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Friday  October 9, 2015

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Manistee's Pine Creek
10/6/15 Very Few Kings?

King Salmon Spawning
10.6.15 Pine Creek
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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 Results
              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.  Click 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. 
              I 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 Poll Page
              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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