Big Manastee River, Michigan, USA Update.

Posted on October 21st, 2010

[nggallery id=338]My friend Winston Seto who Barb & I fished with last fall along with our good friend Jim Westman just came back from a trip fishing the Big Manistee in Michigan, US.  Unfortunately the fishing was not optimum as you will read from his update.

“Sounds like the entire Great Lakes tributaries could have used a good soaking from typical hurricane systems into the region.  No such luck this year.  Our first trip was “fairly successful”.  We were asked for our input first.  Either if we wanted to go fish behind gravel bars and target the shaker rainbows and browns gobbling up the salmon eggs (JR reported no big #s of adults that far up yet & reported low numbers of kings too), or take a chance at targeting the fresh adult rainbows in the lower portion.  We gambled and hoped for decent pods of fresh adults in the lower sandy sections.  We ended up landing two bright chromies and six fair sized shakers.  I say fair because all the fish were caught by my partner!!  I got skunked big time.  Set ups and drifts were pretty much identical/dialed in, but only his floats went down.  Had both floats drifting within 2-3 feet from each other many times and only his float dunked leaving me shaking my head throughout the day.  Here’s something else, Dave’s first adult fish was taken as he was reeling in to start another drift.  Unbelievable!!!  So yes, they have been trickling in the lower portions but we drifted through tons of water to find the few players.  Had about four other jet boats racing around to the prime lies but did not witness bent rods from their boats.”

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