05-22-2004, 10:01 AM
For those that stayed inside during the thunderstorms, you missed the run of a lifetime. Boneless Brown Trout were in full force, setting all time records yesterday. There were so many, they were literally banging into your waders. The best water being downstream of Grand Rapids and right to the mouth of the river at Grand Haven. They were hitting anything you threw at them. It was pretty much "pick your poison". You could easily limit out in minutes with most being a legal 10-12 inches. Larger Browns, even 22 inches were quite common, the sub legal Browns were actually harder to catch. A nice, tightly woven net works best for landing as they all seemed to be soft-mouthed, hitting lightly. That doesn't mean you wouldn'y get a good fight when a big one took to the more turbulant water. I got into the backing on my reel plenty of times. Although this was probably the main run, they're calling for more rain through the weekend, to provide the high water required for more runs to occur. I have to hand it to the DNR/DEQ, their habitat and water management is finally paying off. All appeared healthy, and it's up to us to keep it that way by not over-harvesting. So when the weather hits again, get right out there and have some fun!