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Shoto / Mishicot Steelhead, Manitowoc County
Looking to get my first steelhead this winter. Are there generally catchable numbers of steelhead and brown trout in the East Twin through ice up or am I too late? Just want to make sure I'm not wasting my time out there. Posts and DMs are appreciated
MOON PHASE (1%)
56° - 60° F
Fish are in the rivers and biting if you get away from the crowds and get in quiet areas, dirty water means bigger skein and beads. Cold weather and rain will only help. It's hard to fish near any of the dams with the amount of snaggers or flossers. Had multiple people hooking up non stop and yanking there line. They kept getting frustrated and yelling fish off, hmm I wonder why, maybe because you are flossing them and snagging. Some of the guys down there truly think these 4 year old dying salmon are coming up and biting your plain hook, sinker and piece of foam. They are just swimming into your line. What a joke. On a brighter note if you get a long ways away from the dam they still will bite egg sacs and beads but the dam is flat out ridiculous with how many snaggers/flossers there are. Saw a guy keep a nice brown at mishicot the hook was on the side of the face from him setting the hook super hard every time he saw his line move. Keep it classy hillbillies
56° - 60° F
Fished the smaller Shoto dam, Saturday and Sunday. Water looked like chocolate milk and moving quite fast. You cannot see them in there but they're there. Only time you actually see them is when they breech the surface. There was more fish activity on Sunday because of rain I assume. Lots of people fishing on shore and wading. If you want a place by the dam get there early.
Saturday I had one hit on spawn sac but I got too excited and must have yanked it out. I did not get anything on cranks or spoons. Did not try flies.
I had no bites on Sunday. Friend with me on Sunday caught two, both female on a very small custom spoon and I mean Swedish pimple small.