Steelhead, big waters beckon

Discussion in 'Lake Michigan Basin' started by spinner, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. spinner

    spinner Staff Member

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    Don't get me wrong.

    I still love small stream trout fishing.

    Small stream trout fishing season closes on Sept. 30 and will remain closed until the first weekend of March.

    The Wisconsin fish management style has created more trout and a byproduct of more trout is smaller trout because of the lack of food for the masses to eat.

    Smaller trout mean I cannot get the same adrenaline rush as days past on the area streams and I will need to drive the extra 3 hours east to the Big Lake and its tributaries for my fix of screaming drags from 30 plus-inch steelhead is second to none.

    So I'll be pursuing steelhead on Lake Michigan and elsewhere.

    The lake-run browns, around 30 inches, can really put a bend in a rod.

    I only have these four spinners left from last year.

    I have a new 9-foot Fenwick HMX rate from 3/8-ounce to 1-ounce lures with a Shimano Stradic 4000 partnered with it.

    The 30-pound power pro is already on the reel with a 24-inch leader of 10-pound fluorocarbon.

    I am set.

    I have my size 15 panther martins already and I am going to order my size 3 Mepps See Bests later today.

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