By Louie Stout

If you love to fish and can handle the cold weather, it's a good time to be on the water.

Especially the St. Joseph River.

A combination of steelhead and coho are providing an excellent fall run with more steelhead coming in daily.

Last week alone, there were 154 coho and 564 steelhead counted swimming past the South Bend ladder. That brings the October total to 1,448 steelhead and 1,465 coho. Throw in September numbers, and we've seen an influx of 2,329 steelhead and 6,023 coho between Twin Branch and South Bend dams over the past two months.

And since June, nearly 4,400 steelhead have moved upriver and will remain there until next spring.

Mike McNulty of Midway Bait and Tackle in Osceola says fishing for the trout and salmon has been pretty darn good.

"I had a guy tell me last weekend that the Twin Branch area was packed with anglers and nearly every one of them had caught a fish or two," said McNulty.

Spawn bags and inline spinners have been the hot baits.