The steelhead fishing has been stagnant as the water levels have dropped and cleared with the lack of significant rain. A few fresh fish have moved into local rivers like the Manistee and Betsie but majority of the fish in the rivers are fish that have been in for a bit and are on and around spawning gravel. Small egg patterns (#10) fished in tandem with fry and caddis have been the better combos. A few drop-back steelhead can be found in the deeper runs and holes looking to eat before heading back to the lake.
With rain in the forecast we are hoping for a fresh push of fish to enter the rivers. When fishing the Manistee, a second rod rigged for trout is a good approach. I would postulate that the run of steelhead will be well drawn out well into May.
For those looking to get out after trout, the warmer days and water temps have provided some surface activity on the upper Manistee with a few Hendricksons and Blue Winged Olives emerging in the afternoons. While waiting for hatches, cover some water with a streamer on a sink-tip. This one-two approach is a great way to spend the next month on the trout rivers.
May Fishing – It’s not far away and it’s a great month for streamer and dry fly fishing for Trout.
Big Bugs – The month of June is the month of Big Bugs – Isonychias, Brown Drakes and the Hex – got dates?
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