As the snow is slowly melting in Northern Michigan, the fishing is starting to pick up. The Boardman, Betsie and Manistee rivers all have steelhead and will continue to receive fresh fish with the warmer temperatures predicted for next week. Expect higher water but still decent visibility. Successful anglers are using a variety of flies including yarn eggs, beads, black stoneflies and green caddis.
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.