Staging steelhead.

Discussion in 'Big Lake Cold Water Fishing Reports' started by Jfisher, Oct 10, 2020.

  1. Jfisher

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    How do you catch steelhead trolling pier heads this time of year?????
     
  2. fisheater

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    You start out shallow at the pier heads, and work deeper. Not trying to be a smartass, it’s what I do in a canoe. The only difference I see from the boat guys is that usually they start a little deeper. Frankly, I’m happy they usually leave that skinny water alone most of the time.
    The thing is, steelhead don’t stage like salmon. They do move in shallower as the season progresses. I believe this to be more bait driven, and also I think steelhead like to be closer to the surface. I might be completely nuts about the closer to the surface thing! I will say with some confidence, that if you run steelhead colors between 25 and 55 feet at this time, you will bump into some steelhead.
    Good luck
     

  3. salmon_slayer06

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    Most are still out deep. Shoreline temps need to hit 50 mark
     
  4. Delta River Dr Bucks

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    This morning in Grand Haven, had the whole beach to ourselves, double header![​IMG]


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  5. ThreeDogsDown

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    Is it me? Or does that steelhead have a huge head and a skinny body?

    When you cleaned it, did you notice anything in its belly?


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    That is a summer run. Totally messed up dorsal. They are not always pretty looking fish, being that long and skinny is their normal build.

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  7. Delta River Dr Bucks

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    Nothing in it’s stomach, I swear the laker weighed more.


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    Even still, I would “crap me drawers” to catch a steelhead like that trolling the big lake (Frankfort). We had two hookups on steelheads all summer...so 100 hours of trolling give or take. Seem scarce up here.


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  9. salmon_slayer06

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    get a small zip loc of fresh spawn, head to the beach with a small chop literally cast from shore have fun. some days better than others. see you guys got some colder water now mid 50's a good temp
     
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    I'll be trying the surf soon, but don't have high hopes again this year. Last few years have been the worst years I've seen in the 50+ years that I've surf fished. My outlook on the season is so poor that I scheduled a pompano trip during the typical peak surf run.
     
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    Too bad pompano can't be invasive to Michigan. Love beach fishing for those after a long winter up here as they are migrating back south.
     
  12. fishties

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    I agree about the pompano. IMG_5109.JPG

    And if we could get some invasive flounder to eat up gobies and mussels, no one would complain about the declining perch population any more.
     
  13. Ralph Smith

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    That's a nice looking saltwater bluegill! :lol: The fish are now eating the gobies and even the zeebs. Perch have bee caught with mussels in them. Nature will adapt over time. :) I've always thought it would be nice if they could stock the heck out of those clam eating redeared sunfish (shellcrackers). One would think they'd thrive on all those zeebs. Just think of 12-14" sunfish all over....the new perch! :lol:
     
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    Best eating surf fish right there! Whiting are a close second.;)
     
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    I never had a whiting but see them in the stores. How do they taste and how do you cook them?