August 12, 2010
Enough is Enough
We continue to receive more hot weather and at this point the only fishing it’s helping is the bass fishing. All those who complained about last summer not being warm enough should consider keeping their mouth shut.
Water temps are still holding their own, but they are creeping in the upper 60’s on the Manistee and Boardman Rivers. Still, the terrestrials are providing the best action since these bugs thrive in the heat. Beetles, ants, hoppers and cicadas (those noisy bugs in the trees that you have been hearing for the last month) are bringing fish to the surface. Low light seems to be best since the sun has been so bright most days and it usually drives fish to deep, darker places to wait until the sun goes away.
The Trico hatch the past week hasn’t been as strong as it had been, but each day is different. Look for this hatch to go one for a few more weeks. While we haven’t been catching huge fish, the trico action has been the best I have witnessed in years. Evenings will provide sporadic hatches of BWOs, Light Cahills, White Millers, and a few Isonycias. Non match-the-hatch patterns have been working too, like Stimulators, Patriots, Wulffs and Humpies – it’s that time of year. Also, consider using small streamers right now fished on floating line in shallow water with some deeper runs – you might be pleasantly surprised.
Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Lower Manistee River continues to be good for the streamer fisherman and those looking to try their hand at surface/diver fishing in the slower water and along the weed beds. The Smallies migrate into the river as water temps increase and this year has been no exception.
Local lakes and ponds have really been fishing well for Largemouth Bass and Bluegill. The big rods with big bugs are doing their damage on the bass near the weed beds where the small rods and flies have been a lot of fun with the gills. The deeper water is holding the bigger gills in the early morning or evenings so be sure to go sub-surface if you are only getting smaller fish on top.