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    Mike Lewis
    Mike Lewis
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    I took my family up for our annual trip to see our in-laws up in Northern Michigan over the week before and after labor day this year. Had a really great time and got to experience a lot of different types of weather, scenery, fishing and beer.

    We started off the trip at the family cottage on Lake Michigan and I had a good time enjoying the area, canoeing, and Short’s Beer. So dig my dog, River.

    The rains came heavy, so the only place to fish was below Tippy Dam on the Manistee. Fishing was tough, but I managed a few Chinook (king) Salmon in fresh from the Lake. It was a few days before labor day, but a good time to fish the river before the snagging crowds and while the fish were still active enough to legitimately hit a lure. Fishing was tough, real tough, and the air temps were above 90.

    The rains eventually passed, and I finally got to fish the river I wanted, the Betsie, after a nice sunset the night before.

    The Betsie is a cool river, pretty small, all naturally reproducing fish, and not a sign of another fisher aside from one other drift boat. No trash around a beautiful scenery. Air temp was 70 with a light breeze. The best day I have had up there fishing. The day after Labor day was very nice to avoid another traffic. The fish this day would slam a streamer placed in front of them if it looked annoying enough. A heck of a fight!

    I was pretty exhausted for the last fish I got to the boat, these fresh salmon were pretty energetic and fought for ever thing they had.

    To cap off our trip, we made a day trip to have lunch in the beautiful city of Charlevoix, saw a porcupine, and had an epic beach fire with my wife’s uncles.

    Can’t wait til next year!

    #75229

    Nice TR!

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    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Super awesome Mike! Are you burning a laundry hamper there? Did you eat any of those Kings? I’d be curious to know how the freshwater lake versions taste.

    Zach

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    Tim Angeli
    Tim Angeli
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    Good stuff Mike. I love Northern MI. Any sign of steelhead yet? I expect they’re still a couple weeks away.

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    Roy Conley
    Roy Conley
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    Can’t wait till next year, what is wrong with multiple trips per year?

    I am leaving on the 21st for a week. There is, as you well know, a reason some of us make three trips to Northern MI for each one to WY/MT.

    #75237
    Mike Lewis
    Mike Lewis
    Member

    Super awesome Mike! Are you burning a laundry hamper there? Did you eat any of those Kings? I’d be curious to know how the freshwater lake versions taste.

    Zach

    I kept the first two from the Manistee to feed the family with, we cooked it a few different ways – the best being marinated in a bit of low sodium soy sauce with some spices, covered in Peach Preserves and cooked over indirect heat over a charcoal grill. Not quite as good as Alaskan…. but not too shabby.

    It was an old wicker basket laundry hamper – and it went up quick!

    Tim – I hadn’t heard much about steelhead moving in yet, I think is was a few weeks early.

    Roy – we usually go up twice a year or so, but a 950+ mile one way drive with baby is limiting me to one trip in 2013!

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    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
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    Holy crap, you drove??? Awesome fish.

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    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
    Member

    Holy crap, you drove??? Awesome fish.

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    Brad Eaton
    Member

    Awesome trip report! Gives me something to look forward to and a reason to put a date on the calendar for our trip to MI. 950+ mile one way drive is a commitment for sure, and apparently worth every one.

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