Staging steelhead.

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

  1. hhlhoward

    hhlhoward Premium Member

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    Lake trout haters always going to hate. It's easy to blame everything on the lake trout when you don't know the facts and state your own opinion.

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    45 million over a ten year period and every state touching the lake. Just as many or more salmon dumped in over that same period. Dont let the numbers get twisted without all of them. ;)
     
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  3. Bob Hunter

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    But the lakers live a very long time, and eat every day. The salmon numbers as a whole are a lot less as they die after they spawn every year.
     
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    Alot of lakers get netted too, but I'm sure there's more than enough. Maybe they'll settle on a lesser amount when they resolve the decree. The state isn't the problem it's the feds.
     
  5. piscatorial warrior

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    Amen to that![/QUOTE]
    Those Bonnet Head Sharks aren't too bad on the grill with lemon-pepper either!
     
  6. Getaway

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    Those Bonnet Head Sharks aren't too bad on the grill with lemon-pepper either![/QUOTE]

    Hmmm, good to know. ;)
     
  7. andyotto

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    Those Bonnet Head Sharks aren't too bad on the grill with lemon-pepper either![/QUOTE]
    Yes that is good to know. We often get several while surf fishing for pomps.
     
  8. surfstalker

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    Kisutch - lake trout have nothing to do with poor steelhead surf fishing now or anytime during the past, nor will they in the future.

    Lake trout abundance was fairly high in the 70's before the state plants were reduced in the 80's during hatchery renovations. The lack of lake trout and chinook (due to BKD) in the latter '80's is what led to overexploitation of steelhead in the offshore fishery.

    During our Peak steelhead years in the south end surf, we caught loads of lake trout off the beach. The reason so many steelies were on the beach those years is likely because steelhead have a fondness for lake trout eggs and lakers were piled in shallow spawning. This is also why whitefish pile in and put the feedbag on before spawn. The years that lake trout are sparse are also lean steelhead and whitefish years. The whitefish still come into spawn, but don't stage and hang around feeding as well as they do when trout are scarce.
     
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  9. salmon_slayer06

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    this fall caught three lake trout and a whitefish from the beach first for me
     
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    Just got back from Sanibel. Caught 15different species of fish and over 200 fish in a week or so. Pics to follow. Tons of mackerel on little cleos!
     
  11. Cptncor84

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    My in-laws are a little North at StumpPass I always wondered about bringing rods down to surf fish when we go down for 2-3 weeks around Christmas.
     
  12. Grinnell

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    Fished a ten foot noodle rod with 2500 reel 10lb braid with 10-20lb shock flourocarbon leader. Slayed them. Jack crevalle, bluefish, inshore lizardfish, southern puffer, Spanish mackerel, spotted sea trout, Atlantic croaker, kingfish, redfish, snook, whiting, leather jacket, Oscar, plecostomus, Mayan cichlids, tilapia, peacock bass, largemouth bass, and weird sunfish in the glades canals. Prob a few I forgot. Got spooled on a 4000 series reel with 20lb braid and a wire leader. Should’ve seen me acting the fool. Epic
     
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    We have a family friend who lives on Sanibel. I need to go visit him as soon as it is practical, I see.
     
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    That's how steelheading used to be. 20 fish days it wears u out on the beach.
     
  15. surfstalker

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    Used to be lots of 20+ steelie days on the beach, unfortunately now only memories. Have to go to the salt for those days now. I was there a few weeks back and like Grinnell indicated, landed 16 species and several hundred fish during a week long trip. Mostly targeted pompano, Spanish, and kingfish. Bonus fish for excitement and fight were several sharks.