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2017 St. Joe River Fish Ladder Updates

Discussion in 'South West Michigan Streams and Rivers' started by wilsonm, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. wilsonm

    wilsonm

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    Checked the ladders today. There were about a dozen steelhead in the upper wells of Berrien above the window. Most were quite fresh. Not nearly the number from 2 weeks ago, but still a decent amount. Water is still high and dirty. There were a couple people fishing from shore and no boats. There were a smaller number of steelhead in Buchanan and Niles ladders.
     
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    nice to know they are still coming,the upper grand is clearing nicely but its still blowing
     
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    trashed out again,the river n me
     
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  4. wilsonm

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    Checked the ladders yesterday. No fish seen in them.
     
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  5. wilsonm

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    We checked ladders yesterday on the Joe. There were more steelhead in the Berrien ladder at one time as I have seen in 10 years. There must have been at least 80 above the window in the morning. Only 3 guys fishing and a major large mayfly hatch going on. At Buchanan there were quite a few also and just a handful at Niles as of yesterday early afternoon. Good luck!
     
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    I didn't. The window was starting to get a little dirty and with that many in there and the warm water temperatures I wanted to get the window cleaned and the ladder opened back up rather quickly. Even when the ladder is shut down, a lot of fish will mill around in a foot of water in the wells of the ladder upstream of the window so it's best to be quick and not cause any extra stress on them this time of year. Pretty much all the fish in there were upper 20's and up.
     
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  8. wilsonm

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    Checked the ladders yesterday, 7/13/17. There were still skamania going through all three ladders. Saw around 10 plus a 20 inch brown trout in Berrien, 3 in Buchanan and 4 in Niles.
     
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    Sorry this is old news, but Berrien was checked and cleaned last Monday or Tuesday and there was another big push of steelhead in the ladder similar to June 28th numbers. It slipped my mind last week since I wasn't the one checking it.
     
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    Mr. Wilsonm when is the next scheduled clean for berrien?
     
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    pm or like him so he can say
     
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    Last week Tuesday August 22nd it was clean and there was one steelhead in Berrien. We will probably get to checking them next week sometime.
     
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    Berrien was checked today and there were a lot of coho in the ladder. There were also some kings and a few steelhead. Pretty much a steady stream of fish passing the window today.
     
  14. WoodyMG

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    Does someone mind giving me the run down on how to catch these fish?
    I've spent the last two night trying everything I can think of. I threw bob and guts, Oslo spinners, thunder stick, hot n' tots. Everything I had.

    I can watch the fish "shrug" off the lure or bait as it passes them. They do it a few times and then swim off. I just can't elicit a bite.
     
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    Try
    Try drifting flies. Be sure to use florocarbon lead
     
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