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Surfs up steelhead - Great Lakes style!

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Well, there's nothing better than walking miles along the Lake Michigan shoreline, searching for no name creek mouths, and pursuing the elusive Great Lakes steelhead. Well, I am one of those beach bums, and I would give anything to hook a steelhead or salmonoid in the open water, rather than in the rivers. Why?? Well, here's my opinion....the fish are fresh, and very aggressive!! Also, there are little obstacles to compete with, and you have the opportunity to land more fish if done right. I live for this, and using a spey rod comes in handy as well. I don't get to do it that often since I reside in an area of Michigan that doesn't have the best surf fishing opportunities. Below are some images from a recent trip in Northern Michigan.

A fresh chrome hen taken off a redd right in the mouth of a creek. She attacked a blue/white clouser minnow. I watched her enter the creek the previous day and move in and out cruising the shoreline. She measure 31in and had a 15in girth.

The same fish, different view.

A dark male taken the previous day that was in a holding lie behind a redd under some brush in the creek mouth. I watched this male cruise the shorline the day before and refused our surfs candy flies. It took a smelt imitation out of aggression as it drifted over the redd. It measured 33in long and had a 16in girth.

Releasing the male.

Well, if you guys need any help with surf fishing or have questions/comments, please post.
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I fish regularly with dan, we consider ourselves to be beach bums. Casting 400 grain sink-tips to crusing salmonoids on the beaches of lake michigan. We fish unnamed creeks for fish crusing in and out. Dan happend to see fish crusing up the creek and actually got one to take a smelt imitation. It was fun watch these fish cruise in and out. I want to point one thing out. We did not fish the redds. These fish were farther upstream, and they were spawning. We left these fish alone. As you can tell the male was pretty beat up but he still took our offerings in the process of procreating. Dan and I love to fish for salmonoids, we don't mind answering any questions for you on surfs-up fishing.

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The Great Lakes do not get any better. The surf, the rivers, the creeks, the trout, the steelhead, the salmon,! AH what great rewards!!
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