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Friday  March 22, 2019

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3/21/19 1st Dock Is In!
Manistee, MI
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3/19/19 Manistee, MI
Rows of floating ice
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Coho size difference?
Capt. John Warren's catch
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3/22/19  The 2019 season just got reel-serious with the 1st dock going in at Manistee, MI's public launch.  City of Manistee does a fine job when it comes to their Lk. MI fleet.  During season city employees scrub the fish cleaning station every morning to keep it spiffy.   Early season anglers have been able to launch for free in the past.  Will inform to see if this is happening again this year when I visit the launch soon.  Ice has to "git gone" & that will probably happen today with 6 to 9 footers predicted. Click 3/21/19 1st dock

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 nice?

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 subzero cold!
               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!

3/19/19  Friendly 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.
             Checked 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 Warren's catch. 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."

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