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Fishing – River Fishing

March 25th, 2012 by ironcooker

Spring Steelhead Fishing

Growing up in Northern Michigan I will always remember vacations we took to fish at Tippy Dam
There was always anticipation for these trips for a young boy every spring when these fish would start their trip up river to spawn as they are now. Banks full of men & women standing with long poles in hand to bring in one of these big fish. There would be several days I would spend with my family on the banks of the Manistee River fishing & camping under this big dam; it’s something that I don’t think I will ever forget. Grandmother would have a big 15 inch cast iron skillet with fresh fish cooking over a campfire every evening &  Eggs with sausage every morning. Every time I pull on my waders I think of the smell of cast iron & pine smoke coming from her campfire. River fishing reports this week say that fishing on gravel beds are River fishing at Tippy dambest with spawn in full swing, fishing on this river is changing daily. Everyone that fishes these rivers knows that anyone can fish while a few catch fish, it is a time learned thing that you just have to spend time to know. The main thing is to enjoy what I learned when I was a small boy with my family on these river banks. Catching fish is a bonus but being with your family & friends is what really matters. Sharing old stories that are passed on from grandparent to younger generations & then passed on again over a burning campfire on a star lit night is something you will never forget. I listen to my friends talk about their trips to places I have been & we share stories about our trips. We know all of you have stories you would like to share. Leave your comments & ideas of your experiences on river or bluegill bass or pike fishing; we would like to hear from you.  Share your outdoor experiences with us.

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12 Responses

  1. Dennis

    Great entry bud, enjoyed reading that.

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    Great article! I like how you mention this being an activity with family and friends. Growing up we went camping and fishing every weekend we had free or weather permitted. I learned to fish from my father I still can’t get fly fishing to work for me, I loved to watch him fly fish as he whipped the line back and forth placing it just where he wanted it to go teasing the fish until they couldn’t help but take the lure. Camping and fishing with family has such great memories for me, so much fun and doesn’t cost a lot, what more could you ask for!

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  5. Iron Cooker

    Thank you Dennis. This place is very close to where I live. I have fished there for years,

  6. Iron Cooker

    Family and camping do go together, There isn’t a better site than taking someone with you to enjoy the trip down river with or share your camping experiences with,

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  9. Patti

    the spawn here on the Spring River will be soon look forward to fishing it and I might have to break out the cast iron skillet in the mornings 🙂 great read thank you !!

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