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Author Topic: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake  (Read 4039 times)

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Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« on: Jan 07, 2008, 03:04 PM »
I love fishing Higgins lake for their perch and smelt and I always see the big lakers come through and scare my dinner away. And accept for the obvious of fishing for lakers where I fish for perch, does any one know of a real good place to catch them. I'm pretty familiar with the lake so bring on the hot spot....PLEASE......

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #1 on: Jan 07, 2008, 06:02 PM »
higgin

my brother and i have a cabin near taffel town (fife lake area).lucky him he moved up their over the summer works for cat in kalkaska.this season sometime i would like to do a trip to higgins(we never been)

on higgins is their any place you would not go on the lake (unsafe area's from springs or anything)

1-any hint's on parking
2-how hard is the walk to a decent fishing area






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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #2 on: Jan 07, 2008, 06:49 PM »
Depending on how serious you are you really should have a snow mobile. Me and my dad go up a few times a year and we stay over night at a hotel rite next to the lake and we used to walk and when I say used to we did it twice then bought an old snow mobile just for are trips we go on. The best place that we have found for perch is on the south end near the sunken island in about 60 ft of water also killer for smelt at night but since its not by smeltville you might want to get a submersible light and as for the springs once the lake has safe ice it gets thick real quick, where talking over 2 1/2 ft. Parking is at the very south end of the lake in a state park. Hope I helped good luck







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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #3 on: Jan 07, 2008, 06:56 PM »
There is also a launch on the west shore (DNR operated) with parking right close to the usual smeltville location

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #4 on: Jan 13, 2008, 07:52 AM »
thanks for the info,i guess i need to find a used snowmobile.

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #5 on: Jan 13, 2008, 08:18 AM »
Looks like no one is giving up the laker hot spots. Has any ice started in Higgins?
            

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #6 on: Jan 13, 2008, 07:50 PM »
Looks like no one is giving up the laker hot spots. Has any ice started in Higgins?

I'm not surprised that people aren't talking, because they get lakers up to 30LBS and with that kinda size you keep the good spots hush hush :-X. But I'm gonna go make my own good spots and I might post some personal messages, to those who are looking ;)

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #7 on: Jan 13, 2008, 08:10 PM »
Send me a pm if you find them. I never fished higgins so I don't have a clue about the lake. I may have to head north to find good ice and if I knew a couple good spots I'd head that way. I'm from the Downriver area and have no ice.
            

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #8 on: Jan 13, 2008, 09:09 PM »
Id be interested in Laker fishing Higgins as well. I caught my first Laker on ice last winter while walleye fishing Saginaw Bay. Talk about a riot....I definitely want to do more of that! My Dad and I have fished it for perch, but never lakers. I havent fished there since i was quite young, so i dont have any viable information to offer.

...But, heres my take on the situation....Lake trout are predatory fish, so id imagine a good approach would be to fish the drop offs. And where the drop offs occurr i would bet the Lakers will be suspended at the same depth, just off the break over the open water. Theyre probably on the prowl for any unsuspecting bait that ventures out into the open water. Then when the feeds on they probably come up onto the shallower flats to forage. Another approach may be to fish them right on or near bottom in the deeper waters..I may be dead wrong, but when i venture up that way thats how im going to approach it until i learn otherwise. I also plan to employ a run and gun technique like i use for walleyes to try and locate them....if they get ice up there, that is.
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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #9 on: Jan 14, 2008, 09:19 AM »
Hey guys I have only been going up their for 5 years now, but in that time I know that lake gets the good ice in feb and since its only jan 14 im not going to push the panic button yet. I hear you guys though cause ive got my finger close to the button just in case and then I might have to use a floating dock. :D ;) ;D

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #10 on: Jan 14, 2008, 12:14 PM »
I hope they get some ice. We are planning our Smelt Camp trip for Feb 2 and 3rd!! The cabin is around the Harrison area and so worse comes to worse, we will just fish around that area.
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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #11 on: Jan 15, 2008, 03:41 PM »
I hope they get some ice. We are planning our Smelt Camp trip for Feb 2 and 3rd!! The cabin is around the Harrison area and so worse comes to worse, we will just fish around that area.
myson and i are very interested in this smelville...hes 8 and i never been smelt fishing....sounds like a riot...just gonna have to go this year.....wanna laugh..i pay 1.77lb for smelt at our grocery store for the son everytime smelt is in..

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #12 on: Jan 15, 2008, 04:09 PM »
myson and i are very interested in this smelville...hes 8 and i never been smelt fishing....sounds like a riot...just gonna have to go this year.....wanna laugh..i pay 1.77lb for smelt at our grocery store for the son everytime smelt is in..

It is real cool 8) to see about 50 shanty's in such a small area(one of the shanty's even has a sleeping area and a totally separate fishing area,its called big daddy black shack)and with the ice lite up like the sun was under it. But with that said if you can find a submersible light(www.fishinglightsetc.c om)you might want to stay away from the pack because some times they don't like it too bright and don't just rely on the smelt cause some nights there on and others their not so take your time and fish the perch and lakers too. O yeah if you have a vex or can borrow one bring it for the smelt because their always suspended. If you decide to go I can promise you that you will not regret it, IM HOOKED ON THAT LAKE and I live 220 miles away.

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #13 on: Jan 16, 2008, 06:53 AM »
This is one of the prettiest lakes in Michigan, we had a cabin on the north side... i think.. right around the island and trust me the rock bass even taste good out of that spring fed lake.  I really am interested in ice fishing it have only fished it open water, sounds as if it gets better in the winter.   

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #14 on: Jan 16, 2008, 07:17 AM »
Best Place??? Everywhere lakers can be hauled onto the ice on Higgins. Sure some places are better than others but Ive seen them caught all over the place or heard of it happening  for that matter. 4 yrs ago at our road end a guy caught 2  of them while perch fishing w/ an ultralight rod and 2lb test. 29''er and a 34"er!!! Ain't B.S.ing you. A friend of ours from up there (local folk) was a scuba instructor on Higgins NW end yrs. ago, he told us that he's been down deep and in some places that he's seen lakers in there that would scare the >:D out of you, make you scared to go swimming ,40" plus size. Also some pike over 50". Good luck on the pike though they are well trained and almost smart. Not kidding. My uncle has watched pike on the Aqua view and thrown everything at them. 
           I would try a deep drop off, near a ledge with some sort of veggies or structure. Catch smelt the night before for live bait for sure.
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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
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This is one of the prettiest lakes in Michigan, we had a cabin on the north side... i think.. right around the island and trust me the rock bass even taste good out of that spring fed lake.  I really am interested in ice fishing it have only fished it open water, sounds as if it gets better in the winter.   

Yeah, that is a pretty lake. One thing that upset the hell out of me was when we did our "Smelt Camp" last year for the first time, I was shocked to see the amount of trash left behind on the lake. It disgusts me. Don't people have any respect for their natural resources? I hope I don't see that much trash up there this year, that is if she freezes by the 2nd and 3rd of Feb. :-[
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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #16 on: Jan 16, 2008, 09:59 AM »
yea that sucks you get that many people on a lake for a known occasion that crap happens they cant all be good anglers, I am sure Houghton gets it worse.  In the summer on a calm day you can see the bottom in 40 plus fow.  Its is sweet to see the cylinders of perch coming under your boat. 

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #17 on: Jan 16, 2008, 10:01 AM »
Yeah, my buddy has a cabin over in St. Helen. During the hot summer days up there, we usually head to Higgins with his boat......like everybody else. It does get busy up there for an "up north" lake. One big party.
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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
« Reply #18 on: Jan 16, 2008, 10:16 AM »
Yeah, my buddy has a cabin over in St. Helen. During the hot summer days up there, we usually head to Higgins with his boat......like everybody else. It does get busy up there for an "up north" lake. One big party.

I go up their about 2 to 3 times a year but only in the winter and it seems that even on the weekends that lake doesn't get very much fishing pressure. Especially on the south end where I like to go

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Re: Best place to fish lakers in Higgins lake
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I go up their about 2 to 3 times a year but only in the winter and it seems that even on the weekends that lake doesn't get very much fishing pressure. Especially on the south end where I like to go
every one goes to houghton and it stays fairly quiet in the winter
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Yeah, my buddy has a cabin over in St. Helen. During the hot summer days up there, we usually head to Higgins with his boat......like everybody else. It does get busy up there for an "up north" lake. One big party.
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But in the summer it is a big party......crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, nice boats and lots of bikinis :laugh: ;D

 

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