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...