Float Fishing is a technique that we use to catch Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho, and other Trout species, it is probably the technique that we use most while on our guide trips. It is the most effective technique for most types of water and conditions. Float fishing is a good way to put good numbers of Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout into the boat. We have fished floats extensively both with spinning gear and centerpin gear, we have experimented with many different baits and know what works. We were float fishing with centerpins for Steelhead and Salmon before most of the guide services around West Michigan knew what Centerpin fishing was.
While float fishing we use rods up to 13.5 feet long with a quality spinning reel or centerpin reel attached. For lower water conditions we will use a light action rod that allows you to fish with lighter leaders for these fish. When the water is high and stained we will use a heavier rod that will allow you to hold onto and control these wild fish in the heavy current. This technique has your bait suspended under a float sitting right in the fishes strike zone. Having your bait suspended off from the bottom lets you fish a variety of types of water. It lets you float above logs and snags that would otherwise be too snaggy for most other methods. It also lets you fish in water that has very little current, such water can be impossible to fish with other techniques.
This method is equally effective on the Grand River, Muskegon River, Pere Marquette River, Big Manistee River, and any other river in West Michigan, it is a big hit with most of our guided charter clients.