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.
We have had several periods of warm weather since my last report and spring river and big lake fishing is picking up. The river levels vary, but most are rising at the moment. The snow pack in the woods in nearly nonexistent compared to previous years so we are expecting a shorter, but more intense run of steelhead if we don't get much rain in the next few weeks. The big lake fishing has been great for coho and splake and many anglers are taking advantage of that from boats or shore fishing harbors and river mouths. Prime steelhead fishing will be coming up soon on area rivers and we are hoping for great numbers like last year.The shop is stocked up with lots of new fly gear and a couple new brands. We recently added Rio and Fishpond products to the line up. We also have a few dates available for guided trips so shoot us an email or call the shop for more information.
We are experiencing ridiculously warm weather in our area right now and my only hope is that it cools down and the snow falls by the foot through March. That being said it sure is nice to fish the rivers or be on the ice in a T-shirt in February. Ice fishing has been hit or miss and travel is going to be difficult until the slush firms up so use caution if you are heading out in the next few days.The shop is stocked with bait and gear and we can let you know about any dangerous areas to avoid.The rivers have fished very well since my last report and we are still seeing solid numbers of steelhead moving in and their numbers will continue to increase with higher flows from the rain and melt. We may have an early run this year if the weather continues on its current path, but length of day and water temps will still play a role in determining prime dates to fish. If you are traveling to our area give us a call for current conditions and available dates for half or full day guided trips. (906) 273-0229
Typical November weather has hit the central U.P. and the fishing is great! We are seeing a major improvement in coho numbers and Steelhead are a daily occurrence. As of this week we are catching steel 3 to 1 over coho and they aggressive fresh fish! Water levels are good for this time of year, but a little rain or snow won't hurt at this point. The hot flies have been orange nuke or glo bugs in a size 8-12. Spin fishing has been very productive with most people fishing spawn or wax worms under a bobber. We are all booked up for the reminder of November, but I do have dates available for guided steelhead trips in December. Stop by the shop on the 26th of November for small business Saturday and score some great deals on flies, waders, materials and spin tackle.If your not going to be in the area feel free to give us a call and place an order.
Cooler temps have settled over the central U.P. this week with night lows dipping into the low 30's. The lake run fish are responding accordingly and the fishing has gotten a little easier. Fresh coho and steelhead are present and biting well most days. Kings are still around, but most are targeting other species now. The spin fisherman are using spinners, cranks, spawn and crawlers. The fly guys are doing well with drab streamers and orange nukes or glo bugs. We are running a sale on salmon/steelhead gear at the shop right now so give us a call if you are looking to pick up a new setup. On the guiding side of things I have openings in late October and mid November if you would like to chase coho and steel.
The heat wave continues in the central U.P. with temperatures hanging in the 60's and 70's nearly everyday. Today though the wind shifted and we are in for a few days of normal temperatures.Salmon fishing has been fairly slow this week and we are looking at a drawn out run that will provide steady action through deer season I bet. We still have some pinks and kings around and the coho and steel are showing up much more frequently. Water levels are really good on most streams and the fishing should pick up as temps drop.Trout fishing has been pretty strong on the open streams and those with salmon runs have been great. We have spent our time locating kings on gravel and fishing behind them with eggs and some nymphs. I have a few dates left for October if you would like to join me for a day of streamer fishing or nymphing.