September 29, 2018

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Hey guys, looks like Saturday is fast becoming my normal post time as I have not found the free time to do this during the week. Burning the candle at both ends right now hardly describes it as we are in full swing, but I still try to get my mental and physical heath day in on Saturdays…

The season is in full swing as I said and we are finding quality staging fish to toss at daily, but there are plenty of them on the redds in various stages at this point. Please be mindful of others and most importantly, have a great time!

My next available open date is Wednesday the 10th of October and then the calendar opens up quite a bit starting on the 14th for anyone interested in late Salmon/early Steelhead/trout. Prime Steelhead dates in November are available as well, just call the shop to check on dates or to book a trip/room.

Also, mark your calendar! The PM River Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday October 27th for anyone interested in spending a day doing some great conservation work while enjoying the resource with like minded people. Details to follow… Don’t have much more for you right now, be safe and above all, have fun!

Tight lines All!

Last Sunday never booked and I got the chance to spend the day on the water with my buddy Steve from Barski and Deb, a friend from Alaska who had been here a week or so prior fishing with another guide friend, John Kluesing, and wanted to do it again! We had a blast as you can see lucking into a pretty good spot on a busy day that produced fish from the dark water for us on the regular…

Monday found me out on the water with some regular clients Steve and John. The action wasn’t quite as fast as the day prior in our first few stops of the day, but we got some nice steady action with quality fish then finished with a massive flurry in our last stop! Good times guys, good times…

Tuesday was a treat having our “Noble Company” group back for the first of hopefully many more times in a while. We took this group for about 10 years in a row up until it went out of the budget some time back, but it looks like it’s game on again and I’m looking forward to next year’s scheduled trip again already. Great to have you back in the boat Eric and it was great meeting you Jay!! (Hopefully see you both in Alaska next summer and thanks for letting me catch a couple! ;^)

Wednesday found me out on my first ever trip with Justin and Tina, a very nice fun loving couple that I had a blast with! It was truly a pleasure spending the day with you guys and I hope to see you again soon!

Thursday and Friday were both a 7 boat annual group trip. I’ve been fishing with some of this crew for at least 25 years in a row now, others have come and gone or shown up brand new. It is always a great time and all the guides involved look forward to this trip each and every year. Thanks for continuing the tradition throughout the years and it looks like we are all lined up with dates and guides for a few years out! Look forward to seeing a few of you in the spring as well… ;^)

I was not as diligent with the camera on either day as they were with their own, but I did grab a couple of shots each day. Lost count of the number landed… ;^)

Below are a few shots I grabbed from others phones… Johnny Matson won our annual “First client to make the cast himself, fight it himself and land it” on a fall Steelhead pot, but at least he bought the beer! ;^) We all have had shots prior, but the one below was the first to be netted in our pool…


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Riv Report

Fishing continues to be great, both locally and up north. Lots of Kings, Coho, and trout have been caught lately. There are some steelhead showing up, but the main fall run is still a couple weeks out. 

We are currently at “peak” salmon fishing. There is probably another push of

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Fishing Report 9/27/18


Not much has changed in the way of salmon ans steelhead in our Northern Michigan rivers. Waves of fish continue to come in to The Bestie, Platte, Manistee, and Boardman with our cooling weather. As always look for rain to bring in fresh fish to most systems. We’ve been

Salmon run strong in Pere Marquette

The upper flies-only stretch of the PM is seeing a strong run of salmon with the occasional steelhead in the mix. The usual assortment of flies are working well — eggs, green caddis, egg sucking leeches, etc.

Avoid walking on the active redds so those salmon can reproduce. And do what you can to fairly hook the salmon. While tempting to play a snagged fish, it reduces their ability to spawn. Plus, you have a much better chance to land that picture-worthy fish when it’s hooked in the mouth.

Michigan DNR Fishing Report for September 27, 2018

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River: Appears to have a decent number of Chinook and coho.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers were still catching a few coho and the occasional Chinook in both the Grand and the Rogue River.

Grand River at Lansing: Had fishing activity at the Webber and Portland Dams. Anglers were targeting coho when drifting spawn and crawlers or casting small spoons.

Muskegon River: Anglers are picking up a few salmon throughout including up near Croton Dam.

White River: Anglers casting body baits or drifting skein in the lower end for salmon reported spotty catch rates. Chinook salmon were caught up near Hesperia.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan River: Anglers have caught Chinook salmon between eight to 17 pounds at the dam with spoons, crank baits and skein. There had been reports of pink salmon, but those reports were not confirmed. Smallmouth bass were caught on worms or crank baits in eight to 15 feet.

Thunder Bay River: A few Chinook were spotted up near the 9th Street Dam but no big numbers yet. Anglers were casting spoons and body baits or drifting spawn under a bobber, but no fish were caught because the water was too warm.

Au Sable River: The lower river cooled to the mid to high 60’s but fishing was still pretty slow with very little success. Anglers were targeting Chinook by casting spoons or floating spawn bags and skein. An unconfirmed Atlantic salmon was reportedly caught, and a couple smaller steelhead were spotted moving up the river. Smallmouth bass and a few large bluegills were caught when drifting or still-fishing with crawlers.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Bear River: While there has not been much rain to bring water levels up, strong winds seemed to help push fish into the river. Anglers caught mainly Chinook and coho along with a couple small steelhead at both the mouth and the dam when using spawn, artificial eggs and flies. Salmon were caught off the piers and the docks around the marina as well when casting spoons or stick baits after sunset and before sunrise.

Boyne River: Had a run of fresh chinook salmon after recent storms got them moving again. Some steelhead were caught near the mouth.

Jordan River: Has trout and salmon.

Platte River: With the north winds last week, the coho salmon have really moved up into the lower river. DNR staff have passed fish and will continue to do so to get more fish up to the weir. This should allow anglers to do well. Staff estimated that there were currently 20,000 fish or more at the lower weir.

Betsie River: Anglers are still getting Chinook salmon however the numbers have slowed and the ones being caught are quite dark.

Manistee River: Brown trout, walleye and pike have started to bite again.

Pere Marquette River: Continues to have a fair to good number of Chinook salmon including some large fish. The occasional steelhead has also been caught.

Pentwater River: Those drifting egg flies or casting body baits caught the occasional Chinook salmon in the early morning.

Upper Peninsula

Manistique River: Is producing salmon, trout and a few walleye. The Chinook are turning dark.

Two Hearted River: Water temperatures were in the low 50’s. Anglers trolling just in front of the mouth or fishing from shore caught a couple coho. Salmon are slowly beginning to show up, but we need cooler temperatures and rain.

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