Any reports out there for Cooke Dam Pond? I am heading up next week and wondered how the fishing has been. Last year was excellent for big largemouth, I am hoping that is the case again this year. Any information is greatly appreciated!
I have fished it about 6 times this year. We were targeting the panfish in and around their beds. You never know what you are going to catch is what makes it a good time. Have done quite well on the pannies!:evilsmile
Well we all know there are some huge pike in those waters. Do you know where you can put the boat in on I think is is Alcona, just a above 5 channel pond, they stocked Musky in it about 7 years ago, don't know anyone that has targeted them, but if you are due for a big one. just make sure you have 4 wheel drive as you just back in on a sand beach area. I got stuck there a few years ago, i was very lucky a guy drove by. I have a cabin on Pine Acre Drive, next to Loon ***** bay so I fish Cooke a bit, full of small pike for sure. For some reason 5 channel has always been my favorite
You will not have a problem at the launch that is farthest to the east. I put a 23' walkaround in there all the time. Just go slow launching as the cement ends in the water and there are big rocks for the rest of the launch.
First off, my good buddy and his wife braved the 90 degree heat this week and fished Cooke. The fish didn't really get going until about 4-5pm. The shade along the shorelines started to develop and the fish turned on. They came home with 23 NICE sunnies and gills with 3 perch. One of the perch measured just under 11 inches.
When we fish Cooke or any of our area lakes we ALWAYS HAVE A COOLER WITH ICE FOR THE FISH! Don't let them hang over the side in 75 degree water or a livewell with the same water. The ice keeps the meat firm and the fish are just better tasting.
Now... sgc: I would launch your boat at the Pine Ramp. It is located across the street from Gordon's Bait on M-65 right at the river and the west end of Cooke. Your boat will have NO problem. It's tight driving down to the ramp, but it's a nice one for the area.
deerjohn: Cooke Pond is an area of the Au Sable River that is locked between 2 dams. It is located off of M-65 right where you cross the Au Sable and downriver to the next dam which is Foote Dam. There are (I believe) 4 areas of the Au Sable near me that are called different names. Cooke Pond, Alcona Pond, Foote Dam area, Mio Pond, 5 Channels Dam, etc.. Each is unique in the fisheries they offer.
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