August 2002 report and info about a trip chasing Muskie on the fly at Lake St Clair, Michigan.
Actually got to spend some time away from the computer yesterday afternoon. Took the time away to hunt for Mr. Muskie on good old St.Clair. The weather was just beautiful except for the 15-knot wind that played havoc with my fly casting.
Ended up heading to one of the many protected channels. Water temp at surface was 68.2 degrees and the current was ripping through at about 2 knots.
I used a variety of flies, mostly clousers on a full sinking 30 ' shooting head with running line on a Ross Caynon Big Game 5 reel, matched to a Redington Nano-Titanium 10 weight. This outfit casts like a dream and I must say that the Redington rod feels very light after a afternoon of casting 6 -8 inch clousers.
I concentrated on the weed lines which line most of the smaller channels and the associated 20 ft vertical drop offs next to them. The afternoon started slowly and I missed the first fish right by the boat. I have to remember to use that "figure eight routine".
Things picked up around 6 pm for me and I was able to land 2 decent Pike. They acted like they were sleeping until they saw the boat or me with a smile on my face. They probably thought I was hungry. Anyway they then both bolted for the cover and put on a decent fight for their size (25", 30"approx). Really no match for the gear.
Later around sunset I was able to land two dink Muskie. Both came off structure and a lighter perch pattern I tied up. I was using barbless flies and I easily unhooked them in the water. No CPR required.
After dark, I worked the weed edges with a top water fly and hook a few smallmouth. Not to shabby for a weekday evening and sure beats just about anything else I could have been doing. Anyway, no pics of the fish. It is darn near impossible to do it solo.
It was great to be on the water agan. I look forward to it again (like maybe tonight). I will be looking for a giant Muskie that eyeballed my friend Steve and I, on a previous trip on lake St. Clair. This sucker was HUGE! Might have even challenged the other giant Muskie Craig caught, that was featured here on FMO.
We are now starting to come into some great Muskie fishing during the fall, and you can count on me being there. Well back to the computer work for me. Remember - catch and release! Those two dink Muskie will grow up to challenge another angler.