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Old 01-09-2003, 08:35 PM
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Been fishing steelhead since 1982, I know the difference.

Skams spawn first as rule then the manistee fish. We used to have a strain of fish that ran in Indiana that was loaded with eggs when you caught them in late october, I always figured they spawned in December or January.

I also have seen years where the fish would stage in the lake mill around due to low water then shoot up on a downpour (there once was a time when spring was very rainy) the streams would be too high and roily to fish, they would come and drop and shoot out before many fisherman got to them.


These fish stage, if the water is low you get hordes of fish staging, hence the word "run" . After a good rain(many inches) these fish will "run" up the river to spawn. If it is a lot of rain they will run in droves do thier thing and drop back before you know it.

Extended low water periods hold fish back, some come in but most stay in the lake or deeper lower sections of the river. Which explains this years poor fall/winter run. Some fish have come in, some not all. these fish will get a chance to spawn first and their young will have a better chance of survival since there will be less competition for food. hell skamanias were muttated at the fish factory.


I base this on fishing the river before the rain where minimal fish were found. then again once the waters subsided. I was lucky enough to work 4 day weeks back then so I had a chance to hit these babies often. what i found after the downpour receeding was pods of spawned out fish very close to the river mouth.

I did'nt read this in books, i saw it first hand on the rivers 21 years of fishing has a way of helping you formulate observations.
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