January, February and March
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Excerpts from Capt. John's Log
3/31/03 Today is the day my 1987 Cherokee gets fresh
motors installed and the 2003 re-power project is almost over.
Spent most of yesterday charging batteries and readying the boat to
drop the motor in. I rented Manistee Welding's boom truck to
do the lift job in my driveway.
3/30/03 The best news about yesterday, is that I
received my 5 year charter license from the USCG Station in Toledo,
Ohio. After a threatened delay until mid-April, because of
homeland security issues they processed my paper work even before my
old license lapsed 3/31/03. Click
here to see a reel-charter license
3/29/03 Andy, Dan and Mark were my
esteemed guests for yesterday's event on the Big Manistee
River. This was special trip for me, because it represented a
three generation family fishing trip out to have fun. The fish
kinda cooperated with Andy landing his first Steelhead, which was
our largest of the morning. Dan then did the honors on a
smaller fish before Andy did a job on his second fish. Mark
was content to see his son do battle and ran the anchor like a
expert for me. Click for
Dan's fish Click
for Andy's fish
3/28/03 Things kinda improved somewhat for us yesterday,
4 Steelhead, 1 Carp-Sucker and at least 9 good solid strikes.
I think we finally rode on a lucky streak with the first three holes
we fished all had Steelhead in the them. Boxed 3 fish by 10am
and a then Carp-Sucker put a curse on us, because misitius set
in. We finally boated our fourth fish of the day in the last
hole we fished around 2:30pm. It was good thing to see a few
fish cooperate instead of sitting there all day long making excuses
for fish that just didn't exist, or plain wouldn't hit!
3/27/03 Gonna be on the Big Manistee
River today with Ted and Stefan. While fishing continues on the
slow side, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Check back
later for a complete report on how our day went.
3/26/03 I was put between a rock and a
hard place first thing yesterday morning with a non-functioning 140 hp.
Johnson outboard motor. Murphy's Law, "if it ain't broke
don't fix it" applies here, because in changing the fuel filter
yesterday, it allowed dirt into the carburetors. So, after several
attempts, the motor was a no go. Then I got the anchor hung up, so
I'm off to a terrible start right of the bat.
3/25/03 I've got a better plan for
today then yesterday's non-program. Gonna hit the river below
the belt and fish the bottom end, because the top and middle ain't
producing for me. Wes Edington is my guest for today's do.
3/24/03 Fished today with Greg B. and
his extremely well-behaved son, Mitch. We fished prime water
until about noon then called it a day. We hooked one small
fish about 10am and it didn't stay hooked. It was tough for us
even to get a hit!
3/23/03 Manistee Lake and the channel to Lake Michigan is clear from ice. I seen some where's between 15 and 20 boats anchored on the sand bar off the mouth of the big river fishing spawn yesterday. To say it was crowded would be a understatement! The river is flowing at 1710 cubic feet a second and the initial flush of the highest water of this year is over for now. The water temp up by Tippy Dam is a stable 36.32 degrees. The outcome of my river trips for this coming week looks a lot better then last week's struggle, I'm optimistic to say the least.
3/22/03 Tracey and Steve were my guests for yesterday's abbreviated sojourn on the Big Manistee River. I met this splendid couple at the agreed upon time, even though they had a semi-lengthy drive in very foggy conditions. Tracey's bright, warm smile assured me these were nice folks and a good day lay ahead of us. Then the conditions turned for the worst with a cold driving rain with temps in the 30's. To make matters worse, Consumers turned-up the flow at Tippy Dam to full bore at over 2400 cubic feet per second, sending a large amount debris downriver. We fished maybe 5 spots, before throwing in the towel around 11am and rescheduling their event. Next week looks good once the river cleans up!
3/21/03 I had to say good bye
yesterday some of the finest company a charter operator could ever
ask for named, Dan and Dan Noerr. We finished up their 3 day
journey on the Big Manistee River with Don expertly landing a stout
hook-jawed male in the 10 pound neighborhood and Dan caught a
smaller fish later in the day. No many fish were available to
us, or anyone else on the river from what I could see. But, a
couple is better then none! Click here
for Don's Dandy Steelhead
3/20/03 After I threw in the towel at
straight-up noon we finally boated Don and Dan Noerr's first fish in two
days. I had just finished informing them that I couldn't turn a
fish and I sucked as a guide, when the number two rod took a hard
yank! We were in business with Don doing the honors on a bright 6
to 7 pound hen. In the next three hours we had 4 more hits and Dan
boated a smaller, but hard fighting male.
3/19/03 Fishing sucked big time
yesterday on the Big Manistee River. In my 8 hour trek with
Dan and Don we managed one nibble at 9:45am. We then had a
fish briefly hooked-up about 3pm and that was the total sum outcome
of this non-event. A complete lack of Steelhead continues like
it has since last fall, no matter what the any representative of the
3/18/03 Dan N. and company is going
to be my guest for the next three days on the Big Manistee
River. So with this deal, time is on my side to get these
anglers into a few fish. Biggest concern is the very cold
water temperature of barely 33 degrees. Downriver should be a
degree, or two warmer during mid-day. Please wish us luck,
because from what I've heard....we're going to need it! Check
back later this evening for some new Steelhead photos (I hope) since
in early Feb.
3/17/03 Worked my fingers to
the bone at the Novi Boat show to bring you some of the finest
photos I've taken in quite a while. Just remember, I'm more
than willing to go the extra mile to keep you the best informed
group of fishermen on the web. It could be also said,
"it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it!" Click
here for light-blue bathing suit
3/16/03 All's well in Southeastern
Michigan, because the weather is simply wonderful with temps in the
high 50's. Novi Boat Show concludes today, but not before I
get some photos of the live swimsuit models at the show. I
should have some great photos for Monday's update. A long trip
back to Manistee awaits me once the show is over. Thanks to
the many members of this website for stopping by my booth and saying
3/15/03 It's gonna better then 50 degrees today.......unbelievable! Fishing season is here for me. I'll be on the Big Manistee fairly regularly during the rest of March. Everything is going well at the Novi Boat and I look forward to my return to Manistee County tomorrow evening. 3/15/03 It's gonna better then 50 degrees today.......unbelievable! Fishing season is here for me. I'll be on the Big Manistee fairly regularly during the rest of March. Everything is going well at the Novi Boat and I look forward to my return to Manistee County tomorrow evening.
3/14/03 It was a harrowing journey to
see my homies in the Southeastern Michigan hood. I'm going thru
extreme culture shock since I left my crib with the
lunatic traffic down here. Running late, I was hooked up in 80 mph+
draft in the show-off lane, when 2 cars ahead of me decided to spun
out on I-96 eastbound. Needless to say, I made it Novi in good
shape, compared to the 15, or so cars I seen in the ditch. The treacherous
roads were caused by less then 4" of snow?
3/13/03 The Big Manistee River is
still mostly frozen over by the M-55 Bridge. The way I see it
is, we're about a week away from the good Steelhead fishing.
Predicted warm temperatures and rain on the Monday will really shake
3/12/03 I'll probably be cutting a trail for the Motor City later today for the Novi Show which starts tomorrow. Not much to report from the Manistee fishing scene, but there a some Steelhead at Tippy Dam being caught. A trip into Manistee is called for and I'll see if the lower end has cleared from ice. The weatherman is calling for temps in the 50's for this coming weekend, maybe we will have a spring after all.......eh?
3/11/03 I'm in the process of
preparing for the next show at the Novi Expo Center this
coming Thursday thru Sunday. The weather up here has been very cold with lows
in the single digits and highs that never seen 20 degrees
3/10/03 Returned home to the
frozen north country in Manistee County last evening. With
winds to 35mph and blowing snow, the trip was no pleasure.
This brutal, never ending winter continues to pick on me. The
weather (ice storm) was the handicap at the show in Flint,
Michigan. The usually heavy crowd on Saturday was non-existent
and Sunday's crowd was very small too. Never the less, it was
a joy to met many of you, because we all share the addiction of
Great Lakes fishing.
3/9/03 Had a great time at the
Flint Steelheaders Show today, until an ice and snow storm curtailed
the crowd in the early afternoon. Met many of the website
viewers, as about 30 of them challenged the fishing machine in our
friendly tournament, so far. Show concludes today, and thanks
to all who braved the roads to attend the event.
3/8/03 Stayed pretty busy on the opening evening of the Flint Steelheaders Show at the IMA Arena yesterday. Looking forward with greater anticipation to see what today brings. Thanks to those of you who took the time to stop by my booth and say hello. Rodsmanship contest is in full swing, with at least ten members testing their skill against the fishing rod machine. More updates tomorrow with more photos almost live from the show.
3/7/03 Live from Flint, Michigan.......this is your man on the ground, Capt. John reporting. Yeah, I got the mobile net connection to work from the motel. I'll be able to keep this site updated thru-out the run of show. Gotta set up the display this morning, then let the show begin. Predicted to push 35 degrees here today, wow!
3/6/03 I posted a chart of the
supposed constant flow deal on the Big Manistee River, even though I
probably catch some major flack over it. It just goes to show
there is no such thing as constant flow and let the river run, as it
3/5/03 Spent most of the day loading my
pick-up truck with the dog and pony show I'll soon be hauling to the
Flint Steelheaders Show at the IMA Arena.
3/4/03 OK, this weather better break
soon, because I'm running out of subject matter to report on.
Here's the latest and greatest from Manistee County. The ice
in Portage Lake has built to at least 21 inches and micro 4 to 6
inch perch are being caught. Manistee Lake is windswept and
bare, building thicker ice
3/3/03 Reporting from the frigid and
frozen tundra here in Manistee County the big news is the way below zero
temperatures experienced last night. This delayed all projects
yesterday, because it was to cold to work in my garage (even with a
heater) and put the finishing touches on the re-power project.
This delays any thoughts of hitting the Big Manistee River, as the ice
is a major problem.
3/2/03 "Almost" have the
starboard motor completed, other then for installing transmission,
I'm pretty much done with the re-power 2003 project. Loading
the "show display" for the Flint Steelheader's Show at the
IMA is on today's hot list.
3/1/03 March is stepping in day in a
pretty mild manner (like a lamb), with highs today predicted in the
mid-30's. Watch out towards the end of the month when it leaves
like a lion! The below zero thing is supposed to visit us once
again, starting on this coming Monday. This was knocked the wind
out of my sails, thinking spring was only 3 weeks away.
2/28/03 And Thank God this is the last
day in February! Reports of good ice fishing for Steelhead off the
mouth of the big river have been dribbling
in. The inside word is the ice dams has jammed the mouth and not
many fish are able to make it up river. This is a great indicator
of what's on the horizon.
2/27/03 We have entered into
Streakville today, because the 2003 line-up of custom painted, or
taped Silver Streaks is now in hand and ready to ship. The packs
I've put together for the upcoming season contains all my "hot lures"
from 2002. Capt. John's Dirty
Dozen is laden with the deadly, glow-in-the-dark hammered
finishes. New for this year's agenda is the Whopper
Stopper Pack which is geared towards this summer's "tuna
time." It has doubles of the 5 best magnum sized spoons
known to mankind, if your quarry is Mr. King Salmon in 2003? click here to see how the
early & late fish see this selection of Streaks
2/26/03 Joy, joy, joy everything I
did yesterday was a huge success! The high quality stainless
coast-lock snap swivels (American Made) have been ordered, and a
direct account is in the process of being set-up with Luhr Jensen in
Hood River, Oregon. As an added bonus a deal was struck
between myself and Capt. Steve from the "Spanish Fly"
trolling flies. So, I'll soon be offering his product for sale.
2/25/03 It's been a long journey to get
to Streakville this winter, because I'm still waiting on the special
order spoons to be shipped. Not having the Silver Streaks in
stock, means delayed shipping and double postage for me when they do
arrive. I got tried of waiting and shipped all orders minus the
snubbers and Streak spoons. In case you didn't know, I get the
snubbers from Streak too. Ordering VMC hooks and American made
high quality coast-lock snap swivels and hook files from Luhr Jensen
will be accomplished today.
2/24/03 Starting to feel extremely
positive about the completion of the re-power project for the tried
and true 1987 Cherokee that I've owned since it new. 17
seasons and 8000 hours later, means countless successful charter
outings in that old gal. The winter weather here has worsened
again to single digits again.
2/23/03 It's back to the deep freeze here in Manistee County, until a mid-week warming trend is supposed set in. Lower end of the Manistee River is still frozen solid at the M-55 bridge. Re-power project is almost whipped and both motors almost done. Need to install transmission, cushion plate and bell housing on the starboard. I should have the new motors installed by the third week of March. Then we're on our way to "Fish City" to outwit the wily Brn. Trout on Lk. Michigan.
2/22/03 Pressure on the Big Manistee
River is intensifying, as the river is clearing from ice.
Mixed results are being reported, because the river is running at
1360 cubic feet per second at Tippy Dam. Run-off from below
Tippy is helping somewhat, but Consumers has yet to turn on the high
2/21/03 Here's a E-mail reply from a
very satisfied advertiser from his boat listing:
2/20/03 Made tremendous strides forward
in buttoning up the port motor yesterday. Work begins in earnest
on the starboard motor today and should see competition of the re-power
project sometime this weekend. Barring any unforeseen Murphy's Law
2/19/03 Work on the starboard motor
starts today, as the port motor gets a drink of 30 weight break-in
oil and a new filter. Restocked on the flashers and Streaks
have been promised sometime this week. Plan is to work in
"King's Marine Garage" today and tomorrow, then hit the
BMR this Friday. I'll be posting comparison photos of the
recommended TrollMaster alternator on tomorrow's update.
2/18/03 Heaven has descended upon Manistee County with predicted balmy above freezing temperatures at last! While I kinda hate to load this page with commercialism about products at the tackle store. I haven't been able to chase Steelhead all winter, because of the very frigid and harsh weather. So, the reel-truth is, there's not been many opportunities to fish the big river. Hopefully, towards the end of the week, the ice will clear enough to turn this back into a fishing website. I'm getting a bad case of spring fever and feel the need to fish.
2/17/03 A big weather
improvement is on the way, maybe towards the end of the week, the
big river might be fishable. Starboard motor heads the
"to do" list this week, because spring is only 5 weeks
away! Busy with orders for now.
2/16/03 Victory can almost be claimed on the port motor project. Other than for installing the TrollMaster alternator and fuel filter and line, this motor is done! Work begins in earnest this week on the starboard motor. By this coming weekend I should be able to call the re-power project......over! Soon re-installation in the boat begins. Below zero temperatures once again prevent any chance of fishing the iced-over Big Manistee until the "predicted" warm-up for this week comes in.
2/15/03 Today's is the day I muster the courage to wrestle the port transmission onto the bell housing. American Express and Discover credit cards have been added to Capt. John's Tackle Store. Not overly thrilled about the 15 below predicted for Sunday night, but hey.....we've all lived through worse! Short update again, as continuing problems with my phone line have made dealing with the internet a reel nightmare.
2/14/03 The Fishlander spoons are
here for 2003 and ready to ship. Every spoon in this pack is a
winner on both Lakes Huron and Michigan. These spoons mix well
with attractors and will produce excellent results on all species of
Trout and Salmon in our Great Lakes. If you go into the archives,
you'll see these spoons featured many times as the "Hot Lures"
of the day. I am proud of this year's selections! I have
several orders to ship, so please be patient. Most will go out in
2/13/03 I spent way too much time dealing with very unsavory message board issues yesterday. I'm in the firm belief, all problems have been rectified and they won't reoccur. Having real trouble up here with the phone lines, due the high winds and frigid weather. So, I hope today's shortened update gets published, because my internet connection has been marginal at best.
2/12/03 I'll concentrating my
efforts in putting together more tackle deals today.
2/11/03 All's white and very snowy in
Manistee County, like usual! Brutal winds yesterday to 35
mph made it even seem worse than it was. I've got plowed drifts
about 6 foot high. The fact is I'm running out of room to pile up
2/10/03 I wanted to introduce 2003
line-up of Capt. Len's King Fly today. This is a premium
product and was a mainstay of my attractor program during 2002.
All of his flies are patiently hand-tied in a fly vise with meticulous
care. A slight delay means, these fine trolling flies won't be
ready to go until sometime early next week.
2/9/03 Spent a major portion of my
time yesterday shipping orders. The response to the custom
taped Bechhold Flashers has been extremely well received and
I'll need to order more soon. Tomorrow is the debut of Capt.
Len's Fly 2003.
2/8/03 Frigid, artic-like
temperatures and deep snow have curtailed any chance of whipping a few Steelhead on the Big Manistee River. It's going to be a
while before this weather improves enough to hit the big creek too.
It's hard for me to keep focused on the fact, this is a fishing
website, when we're experiencing near blizzard conditions
everyday. Oh well, it will be summer sometime............I
2/7/03 My order of custom
taped Bechhold Flashers arrived today and they're ready to ship
now. These are special order, non-regular stock models with
laser glow tape on one side, and crushed ice glow tape on the
other. I'd like the thank Jerry Bechhold for allowing this
very special order go through. It's not like they need my
business. This unique 50/50 taping pattern will provide an
edge over the rest of the fleet and they're only available through
2/6/02 The lower end of Big
Manistee River is frozen solid by the M-55 bridge. Steelhead
and what looks like fat chunky rainbows are being caught thru the
ice on Manistee Lake. If you're interested in learning how to
fish Steelhead thru the ice E-mail me at email@example.com
and long friend and deckhand, Mark Pefley will show you the ropes at
an all too reasonable rate.
2/5/03 I need to take a trip to
Wellston and Ludington to tie up some loose ends today, if the
weather is decent? As of now, the full force of February's
fury is dumping a bunch of the white stuff again, plus it's too
windy and reel-cold.
2/4/03 Yesterday was a good day and
everything went too well. In fact, things are moving along so
smoothly, I'm waiting for the hammer to fall and everything to go
haywire ( like it usually does)! Click for here Bruce, Ludington's
2/3/03 Way too many irons in the fire
today! As the interest in the 2003 big lake trolling season
gets underway, several tackle offerings are in the works. If
all goes well, I'll introduce this year's package deal on Capt.
Len's Fly tomorrow. At this point in time, I'm at least 2 days
behind schedule and working hard to catch up.
2/2/03pm Did "OK" Big Manistee
River today with Vickie and Capt. Brian. We boated 3 Steelhead,
with the largest in the 9 pound category. Vickie with her alert,
lightening-fast reflexes and persistence, whipped the largest Steelhead
of the day. Not to be left out, Capt. Brian expertly reeled in two
smaller fish too! There was no death toll on today's event, as all
the fish were released in good shape to battle again. Click
here for one of Brian's hens
2/2/03 Brian H. has today booked for a Steelhead in the Big Manistee River. I have no idea of what to expect. Gonna have to play this one by ear. The river is flowing at 1400 cubic feet a second, which is still below normal flow. I guess we'll just have to wish for the best and fish hard. Check back this evening for update.
2/1/03 Well, we've drawn another
month closer to where interest is building in the 2003. With
any luck, the custom colors of the Bechhold Fishcatchers should be
here soon and I'm putting together Capt. Len's King Fly pack for
2003. January in Manistee was fiercely bitter with snow and
cold. I'm glad to see it go!
1/31/03 Tried to fish the big river yesterday, but all the shore ice was broken loose by hot shot who ran his boat upriver full tilt, making it impossible to fish. Incidentally, I know the doer of this no-good was one of those who's been fooled into the fact that "chuck and duck" is fly-fishing. The tip-off was the proudly displayed yuppyish Patagonia Clothing sticker on his rear window of his new SUV. I've never felt the need to advertise overpriced clothing on my pick-up truck, nor ever will! Click for winter's scenic view from my riverboat 3/30/03
1/30/03 Spent most of the day wrenching
on the new port engine and everything went well. I've reached the
point where the accessories are being installed on the newly rebuilt
blocks I purchased. This is a major job, with future of many
trouble-free days fishing at stake, so I'm being painstakingly meticulous.
1/29/03 Readying the riverboat for
tomorrow's exploratory venture on the BMR is on the front burner
today. I'll be on the big river again this coming Sunday too.
1/28/03 24 degrees BELOW zero
yesterday morning in Cadillac Michigan at 3:30am. Now, that's
beyond a reel serious Brrrrrrrr! The weather up here is akin
to living at the North Pole, except there's none of them darned
elves, reindeer or Santa. OK, enough whining about winter,
because warmer weather is on the way!
1/27/03 OK, the football season has
drawn to a close with the Tampa Bay Bucs winning the Super
Bowl. So, now's the time to start making firm plans for the
2003 Great Lakes trolling season. Yes, we will have a summer
once again, even though I'm going snow blind in Manistee County with
even more snow. You haven't lived until you've used a roof
rake to prevent "ice damming" under your lower shingles.
1/26/03 A few Steelhead are being
caught thru the ice in front of the Little and Big Manistee
Rivers. "Beware," best describes the precautions necessary to do
this safely. Coho spawn is working best and there's a few
fresh-run Coho still migrating up the Little Manistee.
Manistee Lake is hard frozen, except by the river mouths.
1/25/03 We got our butt kicked by at least a foot of snow at my house in the last two days. On a trip up the western coast of Michigan yesterday, I noticed the Kalamazoo, Grand, Muskegon, White, Pere Marquette and Manistee Rivers we're all frozen shut in their lower stretches. Not much attention can be given to the Steelhead with the all the snow and extremely brutal weather lately.
1/24/03 Finishing long overdue paper
work is my deal for today. Several tackle packs are in the
works, and that needs attention too. I'm looking forward to
next Tuesday when the temperature is "supposed" to be 35
1/23/03 I received a E-mail from the
man (himself) who revolutionized the way we now fish the Great
Lakes, Mr. Jerry Bechhold. He is the inventor-manufacturer of
the rotating flasher. I was informed he would do doing
seminars at Cabelas in Dundee, Michigan this March on the 7th, 8th,
and 9th. Click here to see
Jerry w/ a 35# cut-bait King
1/22/03 Below zero temperatures are predicted, as artic-like conditions mean bone-freezing, teeth-chattering cold. This is the coldest weather we've had in a long time. The weatherman says, this frigid weather is supposed to last well into February. Any plans to fish the Big Manistee River? Well, bring your tip-ups, because the lower end is frozen over. This glacial weather will improve the odds for a banner year on Browns off Manistee, if you're looking for the cloud with a silver lining. If it stays like this, Lake Michigan will freeze over all the way across.
1/21/03 Got held up at the doctor's
office, because a man walked in complaining about a sore left arm
and pressure in his chest. Needless to say, his needs took precedence
over mine and I spent over an hour there.
1/20/02 I trip to the doctor's office
is in store for me today. I have to have a complete physical
for renewing my U.S.C.G Charter License. 2003 marks my 21st
season in the charter business and I'm still
1/19/02 We're getting hit pretty hard
right now with the dreaded "lake effect snow," and there's
not any relief in sight. It's plain cold and snowy here in
Manistee County. Any thought of fishing the big river right
now is on hold, until we get some warmer weather. The river is
full of slush and what I call, "flow ice," because the ice
just keeps flowing downriver, making it unfishable.
1/18/02 I stopped procrastinating
and started the tear-down on my boat engines. First it had to
be determined what year the motors when manufactured. So, that
meant removing the transmission, bell-housing and flywheel to see
what style rear main seal it was (1986 engines). Then I
ordered a new long-block for $1,799.00 the port, or counter rotation
engine from a place in North Carolina. Shipping by truck was
around 180 bucks too!
1/17/03 I just couldn't get going
yesterday, so I called in sick (even though I wasn't). Had had
the feeling I was talking to myself, when my boss relayed to me, what
a splendid job I'd been doing and go ahead and take the day off.
The he told me I was his favored number one employee and deserved
the time off.
1/16/02 I'll be installing a poll at
the message board to start voting on 2002 Photo contest winner
sometime later today. Members of the message board will decide
the winner. I chose the message board route, because each
member can only vote only once. So, this year's outcome should
be fairer to all.
1/15/03 Today marks the first step
into the journey of rebuilding my 350 Crusader engines. I got
15 seasons from them, but it's a wise move to put refreshed power
back into my Cherokee, besides the lake season is about 10 weeks
away. First thing is to pull the bell housing and transmission
to see what style rear main seals I have, before ordering two new
"crate" long blocks.
1/14/03 Started the ball rolling on
this year's Silver Streak deals, as per my conversation with Chip
Cartwright. The Black-Tail was ordered along with several
other custom colors. I'll be starting on the engine project
tomorrow. Ordering rebuilt long blocks is the way I'm going,
but with an entirely new valve train.
1/13/03 I'll be concentrating my efforts on setting up a poll to vote for the best photo from the 2002 Contest at the message board. Also, I'm expecting a call from Chip Cartwright from Silver Streak to order-up this years "Dirty Dozen" spoon offer. Plus, I'm offering a "Whopper Stopper" dozen too, which will be all my best Magnum Spoons in custom painted colors only available through this website.
1/12/03 The north end of Manistee
Lake is almost frozen all the way over, but the southern end appears
to be open by the little river. 7 inches of snow yesterday and
more today, means I'll be getting aquatinted with Mr. Snow Shovel.
1/11/03 Wind, cold and more wind is story from Manistee County. It was wise not to endure harsh conditions and cancel today's do. Most of the guides I know have reported to me a lack of Steelhead, so I'm not in this boat alone. Many, like myself have called off many trips, hoping things will improve in the near future. The big question is, will the Steelhead be moved to the endangered species list before this happens?
1/10/03 "Supposed" to be
fishing the big river tomorrow. However, with a balmy high
temperature of a predicted 18 degrees, it would be plain
foolishness. So, I'm canceling that tragic deal before it
starts. If the high doesn't at least hit 25, the ice that
builds on the boat, shift and steering cables, makes life miserable
1/9/03 Like a gift from God,
unseasonably warm temperatures graced Manistee County yesterday in a
big way. Today? It's like having nasty old man winter back and
snow is in our forecast again. Aren't we lucky?
1/8/03 The page called Great_Lakes_Fishing
has been a resounding success thus far. In fact,
it ranks for the most popular page for the week.
1/7/03 High winds and very cold
conditions greeted the few brave souls who chose to fish the lower
end of the BMR yesterday. Slow best describes their action, as
low and extremely clear water continues to hinder success.
1/6/03 From a suggestion on the message board, I've decided to start a photo gallery of our members fishing rigs. With all the money and time we've invested into our boats, this will be a great place for others to get a glimpse of your ride. Small boater? Hey, don't worry about it, because I fished the Great Lakes for over 10 years in boats ranging in size for 14 to 18 feet. So, we all started in a smaller boat. E-mail me your photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be posting them, as they come in. The ideas to be gained from the way others have rigged their craft is immense and should benefit everyone. I think this page will go over big!
1/5/03 Skim ice covers Manistee Lake in
most areas, but both river-mouths are producing a few Steelhead for the
"dyed in the wool" January lake trollers. Scattered
reports of limited success in the lower Big Manistee down toward the
M-55 Bridge. The weather so far has been better at this time of
year, than in recent memory. By now, we generally have more than a
foot of snow on the ground.
1/3/03 Today marks the joyous occasion of starting on 2002's taxes to give the devil it's do. Also, the lower end of the BMR is showing signs of a few Steelhead being caught. In fact, I heard one boat took 4 fish a few days ago.
1/2/03 Just not much to report from Manistee County today. I'll be going into the City of Manistee later today and should have a hear-say fishing report for you by tonight. The best way to describe everything is to say, it's like suspended animation until the Steelhead start a stronger migration into the Big Manistee River.
1/1/03 Happy New Year! 2003 is here and it won't be long before our thoughts turn towards the big lake trolling season. In less than 90 days, I'll be launching the lake boat for Lake Michigan Brown Trout. Reports of better Steelhead fishing off the piers and trollers in Manistee Lake were taking some fish. River fishing will be awesome, when we get our first reel-flush of high water.
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