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3/21/19 Big N blow
tomorrow for Lk. MI waters off Manistee, MI.
This could push the floating ice down the lake, or
dissolve it. Looking for a window for my 1st
trip of 2019.
There's a lot of moving parts that all have to come
together. Part 1 and 2 is Lk. MI has to be free from
ice and the City of Manistee has to install a few
docks at the public launch. Temps are
predicted for this weekend in the 40s to pushing
50°. Look for the docks to probably go in
sometime next week.
Part 3 is tolerable weather that does not elevate
fishing to an extreme Eskimo sport. Next
Wednesday looks like a go. If the lake plays
3/20/19 Spring 2019 has
officially arrived. Today's forecast for
Manistee, MI is cloudy and rainy with temps in the
low 40s. Not great, but it sure beats snow and
Wayne J, our resident Manistee reporter took a swing
by the public boat launch. Ice on the ramps is
gone on a few spots. That's the good part.
Bad part is the rows of floating ice just outside
the harbor that cheeses and idea of trolling the
shoreline for spring Browns.
Click 3/19/19 Lk MI floating ice
Incidentally, know I didn't have to twist Wayne's
arm to go look and the lake. It's just
something nice to do and fosters dreams of what 2019
has yet to bring!
reminder to purchase your 2019 before the end of
this month. Bought my senior license for 11
bucks yesterday. Once you have an account set
up with the MDNR eLicense system repeat purchases
are a piece of cake.
Click for online eLicense
Boat prep this afternoon. I'm maybe 3 hours
away from my 1st trip of 2019 waiting on a field of
frozen ice-snow to melt before the boat comes out of
the barn. This is compacted snow and is more
like a glacial ice with all the rain we've had.
inshore water temp for Manistee, MI off the
satellite map that says 34°. Water should be a
little warmer around the harbor. Will keep you
posted on when the 1st docks go in at Manistee's
public launch. This could happen reel-soon.
3/18/19 Posted an
over-under 2018-2019 photos on the size of the early
Coho from the S end of Lk. MI from Capt. John
Click Coho comparison
Size on this year's spring Coho looks to be a little smaller
then the same time last year. Cool 2018 fall
and cold winter probably has a lot to do with this.
To confirm emailed my contact, Tom M to see if my
visual assessment of right? Here's what Tom
said to say: "they are smaller... I heard of a lot
of people having to throw Coho back that were under
the 14 inch mark. Johnny had to throw three back."
You don't need much luck from St. Patrick's Day when
it's game on for spring Coho in the S end of Lk. MI
off E Chicago, IN.
3/16/19 S. Lk. MI Coho
These young Coho are on a fierce attack to grow into
adulthood. What they lack in size s made up in
the sheer volume of fish on a death mission.
Predicted this would happen in my 3/13/19 update
when the ice was on the way out. This area of
Lk. MI is ahead of Manistee, MI by a good week, or
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