Thursday, August 25, 2011

TK's Aug. 25, 2011 Northern Michigan Fishing Report

Fishing Report

August 25, 2011

Near the End

As August is winding down and so is summer with the sun setting earlier and cooler air temps in the evening and cooling water temps which is good for all species and fishing.

The terrestrial trout fishing remains decent with lots of colorful brookies playing along and some better browns eating, too when conditions are right. Some days the fish are real eager to eat, other days they tend to be ornery. A few Blue Wing Olives, Isonychias, Little Yellow Sally Stones and Light Cahills are very sporadically emerging, but offer some good dry fly fishing. The early morning Tricos are pretty much done leaving terrestrials and streamers as your best bet for fish - try smaller streamers fished in the wood to see if someone wants to come out and play. Hoppers, beetles, foam and rubber, and ants are working most days fished over mixed water. This late in the season, it's a good idea to fish secondary runs and banks since the angling pressure has educated the fish.

With the cooler temperatures, some salmon have made their way up the Manistee and Betsie Rivers. The early run of fish is just an example of what's to come and the fish seem to be running slightly larger than normal with a few real big ones in the mix. These early fish are bright and can be aggressive to streamer presentations as they work their way upstream while nymphs seem to be best as they rest and hold in pools. Look for salmon to keep anglers busy for the next 6 weeks.

Bass fishing has slowed down on the local lakes as the water temperatures have decreased, but they are still playing along. The sub-surface presentation is working as well as the surface/popper presentation so mix it up and look for a trend or a daily preference. Bluegill are still eating flies on top and proving to be fun for various levels of angler's experience and a great way for beginners to learn the basics.

Good Luck,


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