Finally, northern Michigan has received the rain we need to kick-up the salmon run and bring in more steelhead.
This cool water and north winds will send up new fish into the rivers as well as move fish holding in the lower sections up to the gravel areas to get their spawning ritual on. The Betsie is continuing to fish well with a mix of fish on gravel and in holes and the very occasional steelhead hooked.
The Manistee’s run of salmon is progressing nicely; good numbers of salmon on gravel and in holes. A decent number of steelhead are being caught in the Manistee with more on the way thanks to this weather. A fresh steelhead hooked in warm water is simply the best fight Michigan anglers can experience.
The Platte River should be getting filled up with fresh silver fish – both Chinook and Coho salmon thanks also to this rain. For those looking for the urban angling experience in Traverse City, the Boardman river has lots of fish in it and still more near the mouth of the river at West Bay.
Trout fishing on the Upper Manistee is your best bet now that most rivers are closed. Streamers, terrestrials and BWOs should all be in your box for your best chance at success. After this rain and with our overcast conditions, streamer fishing should be awesome!