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Steelhead, what few adults there are around, are still eating salmon eggs.

Bundle up, the walleye should start hitting again, soon. This one ate a Smithwick Suspending Rogue.

The whitefish bite, although not as hot as it was, is still going strong - when the weather permits fishing, that is.

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Monday November 10, 2008

The snow’s flying as I type here in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. So far, on this Monday morning, there’s a bout 2 inches of fluff on the ground, with a little more to come. But not to worry, there’ll be some warm weather coming and what we have on the ground now will melt. And even if it doesn’t, the fish will still bite.


I walked the banks of the lower Boardman River, downtown Traverse City, yesterday evening, in search of steelhead. There’s not a whole lot of adult fish in the system right now. I did make a few drifts with my center pin, drifting small spawn bags in a few runs. I landed four very small steelheads of about 13 to 14 inches each. I’m sure there will be a flush of adults sometime soon… There always is this time of year.


The Platte and Betsie Rivers are in about the same state. There’s a few adult steelies here and there. The best bite’s been on the Elk River. No, there’s NOT a ton of steelhead in there, but it seems there’s more adults in that tiny section of river below the dam then in most other rivers.


Salmon eggs, or fly imitations there of, still seem to be the best thing going right now. There are very few salmon in the rivers, but what few are there are going through the rituals of spawning and spewing eggs. Soon, very soon, the steelhead bite will change over to wigglers and wax worms (as well in-line spinners and crankbaits).


On the walleye front, it’s been real hit and miss with the weather. Two weeks ago, the bite was on. We were getting limits out of South Lake Leelanau and Long Lake every time out. Last week, however, in the unseasonably warm weather and its high pressure system, as well a quart moon (yes, I watch these things) the bite was less that good. It was a fish here and a fish there, but no wild bite, for sure.


This week, if the weather allows us to get out, the walleye bite should once again be good. I’ll be doing what I usually do – casting blade baits in 15 to 30 feet of water during daylight hours, and then switching over to twitching suspending bodybaits, such as Rapala X-Raps and Smithwick Rogues, in 3 to 8 feet of water after dark.


As for fish I personally have not been out after, yet? The perch bite’s been good in Big Glen and Crystal Lakes. Minnows, by far, have been the better bait for the bigger perch. And the whitefish bites still going, not as strong as it was a few weeks ago, but strong, anyway. Both East and West Grand Traverse Bays have been the best (or at least the most hit by anglers). This is the time of year the whitefish start to spawn, so they’re moving up onto gravel to do what Mother Nature tells them to do.


Well, that’s about it for now.




Dave ~ WildFishing

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