Salmon and Trout
Brown trout caught off Racine certified as co-world record by IGFA
Written by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:48
The International Game Fish Association has certified the 41-pound, 8-ounce brown trout caught by Roger Hellen off Racine last summer as a co-world record.

Hellen's fish will be listed jointly with a 41-pound, 7-ounce brown trout caught in Michigan's Manistee River in 2009 as the all-tackle world record for the species.

Fisheries leaders cheer reports on Lake Michigan Chinook salmon
Written by Grand Rapids Press   
Monday, 18 January 2010 17:48
State fisheries officials analyzing 2009 Lake Michigan salmon reports are encouraged by what seems to be an improved balance between fish and prey.

Preliminary data shows there likely are fewer, but larger, Chinook in the lake than in previous years, providing further evidence that stocking cuts in 2006 are having the desired effect.

“According to the forage fish surveys we do, it looks like we have seen an associated increase in the alewife biomass,” said Randy Claramunt, Michigan Department of Natural Resources research biologist and chairman of the multi-agency Salmonid Working Group that monitors the lake’s salmon.

Record Brown Trout Caught in Manistee
Written by Ludington Daily News   
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 14:57

The Ludington Daily News has learned that what appears to be a new world record brown trout was caught in the Manistee River this morning.

Grand Rapids area resident Tom Healy caught the 41-pound, 7.25 ouncemonster on a crankbait while fishing with Tim Roller’s charter service. Michigan DNR fisheries biologists Mark Tonello and Todd Kalish weighed the fish after leveling the certified scales and determined the weight. It is the new record hold for Michigan. Upon the second weighing with the scales leveled, the weight was determined to be .75 ounces heavier than originally determined. The fish was 43.75 inches long.

The fish is 1 pound, 3.25 ounces heavier than the reigning world record German brown trout, a 40-pound, 4-ounce fish caught in Arkansas in 1992 by Howard “Rip” Collins who used an ultralight rod and 4-pound test line to catch that fish. Healy will have to apply for certification to be declared the world record holder.
The state record German brown trout until today weighed 36.81 pounds and was caught in Lake Michigan in Benzie County in 2007. The next three places in the state record books were held by Lake Michigan browns caught in Manistee.


Spring means ideal steelhead fishing season
Written by Chillicothe Gazette   
Monday, 30 March 2009 16:04
It's been a tough winter for local steelheaders willing to make the long drive north. There was some good fishing early on when fish were entering the rivers from Lake Erie, good enough that one veteran steelheader caught 31 in a single day on the lower Grand River. But after that good days when the water was green or clear didn't happen often, thanks to monsoon rains again and again, and bitter cold weather that closed the smaller tributaries

But it's March now and if the various streams, rivers, and creeks stabilize, action can be the best of the season. For one very good reason. Steelhead spend their winters in deep pools and long, smooth runs, and while they'll bite gently on spawn sacs, jig and maggot combinations, live bait, etc., they're not aggressive and unwilling to chase a bait in water that might be only 33 degrees. But come March the days get longer and the water warms a little, and suddenly these big trout have spawning on their mind.

Area anglers gearing up for salmon
Written by Post-Tribune   
Sunday, 22 March 2009 08:39
On an uplifting note, signs of spring could be seen and heard locally over the past week.

Spring is marching forward as evidenced by the warmer temperatures, the sounds of the marsh, sightings of flocks of sandhill cranes and the pairing up of Canada geese as they seek out nesting sites.

Along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the annual return of the spring run of young coho salmon has anglers enthusiastically checking gears and whetting lines.

The one and two year-old young coho, nicknamed "jacks" have spent the first stages of their lives feeding out in the big lake.

Apparently, judging by reports, they must have found good food sources.

"I've talked to some fishermen who have told me that they have caught some nice two to three pound jacks around the Gary lighthouse and the near the U.S. Steel breakwall," said Michigan City veteran charter boat captain Steve Kreighbaum. "Generally, this time of year, these young cohos usually weigh a pound or a pound and a half."

Shore anglers have also been getting in on the action, too. Fishermen have been catching coho off of the pier in Michigan City and along the wall near the U.S. Coast Guard Station.

Many anglers have been using a night crawler six to 11 feet down under a bobber. Others have been casting spoons, such as K.O. Wobblers or Little Cleo's and having success as well.

Some steelhead action also has been noted at the mouth of Trail Creek.

Mid-sections of Lake Michigan tributaries have also been producing steelies with spawn being the top bait.
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