October 29, 2010
It’s no secret that the Mid-west experienced some big winds – it should have pushed a bunch of fish into the river mouths and up the rivers.
Fishing lately has been good despite the unprecedented winds. While steelhead numbers were a little lighter than normal earlier in October they appear to be on par throughout the Manistee River. With the remaining salmon (and a few fresh stragglers heading upstream) doing their spawning activities it’s a great place to target those egg loving steelhead. Double egg patterns in various color combinations have been working but no one color has been standing out – try one large obnoxious pattern with a small, realistic imitation behind it. Buggers, shrimp and caddis, too, are working in the tail-outs. With water temps in the low 50’s still, it’s a good time to swing or strip streamers.
The Betsie and Platte Rivers have also received some fish in it. Some of the remaining salmon have made their way up and there are some silver steelhead mixed in with them. I imagine that after a cool, wet 10-days, there should be some fish in all tributaries of Lake Michigan which historically get steelhead.
Trout fishing conditions with a streamer have improved for those looking to score bigger fish that have finished up with their spawning. Yellow and brown patterns always seem to be a good combo to start off with this time of year but mix up your patterns throughout the day. Keep a box of Blue Wing Olives with you as smaller trout love to sip some of the last of the season’s bugs.
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