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Old 12-16-2002, 08:41 PM
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Hooked some 20+lb Skams years back. When I was foolish and did not know better. landed a 21 weighed it on a scale at the tackle shop. Gave it to my Dad to put on the barbie.

Go figure.
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Old 12-16-2002, 08:46 PM
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L.Michigan steelie

Hal & gang:
15# is still considered a d@mn big fish, but
this one went 22.5#. Milwaukee River on a Lime marabou spider...

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Bob,

NICE !!

My pursuit continues with more urgency.

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P.S. Are you coming down to the Chicago Mid west show in January, see post in Great lakes section.
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Nice big head, I love em when they are colored up.
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Old 12-17-2002, 09:23 AM
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Please no more pics of 20+ lb Gls steelhead on the forumn we do not want to advertize to much.
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I think the word is out. That is a pic of a really big skam if I'm not mistaken. Those Michigan fish don't get that big. Bloody minnows compared to that.
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Ah, yes, I remember that day (and year) very well. Not only did Joe catch that steelhead on that day (about December 6, 1993) he also caught over twenty additional steelhead that same day. The next day ( I swear) he brought out an Orvis one-weight and tried to get one on it. That was the year most of us saw the best steelheading we had ever had, but those days are past. That area is now extremely popular and has lost some of its holding water to high water and silting. It's still a good place, but nothing like it was that year. We took a lot of pictures of that fish, but the one Bob put up is probably the best overall. By the way, it was caught on a speyrod.
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I thought that was Joe, time has not changed him at all.

I seem to recall the early 90's being very good for Steel in NW Ind. I'll have to look back at my logs to verify. Don't you just love Skamania...
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Old 12-17-2002, 12:12 PM
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Yes Skamania mania, gotta love those silvery beasts that seem to be on steroids !
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Makes those Little Man fish look LITTLE!!!!!
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Old 12-17-2002, 03:02 PM
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yes..

Mainistee, Chambers Creek, Garnaska, and McCloud strains don't get nearly as big as Skamania. The project for making the fishery used three, 3yr old skamanias, two females over 33" (late spawner and early spawners),and a alpha male over 36" to create the genetic balance for all our fish. The results have shown that the process was successful, these fish can be giants.

The largest steelhead in the Great Lakes I believe was a skamania that was 31.4oz and was stocked in Indiana waters but caught in Michigan waters....I am not 100% sure

Still....you gotta love them!
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No doubt, but they really burn themselves out in the summer. Very few release well. Which is a dirty shame.

Too bad the Michiogan plants did not take off as expected, soem come back to the Mo' , Big Man, and PM. But not nearly enough.

Who knows maybe in 20 years there will be a large natural spawend fishery of them.
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Old 12-17-2002, 04:47 PM
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yeah.....

That would be great. It might take more than that though.

As for skamania, yeah it is a shame but sometimes they can be revived, but that is why heavy tippets and tackle are best...they get the fish in faster!
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Been there with the heavy tippets, but when water temps are 70-74d you may as well take them home.

that is the reason I quit fishing for Skams. hate to kill such an awesome opponent.
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Agree, you have to keep them when the water is that warm.

My favorite GL steelhead strain along with wild LM and PM steelies.

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