We are almost done with February and conditions are bouncing back and forth between winter and the cusp of spring.
Our previous thaws have flushed enough fresh water down the river to encourage more steelhead to enter. There are fresh and hold-over fish alike in local rivers waiting to play the game. Look for the little breaks in the weather as well as a slowly dropping barometer for both good fishing and catching conditions. Water levels are still up from where they typically are this time of year, but they are very manageable with a slight stain which is just about perfect. Water temperatures are still low so look for fish to be sitting just off of the main current seam and preferring a little depth. Indicator/Float rigs with egg and nymph combos seem to be working best with the majority of the fish coming on the big, bright egg pattern.
Peak steelhead season is almost here – we still have open dates in both March and April – contact us for availability and for a chance to get out and experience spring steelhead on the Manistee and Betsie Rivers.