New to Steelhead river fishing ( Springtime )

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by VLD Pilot, Mar 30, 2019.


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  1. VLD Pilot

    VLD Pilot Well-Known Member

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    Just purchased rod/reel and waders for this spring Steelhead opener in northern Michigan. Haven't done it in 40 years. Looking for advice on bait, locations ( In a river ), techniques, etc that may help. Assuming cast and watch the bobber as it drifts thru a hole. Never caught one back when I did fish a little for them. Pike were active in that particular river so I did what I needed to make the trip a success...caught alot of Pike!!! Now looking for Steelhead to bite.
     
  2. Tuffcountry

    Tuffcountry Active Member

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    Well I'm not from Michigan but I do alot of steelhead fishing in the Pacific Northwest. That being said here we use bobber doggin, sandshrimp, bluefox lures, roe, and plugs. The river condition is key and being there when it's hot. ItllI be on one day and gone the next. The fish of a thousand casts!
     
  3. MagMan

    MagMan Well-Known Member

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    If you’re talking Northern lower MI most of the rivers are open all year for Steelhead. Manistee River, Betsie River and the Platte River are all good places to start. It’s also possible to fish the pier head and beaches of about every port.
     
  4. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    when I was a kid we caught lots of nice trout on worms. Plain old red worms
    Number 8 short shank with just enough split shot to bounce along the bottom
    not anchor it but moving. Drift it under cut banks..log piles..big rocks.
    It really works!
     
  5. VLD Pilot

    VLD Pilot Well-Known Member

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    Ok planning on heading up the the Manistee at the weir in about 2 weeks. Not much on shoulder to shoulder fishing like it will be on Monday when the season opens. Plan on heading upstream some and find some holes. Never been there so guessing that part of the river will have holes at the bends. Heard that river is fished hard so we'll see. Was invited up by some buddies at deer camp so will try it out
     
  6. okie man

    okie man Well-Known Member

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    Berkley flick-a shad crankbaits, oslo spinners, cured roe and shrimp all work good! Best times are first couple hours of daylight. Light florocarbon leaders and small hooks are the key with bait fishing. I grew up fishing steelhead in the pnw and the great lakes fishery is a different ball game. Week days with less pressure are definitely better than weekends
     
  7. VLD Pilot

    VLD Pilot Well-Known Member

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    You got that right. Weekends here are like a circus on the water and in the woods. Retired so week days are all I'll fish. Thanks
     
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  8. Oi.223

    Oi.223 SCAMMER

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    I struggled with steelhead when I moved to Oregon in 1980. Read everything available and really worked at it. But when I finally caught my first one (and released it as I promised during the fight) it was like a light bulb went off. I agree with Ard that beads and egg patterns really don’t seem like fly fishing to me. And while I have no problem with fishing nymphs for trout, when it come to steelhead I stick to traditional wet flies or topwater skaters.

    The best single piece I have read about steelhead tactics is a chapter in John Shewey’s book titled “Northwest Flyfishing: Trout and Beyond” The whole book is good, but his one long chapter on steelhead is worth the price of the entire book.

    As Ard says, Dump the beads and fish the traditional flies, you wil have a lot more fun in the long run.
     
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  9. dfanonymous

    dfanonymous Well-Known Member

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    Panther martins work great if you want to use a lure
     
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