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Discussion in 'Steelhead Talk' started by Chrominator, Sep 28, 2008.
I dont know, well right now its about 0.92....... So lets say u have steel staging at the mouth, which there is, if that river comes up a foot, there going to run up stream as fast as they can. The fords at the rock r no prob for them to get over even right now.... But keep in mind, say if the river does come up a foot and it does get a small run, but we get another dry spell and the river comes down like it is now, 90% of those steel will shoot back out to the lake and wait for more rain, like we all are now.......
you will be surprised at how high steel can jump with a swipe of the tail.
unless they get deadlocked in the rivers like alot of them r now!!!!
they can jump a 4-5 foot dam with ease.
Probably less percentage of manistee early in the season (like now) since they are spring spawners. It seems like there's more of a variety of steelhead shapes and sizes early in the season. In the spring, it's probably close to 100% manistee since the fall spawners usually return to the lake by winter.
A little of each. Safety is always there except when on the redds and they're doing their thing. Cooler temps and shorter days bring them into the rivers. The early manistees will look for wintering holes as the season progresses, starting to pair once the water warms and the days get longer in the spring. Feeding need is always there since it's a big fish often fighting fast currents. The fall spawners will look for spawning grounds instead of food and a place to hang out over the winter.[/QUOTE]
That one is often argued. Many think that the fish may run in and out of a river throughout the season. Others think that once they're in, they stay until done with their intended task. I agree with the 2nd option, but have seen stretches that make you wonder where all of the fish went.
Enter the streams during high water in the fall, stay in the faster water areas with better oxygen. Minnows work good this time of year.
As the water cools, they spread out into slower areas since the oxygen need during warmer water is no longer an issue. Some spawning begins for fall spawners. Eggs start to shine.
Winter - look for the holes, fish slow and small.
Once the water starts to warm, they head to the tailouts below and above gravel riffles to pair, then spawn.
Warmer water and longer days in April and May forces them back to the big lake to get fat and start again in the fall.
Book? The great lakes steelhead book by Nagy is a good place to start.