September 2, 2010
A Break in the Weather
Finally, the 90-degree days are hopefully beyond us and more seasonable weather is in store including cool evenings and some rain from time to time.
The trout fishing on the Manistee and Boardman continues to be a terrestrial bite with the heat we have experienced. Hoppers, ants and beetles continue to bring up some fish and with a fair number of fish coming on nymphs bellow the surface. With the cool down, look for the streamer fishing to get good again especially after some rains to wash some food down and get fish out from under a bank or log jam. Hatches have been very light with a few Tricos in the morning, BWOs, Caddis and Light Cahills sporadically emerging.
The salmon fishing on local rivers like the Betsie and Manistee is slower than normal for this time of year, especially after last year’s cool summer which started things early. Still, there are some fish moving through the lower rivers and the rain we received yesterday and what’s forecast should not only add some color to a low, clear river, but also bring more fish into the river and get the ones already in the river out from all of the wood. Water temps at the river mouths are still warmer than ideal so look for the salmon season to be a little longer this year compared to the last two years.
Bass and bluegill fishing on the small lakes is tapering off, but the gills have been getting bigger when fishing the poppers or small streamers. The bass are eating bigger poppers in and around weed beds but some days they are preferring streamers (baitfish patterns) fished along drop offs. This warm summer has been great for the warm water angler or those learning to fly fish.
Still have some salmon (& trout) dates available in September (9/18,19, 22,24-29) If you are looking to get out fishing, just call or e-mail!
Still have some salmon (& trout) dates available in September (9/18,19, 22,24-29)
If you are looking to get out fishing, just call or e-mail!