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going to be there mid aug. was wondering where i can do some good bank fishing and what i can expect to get. thanks
 

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Mouth of the AuSable River, Dnr public access. Walleye ,bass, sheephead,catfish on crawlers. Could be some early salmon or steelhead, early morning or evening casting spoons or cranks.
 

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Yes, right on the bottom for cats. Crawler drift fishing under a bobber for walleye. Crawler needs to be just off bottom, let the river current drift the bobber down stream. You can walk along with the bobber, watch the locals they are called wall walkers. You will catch on. Start at the HC platform and walk to the steps,wind up and start over.
 

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thanks much how far is that from the dnr
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Get some crawlers and some tiny hooks. Go to the Rea rd launch, cast a bit of crawler to the slack weed beds and catch all the chubs/shiners you'll need. Put them in a bucket, and continue upstream.

Fish the deep, slow holes with a lip hooked(#6) chub on 6lb line. Walleye, big smallies, pike, sheephead, and catfish can all be caught. Crayfish work good too.

The reason for these baits is unless you want 6-8" smallmouth every drift, go with big fish baits. Crawlers catch good fish, but the small bass are all over them with ease, plus everyone uses them. Chubs right from the river are hard to beat on the Au Sable during the summer months.

To get to Rea rd, turn off US 23 at the 4-way blinking light onto River rd. Follow River rd until you see the "Dam Store", turn right. You'll see a sign reading "Foote Dam"(access site), go right past until you cross the bridge. You'll see a parking area and launch on the left side of the river just past the bridge.
 

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do they sell shiners up there?
Minnows are expensive around there, especially since the VHS thing. If you're bringing any kids, part of the thrill for them will be bait collection. You're only fishing the shoreline for the shiners/chubs. You really see what the river can produce when you fish with what it provides;)....
 

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Forgot to tell you, if you fish the pier better bring a long handle net. There is a steel handrail a huge limestone rocks between you and the river.
 
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