September 16, 2010
Fall Salmon Fishing
It looks like the warm summer we experienced is over and some cooler air temps and rain are bringing conditions back to normal for this time of year.
Salmon continue to be angler’s focus right now as there are decent numbers of fish in all the local rivers. The Betsie and Manistee needed the rain we received not only to redistribute the fish already in the system, but also the impetus to bring more fish in from the lake. With these migratory fish, things are constantly changing and fish are moving so one day is usually different from the next but you will find fish throughout. Some female’s are just starting to get on some gravel and the dark water nearby should hold some fish waiting to accompany them. The egg bite is decent in orange combos and in pink tones with caddis, hexes, leeches and sparrows providing nymph action. Look for the salmon to be entering the river for a while this fall as the fish are still scattered out in the big lake.
Trout fishing is getting better for those looking to cast streamers. Some days it’s the big patterns other days the smaller, subtle patterns. The cool weather, rain and overcast days are ideal, but any day can get you a good fish. As we get closer to the October spawning season of the Browns trout look for the fish to become a bit more tenacious and the streamer bite to be good. The brookies are all colored up and on the days when the BWO’s are out, one can have fun picking fish off with risers. Don’t abandon the big terrestrials and attractors just yet – especially when the streamer fishing isn’t working. Remember, some of the local trout water closes at the end of the month so get out if you can.
I still have some salmon (& trout) dates available in September (9/24,25,26, 27,29). Remember, Fall Steelhead is just around the corner starting Oct. 1st!
I still have some salmon (& trout) dates available in
September (9/24,25,26, 27,29).
Remember, Fall Steelhead is just around the corner starting Oct. 1st!