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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?
10/9/15 When you look at the
big picture, this website is a living history of Lk. MI
Salmon & Trout. You can go back to the year 2000
and see what my charter customers caught, every day,
every trip. I never cherry picked the better one's
just to boost my ego.
You can travel forward and see how our fishery has
progressed, or regressed.
1 thing's for certain, nothing stays the same when it
comes to fish. Click Past
Having years under my belt doing this website, writing
articles, photo journalism, shooting video and long
running polls is what I do.
10/8/15 2 days ago went to
my favorite stream for watching the fall King Salmon
spawn. Been photo documenting Manistee County's
Pine Creek since 2007. For 9 years been
photographing the same section of this stream.
Pine Creek article
What I seen this year was fewer and smaller fish.
Be hard pressed to say any spawning 2015 Kings were over
10 pounds. Every Salmon I saw, were naturally
reproduced with their adipose fin intact (non clipped).
Click spawning 2015 Kings
10/7/15 Sent in the required
2015 catch data report forms that are part of the Salmon
Ambassador Program. Bleak best describes my Chinook/King
Salmon take for the 2015 season. In about as many
Manistee, MI trips, caught around 20 Kings during June
thru September. Only 1 was a planted King
with a clipped adipose fin.
have no excuses, you can't catch what's not there!
Most trips might be 1 King Salmon outings with Lake
Trout and Steelhead making close to 3 fish average per 3
hour trip. Only took a few Coho. So, there
weren't many of them around to pick on either.
Tomorrow? ...photos and report from Manistee, MI's Pine
Creek. Pink Creek is a protected Trout season
tributary of the Big Manistee River. This stream
is a great place to Salmon watch when the fish go thru
their annual fall spawning ritual.
10/6/15 Posted the results
of the 2015 on the poll page. No startling
revelations, trends continue to be mostly static with
the exception of spoons. In 2003 spoons took about
25% of the vote. In the last 2 seasons spoons are
in the 40% range. Click
Bad news from the Little Manistee Harvest Weir according
to Traverse City TV station 7 & 4. There was less
then 500 Kings when the egg take began. It was
said, the MDNR needs
about 2000 fish to meet their already record low quota
for stocking Lk. MI.
10/5/15 According to the
surface temp chart, Lk. MI has rolled over with cold
water (40s) on the shore, out past the shelf.
Then, it warms up to the 60 degree mark. This
makes an excellent vertical fence that should keep the
fish on Manistee, MI's dropoff, or shelf.
Voting on the annual poll continues. Once we hit
an appropriate sample size this year's poll will be
added to poll page began in 2003. This makes 12-13
years I've been running this very same poll with the
same questions. Have learned, ...there have been
no tremendous shifts in the way the fishing public
chooses to fish.
10/4/15 Pretty much reached
the end of the Great Lakes open water fishery for King
Salmon. Every year, about this time, I run an
annual poll that asks you, "My Best Method for Adult
Salmon?" So, please vote. Results will be
posted on: Click My Poll Page
10/3/15 Need to mention the
DNR's public launch at Crystal Lk. was a lot better than
expected. It handled my 22 footer OK, but larger
could be iffy. You have to wash your boat and
trailer with a free pressure wash in an effort to
control aquatic invaders to use this facility. I
view this as an exercise in futility, cuz out can't
control the water birds that migrate freely from body of
water, to body of water.
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