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#1 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2013 1:13:42 PM(UTC)
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I fished Wednesday and Thursday in Marquette County. I mostly took it on the chin: I think I handled more ticks than trout. Other than a reddish tint-due to a high iron content?-the water was incredibly clear; you could see straight to the bottom in all but the deepest holes. That made fishing in the bright sun just about pointless. Most of the fish I tangled with were below culverts, where the speeded-up flow hid my approach and casting. I got a lot of hits on the Mecan after dark, but was unable to land anything. I was using a big streamer and taking two steps downstream after every cast; just about every cast resulted in a hit, but only a few fish were hooked briefly. Nothing felt especially large. When I get back there, I think I'll catch up on sleep or do some scouting during the day and fish only after sunset.

From previous visits I knew there were a lot of turkeys and deer in the area, but if you're good with a 28 gauge and have a good dog, I'd think the grouse hunting would be fantastic. I heard so much drumming that I tuned it out after awhile. Some of the turkeys were real studs too: big bodies, long beards; I wasn't close enough to see spurs, but I'm sure they were equally impressive.

As the locals say about the waters in that part of the state, "Fish in the rain, fish after dark or fish someplace else."
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