Water level was higher than previous weeks from the snow. Water was brown. The water was clearer at Shoto than Mishicot. Fished both dams on Friday 4/20 but did not catch anything, did not see others catching, and did not see any fish in the rivers. I tried Manitowoc harbor too but nothing happening there either. Tried cranks, spoons, spawn and even pink trout worm. Maybe Saturday/Sunday was better?
Shoto / Mishicot Steelhead, Manitowoc County
MOON PHASE (59%)
Any recent reports? I’m sure the water is high but how is clarity? Is it worth my time to travel 90 minutes to fish the rivers or would it be better fishing the piers? Any help would be much appreciated.
I use the fake trout or salmon eggs made by Magic Products in Amherst Jct. I have gotten nice steelhead with just 1 egg on a hook or by using a spawn sack with 4-5 of the eggs . I get them at Fleet Farm. I have fished alongside guys using fresh spawn sacks and did as well or better.
Louies Sporting Goods Manitowoc has special sacks. The steel head spawn sacks are still tied by Dell. He retired a few years back, but every year he ties up a new batch.
I've been buying them for over thirty years when I don't tie my own. He does two things that make a difference.
These are spawning steel head. Dell uses steel head roe. The sacks have to be on the bottom of the fast moving streams where the spawning fish are. Dell ties them with a short length of copper wire. Increases weight and helps get and keep them on the bottom.
A lot of commercial roe is tied up with little floats and they use salmon roe. If you are fishing for salmon on the piers, floats in the sack helps by keeping them off and above the bottom muck.
Salmon roe sacks are not very appealing for steel head. They don’t taste or smell right or something.
Looking to connect with a few steelhead in the next week or so. It's been years since we have been to the area. Any tips on an area to fish with spawn? Don't need coordinates or anything, just a general area where we might have a shot at a few steelhead. Thanks in advance.