Fishing Report 5/18/22

Upper Manistee River
Hendricksons and black caddis are rolling on the Upper Manistee now that we have returned to some more normal temps. Fish are starting to look up a bit more each day and the sulphurs are right around the corner so this really marks the start of dry fly season. Be prepared with nymphs and small streamers if you don’t see bugs in the afternoon and early evenings. 
Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY when fishing the Upper Manistee. Below CCC is really covered with Didymo.  It is really important to prevent the spread of this invasive species to other rivers in the area. 
Boardman River
Some dry fly activity has been happening on the Boardman. Look for Hendricksons in the riffles and fishing a soft hackle swinging has been productive. Streamer and nymph fishing has been working well this week. The river is is great shape and the cloudy skies this week have helped trout fishing. 
Bass, pike and panfish have been becoming more active as the spring progresses. Pre-spawn bass fishing has been really fun on the lower Manistee and a few pike have been in that mix too. In the smaller lakes, the bluegill have started to move to the shallows and the bass are cruising around in the shallows and off the drop offs. Get out and fish the warm water and have some fun. 
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