May 6, 2011
The high water levels from last week’s significant rains has pretty much come and gone which made for an interesting opening day weekend. The water levels were high but have mostly returned to normal flow and levels with a slight stain to the water making for ideal conditions for both the trout and steelhead angler.
Trout anglers can expect to find hendricksons, little black stones and caddis emerging in the afternoons as temperatures warm up a little – you will find water temps in the mid-50s on the Manistee and Boardman rivers. Surface feeding has been light, but look for that to increase with water temperatures as the days go by. The high water washed a lot of food downstream the past week and fish have eaten well and are looking to maintain a similar caloric intake - fish streamers. This time of year can be some great streamer fishing often with some dry fly activity in the afternoon.
Apparently there were still a lot of steelhead in Lake Michigan waiting to come up and that surge of water brought them upstream to their spawning grounds. Both the Betsie and Manistee received a nice push of fish in the high water conditions. Look for them on and around gravel or headed back downstream as they are dropping back to the big lake.
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