|Russ Maddin enjoying open water on April 1st|
When the news came out that new regulations from the State of Michigan were coming out in 2011, I was very supportive of the changes made to opening additional sections to help spread out the angling pressure. On April 1st, 2011 from M-72 to Lake Michigan on the Manistee River will now remain open year round. Providing anglers with the opportunity to fish these waters whenever the calling comes.
Yesterday when the day finally arrived. First time since 1910 that the Manistee has been open in these sections. Russ Maddin and I jumped in the boat with Erik Crissman from the DNRE and floated a section of water that just opened. Russ as he usually does showed Erik and I how to do it, with a nice fully grown female brown trout. If you have not fished with Russ or tried to tie some of his innovative streamers, you owe it to yourself. One of Russ’s signature patterns is the Mad Pup, check out at the Hawkins Outfitters page and tie some up.
For additional information about the new trout regulations go to the State website or pick up the new regulations when you buy your 2011 fishing license at your local fishing tackle locations.