Steelhead fishing seems to be the most productive activity for most anglers. Success increases as the water conditions improve. Water temperatures are still in the high thirties and spawn bags seem to be the most productive presentation being reported. Plugs are still taking the majority of trophy size fish. 3.5 Mag Lips and Brad’s Wiggle Warts in gold and orange always produce.
Saturday Dec. 2nd was the Chapter Challenge for three local Michigan Steelheaders Chapters: Battle Creek, South West Michigan, and South Haven. The tournament hosted 40 plus anglers who were all competing for bragging rights. South West Michigan took home the win with 30 lbs. of fish pushing out Battle Creek that weighed in 24 lbs. Weather conditions were excellent but high, swift water and large amounts of leaves and debris made conditions challenging.
The weather forecast for the remainder of the month looks promising for river and pier fishing. Avid pier angler Don Richards is landing good numbers of white fish, steelhead, and coho salmon from the south pier at St. Joe, when wind conditions permit.
Don says a single egg presentation is best for white fish and steelhead. Casting spoons will also produce trout and salmon. Watch conditions before heading out on piers this time of year.
Ice fishing is in the near future and now is the time to get your equipment ready. If you missed the in store Ice Show there are still plenty of holiday specials to help your preparations.
Here is a list to help get you ready for a successful ice fishing season:
· Check your line. When was the last time you replaced your ice line?
· Make sure you have a good selection of flies and jigs.
· Do you need new blades for your auger?
· Do you need new batteries for your electronics?
· No electronics? They are a must for consistent success!
Take advantage of the weather and get out fishing.