Big fish being caught at Tecumseh’s Globe Mill Pond

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Paul Autry of Tecumseh caught a 37-inch pike behind the Community Center dam in Globe Mill Pond and was inspired to go out four days later and try his lucky spot once again. He was glad he did, hooking up with this 40-inch pike. Photo submitted.

There are some very large fish in the state of Michigan being pursued by avid anglers who’ll pay top dollar to hook into a keeper hauled out of the Great Lakes. But there are also those who choose to stay close to home and the small ponds scattered across the state including those right here in Tecumseh where big fish are being landed.

Paul Autry of Tecumseh recently caught a large 37-inch pike in Globe Mill Pond behind Tecumseh’s Community Center near the dam and went back to try his luck again four days later. He was glad he did when hooking into an even larger, 40-inch lunker, but wished he had been better prepared.

“This fish gave me three times the fight that the smaller one did,” Autry said. “I got very nervous when I saw the size of this fish in the water, and I thought ‘if I don’t calm down, then I am not going to land this fish.’ I don’t have a big fish net and the one that I do have barely did the job with more than two thirds of the fish sticking out of the net when I scooped it from the water.”

He caught the second fish on June 12, at 1:11 p.m. and had it in hand about nine minutes later.

Autry used a Shimano rod and reel with 10-pound test. He uses a Rebel lure that he found in Globe Mill Pond when it was drained.

“I have been fishing that dam for three years but have not taken pike over 30 inches from there until this year,” Autry added.

He gave a tip for those interested in hooking a big pike: “What’s critical for catching pike in the river is a long cast and reeling the lure at a speed that allows for optimum lure action. The most amazing thing about this catch was that I did not use a steel leader. A pike of that size could easily bite the line with the razor sharp teeth that they have. But I have found more success not using a leader because a leader interferes with the action of the lure.”

For those interested in learning how to fish, Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has incorporated a “Hook, Line and Sinker” program at over 30 state parks and hatcheries across the state this summer where young and old are taught the basics of fishing by instructors.

Experienced instructors will teach participants how to tie a knot, how to cast, select and use bait, and how to properly remove the fish from the hook. And it’s all free of charge.

A Recreation Passport is required for each vehicle entering the park. Children under the age of 17 are not required to have a fishing license.

“Our instructors make it fun to learn, and a program like this takes the guesswork out of getting started,” said Kevin Frailey, of the DNR. “It doesn’t cost much — the program is free, the instruction is free, and all equipment is provided for those who don’t have their own. The only thing you need to pay for is a Recreation Passport if you don’t have one yet.”

Hayes State Park in Onsted, 467.7401, and the Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea, 734.475.3170, are a couple of the many locations where the program is taking place. To find other Hook, Line and Sinker programs, visit www.michigan.gov/hooklineandsinker for a list of participating parks.

The DNR has a Family Friendly Fishing Waters listing and in Lenawee County both Iron Lake and Wamplers Lake are highlighted.

Recreation Passports cost $11 for vehicles or $5 for motorcycles when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices). When doing so, Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. For more information visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.




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