OT: Annual MGoFishing Thread

Submitted by Winchester Wolverine on May 2nd, 2018 at 10:58 AM


With warm weather finally gracing our presence, I've been fishing more and more often. Right now seems to be a good time for late season crappie and walleye fishing with the recent cold snaps ruining their spawning times. Right now is also a great time for catfish with the mild temperatures. With a decent sized cat landed last night, my fishing fever is burning red hot again.

So, a few questions for the board: What do you like to fish for? Favorite gear? Any recent trophy catches? Have any big fishing trips planned for the summer? 

Again this year, my friend and I will be traveling to Branson, Missouri to fish for bass out of Table Rock Lake, one of the premier bass lakes in the United States. Last year we didn't so well with so many people on the lake for the 4th of July, but we learned our lesson and will be going a week earlier this time around. If you've never been, I highly recommend it as both a great fishing area and an awesome family getaway to the Ozark Mountains. 

Please share your fishing stories, favorite spots (if you don't mind), and excuses to tell your spouse for that needed time away (I need more of these).

Happy fishing, and Go Blue!  



May 2nd, 2018 at 11:02 AM ^

been seeing several steelhead under a bridge. i counted 8 at one time 3 massive ones and the other ones look to be medium-sized. my question, what would they be biting on? i have never fished for them and would like to try to land one. thanks


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:28 AM ^

Steelhead fishing is a blast!  But it is also very tricky.  You mostyly fish them by drifting spawn or nymphs.  Might seem a little complicated at first, but you can  find plenty or resources on the interwebs.  If you really want to learn fast, then go out with a guide.  I fished with Steve Martinez a few times and learned a ton.  He is based out of ludington and fishes the Pere Marquette


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:04 AM ^

timing!  I want to get into fishing with my kids.  My knowledge of fishing is limited to what I have already written in the previous sentence.  I want to get a fishing rod and reel combo for myself and my 10 year that we can take to local lakes, etc., that is both cheap enough that I won't care if it is used a total of 2 times but good enough that it could hold up for a couple of year if this catches on.

There is an Ugly Stik rod and reel combo for $50 on Amazon.  Is this a good choice for what I have described?

Winchester Wolverine

May 2nd, 2018 at 11:15 AM ^

The Ugly Stik Gx2 is a GREAT rod for the price. It should last you years if you take care of it. The reel it comes with, however, isn't the greatest. For what you're describing though, that should do just fine. A 6 foot 6 inch, medium action rod should be a good all-purpose size/flex.

I recommend bobber fishing and a closed face reel for beginners. Any specific fish you're looking to catch?


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:27 AM ^

really couldn't even tell you, man, seriously, to call me a beginner is being polite.  My son is just a kind of "to himself" type of kid, likes activities but not organized sports, etc.  He took to golf (my obsession) a little bit but frankly golf is really expensive and time consuming when you are just trying to get into a hobby with your kid.  I am just trying out new things for quiet weekend days without a lot to do and to have a couple of ready options for him when I tell him to get the hell off the screen. Fishing seems to fit the bill. 

Winchester Wolverine

May 2nd, 2018 at 11:33 AM ^

Well, it's a great choice for what you're looking for. Cast out a bobber near banks and over hanging trees with a nightcrawler on the hook and you'll be having fun in no time. Buying all the gear at once can get a little expensive, but after that it's cheap fun.

Your son might get a little bored at first, but reeling in a fish makes it all worth it. Have patience, don't sit in one spot for too long, and have fun, man. Good luck!


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:42 AM ^

I appreciate it.  But as to the "other gear" I would need right now, aside from a tackle box and bait, what else would I need?  This is not snark, at all, I just want to know.  I hate making a plan to do something and then trying to do it only to learn that there is something I didn't account for.  I know of a couple of different spots, a good couple of parks where we could rent a rowboat if we wanted, and am accounting for poles, bobbers, bait, and licenses. 

What is that one thing I will be forgetting and will not realize until it is too late?  I would rather find out now than have to leave the lake to go to Dunhams on the day of.


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:49 AM ^

Necessary: small pair of needle nose pliers for unhooking fish. Hat, sunglasses, suntan lotion, snacks for little ones.

Nice to have: a small landing net in case you hook a larger fish, a stringer in case you intend to keep fish to eat.

Winchester Wolverine

May 2nd, 2018 at 11:58 AM ^

You can never have too many bobbers, weights, hooks, and swivels. Swivels with snaps are great for on the fly changing of hooks and lures. Get an assortment of sizes (smaller gear for smaller fish and vice versa). Buy yourself an extra spool of low weight monofilament line. A pocket knife and needle nose pliers are almost essential tools to carry with you as well (for cutting line and hook removal).

I'm sure others will chip in here, but that should have your bases covered.


May 2nd, 2018 at 12:30 PM ^

Winchester beat me to it.

Cheez-Its are good.  We go with Combos and any fruit drink in a plastic bottle.  Ice cream stop on way home.

Between ages 3 and 13, I was fortunate enought to fish with my daughter for blue gill and perch in local canal on inland lake.   Get what Winchester said and you will be good.  She may have caught the same blue gill fish some thirty times.

I did no fishing with my daughter until late in the second trip at age four.  I spent a lot of time making things safe and ready for fishing prior to that.

Avoid the Mickey Mouse rod for kids.  They will out grow it very quickly.  My daughter still has the original pink rod with closed reel and it still works kind of just fine.

Good luck

Never had much luck or enjoyment on the Great Lakes but love walking around inland lakes (pike/perch) and streams (trout once-upon-a-time) in the Keweenaw


May 2nd, 2018 at 1:34 PM ^

Get a Pfleuger President reel, you can find them for about $40 if you check around. It's a great beginner reel, and decent quality for fresh water fishing. If you're willing to spend a bit more, check out a Daiwa Fuego, or BG. They're near bulletproof, don't require much maintenance, and you can also use them for salt water. I'd go with a 2500-3000 size. 

Pair w/ a medium fast, moderate power 7' spinning rod. Get a decent quality rod. 


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:15 AM ^

Ugly Stik rods are durable for sure. It's what I started with when I started fishing. They're a little on the heavy side but if you're not used to anything else, you wouldn't even notice.

No idea on the reel but you can always replace that if it's junk. I wouldn't put anything more than 6-8 pound mono on it. 


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:41 AM ^

To add to what others have posted, I would highly reccomend Ugly Stik rods. I have used the ultra lights for trout, and blue gill all the way up to the larger rods for pike and walleye and they are always high quality for the price you pay. 


May 2nd, 2018 at 1:49 PM ^

One way to get your kids into fishing is to get them a mystery tackle box subscription (mysterytacklebox.com). They have a beginner series which sends them a monthly box of lures, tackle and instructional content, specifically for newbies. Its a great way to get started (beyond the rod/reel purchase)


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:33 AM ^

Sure!  Well my rod has a pretty thick handle, but it gets brittle so I need a good oil to keep it supple. It's an older rod that I've had my whole life so it needs a little TLC from time to time.  Anwyays, I'd say start with a firm grip right at the base.  Two handed is better if it's your first time.  Bring your arm back and flex your wrist down  a bit.  It's all in the wrist as they say.  So once your arm is behind your body you jerk it forward firmly across the body, flick the wrist slightly and then release yoru thumb right at the end once it's fully extended.  You'll probably want to stay out of the way because if you do it right it's gonna shoot out there pretty far.  It will take some practice, but eventually you'll be great at casting my rod. 


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:15 AM ^

Once went fishing with my brother and father. Dad noticed two missile-sized northern pike swimming side-by-side about 10 feet from our boat right as my brother was throwing the anchor in - directly on top of the fish. They both see the fish swimming away and scramble to cast their lines, only for them to tangle mid-air. My father looks over and starts screaming about the lost opportunity.

I was cackling and drinking a beer on the other end of the boat.


May 2nd, 2018 at 1:18 PM ^

3 tip ups set, 3 strike outs. Did see some guys pull out smaller sized pike on tip-ups though.

We did go beginning/mid January smack dab in middle of Winter so that could explain it.


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:27 AM ^

So ready for fishing. We usually fish Puget Sound for salmon and cross over to Canadian water for ling cod. Open all summer while it's only open for a couple weeks in Washington, and if it's the right time of year we drop the crab pots first and pick them up on the way back. Occasionally go down to the Columbia River to fish sturgeon with my buddy's family. I suck at sturgeon fishing, but they make sure I catch some.



May 2nd, 2018 at 11:52 AM ^

Hey Stu, I'm new to fishing in the Seattle area, any good recommendations? Shore spots mostly unless you have a boat and want to come pick up another Michigan fan...