Fishing Report 3/29/19

I think it is finally safe to say now that spring is here in Northern Michigan. Most of our snow has disappeared but the bays and inland lakes are hanging on to their ice. Temperatures next week are continuing to trend upward but the overnight lows will keep spring from

March 29, 2019

Report from the river today as I will not have time to do it tonight or tomorrow. Slower start this morning, but we’ve made contact with a fish or two at all three stops so far despite the cold weather last night that caused a significant water temp decline…

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Reality checks

It’s early spring.  This means about a month of freeze and thaw, rain and snow, optimism and pessimism.  It takes a long time.  It’s a process, and the progress within the process is incremental to say the least.  For instance, today I saw a trout rise to eat a black stone

Michigan DNR Fishing Report for March 27, 2019

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph River
Is producing steelhead and suckers. Steelhead are moving quickly through the ladders, and good catches were reported below the Berrien Springs Dam. The camera at the fish ladder is up and running and can be viewed at https://paddleandpole.com/berrien-springs-fish-cam.

Black River
Was producing coho and steelhead. 

Kalamazoo River
Was producing a good number of steelhead. Try drifting beads, spawn or wobble glo’s.
 
Grand River at Grand Rapids
Is producing steelhead up near the 6th Street Dam. Suckers also have been caught. The ladders are open, and fish were on the move. 

Rogue River
Is producing steelhead.
 
Muskegon River
The number of steelhead continues to increase. Fish were found in the deeper holes.  At the mouth, fish were caught near the Veterans Park.

White River
Is producing some steelhead and suckers. Steelhead were caught closer to Hesperia. 

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Ocqueoc River
Anglers caught a couple steelhead. 

Thunder Bay River
Had steelhead and Atlantic salmon. 
 
Au Sable River
Steelhead and Atlantic salmon fishing has picked up in the lower river for those wading or boat fishing. 

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Betsie River
Steelhead fishing was hit or miss, as anglers had multiple catches one day and very few the next. 
  
Manistee River
Is producing fresh steelhead in the lower river.    
     
Pere Marquette River
Is producing steelhead.

March 27, 2019

Spring is slowly peeking out!  I spotted my first robin a couple days ago and the fish are starting to spawn a little more.  We still have very cold water…in the mid 30’s for the time being, but the temps should rise over the next week.  Fishing has been pretty

Dirty Water = BIG AND BRIGHT

Pere Marquette fished well for Steelhead last week, despite the high water.  The river is still high with faster then normal flow’s. The clarity in the upper stretches is good, lower you go the dirtier it gets though. For flies last week it was giant Clown Egg’s and Leeches

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