2018 St Joe River Fish Ladder Updates

Discussion in 'South West Michigan Streams and Rivers' started by wilsonm, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. wilsonm

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    We were down at Berrien today and there were quite a few steelhead moving through the ladder. It looked a a mix of winter holdovers and some fish that might have entered the river a few weeks ago. Of course the river is blown out now.
     
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  2. bowonly

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    Isn't it time to shut it down and do some repairs? How about the month of march!
     

  3. JasonSlayer

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    Anybody know if it' fishable down at the dam? Was thinking about making a 2 hour drive tomorrow.
     
  4. trekronor

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    I've been getting pictures from my family in Niles and it looks pretty swamped...river rose two blocks into town last week. Not sure how Berrien looks though.
     
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  5. wilsonm

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    Checked and cleaned the ladders today. There are a lot of steelhead moving thru all three ladders, especially Berrien, but the river is blown out.
     
  6. PTPD2312

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    Thanks for the report Mike. Hope the river recedes so it can be fished safely. By the time it does the run may be over.
     
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    Damn. This high water sucks!
     
  8. trekronor

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    Has anyone been out by the dam lately? I'm hoping to give it a try Saturday if the water isn't too out of control. Just got some new waders and they can't wait to get wet!
     
  9. spartansfan

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    The river is just now finding it's banks by the dam. The parking at fisherman's haven is still roped off. I haven't seen anyone fishing yet.

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  10. JasonSlayer

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    I was thinking about making the drive over Sat. Might wait another week now.
     
  11. PTPD2312

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    I live 5-10 minutes away. I fished the other day but boy was it hard due to all the downed trees and brush from the bank giving way on the side of the dam. There was only one other guy. I spent 2-3 hours there and hooked 2 but they got in the trees and brush and broke off.

    I wonder if trimming the brush would be possible...
     
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    Fished a st. Joe trib this morning. Went 2-3 with both fish being 10+. Shut down once the sun got up.

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  13. wilsonm

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    The Ladders were checked and cleaned yesterday. A very good number in the upper wells at Berrien, probably 50 steelhead. Decent numbers at Buchanan and Niles also.
     
  14. trekronor

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    I'm in town to visit family this weekend + I just got new waders = a good reason to go fishing. I think I'm going to head down to the dam Friday or Saturday and see what happens.

    I'm still new to this so I have low expectations; just want to learn something new every time I go.
     
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  15. Trout King

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    That is a good idea. I "need" new waders. Good luck.