Trout fishing on the Manistee and Boardman Rivers remains a good place to spend the first part of the day. The Trico hatch is over, but the brookies and smaller brown trout are still looking up and taking dries as well as small streamers (1.5 – 2″ in length). With the warm summer the terrestrial/”foam and rubber” fishing has been a little better than normal especially on overcast or cloudy days.
The region finally received some much needed rain and water levels came up a little but have returned to pretty much normal levels since the ground was so dry. Large BWO and some #14 tan caddis are around but more in the evenings than mornings as well as some Light Cahills. Cooler evenings are ensuring ideal water temps as we approach September.
Bass fishing on lakes has slowed a bit with the fish moving deeper until evening when they are out on the prowl and working break lines and lily pads. Bluegill – like the largemouth bass – have also gone a little deep when the sun gets high making earlier and later in the day the ideal time to be out there. Beginners are still finding learning on bluegill/panfish are a blast and way to make the introduction to the sport fun and positive.
Smallmouth fishing on the lower Manistee has remained a little tougher than we have come to expect but they are still around and eating mid-sized streamers. Just a few big silver things are swimming around too, but more will come with time and ideal conditions.
In addition to the cool nights we have started to receive some winds from the North and Northwest which will help move some water and salmon closer to shore and river mouths. While a few fish have trickled into some Lake Michigan tributaries, we are still in need of cool weather/winds and some rain to build those numbers up. So far the reports for the Lake Michigan boats have been encouraging with much better fish numbers than the previous two years.
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Late Summer Trout – Have the river to yourself fishing wets, dries, terrestrials and streamers.
Salmon – A few dates remain for Salmon fishing on the Betsie River throughout September.
Fall Steelhead – Starting in October, extending into December. Fall Color Tour includes Chrome!