March 25, 2011
March madness is typically used to describe the NCAA but it’s also appropriate for the varying weather conditions we typically get throughout the month. Upper 40 degrees one week, single digits the next with a foot of fresh snow – it varies and lets us know that it’s time for a run of Spring Steelhead.
Steelhead continue to be the primary target for anglers. With last week’s rain and run off additional fish have advanced into the local rivers and anglers should find fish throughout the river systems. The Manistee is off color but with decent visibility and water temps hovering around 40 degrees. Fish are throughout the system and some are starting to stage near gravel. The Betsie River finally got a push of fish since my last report with the increase in water flow and stain – it was simply to low and clear for too long. The Boardman continues to offer the urban angler an opportunity to catch fish whether in town or on some of the upper stretches. With the cold temps, later starts as the sun bumps the water temp a degree or two have been paying off.
Warmer temps are in the forecast and after the past week’s cold temps and the snow that fell mid-week, we should experience a long, dispersed steelhead run this Spring. Steelhead buggers, green caddis, stone flies have been working on the nymph bite with eggs in chartreuse, Oregon Cheese and clown being the productive colorations.
Don’t forget that new fishing licenses are required on Friday, April 1. I still have some guide dates for steelhead and early Trout fishing - give a call if you want to get out.