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Discussion in 'North - North East Michigan Streams and Rivers' started by ausable_steelhead, Dec 1, 2020.
Got this nice male a little over a week ago. He was 30” and very thick. What’s your guess on weight?
I'd guess that fish at 11#, and nice going! Still had a couple faint rays in his tail. I love it when they get that squared nose.
What did it weigh?
11 or 11.5
We always figure a 30" fish was 10 pounds if normal girth.
Those bucks are sweet ones!
Well you caught him from a platform so I'd say 9 3/4.
All good guesses. I didn’t weigh or even mess with him much. At 30”, 10lbs is what I would expect, as mentioned above. However, this fish had a lot of girth. He even had the classic big hump before his dorsal. I figured he was 11-12lbs. Good, solid fish.
This has been a fun fall. That buck was the second steelhead to run me all the way out into the slack. There’s been some burners in the dips this fall.
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5lbs. for the first 24”inches and a pound for every inch there after works pretty good.
Girth plays so much more of a role inch to inch against length. Generally I agree with 30” is 10lb with Manistee strain fish. With the extra shoulders on that fish I’d put him at an 11lb estimate - a great fish for sure!