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We went fishing from 11:30 to 5:30 on Sunday Nov 26. The crew hit the water with a high level of confidence after doing fairly well on Friday. We headed back to the puce. Water color was clear blue, not the brownish from Friday. Wind was light from the south. It was sunny. Floating weeds were minimal. Barometer was around 30.2 and steady. Air temp in the low 50s, water temp around 43. We trolled for about an hour and a half with nothing, not a blip on the graph. At this point we made a classic rookie mistake and decided to pick up and run to the thames (mainly because of the 24 for 30 story from friday was supposedly down that way). Got down there into some muddy water with some floating weeds and fished a couple hours with nothing. At this point I was wishing we were back by the puce/dumps but we didnt have the gas to go back. So we started trolling northwest along the north breakline towards some perch boats out from Mitchell's bay. Water went to clear blue but a lot of floaters. Finally got a single hit on that same Helin Frog TX on a planer board at 40', 4oz but it got off after a short rip. Conditions seemed perfect but we were just not on fish. Hopefully we get out one more time but not sure looking at the weather forecast. Seemed like a tremendous wasted opportunity but maybe the fishing was slow - I have noticed that after multiple days of stable conditions that the action does slow at times.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$>
Wixom, mi USA - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 12:21:06 (CST)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Did Good
John and Bruce and I went fishing on Friday, November 24 from 11:30am until 5:30pm. Fished Lake St. Clair, Southwest corner. Went 3 for 3. Air temperature about 50, water temp 43F, foggy at first then mostly clear with winds variable 5-10, waves 1, water silty green, some weeds.

We finally had a nice day and a good opportunity to all get together and get out on the water again. The first place we went was the North end of the Dumping Grounds. We didn't mark anything and there were quite a few floating weedbags. The water color looked perfect though so we stayed in there running south, switching sides of the channel and generally wandering around trying to find some fish. All the way down to Peche Island we never marked a single muskie. Not only that, we didn't mark any bait either.

Based on the Grim Reaper's report below we should have headed east into Canadian water but that's hindsight. We stayed in US water because we were running short on time and none of us had passports aboard. Instead we headed back north right along the international border. On the way up at about 2:30pm John picked up a dink on a Terminator T3 Litwin $9 Bass on a long rod along the east side of the dumps. The more north we went the worse the weeds got and we never marked anything!!!

Finally we got up as far as the GPYC and headed due west. As we got into about 16 FOW we finally got lucky and found some fish. There were some small schools of perch on the bottom and even an occasional muskie. Within about 5 minutes of marking fish John's same T3 $9 Bass went off again. This time it was a nicer fish, still small but at least over 15 lbs. By the time we boated and released it we were in muddy water and not marking crap again. I turned around and went back through them again and the Musky Godess finally gave us a break another rod went off screaming. This time it was Bruce's turn. The fish hit one of John's custom painted TermiNils on a downrod. It gave us a good long fight but eventually it came up and John netted it. It was a good fish, 27lbs weighed on a Boga grip and Chatillion both. Those two fish both hit between 3:45 and 4:15 and within less than 1/10 mile of each other. That was it for the action for the day. We started pulling rods at 5:00pm and sometime around 5:30pm the fat lady sang.
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$>
Brighton, MI USA - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 09:14:00 (CDT)

We went fishing from 10:30 to 5:30 on Friday Nov 24. We fished the puce. Water color was brownish. Wind was light and generally from the south. It started foggy and turn sunny around 11:30. Floating weeds were minimal. Barometer was around 30.3 but dropping steadily. Air temp in the low 50s, water temp around 43. We went 7 for 9 plus a 66 inch 50 lb sturgeon. Helin Frog TX on a planer board, 4 oz, 30 feet was really hot, catching a 45" 21.75 lb, a 42", two 40", the two losses (one looked like a nice one, the other just a rip) as well as the sturgeon (snagged in the tail but more on that later). Also got a 37" on a Jailbird TX on a down rod with 12 oz, 10 feet. Finally, a 34" and 31" on a yellowish red wiley king on the planer board. Fish hit fairly steady from 11:30 to 4 but nothing towards dark. This is our third sturgeon caught in late november (2002, 2004, 2006). While all have been snagged all have been on helin frog (two on a stalker and one on the tx). They must be going for the bait, not just randomly snagged as we originally thought. Otherwise why would they just get caught on helin frog? They are quite the fighters by the way, this was the first I have personally caught on St. Clair and you pretty quickly realize its not a musky. A couple other boats did awesome so we may have actually done relatively poorly but it felt good anyways - one boat was at 24-30 and another at 15-17.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$>
wixom, mi USA - Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 08:07:15 (CST)
Launched in belle river thurs. 23. Thick fog in the morning and pure sunshine in the evening. Went 2 for 3 both fish being 42 and 43 inches aswell as sporting one lamprey each which were not released. Winds were very light to none, both fish came on the boards on yellow and black believer in and around 11 fow. No chatter at all on the radio. Good luck.
Elias <eliassprenger$>
Kitchener, Ont. Canada! - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 13:23:56 (CST)
We went fishing from 1 to 6 on Sunday Nov 5. We fished the dumps and down by peche island. Water color was blue in the dumps and fairly chocolaty by peche island. With was from the south (light to moderate). It was hazy sunny. Floating weeds were minimal. Barometer was around 30.3. Air temp in the low 50s, water temp around 43. We did absolutely terrible, going 0 for 0. To make matters worse, the radio was filled with positive chatter (i.e., the guy whose back hurt netting a 39 lber, the boat with two over 30 lbs, another guy was 7 for 10). We tried mainly TX's but also mixed in a Nils, Loke or Wiley once in a while when the Rocketman wasnt looking. Absolutely nothing. The Reaper was definitely rusty after the long layoff. Rocketman, how does the Reaper crew toughen up?
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$>
wixom, mi USA - Monday, November 06, 2006 at 21:41:09 (CST)
We felt your pain ourselves last time out my friend. I am not worthy to give you toughening up advice. At least you got out on the water. I raked leaves and cleaned gutters and did household chores on Sunday, and wimped out Saturday 'cause it was too cold. Perhaps this coming weekend we'll both do better!
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$>
Brighton, MI USA - Monday, October 9, 2006 at 11:04:52 (CDT)

Went out on Saturday, Nov. 4. Fished from 12-3. Went 1 for 1, a very fat 37 incher. Caught it on a WBS Bluefrog Termiloke, setup 30/2, 3.5mph, 10 ft water, north of Delphine channel. Water temp was 39 degrees.Thanks Rocketman for the incredible paint jobs and for your tips page. I owe a lot of my success to you. Quick question. In the same area I caught my fish, I caught a snag and lost my all time best muskie lure ever. I dont get it. I was in 10 ft. of water. I hovered right over the top of it but couldnt get it out even with my 50lb test. Have you ever snagged up where you couldnt get your lure out? Thanks again for everything and keep the reports coming. I check out your website every week to see if their are any new reports.
oxford, mi USA - Saturday, November 04, 2006 at 19:39:59 (CST)
10-21-06 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT Fished the area between Peche Island and Dumping Grounds. NO Muskie. One 4 LB Small Mouth in 14 Ft of water hit my jointed Muskie lure. Used two down rods, one prop wash rod. Small mouth hit a down rod, with crank bait. Saw some boats picking up some Walleye's in the same area, but not many. Weather was overcast, some drizzle, cool, 50-55 degress air temp, water temp 51 degrees
Bill Bathgate <bill.bathgate$>
Dexter, MI USA - Monday, October 23, 2006 at 07:28:58 (CDT)
Fished LSC 10/1-10/7. Mainly fished south shore from Belle River to Thames River. Spent 5 hours in the Thames Monday with no fish. Didn't get a fish until 10/7 just east of the mouth of the Thames in 12 ft. of water. Did not see or hear of many other fish being caught. Tough week of rain and north winds. The fish Saturday the 7th were 36" and 47" both caught on WB black perch 40ft. no weight.
Organized Slime <tbruhn$>
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at 15:40:23 (CDT)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Sucked Beyond Comprehension!!!!
Went fishing on Sunday, October 8 from 2:30pm until 7:20pm. Fished Lake St. Clair, South shore area. Went 0 for 0. Air temperature about 70, water temp 59F, mostly clear with winds SSW 5-10, waves 1, water greenish clear, a few weeds, no bugs.

We launched at 10 Mile and headed south running slow up on plane with the graphs on. We didn't mark much in the way of bait or big fish all the way down to the GPYC. Then we headed out to the dumps and it was the same there, no concentrations of fish. We kept running east - Pike's Creek (nothing happening), Puce River (zippo), Belle River and the Hump (no biggies). The whole time I was varying our depth between 10 and 16 feet of water. Not only did we not see fish on the screen, we didn't see many guys muskie fishing either. Finally as we got just about due north of the Ruscom the graph lit up. Motherlode! We marked the hell out of them all over from 14-16 FOW between the Ruscom and Stony Point. The water color was good, a few other muskie boats around, seagulls and terns fishing all over, not too rough, FULL MOON, graph full of big fish and bait - man we were ready to get the net!!!!

All afternoon we fished our butts off. We were marking fish almost continuously. There were plenty of size 3s, double 3s, triple 3s, and not to mention about 15-20 size 4s too! We kept the lures clean, tried all different colors, different types, different set-ups, you name it we did it. Not one single hit! Not even a false release!!! Total skunkage!!!!! And not only did we suck beyond comprehension, we never saw any of the other boats in the area get the net either. Maybe it was just too nice of a day?
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$>
Brighton, MI USA - Monday, October 9, 2006 at 11:04:52 (CDT)

Went casting last night in Achor bay around c marker. One pike no muskie, not even a follow. The wind was strong but the water was clean. After a good summer I'm having a hard time finding fish this time of year. Just pike the last couple of times out. I might have to start trolling for them in the main lake. I will be out this weekend any hints on where to go, good or bad would be apreciated
Sea Hunter <chipppar$>
Chesterfield, MI USA - Tuesday, October 03, 2006 at 06:33:05 (CDT)
Fished LSC on Sept 26, 27, and 28. Tues the 26th rocked. Released a 49" musky within the first hour on the water. About 10am to 11am. Got another one 40 1/2" about 15 min later. Our friend released a 50" later in the day at about 5pm. All three fish were caught in 12' of water on the Candaian side near the river mouths. Red bar perch and Helin Frog were the hot colors. First two fish were caught on down rods and the 50" came off of a boat rod all on flat lines 25' back with no weight. Speed was 4.5mph to 4.7mph. The next two days sucked. Strong winds and 3' to 5' waves all day. Aside from a big catfish and a 22" walley we never had another rip. Good luck........
boat rod <muskieslime$>
hammond, IN USA - Friday, September 29, 2006 at 16:12:47 (CDT)
Fished LSC for 3 1/2 days on the US side in front of the 400 club to the marina nearest metro beach trolling over the weeds mainly 10 to 12 FOW we went 5 for7 nothing real big 3-38"s a 35 & a 32 most fish came on short lines on 7"jointed chrome head perch believer with a white belly. Lost a nice one next to the boat (lower 40's ) on a T3 # 65 got one in the prop wash on a all black wiley headshaker with probably 6ft of line out all the fish were in the weeds our speed varied from 4-5 MPH there was no real pattern except the short lines 11-13ft with 3-5oz weights and a 6ft leader(60lb clear monofilament)
Martin Fudulov <muskymartin67$>
Lake Villa , IL USA - Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 21:32:54 (CDT)

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