Wow, we have some fantastic weather lined up for the weekend! If you haven't been out on the trout streams yet this season, this weekend is a great opportunity to soak up some sun and have some fun on the water.
As you may have guessed, things have been a little slow getting started this year. In Michigan our trout are so very sensitive to water temperature and we're unfortunately still seeing cold overnight temps and the occasional frost. Once we get over this hump of cold overnight temps, things will really get going on our Northern Michigan rivers.
If you're hoping to find some rising trout, the Upper Manistee is probably your best bet. Hendricksons, Stoneflies, and Caddis will all be out during the day but the real challenge will be finding happy rising fish. If you find yourself out on the water with bugs on the water but no fish swinging a soft hackle is a great way to drum up some action.
Another great way to find fish is working water with streamers. This time of year you can find aggressive fish willing to chase baitfish imitations. Play with color-schemes and weight.
You may not know but this is also a great time of year to start chasing bass and pike in our Northern Michigan lakes. Smaller lakes will get started sooner as the cold nights have kept things moving slow on larger lakes.