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  1. FYI For those that use the state park cabin system, starting last year they DO NOT open up for rentals until 5/19/23 this year. State wide economy move they claim cost factor for heating cabins early April thru May too great They'r losing revenue but also delay bringing their staff back from winter layoff. Not happy cause always enjoyed larger cottages at Fair Haven. Same goes for Selkirk Shores state park, just checked for myself. Any reasonable lodging around Mexico -Fair Haven , even further west I'd be interested in any info. Have my own boat
  2. Glad to see you guys had a great week and nice pics. Didn't make it up, maybe next year.
  3. I used to run Off Shore and Scotty pinch pads. Switched to blacks releases long time ago, on recent charter for browns questioned captain why he uses Scottys instead of Black Releases. Response was since Blacks are on DR cable can't see smaller fish when they hook up as opposed to pinch pads. More skippies that don't survive. I run my Blacks Release above downrigger ball and probe. They have different varieties for different situations
  4. Nice pics. Couldn’t quite tell fish on left Steelhead based on square tail other one salmon ?
  5. Just used Screwy Louies to repair 2, one needed counter replaced which Brandon replaced, other needed power cord end replacement, 1 of 2 male prongs on motor power cord broke, bought part and replaced myself. Most likely would have parts you need
  6. Thanks Whaler. I rode it out did move alittle deeper c/m get back. Wife the mate Burned up my fishing time unless I solo morrow n try the deep thing.
  7. There now for the week Did a 4 hr charter yesterday in close for browns. “Fatal Attraction “ Limited out Caught about 10 browns with some throwbacks caught n released half a dozen small mouth Tried same thing today with my boat. Bought same spoons capt used same area everything. Tied up new 12 lb floro leader same hardware Water cleared up we didn’t move a rod On Sunday trolled out deep in fog. Caught 7 lb steelie 225 ‘ off board Lost another got into our 225’ copper When we pulled copper to head in had a 27” laker on it we never knew was there. Over all fishing on slow side unless u get some colored water Tight lines
  8. Give us the details, name of Charter? Put a plug in for them if they did good! How about run down of your catch. Pics would be a plus. Coming up 4/30 for a week .Just trying to get more info
  9. Thanks to all that replied , believe i will go with the SAE 30 Rotella T1. I used to run straight 30W for most of the time i've had it
  10. Was going to change oil on my boat. Have a 1990 Thompson 210 FISHERMAN with 305 V8. Went to Wally World to buy oil and filter. There was not one container with regular oil. All they have is full synthetic or synthetic blend. I bought 10W30 full syn. They don't carry straight 30W oil either. Guess I could check other auto parts stores if necessary. Before I change the oil thought I would make sure by asking LOU members their opinion. Any thoughts or recommendations are appreciated
  11. Looks like the water level is up somewhat compared to last year and at a good level. Of course that means the lake is at a decent level. On a side note, don't know if others are aware but the state park is not open to camping or renting of cabins until 5/19/22 this year. This is state wide and not just at FairHaven, apparently in a cost saving attempt from what I have learned That sucks balls since we really enjoyed renting big cottages near the boat ramp. Maybe a little or lot of complaining can change that for next year hopefully.
  12. We were only able to get out about 3 days each week, forgot to mention that the two bigger browns came on inside rigger 6' down, 65 back on Michigan Stinger small mixed vegetable stinger
  13. Four old farts spent last two weeks at Fair Haven State Park, best cottage (#42) in the park, right up from boat launch at top of hill. First week caught one small brown. Second week, thank goodness for Coho's. They were in close ,brown trout water, nothing real big but help keep the skunk out. Was starting to have doubts about the brown trout fishery when on the last day ( Thurs ), we ended up with two nice browns, one male and one huge female. Scaled at 11 1/2, and 16 1/2 . The female had some eggs in her but not a lot, looked like the skien was pretty much emptied. Also had a lot of fat in the belly area which was unusual. I imagine it had spawned recently, last fall or spring I would guess in one of the tribs. Some of the cohos we caught were on smaller size, thinking maybe 1 - 1 1/2 old and all had eggs in them.
  14. Why does the level have to be one extreme or the other, is it that hard to manage a normal level?
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