I am pleased to announce that it has stopped raining and water levels are falling to fish able levels across the U.P. I have been itching to get out for trout on dries, but the high water levels have made most of my favorite spots inaccessible. The small spring creeks have been fishing really good when the weather has cooperated and we have been seeing bugs and rising trout on a few of them for around three weeks. The larger rivers have had bugs, but the trout haven't responded quite yet. This is going to change any day now and the hatches are going intensify and with any luck take on a more consistent pattern. I am seeing decent numbers of hendricksons and BWO's along with a few caddis and stones. While we have been waiting for safe river conditions the drift boat has seen some use targeting warmwater species and the fishing has been pretty good. The larger bass seem to be deep still, but pike and musky are still in close. Topwater action isn't on yet so streamers on sinking lines have been the best bet. The next month is my favorite time to be on the water so give the shop a call if you would like to get out wading or in the boat with us.
Opening weekend of trout season was typical of the U.P. with cold temps and high water! The good news is many of the local streams have settled down and are very fish able right now. The larger systems are running high and we still have some snow and ice to get rid of. The small streams that just opened up are a great bet and many are loaded up with spring steelhead and they smelt are joining them. We will be running our spring steelhead trips for a couple more weeks and then its on to resident trout and hopefully some dry fly action by the middle of the month if the weather cooperates.
We are slowly moving into spring in the central U.P. and the snow and ice is clearing up on our lakes and rivers. The southern U.P streams are wide open and good steelhead reports have been coming in over the last week, but the Lake Superior tributaries are lagging behind as usual. The local streams by the shop are rising and the ice dams are breaking up making the fishing a lot easier, but we have yet to see a good push of fish. Stragglers are being caught along with winter holdovers and resident browns. The shop is full of new gear and the online shop has the basics along with hard to find salmon eggs and skein. Kole and Nick will begin running steelhead trips in a week or so and we will likely be offering them through mid to late May this year if your interested in seeing what our streams have to offer.
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!