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.
Shoto / Mishicot Steelhead, Manitowoc County
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.
MOON PHASE (90%)
Yes, the water actually came up pretty good. It is still far lower than normal for this time of year but it should move the fish a little bit.
Shoto was pretty muddy as of yesterday,
Michicot was a little more stained than it has been lately.