If you decide to target steelhead on Michigan’s rivers while in a boat yet this fall, there are two options you can turn to.
Consider offering bait underneath a centerpin-style reel. The line will come off smoothly, allowing float-suspended baits to work long distances downstream, plus it offers drag-free drifts.
If you’re not confident on a centerpin style or if you’re a novice angler, try a level-wind reel. It allows you to drop the float behind the boat and wait for the strike. It will take care of the hard work while reeling in your catch by guiding the line properly.
Now is the perfect time to target steelhead.
— Michigan DNR