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Spring Steelhead Highlights

With the brutal winter we experienced here in southern Ontario steelhead fishing didnt really get going until later in March, but once the rivers broke the action was incredible!

Writing for Ontario Out Of Doors magazine does has its benefits and in the 3rd week of March I was sent to Michigan on assignment to fish the Muskegon River. The Muskegon is an amazing river, probably the closest thing we have here in the great lakes to a west coast experience. Its a big river averaging well over 200wide and is best fished from a drift boat.

Numerous large fish were landed over the course of two full days, some on a variety of 10mm beads, some on dime sized roe bags.

Throughout late March and the month of April I averaged 3 days a week on the water, some spent with clients and on off days with my young son and a variety of good friends. Several treks north to fish some select Lake Huron tribs were made. A number of trips were spent fishing Stateside in NY, PA and OH. A lot of kilometers were put on the vehicle!

Locally the Grand in Caledonia is finallystarting to round into form. It was fishable over the trout opening weekend but then blew out again with heavy rains. Its still extremely high and coloured and wading is potentially dangerous.but the fish are there. I expect itll remain good for at least another two weeks!

Although this year it seems May will be the prime month for steelhead, my season is now done. With ice breaking in the lakes up north my 2014 travel season is set to start soon. First trip is a fly in on May 20 to a small brook trout lake west of Wawa near the perimeter of Pukaskwa Park.

Ill be bringing my young son along for that one so it should be special.


Tight lines to all,


Cheers,  Mike

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by Greg | Dec 31st 1969 | Tags :

A big thanks to all the participants, volunteers and sponsors that supported our charit perch derby.  We were able to raise over $1200.00 for Chron's and Colitis charity.  We had over 200 participants in the 1st annual Michael Cirino Memorial Perch Derby at Bayfront Park.  Fishing was tough and the weather was worse.  Mike Green won the derby with a 9 ounce perch caught on a minnow and drop shot rig.  It was windy and cold conditions.  We hope to make it even bigger next year. The event was a big success.

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by Greg | Dec 31st 1969 | Tags :

We wanted to thank everyone who attended our perch derby for their support.  It was a great day.  We had about 100 participants and a lot of fish entered. 

The biggest perch went to Adam Delves from Hamilton with a 1.2 pound perch.  It is a derby record to date.  The youth division was won by Justin McDonald with a 1 pound perch. 

There was some incidental catch's as well.  A pike was hooked on a small minnow during the derby that weighed in at 9.9 pounds.  A salmon was also hooked and put on an acrobatic show before straightening out the young anglers hook.

Thanks again for your support, it was a great day. 

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by Greg | Dec 31st 1969 | Tags :

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