz...played him for A good two minutes then he went airborne and threw the terminator towards us as though to say stick this where the sun dont shine...lol


Submitted: Jul 26, 1998 at 12:44 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good!

Went on vacation to Les Cheneaux Islands and took a break from muskie fishing (because they apparently don't have them there) and went salmon fishing instead. The action was mostly coho and steelhead, with a few kings just starting. The fish hit from as deep as 75' to about 15' with most fish in the top 45'. NK Mags in Monkey Puke, and Gold, Green or Orange over Hammered Chrome worked the best. My best fish was an almost 10lb coho. Kayley and Cindy teamed up to land a nice steelhead well over 10 lbs. Overall it was decent fishing and every time we went out for a couple hours we picked up 2-4 fish.

The water color was extremely clear with visability over 30 feet. The water temp ranged from 52-57F and the water depth where we got them was usually over 80 feet. The strangest thing was that whenever we would go out we would get a hit and mark the waypoint. Then the fish would almost always hit within .1 miles of that exact same waypoint and that was how to get 'em.



Jul 27, 1998 21:33



Submitted by Gord who fished Lake St. Clair on 07-26-98

Fished the Hump several hours with no action. Relocated to the Thames river area and boated a 42" muskie using a cobra colored Believer(can't find a Terminator to save my life) on the lower eyelet with no weight in 10ft of water. Also boated a 5 1/2lb waleye using the same setup 10 minutes earlier! Thanks for the tips Rocketman!!


Jul 28, 1998 15:55



Submitted by Gary Okorowski who fished East of Belle River Hump on 7-18-98

Fished from Stoney Pt. to just East of Belle River Hump in 18'-20' water. At 10:00am. the boardrod when off and the T-3 Terminator $9 Bass worked on a 50".HAD 44'line out & 3oz. Fish had 2 6" lampreys on it that swam off when netted.Fished from 6:30am till 8:30pm. Went 6 for 8 with all fish successfully released.

guest musky 12
Gary's 50"
Lake St. Clair


Jul 30, 1998 21:59



Submitted by majoros who fished C can, white house & dumps on 7/25 & 7/26

We landed only 4 fish over 2 days -10 hours fishing near C can, dumps, and white house in 14 to 17 feet. The muskies hit on perch Believers 25 to 30 ft with 3 to 4 oz. No rips in the wash.