Between breaking ice out of the guides and untangling our lines, we saw a few fish and stuck one. Water temps are cool so presentations need to be slower. It's definitely a departure from the high speed retrieves we all enjoy but it works. Drop em, strip em, stall em, jig em and hang on; that's the program.
After two days of rain and warmer temps it looks like Northern Michigan will return to a more typical winter weather pattern. Motivated anglers are still making their way to the rivers and enjoying time on the water alone.
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Northern Michigan gifted us a wonderful warmup over the holiday weekend that made for some great fishing. Although we've cooled back down this week, things are looking great for this coming weekend!
In Traverse City, anglers report mixed results fishing downtown. Both Lake Trout and Steelhead can be found from Union Street Dam downstream to the mouth this time of year. Egg imitations are still your best bet so be sure to have some glo bugs, nuke eggs, ragg eggs, and beads with you in a variety of colors.
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.