Who ever said that steelhead fishing was easy, never went steelhead fishing. Right now the steelhead fishing has been slow. With that said, here’s our fishing report for December 7, 2019.
The Grand River has been having its ups and downs, literally. Rain continues to make fishing difficult. We have been seeing flow rates at 6th Street drop to fishable levels only to spike back up to unfishable levels…. all within the same week. In addition to the rain, we have snow that comes and then melts, cooling the river down and subsequently the fishing. This same event has held true for the more intimate northern rivers we’ve been fishing as well.
With all the said, we are still managing to bring steelhead to net, albeit, not every trip.
The fish we have been finding are in the slower, deeper, dark holes. You’ll need to float these winter sports several times, adjusting you bobber depth and switching out your beads to find what the fish like.
If you want to catch steelhead, take advantage of these last few days of “warm” temperatures before the rivers freeze over.
Although winter is literally knocking at the front door, as of this report, there is no safe ice. Most lakes are open and if there is ice it won’t support anyone walking it.
Right now the Climate Prediction Center is calling for below average temperatures for the Great Lakes and above average precipitation for the months of January, February and March. For the month of December the Climate Prediction Center is calling for near normal.
Winter can be a great time to enjoy fishing. We have all the gear, electronics and heated shanties so you can have a comfortable and successful day on the ice.
We are starting to take reservations for the ice fishing season. If you want to book now, look to do your tip starting in January, as lakes Cadillac and Mitchell tend to be the first to freeze, followed closely by Hamlin Lake in Ludington. These lakes are excellent for northern pike, walleye, crappie and bluegills.
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