Mon, Dec 31, 2012
Had a great time with Andrew and Kenny, out for a half day on Friday. The fish were in a cooperative mood, and Kenny landed his first two steelhead ever. This dandy 12lb buck, followed up by another 11.5lb male on the next cast. Andrew, who I've had the pleasure of fishing with since he was just a boy, was not to be out done and landed multiple steelhead and some really nice trout of his own. Winter fishing continues to be good! Thanks guys-you were a lot of fun to be with..
Not for the faint of heart
When people ask about winter fishing, I usually tell them that a typical December/January day(without wind and rain often seen in the spring and fall) can feel quite comfortable. Well, we had the worst of the worst the weather can throw at you on Thursday. The guys were in from Indianapolis so we decided to give it a go. Slushy snow, temps in the low to mid 30's, constant rain blown by a 20-30mph east wind, all hindering our steelhead fishing persuits. All I can say is that these guys are tough, bad to the bone in my book.
I never worry about fishing nasty weather, all I have to do is outlast the other guys in my boat. Confession: I had a little self doubt on Thursday--it was wet and cold and the guys showed no signs of weakening! Thankfully our hard work and perseverence paid off. We landed a very good number of quality steelhead and trout, and had an epic battle resulting in the big hen Jerry is pictured with to highlight our day. It was definitely a memorable day, and we were the only ones on the water that day to experience it. Thanks guys, hopefully we can do it again.
I know, long time no post. Just thought I'd share some photos of a few friends having good times on the Muskegon, from this fall. While some days were more productive from a fishing standpoint than others, they were all eventful and fun. With the low water and warmer than average weather, the salmon run was lengthy and drawn out. All in all still a good run, just no real peak. The steelhead run has seemed to follow the same course. Overall fishing has been adequate, sometimes outstanding-but sometimes a definite work for what you get. The recent bump in the water levels has improved the fishing, and weather pemitting the winter steelhead fishing has been and should continue to be good. Water temps are still around 40 degrees keeping the fish fiesty. Most of our fish from this week jumped like October steelhead rather than the typically more subdued winter variety.
Thanks to all of you who fished with us for another outstanding season. I feel truly blessed to have so many guests that I consider friends, and look forward to seeing many of you again in the coming year!
There are plenty of steelhead in the river system, winter fishing should be good when mother nature allows. Consider taking advantage of our winter 1/2 day special: 2 anglers for 4 1/2-5 hrs for $225. It's a great opportunity to get outdoors during the warmest part of the day during the holidays.
See you on the water,
Having grown up in Newaygo, Nathan Hulst has been catching Steelhead and Salmon for over 25 years.