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.
Fall is slowly approaching in the Marquette area and the fishing is starting to get pretty interesting. The cold nights and rain have added a few migratory fish to our trout streams.Spawning pinks are putting a few eggs into the river but nymphs, streamers, spinners and crawlers are working best. On inland waters the fishing has picked up for walleye, pike and smallmouth as they prepare for the cold months ahead.In the next couple weeks my focus will be kings and coho near the shop and a few trips west to try to put a few musky in the boat. Good luck fishing and feel free to call the shop if you have any questions before your next trip.
We have gotten a break from low water and high temps on local streams and the fishing has picked up. Temperatures on some of the larger systems have dropped quickly and the trout are in a good mood. The white fly hatch is still going on and should last a little longer. Warmwater fishing is doing really well and the walleye bite has turned back on in inland waters.Salmon are starting to move into local streams and we should be fishing kings and pinks in a week or so.I will post a updated salmon report when I have good news!
The heat wave continues in the central U.P. so many of the trout streams are too low and hot to fish. The small feeders are doing very well with many fish being taken on terrestrial patterns and small streamers. We are getting close to our next major hatch which is the White flys and we should start seeing them in a couple weeks. The White fly hatch also means it is time to start looking for our first salmon runs of the year. The kings and pinks will start to move into local streams in mid to late August. The shop is stocked with everything you need for the fall runs so stop by and check out whats new for this year.
The central U.P. is roasting right now with temps in the high 80's so many of our trout streams are too hot to fish. The smaller spring fed streams are fishing well and you can find water in the high 50's with very active fish.Stones and terrestrial patterns are working well along with smaller streamers. Bass, pike and musky fishing has been our main focus and the fishing is very steady.
June has been pretty kind to the trout in the central U.P. this year with mild water temps and high water. The Brown drake hatch is still going on and they have been joined by great numbers of stones. Caddis, olives and Iso's are also present and we are waiting for the Iso's to take center stage..The brookies and browns seem to be content to feed on the surface all day especially on the smaller streams.Hex have been sighted and will be going strong in the near future. Smallmouth and pike fishing is great at the moment and many anglers are choosing them over trout especially on the hotter days.
High water has made wading pretty difficult on area rivers, but the bugs have continued to come off in good numbers. We have sulfurs, stones, olives and brown DRAKES! The drakes have just started and the some of the biggest dry fly fish of the year will be caught over the next two weeks. Water levels are slowly dropping and the wading is getting much easier.The shop is fully stocked with the bugs you need so stop by for a hatch report and a few of the hot flies.
The weather around Marquette has really improved over the last week and water temps are climbing. We now have a variety of bugs hatching in the afternoons and some really nice fish are being caught. Hendricksons are the main feature, but olives and caddis are mixed in to. Bass and panfish are moving into the shallows and they are biting well most days.Get out and enjoy spring before the skeeters are out in full force!
The fishing in our area is great right now and fly fishing is starting to take center stage. Steelhead are the main target, but we are also seeing some browns and brookies gorging on the spring buffet of eggs. Chartreuse, orange and pink eggs in smaller sizes are working really well. There are lots of fish present and there are many anglers out after them! It looks like we will be getting a significant amount of rain which should set us up for a great opening day.