Out good friend Won Kee Sung had a great lead from Peter Yeung about booking a steelhead guide in Michigan, USA. Won Kee contacted Getting Bit Guide Service @michigansteelheadfishing through Facebook and a trip was arranged.
In Won Kee’s words, here’s how it went down;
“Jan 13, 14 and 15. The plan was to fish Muskegon and Grand River, Michigan. Two days before I arrived were hit by the worse winter rainstorm (35mm of rain+freezing rain+ 10cm of snow). Drove all night (8hrs) from Toronto, slept 2hrs in the parking lot and start fishing. Due to the rise in the river Greg my guide suggested fishing Pere Marquette which had the least amount of rain.
Day 1 – Pere Marquette. The water was very high as expected, -3 ‘c just enough to freeze rod guides 😅Started fishing with 10mm bead (peach) and it was a very slow morning. Once the sun came out around 10:00, we were getting a few hookups. I went 3/5.
Day 2- Muskegon, Michigan. The water level was still high but fishable. About 3’c very comfortable winter fishing temperature. Slow early morning, the action picked up around 10:00 am. Using 10 mm bead again, the first fish was a big carp! I went 5/6. Every other fish I pulled were close to 30″. They were big and thick!
Day 3 – Muskegon, Michigan. Greg was not available and he hooked us up with his friend Jim @Muskegonriveroutfitters , Facebook. The conditions were similar to day 2 but bit warmer and the water clarity was better. Using 10 mm beads, I did 11/14
Here’s the spec’s on the equipment I used:
- 13′ mod 6wt converted to the float rod
- 5″ center-pin reel
- 12lb tested mono mainline with 10lb tested fluorocabon leader
- 11g slip float using reversed tapered shot pattern.
All 3days were very tough fishing conditions due to the 35 mm rain they got. This is where the experienced local guides shine. I’ve caught my share of big steelheads in Ontario and NY. But quality and quantity of Big steelheads, Michigan is by far better than anywhere I fished. The average fish I pulled is 30″ (10-12lb range) and the biggest was little over.”