Trout fishing has been quite good. Although we are yet to see any real significant hatches so far, there are some march browns, stoneflies and caddis hatching for those who would like to try. Streamer fishing has been very good, with shots at some very nice browns. Both trying to match the salmon fry with small baitfish patterns and hucking big articulated bugs can produce nice trout (and the occasional smallmouth or big redhorse sucker). Yellow, white,and chartreuse are best on bright sunny days.Try black, brown or olive during times with cloud cover. Nymphing behind the spawning suckers is very productive for the resident trout and the drop back steelhead. Although there are still a decent amount of steelhead present, it seems to be winding down and we are seeing less steelhead and more suckers than last week.
White River @ Whitehall: 479cfs and dropping.
- Reports of good trout fishing in the middle and upper stretches of the river. Some bug activity has been reported. Steelhead fishing is just about done with.
Manistee River @ Tippy Dam: 1970cfs, water temperature is 62F
- Reports of great trout fishing in all 3 stretches. Some bugs reported but nothing really significant as of yet.
Pere Marquette River @ Scottville: 844cfs and dropping.
- Trout fishing has been good all throughout the system. Some bugs reported but nothing really significant as of yet.
There have been good reports from the nearby lakes as well. Pike, Carp, Smallmouth and Panfish are in shallower water making it as good of a time as there is for pursuing them with fly rods.