I think it is finally safe to say now that spring is here in Northern Michigan. Most of our snow has disappeared but the bays and inland lakes are hanging on to their ice. Temperatures next week are continuing to trend upward but the overnight lows will keep spring from advancing too fast.
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.
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.
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.
- Blue wing olive
- Dry Fly
- Fly Fishing
- Guide Trip
- Lake Trout