Two hard frosts in the past week have made me think a little harder about whats to come. It's time for us to get snowstakes in, snowblowers prepared, and steelhead fishing on our smaller Northern Michigan rivers. This cool down has slowed fishing on the Big Manistee that was excellent the previous week. We're hoping that potential rains this weekend will bring in more fish and get things back on track.
Well, if you missed it, it really began to feel like steelhead season this weekend with rain, sleet, and snow in Northern Michigan. Don't worry, that was just a taste of what will come later. This week actually looks fairly pleasant compared to the past few days. As always, it's probably a good time to be on the water.
We're starting to see Chrome Steelhead mixed in with Kings and Coho in Northern Michigan rivers! There are of course plenty of salmon left to be fished to so get out there with your ten weight and hang on.
In the last three days, we have seen three thunderstorms bring heavy rains to the area. Some areas have received damaging winds and even hail in addition to several inches of rain. Rivers will be running high for the next few days so we ask that everyone uses caution wading or floating.
Trout fishing has been good this past week as brown and brook trout continue to look up for the now sporadic Trico hatches in the mornings and terrestrials later in the day. This time of year I love to get out early with a light rod and have some fun with the brook trout.