Had the opportunity yesterday (Sunday, January 19th) to take Ben and John out for a little half day steelhead trip. While getting out on the river has been a little more difficult than I’m used to this winter, the fishing still remains pretty rock solid. With some of the best weeks of the winter/early spring season just ahead of us. Have always been a fan of the February. Days growing longer and no spring crowds.
Better get ready to rumble this year, as fish are bigger than normal on the West side. Pictured is Jon with a big boy from the Manistee River from this Friday, Oct 11th. Two-Handed rods are start to come out, as heavy angling pressure is pushing the fish off of the gravy train and into the spots I call home.
It’s a challenge that I have always enjoyed since the first time I tried it 8 or 9 years ago, throwing streamers for Kings. With this years temps, the challenge has stepped up a notch. Usually first King of the year for me (and my boat) is hooked and landed in Aug, so this year we are a step or two behind my usual pace. But Ed McCoy got us on the board, and look for the next wave of fish to bring us back to our normal pace.