This is the Grand River fishing report as of December 2018. Colder than normal temperatures were the story for the first half of December. As a result this has put the steelhead into their winter mode on the Grand River. The steelhead numbers are somewhat down from previous years but the fish seem bigger.
The water temperature has been cold, mid 30’s and somewhat stained. Slow things down to get the best response to your presentation. Remember, look for the slow water and the deeper runs and holes. You’ll need to float your drift numerous times through, as the fish are sluggish right now.
Currently, the only method we’ve been using right now is float. Our main line has been 12 lbs mono dropping to an 8 lbs leader and in some instances 6 lbs. The reel has been a Daiwa 4000 series with a 10’ 6” Okuma SST rod.
Try using beads in various orange colors along with chartreuse and mix it up between the 12 mills and the 10 mills. Remember, if your using 12 mills you should use a #4 hook. Use a Raven 11 gram bobber. If the steelhead feel any resistance when they grab, they’ll let it go.
However, if the runs are short try the chuck and duck method. This will get your rig down quicker to where the fish are than a float rig normally would.
If you’re going to use flies, use larger egg patters with some color along with larger stoneflies.
A warmer than normal weather pattern is setting up for the rest of the month, along with some rain this week. As a results, the water temp will warm up a bit and this should send some fresh fish up. With that said, keep using the same techniques.
Don’t be afraid of the cold, this is a great time of year to fish. Low pressure and if you put in your time you’ll be rewarded with big fish.