Fishing today on the Manistee River was highlighted by one of my favorite birds the Bald Eagle. We had the opportunity to witness a handful of different eagles fly around, over, and perch next to us as we floated down the Manistee River. While winter steelhead fishing is most likely the most overlooked time of year for anglers to hit the river, as you have read before is one of my favorite times of year to fish!
As I have mentioned in previous blog posts winter fishing has a special place in my heart. The wildlife runs abundant, most likely because their are less anglers present. But also because the river gives life. Deer use the river as their primary source for drinking water, as it’s one of the only places to find unfrozen water. Ducks, geese, and swans need open water to feed and to hide from predators. But predators or scavengers hunt the river banks looking for an easy meal, as winter is not for the weak.
Now with all this wildlife using this corridor in a mixture of ways, when floating down the river you have an opportunity to see nature in it’s true setting.
I can’t say every-time I venture out in the winter I see wildlife like today. But the days I don’t see this, it has my attention. I then start to wonder what is going on. What has mother natures attention? Is their a storm on the way, what does Barometric pressure do to wildlife? Then the correlation between mother natures wildlife and my steelhead starts to take shape. Now this is unproven but it’s amazing to watch how it’s all related. Put it simply, when birds, deer, turkeys, and eagles are moving so are the fish!
If you love wildlife and you love a little steelhead along the way, nothing beats winter fishing. Still plenty of weeks left before the crowds start to show. Feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for open dates.
P.S. We found a nice batch of steelhead today as well, but the eagles still made the day!