2003 Fishing TripsBy Robert Piorkowski - March 1, 2003
For March, this is the time to plan a steelhead trip on the St Joseph River in Michigan. Initially, we wanted to spend time with a guide to learn techniques, tackle and terrain, I would highly recommend Four Seasons Sportfishing Charters. With information gained by that trip, we now plan to venture back and try it on our own. By boat or by wading you can fish this river for 50 miles from Lake Michigan to the west and past South Bend, IN to the east. With its tremendous steelhead population, (and walleye in summer), and proximity to populated areas, the St Joseph River is a tremendous resource that needs more attention.
As May approaches, the walleyes and white bass pull us like a magnet up to the Fox River/Winnebago system in Winneconne, Wisconsin. Depending on the weather, the white bass will be running with the catch of an occasional walleye. (The main walleye season is earlier in March/April). Trolling river rigs, with minnows or flies or casting jig/minnows will full your live well with bass. Last year we found a few walleye hanging around grassy flats. These were caught using the same rigs the white bass were attacking. Dress for success because weather can be finicky.
Summer time brings an annual trip to the Arkansas Ozarks for Bass fishing on Bull Shoals Lake, and flyfishing for trout on the famous White River. Bull Shoals Lake boasts over 1000 miles of shoreline with great bass, panfish, catfish and walleye populations. With that much acreage for fishing, there are plenty of guides to put you on fish and places to stay. (http://www.bullshoals.com). The White River is a tailwater fishery created by the construction of Bull Shoals Dam.
What I haven't discussed were day trips on local waters. These are more termed, "grab-gear-and-go" outings, and don't necessarily need guides or lodging. We'll be hitting plenty of local waters this year. To help with your trip planning this year, check out the guide section on Lake-Link. You'll be able to read information about conditions for lakes/rivers, find lodging and a guide. Its early in the season, so pick up the phone, write a letter or click a link to plan your next fishing trip. The more information you can find, will only help ensure your trip is enjoyable.