Fishing Articles — steelhead

Grand River Steelhead by Bob Gwizdz

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Grand River Steelhead by Bob Gwizdz

It was cold on that early December day, in the 20s, and the water temperature couldn’t have been much warmer. But the advantage to fishing in nasty weather below the dam on the Grand River in Grand Rapids is that you don’t have the competition that you get on a nice day. I was fishing with Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Tom Goniea at what I believe to be one of the premier urban fisheries anywhere in America. We waded, carefully, across the river to the edge of a hole and started casting crankbaits across the current and retrieving...

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Egg Sac Secrets - Color Your Eggs for Greater Success by Brian Kelly

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Egg Sac Secrets - Color Your Eggs for Greater Success by Brian Kelly

Matching the color of egg sacs to the water conditions is a vital part of float fishing for steelhead here in the Great Lakes. The old adage of bright colors in dirty water and pale colors for clear water holds true year after year. But with the amount of egg cures and dies currently available, adding egg color to the mix can provide some unique color variations that fish have never seen but react quite favorably to under right conditions. Natural colored eggs have been a mainstay for egg junkies across the region since the early days of this fishery....

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Floating Fundamentals by Dan Robson

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Floating Fundamentals by Dan Robson

  As peaceful as the morning was, there was a degree of intensity that is hard to explain. There was no one else around and the breeze pushing through the trees was the only sound. Birds, aware of the impending storm, were silent. There were no distractions, just me, alone with my float. My heart wasn’t quite to the point of racing, but beating faster than normal. As intently as I watched my brain failed to register the exact moment the float went down: there one second, gone the next. It’s a sight that keeps me coming back for more....

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Slippin', Chuckin' and Winding For Fall Steelhead by Mike Gnatkowksi

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Slippin', Chuckin' and Winding For Fall Steelhead by Mike Gnatkowksi

  Getting up with the chickens paid dividends. Running up the lower Big Manistee River in total darkness was dicey, but when we came to the run known as "Top-Of-The-Mile" no one was there. The run is a favorite of Manistee River anglers because it's long and clean; perfect for bouncing bottom with spawn. Fish that negotiate the shallow stretch below during the night tend to hang up once they reach the deeper run. Fish from above, tucked into the wood and logs during the day, relax under the cover of darkness and often slip down and collect in the...

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