Saturday, November 03, 2007

MI

For my entire life Michigan has been at my doorstep. Literally a hop skip and jump across the BlueWater Bridge. My mother originates from Michigan and I have spent a great deal of my youth there visiting with family members. But for some reason it has only been until recent that I have begun to explore her Steelheading >opportunities.In particular Western Michigan and all her glory. It is no secret that Michiganders are outdoors enthusiasts but once you experience her northwest you can truly begin to understand why. Huge rolling oak forests dotted with towering white pines. Clean deep gravel laden rivers with cedar strewn banks. Thriving deer and turkey populations. Blue Ribbon trout streams and yes...oh yes...huge Steelhead.
Michigan has a long successful history of steelhead management and can boast of steelheading opportunities all 4 seasons of the year.
We had the opportunity to spend 2 days on the west side recently. With Ontario conditions in near drought state we opted for a larger MI system to ensure adequate flow.
Reports from insiders were coming back poor with indications of the season just starting so we were not quite sure what to expect. The fishing wasn't epic but mixed with the experience and surroundings made for another memorable trip. My highlights were a healthy fresh in chromer pushing 30", the impromptu stop at the M37 Meat Shack, and the panoramic view over the PM. I'm already planning the next trip back to the west side. Stay tuned...

9 comments:

Trotsky said...

I am not going back until the fish get a wee bit stupider...
What has happened to me?
...Can I only catch fish in Disneyland??
:o/
Oh well...the Jerky at the Meat Shack was worth the trip alone.
BAck to work..

dave.wallace said...

Well done guys. Looks like you found some nice water rather than joining the Shitrat Convention at Tippy.

lambton said...

Thanks Dave. It was an enjoyable trip. We stretched our legs a little and discovered some very lonely water. Now if it would just rain and fill those rivers with some numbers. On a side note a little gay bird told me you had much success on one of NY's finest. Congrats back at ya.

BCM said...

That looks like some very fine water. What's going on with your fishing partner???

lambton said...

Hi Bri,
Yes...fine water indeed but around the corner was everything that is wrong about "fishing" LOL!!!
G is hangin in there. I suspect he will be schoolin me by the end of this week ;0) Probably with some 14lb chromer that POS.

Trotsky said...

Fishing partner....or designated fish tailer /photographer....
I may have to visit the trout ponds soon...
..or maybe some of those MI crickets will do the trick??
:o)

lambton said...

O.K. I just figured out how to solve your dilema. I'll wring out a glass of mojo from my luckey gloves. You drink it and you will be back in the game. Fool proof plan! Can't fail ;0) or you could sleep with the gloves on your hands for a week!

Trotsky said...

The thought of your gloves just made me throw up a little bit in my mouth....

beanerspop said...

Nice fishing Lambton.....I wish I could go with you guys but I enjoy sitting in a warm room in front of the computer,sipping apple cider and reading and looking at this stuff.....brings back good memories!!!