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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?
10/23/21 Posted a photo of some Marigold
flowers we started from seed last March by our pole
barn. It's late October and they're still
flowering/growing in Manistee, MI. We have not
had a frost, or freeze yet ...which is a long ways
from anything close to normal.
Summers in the northern lower peninsula of MI
have always been volatile, but we have a lot more
warm muggy nights.
October flowers in Manistee
Last time I checked surface temperature of Lk. MI it
was 62°. That's on the warm side for this time
of the season. Lk. Superior is one of the
fastest warming lakes in the world too. Now
experiencing algae blooms. Is climate change
How it effects our Great Lakes fishery
Manistee weather can hold off for a day, or 2.
Have a better topic from Michigan Sea Grant's Dan
O'Keefe on MI river Steelhead natural reproduction
vs. stocked. Stocked or planted Steelhead
contribute to this fishery greatly. Dan always
puts out and informative read and have subscribed to
Click for Sea Grant Article
Guided fall thru early spring from 1985 thru 2003.
Mostly for Steelhead and have a lot of respect for
this aggressive fish. Great Lakes trolling and
river fishing is a different mindset. In the
lean years on Lk. MI after BKD, the river kept me in
10/21/21 Production is on the downhill
side of Strip Teazers for 2022. Some old
standby colors were overlooked like, Monkey Puke.
This color cycles thru the fleet every 10 to 15
years and matches our heads and spoons. So, it
was a no-brainer to add.
Big news is the pattern that was neglected that will
debut the end of Nov. This color produced my
best and biggest boxes of Kings over the past few
years. Injected 140 strips in this hush-hush
pattern yesterday and they turned out sweet!
Tomorrow? ....what's up with the weather?
10/20/21 Pine Creek video was made some
years back. Enough for me to critique the
camera work. Most movies the cameras are still
and the subject matter moves. This one is the
camera is moving, doing all the work. This is
This video was one my early efforts with acceptable
cam work, with zoom at times. Sound track with
the sounds of the water and narration was unscripted
and free flowing, just like Pine Creek. So, I
gave myself a C+ rating. Always room for
It's 6:45am and
I'm heading to the pole barn to make a new pattern
that was overlooked last season. Stay tuned
for a new color to debut around Thanksgiving.
10/19/21 My annual visit to Manistee, MI's
Pine Creek began in 2007 tat's been shared with you.
There's an impressive 15 years of photos all taken
from the same place on the same gravel bar with
Kings spawning. and completing their life cycle.
This is a sad and happy event. Sad to see a
bunch of fish dying. Happy to see there's a
new crop on fish to return in 3 to 5 years (mostly).
Click Pine Creek pics
2021 showed more Kings in Pine Creek in a number of
years. Groups of 6 and 7 instead of 2s and 3s
working the gravel. This is a completely
unscientific visual judgment call. But
is does seem to lineup with what July, Aug. and
Sept. King fishing was.
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