Michigan DNR Fishing Report for November 29, 2018

Southwest Lower Peninsula

Muskegon River: Steelhead are still being caught though catch rates are spotty. Leech patterns are working in the deeper holes.

White River: Those casting or drifting spawn and beads continue to catch the occasional steelhead or brown trout.

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Thunder Bay River: A good number of Atlantic salmon have moved off the beds and were more willing to bite. Some were still up near the dam however a good number were dropping back in the river. Atlantic salmon along with a couple steelhead and brown trout were caught by those drifting or floating spawn, wax worms and beads, casting spoons, stripping streamers or drifting nymphs and egg flies. The steelhead action was relatively slow. The harbor had skim ice.

Au Sable River: Atlantic salmon have moved off the beds and could be found in the holes and around current breaks and structure like downed trees. Only a small number were still on the beds and spawning. The Atlantics were taken when drifting or floating spawn bags, beads, spinners, wax worms or egg flies. The steelhead action was slow with only a few caught. Walleye were taken when casting crank baits near the mouth.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Manistee River: Those braving the cold caught steelhead, but the bite was slow.

Pere Marquette River: Had a slow steelhead bite.

Pentwater River: Some big steelhead were caught however the bite slowed.

Looking for trout

Usually I like to have a game plan in place.  An example will be on Sunday I know where I’m going to float, what flies I’m going to use, and I even have a rough idea of where we will move some fish.  Other days, like this afternoon, I just

Muskegon River Fishing Report – November 28, 2018 – Newaygo, Michigan

Muskegon River Fishing Report – November 28, 2018 – Newaygo, Michigan

Steve with a very acrobatic Muskegon river steelhead from today that despite the 39 degree water temperature, gave us some impressive jumps before coming to the net.

The Muskegon river fishing report for November 28, 2018 in the Newaygo,

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Fishing Report 11/28/18

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Northern Michigan gifted us a wonderful warmup over the holiday weekend that made for some great fishing. Although we’ve cooled back down this week, things are looking great for this coming weekend starting on Friday with some warmer weather around forty degrees

Early Winter Fly Fishing Report

With November coming to an end, it is apparent that fall itself ended a few weeks ago. Winter temps and some snow have been the norm with air temps below freezing as water temperatures hover around 40 degrees on the local rivers. There are steelhead in all the rivers, but

Don’t Stop…..Believing!

(Andrew with a beauty steelhead from the Muskegon river)

(Henry with a chrome steelhead)

(Andrew with a chrome hen)

(Henry with a crystal chrome hen)

(Andrew with another chrome steelhead)

(Andrew with the last steelie of the day)

Here’s Andrew with his Brother-in-law Henry

November 27, 2018 – Winter Bliss

Thanksgiving is seen by many anglers as the unofficial switch date from fall to winter steelhead fishing. Steelhead numbers are decent, and if you brave the elements, you can usually find a couple. 

 

Nymphs have been productive, with small, diminutive patterns working best. Things like pheasant tails, hares ears,

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