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It's just a tad early in the season here.  Steelhead fishing on the Carp river, Michigan U.P.  Probably part of the reason most are fishing the ice.

It's interesting how you take things for granted until you move and no longer have access to it (Putah).  Tight lines all and have a great new year.

 

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-- Edited by lightfoot on Saturday 12th of January 2019 04:29:42 AM

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The good news is that if you catch a steelhead you can ice it quickly. I keep reading about the steelhead fishing in the Great Lakes area. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun, but cold. You might want to do a review of the fishing gloves available.

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Right on lightfoot, id be really interested in hearing about great lakes fisheries. Ive read that in addition to steelhead theyve also introduced chinook and coho too in some places with success.

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I live kinda of in a dead spot for river fishing steelhead and salmon. I have to drive an hour or several to hit the more prestigious rivers which are mainly down state or to the west of me in the Upper Peninsula. Granted there are a few within an hour drive or less. The above picture is about 20 minutes down the road.

I'm 3 miles from Cedarville and the Les Cheneaux Islands. It is a lake fishery that is better known for pike, perch, smallmouth bass and splake. Munuscong bay is 20 minutes down the road and known best for Walleye. I'm targeting splake, pike and perch through the ice today and Monday out of Hessell. There is not much room for a backcast inside of an ice shanty, so a jigging rod and two pop ups will suffice. Unless I head down state I'm going to be stuck ice fishing until the melt. I'm fine with that as the drive is only 5-20 minutes depending on where I go.

The downside is my thermometer reads 1.1 on the deck right now, BUT winds are almost non existent. The wind is the killer when it gets cold. When I took the picture above it was in the teens. Short of a pinhole in the right leg of my Simms, 5 hours in the river was no biggie. The weirdest part is once in the water you don't want to get out on the bank in the snow. The snow sticks to the bottom of your wading boots. I grew 8-10 inches taller in a dozen steps. When you climb back in the water it does not come off. It's a felt sole thing?

King salmon, Coho salmon, Atlantic salmon, Rainbows, Browns, Lake trout, Brook trout and Splake are in the Great Lakes. The salmon were introduced in the late 60's.

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I went out on the ice today and targeted splake and perch.  The splake are a cross between a lake trout and brook trout.  The average fish runs somewhere around 6-8 pounds.

There was virtually no wind out on the ice today, which was a good thing as temperatures were in the low teens to upper single digits.  I'm heading out again on Sunday which has a high temperature forecast of negative 2.

I found no love from the splake but did manage an undersized pike and a bakers down of yellow perch.  I kept five of the perch.  That is a wee bit short of the 50 fish limit.  There is not a lot of meat on these fish, but after last night I definitely want more.  A little olive oil, salt and pepper in a frying pan yielded surprisingly sweet and very tasty fillets.

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On the hike back to the boat launch just before dark I ran into another person that managed one small perch and a nice splake.  I spent some time looking at a navigation chart and he appeared to be a short distance from the edge of a sharp drop off going from 7 feet of water down to 12 feet that runs a couple hundred yards in distance.  I'll be fishing that edge on Sunday.

His splake taped out at 27 inches and I'd guess around 8 pounds or so.  Beautiful looking fish.

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