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April thru June 1999
Jul 1, 1999 23:07



Submitted by john paul who fished Lake st. Clair on 6-23-99

Fished from huron Point to 400 club. Went o/2, Fish hit at 10:00am, and 11:00am. Both fish came off down rod 12ftback and on 10 and 6oz,s. White belly perch producer, and pike scale loke. Both fish were screamin line, but none landed. 12ft and 10 feet of water, slightly off color with a 1ft chop. Having hard time getting fish to boat, and yes my hooks are razors. Fish hit at 4.5, and 5.0 mph

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Submitted: Jul 1, 1999 at 10:53 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Wednesday, 06/30/99 from 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM at Lake St. Clair C16/C17, for Muskies. It was overcast, 75 F and the wind was S 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was unstable. The water temperature was 68 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty blue, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 14 foot deep water.

We went 5 for 6 or 7 today. Keith got the biggest one, a 50 inch Muskie that went for a Zit Frog Terminator TX fished on a down rod. Overall the hottest set-up was a down rod at 10 feet and 12 ounces and the action was deep.

Short excursion after work on my buddy's boat. Not really set up for muskies so all we had was downriggers and outrods but I did manage to rig up some acceptable downrods too. No boards. I didn't have very high hopes but the muskie godess must have been in a good mood because they were going. Of the 5 we got T3 Zit Frog on downrigger got 2 (dink and 43"), T3 Pikescale got one (dink), T3 Pea Green Perch got 1 (40") and missed 1 and TX only got 1 good hit but it was the one that counted. Big fish hit while we were pulling rods to leave. Didn't have a calibrated scale but the length measurement was good. Possible earlier hit on TX Zit Frog but it might have been a hard hit on the bottom instead.



Jul 1, 1999 09:12



Submitted by Tom who fished Dumping Grounds on June 30

Fished the dumps from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Took only one 8-9 pound northern on a wiley fished off a boat rod at 20/6. Had a ball watching the nuts running south to the fireworks. Had my heart set on fishing the south shore but, as is typical, not everyone on board had a Canadian license - frustrating!!

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Jun 29, 1999 20:48



Submitted by Carrie who fished Lake St.Claire on 6/21/99

Caught a beautiful 41" on a Stalker. The prettiest Muskie I've seen yet!!!! not a scar on her anywhere. Good Fishen!

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Jun 28, 1999 12:11



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished St.Clair C20 on 6/26/99

Fished from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Went 4 for 6. Weather was just plain hot with very little wind from the East. Started out pretty hot with going 3 for 4 in the first hour. Went cold for a couple hours after that and then managed to go 1 for 2 in the last hour of the day. The fish landed were pretty small. We had a 28", 30", 31" and 36". 1 fish/1 hit on YB Perch on board at 30/2, 1 fish/1 hit on Crackle frog board at 35/2. on fish on $9 Bass on board at 30/2 and on fish on Helin Frog on long rod at 30/4. Water color was green and visibiility was 4-6 feet. Water temp was 75.

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Jun 29, 1999 13:01



Submitted by Tyler from Ohio who fished St. Clair 06/25/99 - 06/26/99

Fished Lake St. Clair June 25 -26 (got blown off the lake the morning of the 27th so packed it up and headed home). My rod went 5/6, nothing outstanding by St. Clair standards. Four of the six fish came at mid-depths off a board rod and all were on perch flavored Wileys. I guess the Muskie gods figured I had paid my dues because my 5th fish was my personal best, a 49.25" beast that slammed my Wiley running at 30/2 off the board rod the evening of the 26th. The fish was CPR'd and I was covered in slime. Heck of a way to end the day! Many thanks to the Captain and his wife for keeping us on a steady flow of strippage and for letting me crew. Also a big thank you to the Rocketman himself for the timely 30/2 suggestion. TC from Canton


Jun 28, 1999 13:01



Submitted by Gary from Cleveland who fished St. Clair 06/19/99 - 06/27/99


Sat 6/19 5/5 biggest 44" Litwin $9.00 bass was hot
Sun 6/20 5/7 biggest 35" Perch Litwin still hot all small fish
Mon 6/21 8/11 biggest 42" Litwin still hot
Tue 6/22 5/5 biggest 43" $9.00 perch hot
Wed 6/23 16/19 biggest 49.25 2/44" 2/47" perch hottttttt
Thur 6/24 5/7 biggest 39 perch 7 fish on by 10.30 am then high winds
Fri 6/25 6/8 biggest 37 perch
Sat 6/26 11/13 biggest 49.25 All on perch w/belly
Sun 6/27 0/0 got blown off at 8:15 went home

But I will Return again Thursday total fish on 75 boated 59


Jun 27, 1999 22:45



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Puce on 06/26/96

Fished from 9:30am to 1:30 pm. High expectations after Friday night. Went 0 for 1. Guess we used up our chits the night before. The fish we lost seemed like a good one based upon the amount of line we lost before the hook pulled. Hit was on a yellow belly bluefrog stalker on the planer board, 25' back, 2 oz.

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Jun 27, 1999 22:41



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Stony Point on 06/25/99

Fished from 3:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Nothing until 6:30, then went 8 for 10 by 9:30, then nothing after dark other than a zillion fishflies. Biggest fish was 48.5", 26.75 lbs. Also a 41" and a 37". Others around 30-32". Great jump from one of the two that got away. 8 of the hits on the planner boards with 2 to 4 oz of weight running 20 to 40 feet back. 2 fish on Downriggers, 6' down and 11' down. Fished with wiley's, stalkers, and terminators. Hot colors were a bright yellow with green spots and yellow belly frog.For those of you trying the new flourocarbon line as leaders-- be careful. It is so stiff that knots do not hold very well. I have had it fail on me twice. Once when I was testing it and once on the other fish we lost above. I have also noticed that I am not getting anymore hits that I was with Trilene Big Game.

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Submitted: Jun 27, 1999 at 21:43 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 06/27/99 from 1:30 PM until 9:30 PM at St. Clair/C21, for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 90 F and the wind was SE 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 77 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 4-6 feet, and we were fishing in 16 foot deep water.

We went 4 1/2 for 9 today. Craig got the biggest one, a 44 inch Muskie that went for a Fire Bass 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.

For some reason the muskies have been difficult to hook lately. A lot of people I talk to have had worse hook-up ratios than usual during the last week or so. Anyways, that's no excuse for incompetence. Of the 4 we boated 1 was a dink (T3 $9 Guacamole), 2 were 38" (T3 Dogturd) and the 44" went on the Fire Bass. We also had another the same size right to the boat that got out of the net due to an unfortunate tangled screw-up. John had that fish and it wasn't his screw-up so we'll count it as 1/2. He also had another nice one on for about 5 mins that self released (T3 Fire Tiger). The unhooked hits were the Guacamole again (hard hit), 2 more on the Dog Turds, and 1 on Fag Frog. All hits on boards 30/2 and all in 14 -17 feet water. Best 4 fish in last hour before dark.



Jun 25, 1999 09:10



Submitted by Ken Zajac who fished Lake St. Clair on 6-19-1999

Fished from 9:00am to 2:30pm. Trolled from the Spillway to the 9 mile tower and back. Not one hit, how disappointing. Only marked fish between spillway and the point. Trolled at 4.5 mph. Weather has nice, temp in high 80's, slight wind, partly cloudy, some ripple on the water. The bugs were terible! By the time we were through, we were covered in bug juice, took me a couple hours to clean the boat up.

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Jun 24, 1999 20:48



Submitted by Dan Mosey Outcast who fished Anchor Bay on 6/24/99

Trolled for 7am to 1pm, no hits nota nothing. Traveled from 8' to 13' depths. Water Temp 63 to 68. Lot of weeds in close. Noticed 1 other boat trolling. All the rest were BassMaster Anglers ripping too close. What do you expect from a Bass fisherman. Tomarrow a whole new day, see ya on the water.

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Jun 24, 1999 17:13



Submitted by Ben Sommers who fished Belle River on 6/23-24/99

Well, I finally made it back muskie fishing. We fished off Belle River and went 5 for 6 on Tuesday. Got skunked on Wednesday. All fish were caught early in the day. Board rods did the best 30 and 2 with jointed 6" believer $9 bass. Largest was 39". I had problems with my gear, broke a Pro 4C, 6500, and a beastmaster rod. It was all well worth it. Looking forward to my next trip.

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Jun 24, 1999 02:24



Submitted by Ken Coughlin and Brian Girdley who fished Anchor Bay, Lake St Clair on 6/22/99

Skunked!!! We spent the whole morning aboard "Manitou" trolling most of the 10-12 foot depths of Lake St Clair's Anchor Bay without luck... not one hit from 8am-12noon! Weather was hot, sunny, and calm (no waves) and evidence of the Fishfly hatch was everywhere. We had eight rods working twelve lures.... hell we should have impaled SOMETHIN' with that many razor sharp hooks in the water!!! We did see one other boat trolling, but I believe all the fish were layin' on the bottom lookin' up sayin' "...I'd chase that lure if I wasn't so damned stuffed! (burp!)" I will admit to forgetting to ask the Muskie Godess to grant me a fish... maybe there is something we did wrong after all! Water temp was about 60-62 degrees, trolling varied from 3.4 - 4.2mph. Started first troll on track of 75 degrees from 600 yards west of Green Can #5 in North Channel and covered the bay with a large W pattern. Tried every lure in our boxes....nuttin!!

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Submitted: Jun 20, 1999 at 21:18 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 06/19/99 from 2:00 PM until 8:30 PM at St. Clair/C20, for Muskies. It was partly cloudy, 70 F and the wind was SE 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 65 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 4-6 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 0 for 4 today. Conditions seemed good for a lot of action but absolutely could not get anything going. Hits, if they really were, were 3 on T3 Bluefrog and 1 on T3 Dark Wormy, all 30/4 on boards. Never heard any of the releases - just all of a sudden the line was out of the release. No hard hit, no drag. Maybe that's the muskie equivalent of a nibble. I think just unenthusiastic half-ass short hits. Oh well, one skunk in the boat and a crapload of dues paid.



Jun 20, 1999 08:39



Submitted by B James/Usual Suspects who fished Lake St Clair/Anchor Bay on 6/18/99

Fished 2:30 - 6:30 in Anchor Bay, went 3 for 3. Number one fish was 38" on a T3 Blu frog down rod. Number three fish was 40" on T3 Illusion on a board rod at 25/2. Water temp was 63-65 degrees and silty blue, 10 -13 ft depths. Weeds were no problem. Oh yeah, number two fish was a 32", 16# Steelhead on a 6" Blu frog Believer on a board rod at 30/2. It took 40 yard run with tailwalking jumps, then died at the net(I wanted to release) in 3 minutes under the strain of Musky gear. They aren't to tough I guess. Still a nice suprise fish for St Clair in June.

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Jun 17, 1999 17:37



Submitted by Roger Doyle who fished Clinton-Hurron Point on 6/15/99

Caught Muskie and Pike trolling for 3 hours. Muskie 44 1/2" released between the point and the Clinton 8' of water. Caught on a glass eye yellow belly perch Willey off board 2 oz. 30'. Trolled for 4 hours the next day and not a touch.

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Jun 17, 1999 08:06



Submitted by rod hog who fished belleriver on 06/17/99

went 1 for 1 between6:30 and 8:30 44" on crackle 0 and 40 on boards 17' of water

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Jun 17, 1999 00:17



Submitted by Ken Coughlin & Brian Girdley who fished Lake St Clair on 09/16/99

Boated: 45" 25lb Muskie (my FIRST!.. I'm hooked!), 37" MuskieReleased: Both"Missed": one strike and wild run, unknown size.Time: Larger fish $ 10am, 2nd $ 11am, "miss" $ 10:30am... total time fishing 3 hrs.Weather Condx: Cool (50 degrees), overcast w/scattered sun, light breeze, almost no waves.Location: Fished a line from Metro Beach Point to 9 Mile Tower in 13-15ft of water, lures down 4-6 ft, trolling speed 3.7-3.9 mph.Successful Lure: $9 bass for all three fish (Wiley's lookalike)run about 12-15 ft from planer board (out 50 ft)lines.NOTE!!!! we launched at Metro Beach, dicovered that Wednsdays are FREE days (all summer) at Metro!!! NO LAUNCH FEE OR STICKER REQUIRED!

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Jun 16, 1999 09:04



Submitted by rod hog who fished belleriver on june 15th 99

went 2 for 4 between 6pm and 8.30pm. Crackle and wb perch. Boards 0 and 30. Largest was 39".

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Jun 15, 1999 22:08



Submitted by G Force who fished Pike's Creek-Puce on 06/12/99

Went fishing Saturday from 9:00 to 3:30 pm between the Dumps and Pike's Creek/Puce. Went 2 for 2 with a 31" and a 39". Both fish on the boards, one with no weight, one with 3 oz. WB Perch and Bass were the colors, 8" jointed Stalker and 8" jointed Wiley were the lures. Marked a lot of fish but couldn't get many takers.

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Submitted: Jun 14, 1999 at 19:11 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Sunday, 06/13/99 from 1:45 PM until 9:15 PM at St. Clair/C20, for Muskies. It was mostly cloudy, 80 F and the wind was S 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was cooling. The water temperature was 77 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 4 for 5 today. Larry got the biggest one, a 36 inch Muskie that went for a Holographic Minnow Terminator T3 fished on a slider. Overall the hottest set-up was a slider at 30 feet and 2 ounces and the action was deep.

Conditions looked perfect but never could get the big ones going. All 4 muskies were 36" or less. The other ones hit TX Bluefrog, T3 WB Scale Bluefrog (36"), regular Bluefrog (dink), and WB Bluefrog (dink). Guess Bluefrog was hot huh? Only marked a few big fish in the area and water temp was 10F warmer than last week.



Jun 14, 1999 08:27



Submitted by rod hog who fished stoney point on 6/13/99

Went 4 for 6 in 19' of water between 11am and 1:30pm. Board rods most productive1 and 30 white belly pearch and carp were best colours. Largest was 40". Weseen an extreemly large musky jump out of the water beside the boat as we were trolling. An easy 50"+ . I circled back hoping he would hit but nothing.If anyone would like to exchange tips and tricks on trolling for musky on linefeel free to e mail me.

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Jun 14, 1999 13:09



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished Lake St. Clair between Peche and Stick & the Ball on 6/12/99

Fished from 8:45 until 12:45 and went 3 for 5. Fish landed were 31", 32" and 36". Perhaps we were using too small of lures? Action was good for a 4 hour trip, but we could not establish any kind of pattern. Water was very clear with visibility between 5 and 8 feet. We landed fish on a Perch T3 on a board 30/2, WB Pee Green perch on long rod at 30/4. and $9 Bass on board at 30/2. Also lost fish in wash on Turd Believer at 5ft./12oz. and had a rip on Crackle Frog on long rod at 30/3. Also saw two Muskies laying on the surface sunning themselves throughout the day. Temp was HOT and Wind was ZERO.

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Jun 12, 1999 19:06



Submitted by Roger P Hayes who fished L St. Clair/ just south of the Grosse Point Yacht Club on 6-12-99

Went 1 for 1 today. Started the day Bass fishing along the West shore just north of Alter Rd blasting spinnerbaits at the weed beds when my girlfriend Donna ripped a fat 42" muskie on a 3/8 fire tiger spinner. Successfully landed and released the fish. I have a poloroid with me holding it cause my girl was scared. (potential muskie babe of the year) what a thrill for her first. Trolled for muskies for a couple hours after that, the dumps, the Puce, Belle, and back and not a rip

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Jun 9, 1999 07:00



Submitted by DocT who fished Salt River to Marsac Pt on Tues June 8

zero for 1 on a board rod at 20/20/2...conditions were poor with mile high skies and vey little chop. The ecosystem of the area is, in my opinion, running a week to 10 days ahead of the usual in that low water means less volume which means warmer temps earlier. Expect Anchor Bay to become weed-choaked very soon and areas such as the hump & c-can should prove productive earlier as well.

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Jun 7, 1999 08:56



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished Detroit River on 6/5/99

Fished from 8:00 until 11:00 casting bucktails in the northern part of the River and went 2 for 3 with a 37" and a 39". Had several other follows. Action was all on Chartreuse and Perch bucktails.

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Jun 7, 1999 08:24



Submitted by Roger Doyle who fished A Marker on 6/6/99

Caught 1 muskie and 1 pike. Same area as Saturday. Muskie 45" 20 lbs. Corner Rod Believer Yellow Belly 20' line with 8 oz.

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Submitted: Jun 6, 1999 at 11:57 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 06/05/99 from 1:30 PM until 9:15 PM at St. Clair/C21,with Gary Teske for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 80 F and the wind was S 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was warming. The water temperature was 66 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 8 for 10 today. Rocketman got the biggest one, a 48 inch Muskie that went for a Bluefrog Terminator TX fished on a down rod. Overall the hottest set-up was the TX on a down rod at 10 feet and 12 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

Pretty good opening day. Also got a 42" muskie on a T3 3-D Perch at 30/2 board and Gary got a 36" muskie on a St. Lawrence Loke and another 36" on a Bagley's DB06 Perch at 30/4 board. The rest were pike and small muskies. Thank you Muskie God and Good Luck to all muskie hunters.



Jun 5, 1999 21:48



Submitted by Roger Doyle who fished A Marker on 6/5/99

Caught 5 Pike and 2 Muskies. Big Fish 50" 27 lbs 19" girth MOMC certified.Hot set up which took both Muskies - Crackle Frog Terminator T3 Wash Rod 8 oz. 20' out. Big Fish caught at Noon.

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Submitted: May 30, 1999 at 16:01 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 05/29/99 from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM at Benton Harbor, for trout. It was mostly sunny, 80 F and the wind was SW 0-5 mph. The last few days the weather was warming. The water temperature was 59 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 280 foot deep water.

We went 2 for 2 today. Jeff got the biggest one, a 8 pound Coho that went for a glo white/green Silver Streak fished on a downrigger. Overall the hottest set-up was a downrigger at 40 feet and the action was up high.

All the way from the pierheads to 300' deep water temp was the same. Could not find any thermal breaks. Fish were scattered with no noticeable concentrations or patterns. Charters were working the 250-300' depth range with riggers and yellow birds. Didn't hear of much going on over the radio. Sure beats working though....



Apr 10, 1999 09:47 Submitted by Mike Glynn who fished Lake Erie at Gibralter on 4/8/99

We caught a 27" pike on a firetiger bomber and a 43" musky on a carp terminator and a 8lb walleye that was 28" long on the carp terminator. Also lost another pike or muskie on a t3 firetiger.

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Apr 9, 1999 21:34 Submitted by Ray who fished Leesville on 4/7/99

Caught a 44 incher and a 39 incher trolling T3 Perch at 5.0 mph shallow end of the Lake.

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