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Guys, if anyone has interest in coming up here and icing some browns or steelhead, post in this thread and we can try to set a weekend sometime in Feb. when hopefully there will be good, thick ice.

Depending on interest, i will nail down details as people post.


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me too

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a few more details: Depending on the ice conditions, there will be large opitions on where to fish. Anywhere from caseville to port austin, including lake huron itself. A couple years ago, we were fishing in 20-30 feet of water along the reefs about 1/2 mile off Magraw's park near the mouth of the pinnebog. We also fish off Port Austin in the lake, again if the ice is good.

So, For now, i propose starting at daybreak at Port Austin fishing the harbor for browns and steelies, there is also whitefish, BIG pike and some nice perch as well. IF nothing happens, we can explore the shoreline between PA and caseville, 18 miles to be precise, so nothing to "major" in terms of extra miles.

Help me pick a date. Some weekend in feb, middle to late would be best, that the most people can plan ahead to take off would be great. As the weeks move ahead, i'll post updated fish and ice reports and nail down more details, bait, lures, etc.


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im in depending on river steelhead season.

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well hell, i'd be willing to give it a whirl


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Cool looks like we'll have a nice little outing!!! 8)

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I'm in Jeremy. Dude we should just have a Caseville laker outing, that way, we know we'll have lots of action for sure :twisted: !

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Anything is good with me...COmeon Ice!

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ok guys, i'm going to set the dates as feb 17th and Feb 18th, the third weekend of the month. No holidays fall on this weekend.

If this isn't good for a majority of the people, i will change the date. Let me know if this is bad asap by posting in this thread.


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That will work for me I don't have my daughters that weekend so I good to go...

Any ice up there yet?

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no ice yet, but i'm going to say by this time next week there should be an inch or so with more forming.


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i hope so...

It doesn't seem like winter steelheadheading right now :cry:

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Ok, with already a half a foot of ice on most of the harbor, i think its time to talk about tackle:

We will be fishing at locations that could during any day produce Browns/steel/lakers/pike/walleye. Having said this, a good supply of jigging spoons would be a good idea. Some of the best brown/steelie lures are 1/8-1/4 ounce cleos in the blue/silver, white/red, wonderbread, and yellowtail colors. Small trolling spoons, such as Mirco silver streaks and Stinger Scorpion spoons are also great producer. Colors include Yellowtail, Confusion which is copper with different colored dots on the front, firetiger like colors, and the standard blue/silver. A couple jigging rapalas and slab type spoons, such as swedish pimples, are also good ideas. The spoons are usually tipped with a perch minnow or minnow head, to allow for a flutter but at the same time also have some scent to it.

Since there are big fish around, Tip ups are also options. I have seen 40 plus inch pike taken out of the harbors and some fish close to 20 pounds, so the chance is there for a wallhanger. Browns will also hit tip ups. Large shiners work best, but suckers will also do. Another choice is a second rod with a big teardrop and a large minnow. Also, a small waxworm and teardrop can work on some days.

There is also a chance at big perch. Because of this, bring a perch setup is suggested. Standard perch tackle will do.

Line wise i use 8 and 10 pound test for the larger fish and 6 pound for perch. I wouldn't go over 14 for jigging because of often times crystal clear water.

I will have a power ice auger that will be open for use. IF you need any motel info, post in this thread and i will post the rates at a couple of the motels located right in Port Austin. I will try to have them posted by wends if i can find the time to call around. I hope to see many new faces in around a months time.

A good quality ice rod is suggested, usually a med. action rod. 4-5 foot ultra light rods work great and if i could i would use them, but since they don't fit in a shanty i can't. If you don't plan on using a shanty, i suggest using ultra light rods in order to be able to stick the rodtip under the ice to lessen the chances of the ice tearing the line.


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dang, i just relized this outing is the same as MS st joe outing. Yea, i was going to go, some of those guys are hillarious BUT... I have been wanting to make this trip for a long time so I guess i'll just have to show up. Look forward to hooking a monster brown with my small ice rod, lol. Anyone going to make a wkd out of it?

Jeremy, are the river fishable near you that time of year or are they frozen over. If I can I might fish the rivers saturday.

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