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Sunfish time is near


ST. JOHNS -- Folklore tells us that a lot of things happen in the outdoors when the oak leaves get as big as a mouse's ear.

The morel mushrooms should start to appear. Suckers should be running in the rivers. And best of all, sunfish should begin moving from deep water to the shallows and begin feeding avidly as they prepare for spawning.

Cold winds and waters around our home in Grayling had driven me south to look for sunnies, and I headed for Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park, a great place to catch big sunfish and largemouth bass. The oak leaves there had reached at least squirrel-ear size, but the fish apparently hadn't bothered to look up. An hour of wading produced zilch in water that is usually productive.

The next step was to launch a kayak and try some deeper water, where I fished with wax worms under a four-inch slip float shaped like an elongated oval.    more...


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