Late May is a great time to be in the Upper Peninsula if you like to fish. We have so many different options right now and I struggle to decide what to fish for everyday which isn't a bad problem to have.The trout fishing has really picked up now that temperatures are hanging in the 50's on most streams and the dry fly action has begun! We have a variety of bugs on the water right now,but the hatches been a little unpredictable. We are seeing olives, stones, hendricksons, caddis and even a few early brown drakes. Steelhead are still present in good numbers and many are targeting the aggressive dropbacks and doing very well so if you still have the steelhead itch there is some time left.The warmwater fishing has been pretty steady for pike, bass and musky for those hitting the lakes and rivers.A wide range of flies have been producing for me, but I have sticking to subsurface baitfish imitations on the larger side. Sucker and firetiger patterns with rattles have been the most productive.I have witnessed some awesome topwater eats though and the bite should pick up when the water warms up just a little more. Feel free to give us a call at the shop for current conditions or to book a guided trip with Pat or Nick. (906) 273-0229
What a crazy week it has been in my area. We have a had a wide range of conditions to deal with and many of the rivers are fishing very well now. Steelhead fishing has been fair to excellent depending on the river.The temp's have settled into the 40's across the board, but many rivers are still pretty high at the moment. It is looking like we will have a drawn out run this year that will last well into late May.Water levels on the major trout streams are falling steadily and if the rain holds off we should have some great dry fly action shortly. Hendricksons and caddis should be out in a week to two weeks depending on the river.On the steelhead end of things we have been fishing glo bugs in #8/10 in chartreuse, pink and orange. Pink squirmy worms have been working very well for me also.Spawn under floats has produced and is the most popular tactic, but the hardware bite has turned on also. Give us a call for guided trout and steelhead trips. Call nick at (517) 243-1831 or the shop at (906) 273-0229
Spring is off to a very slow start in our neck of the woods and the extended forecast is far from promising. I guess it's going to be a late one this year. Water levels are pretty low across the board and we have a fair amount of snow in the woods. Steelhead and holdover browns are being caught regularly, but the fishing is a little slow for April. Trout fishing on the inland streams that are open has been fair to excellent and they are a great option for some solitude and a good bite. The warming days are producing a few early stones, but no reports of rising fish yet.... I will begin taking clients out for spring steelhead in a couple weeks and I am guessing that the season will run a little later this year. Give us a call to book a day for a mixed bag of resident trout and fresh steelhead!
The water temps are falling again and rain is on the way. We have a variety of fish in the area right now, but most fishermen are going after the fresh coho. The coho run will build from this point on and we shroud start seeing more steelhead and browns with them. The pinks will be done soon, but I bet we will see another push of kings this week.Musky fishing has been hit or miss, but many anglers are reporting some great days.
Today is the last day of our Trout season on type 1 streams and many anglers are out taking advantage of it. Water levels are great across the board and water temps are settling into the 50's. King and pink salmon fishing is in full swing in the local rivers and the coho are showing up.The coho numbers should build this week and they will be the main target for salmon anglers soon. Warm water fishing continues to be great on inland lakes and rivers with most anglers targeting musky and walleye. We have openings for guided trips in late October and mid to late November. Give us a call or send us an email if you are interested in fall steelhead and coho.
The central U.P. is cooling down and we are changing gears. The fall lake run fish are showing up and we have been catching kings, pinks and some coho. Water temps are in the 50's on many streams and the dry fly activity is tapering off, but streamer fishing is really picking up. Lots of anglers have switched to fishing for salmon in the rivers and at the mouths. They are targeting them with crankbaits, spinners and floats with spawn. Walleye and musky fishing continues to pick up with many quality reports coming in from many of the inland lakes. September's guiding schedule is pretty much full, but we still have dates in October and November. Give us a call at the shop for details!
We are getting ready for the last major hatch of the season and few white fly's have started to pop. Their numbers will grow this week and with the water temperatures in a comfortable range for trout we should have excellent fishing.A couple salmon and other lake run fish have been spotted in local streams so I will be trying for those this week with streamers and plugs.We may have an earlier run this year due to high water levels and cool temps. Warmwater fishing remains fair to excellent with bass and pan fish being the most common targets. September is nearly full for guide dates, but we have plenty of room in October to chase coho and kings.Give us a call to plan your trip!
Warm weather is here to stay and the fishing has really picked up. Steady dry fly action is being reported on most rivers and there are a variety of bugs hatching. We have a good mix of mayflies most evenings including brown drakes.The next few weeks should provide some of the best dry fly action of the season for those willing to deal with the skeeters. Warmwater fishing is going strong and .many are targeting panfish and bass in the shallows.Walleye fishing has been fair to good and many of the successful anglers have been trolling instead of jigging.
We are still waiting on warmer weather and lower flows. We got started on dry fly action last week, but low temps and rising water has slowed it down .Look for hendricksons to be hatching with olives on the warmer days in the near future. Streamer and nymph fishing for trout and steelhead has been productive in the mean time. The walleye and pike opener was on the 15th and many are focusing on that right now. I received mixed reports from walleye anglers this year with many limiting out in minutes while others got skunked.The smelt reports however were excellent and this is great news for the local fishery.The shop is stocked up with everything you need for the local area so check us out for an up to date report and the hot tackle/flies.
The opener is almost here and the possibilities for stream fishing are endless when the Type 1's are open.I am sure many will spend the opening day fishing for steelhead, but good trout opportunities will exist this year. Water temps in the area are in the mid to upper 40's so the trout will be pretty active compared to past openers where temperatures were in the upper 30's.Water levels are pretty good, but many streams are running high side with the additional rain we are getting so it would be wise to do a little scouting before Saturday.The steelhead run is still going strong with a mix of fresh and spawning fish. Please keep an eye out for the spawning redds/fish and avoid getting too close.If you see active spawners leave them be and try the runs downstream of the redd. There is often a good mix of hungry resident trout and steelhead that will take a well presented fly or bait.