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  1. Big Lake Surf/ Pier Reports
    I am looking to get into west Michigan pier fishing and have some question about early December- late January. There is not much info regarding this specific time. What types of rod, reel, line should I be using? General consensus on these forums seems anywhere from 8-12 ft. I’m very curious...
  2. Fishing Stuff
    WTS: Used Islander Steelheader centerpin reel, shipped via PM in US, $300 PP Very good mechanical condition. Blemishes, see pics, but do not effect reel, cast, retrieve etc. Spool is corked to reduce backing/ line needed and weight. Interchangeable retrieve. Clicker Dacron Backing and 12# Siglon...
  3. Trout Fishing, Fly Tying, Techniques
    I'm new to fishing for steelhead on the rivers and streams. I have 7 foot walleye rods that I've used with success at Tippy Dam, but I was wondering if my 6 weight 9 foot fly rod with a spinning reel would work out for a few weeks to catch some steelhead? It does not have a fighting butt. I...
  4. Center Pin Fishing
    This has been my first year steelhead fishing. I’ve been out a couple times with a buddy of mine. He had me try float fishing with both a spinning rod and a center pin. I’d like to get a Centerpin rod and reel but want to get a better idea of what might work best for my set up. I’d like to keep...
  5. Upper Peninsula Michigan Streams and Rivers
    Heading to the UP this weekend and was hoping to find some trout, steelhead or salmon surf casting the rivermouths. Am I too late or too early? Definitely headed to the north shore. Any advice would be welcome. Am mostly thinking about west of Munising. Thanks in advance and cheers!
  6. Big Lake Cold Water Fishing Reports
    Hey there. I just bought my first boat a few weeks ago and I’ve been wanting to get out to Saugatuck to try for steelhead and salmon. My grandfather and I used to fish out there regularly when I was a young child, but haven’t been out there in probably 6 years. How is the fishing out there...
  7. Upper Peninsula Michigan Streams and Rivers
    The fishing is picking up! I just put a new report on our site. We are offering $50 Off guided trips through March. https://www.superioroutfitter.com/local-fishing-reports
  8. Upper Peninsula Michigan Streams and Rivers
    Hey all, I'm wanting to get into steelhead fishing more so than I have been before. I'm currently in Marquette, anyone know if the local rivers (within an hour) have steelhead during the winter? Or is it better to just wait til spring? Still pretty new to the area so any advice would help!
  9. Cold Water Species Fishing
    Anyone own this rod? If so, what are your opinions on it and what techniques do you use this rod for? Also, would this rod be able to handle chinook salmons ranging from 15-25 lbs?
  10. General Discussion
    Hey guys. I am interested in doing some steelhead fishing in GR this year. I have always been hesitant to steelhead fish because of the crowds by the dam, but I caught 2 while fishing for other species last spring, and ever since those silver fish have been calling me! I was only able to get out...
  11. Tackle Talk
    Hey all, the tackle bug bit me again and I'm thinking what, if any, heavier fly rod to get. I'm not a fly tackle only guy but got into it out of necessity for picky trout. If I'm comfortable with spinning/baitcasting tackle, is there a reason to have a heavier fly rod as well? I'm a so-so fly...
  12. South West Michigan Streams and Rivers
    I am planning to head south to the St Joe but I am not familiar with that area at all. Any advice on where to access the river for wading? I see on google maps a Benton, Riverview park I also see Jasper Dairy boat launch. Are these areas too far up river? And Another question is on spawn vs...
  13. Camping, Sight-seeing, Tourism, RVs
    Hey Guys! I'm looking for recommendations for camping spots for a fishing trip I'm taking in April in and around the Huron-Manistee National Forest. I'm looking to fish any of the big rivers... the Au Sable, Pere Marquette, Manistee, etc. for early steelhead and whatever else may be in the...
  14. Upper Peninsula Michigan Streams and Rivers
    I didn't make it out much last month as I have been busy with the arrival of my daughter and trying to keep the driveway clear of snow. We have had a very snowy February with nearly 90 inches falling on top of a good snow pack from January. I am now standing above the drifter when I shovel the...
  15. Introductions
    What’s up Michigan Sportsmen? My name is Red Hobbs and I initially signed up for this to get ice conditions around me. I was growing impatient waiting for the ice so I think I googled the conditions of the lakes near me. Wouldn’t ya know, I actually got ice conditions from this site and was...
  16. Big Lake Cold Water Fishing Reports
    Gents ... Just moved back to Michigan (Frankfort area) after 35+ years living & working in NJ. I have a 19' Robalo CC and a 16' Stealthcraft PD, neither of which is outfitted with down riggers and related big lake gear. But I am interested in the early spring stick bait/trolling fishery for...
  17. Upper Peninsula Michigan Streams and Rivers
    We have had some awesome weather this year in the U.P. and our rivers remain ice free for the most part and the trout bite has been on more often than not. I have been staying pretty local this year and concentrating on mostly "euro nymphing". It feels pretty familiar after using the always...
  18. North West Michigan Streams and Rivers
    Hey guys, I got the call late friday night from buddy Lyle and he said things were looking good so i grabbed the cameras and headed for the big river. Needless to say, we locked into some solid action and got them dialed in pretty quickly. This was my first time doing this style of fishing and...
  19. Big Lake Surf/ Pier Reports
    Hi All. Looking to do some fishing along some Superior river mouths in the next few weeks (Unmentionables/Two Hearted etc.). Has anyone had luck up there for Steelhead/Salmon during this time? Unfortunately, I don't have access to fresh spawn right now, but looking to cast some spoons...
  20. Saginaw Bay and its Tributaries
    Hey guys so I was looking at the stocking database in the Saginaw Bay area and was looking in the Pigeon and Pinnebog river and the DNR has planted an average of 7,000 Rainbow trout(steelhead) in the Pigeon River since 2000 and an average of 16,000 in the Pinnebog river...
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