Summer has finally arrived here in Northern Michigan, despite the unusually rainy days and cool nights we have been experiencing lately. Along with the Summer care package from Mother Nature brings long days of sunshine, warm evenings, and some of the best fishing of the year! Our ten day forecast looks to be in the wrong direction with more rain and cooler evenings, but there are a few windows of opportunities. The weather as of late has put a delay on certain hatches and species we target, but this will only be a short delay in the scheme of things and should stretch our seasons out a bit giving us more time chasing bugs and fish around for those who can’t just sit around waiting for the weather to cooperate!
Flats fishing for carp and smallies has been all about hitting the water in the right conditions, fishing around the weather chasing the sun and covering lots of water. With the cooler weather and adverse conditions we have been given lately; fishing has been tough, but fish are still looking to eat. Smallmouth bass are on their beds as most fish have already spawned and are on point guarding nests and are also traveling in packs hunting the flats and tailing pods of carp looking for easy pray stirred up from the flats vacuums. Carp have not yet spawned and are searching out the warmest water putting on the feed bag, waiting for the weather to turn just right so they can pass on their genetics for future generations. Look for flats fishing for carp to go well into July this year giving us some extra time chasing Northern Michigan’s Golden Bonefish!
Inland lakes fishing has slowed up a bit as most fish have been gorging on the Hex that have begun to hatch from the mud and silt. There is a couple week window during this hatch that fish feed so heavily they become pretty lethargic and don’t want to move to far or hard for a fly, but they are certainly targetable if you feel like fishing after hours during the hatch throwing flies to rising fish!
Trout fishing has been a little bit of a yoyo recently as water levels are up and down with all the rain we have been getting. Dry fly fishing has taken a hit with high dirty water, but twitch flies and streamers have been producing during the day on rain events and picking windows of lower water levels has been getting it done with the dry fly. Twitching stone flies and hitting undercut banks with damsel flies has also been getting some good eats! The Hex has finally arrived here in Northern Michigan and this is some of the best dry fly fishing of the year, bringing out the biggest trout of the year to feed on this giant mayfly trout filet! Weather and timing has been a bit of a challenge lately as cooler evenings has been giving us a trickle of bugs here and there, but the trout are certainly taking notice! Look for things to pick up over the next ten days as temps are pretty stable during the day and evenings are not cooling to aggressively, but keep an eye on the weather and fish your windows around the rain.
All in all it has been a great start to our summer here in Northern Michigan, with so many species to target and chase. We have great fishing opportunities right now from beginners to expert anglers; so if you are looking to get out into some great fishing or just looking to get into the sport, we have plenty of guides available and dates open. Give us a shout and get a day in the books and enjoy a little piece of Pure Michigan!
See ya out there,