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I know this is a fairly tight lipped technique, so PM's are encouraged and appreciated. Looking to hit a west michigan lake/river mouth to try for some steelies through the ice. i have a couple of slammer rods ready to go. i was hoping to get a little more info on the basic line/leader/hook details. do you recommend braid or mono for a mainline? also, what leader length do you recommend? i have some spawn ready to go, are there any other baits worth trying, maybe wigglers? any other tips/suggestions you can provide is great! thanks
 

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I have never targeted steelies but while jigging for walleye I tend to pick up a few every winter.
 

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Never targeted steels either through the ice. Do alot in the spring and fall out of boat. But have caught many browns on jigging rapalas. I would think steels would hit them also. I would think light line 6 to 8 #. Fresh spawn on a tipup should be great also. Good luck. And post a report on how you do..
 

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They fish the east end of Pentwater lake where the Pentwater river dumps in. They set as close to the open water (If there is any) Not for me I love catching steelhead but the prospect of a swim this time of year does not sit well. I stick to the thick ice and focus on perch. White lake where the white river dumps in is another possibility.
 

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I have good luck with a #16 treble and a single minnow hooked threw the lip. The line I use #4 or #6... The small treble is key.. I like the red ones.
Good Luck!
 

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If in current it seems like you'd want floating bags, 12"-20" leader of 6-10 fluorocarbon, below just enough weight to contact bottom. Then set the trap. I would imagine perch minnows would work too.
 

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Have heard of gravel pits located in floodplains of larger rivers (grand) that had steelhead caught through the ice after being trapped from flooding the previous spring(s)
 

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I use 6lb Maxima green, setup as a slip rig "egg weight, bead, swivel, 30" leader,#6 owner egg hook "with a floater spawn bag, preferably steelhead skein. Key is to be where the current is which usually makes things a little hairy.
 
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