These Mid Winter warm ups are sure nice for the soul, the sun shining down & the melting of some snow is quite uplifting. The cruel reality is that old man winter is still very much upon us & the angler really has to want it bad to get out on the water. However, sometimes the fish have the same reaction when some sunlight hits the water for a change & this can result in a hookup or two. Spring is coming, just gotta be patient..
Rivers North Fishing Report
We are entering the coldest months of the year, shouldn’t be much of a change from the last two months at this rate! Very little fishable water is present right now, polar vortex has a tight grip on the flowing water. Lake Superior currently has the most ice coverage it has had in a long time & this winter is currently ranking as the 4th coldest winter in UP history. This should considerably help lake levels as minimal evaporation will occur this winter.
A brief warm up in the weather dept this past weekend provided a window for some fishing opportunities here in the Upper Peninsula. Winter is a beautiful time to fish when the weather permits, the river is so different & quiet seeming this time of the year. Steelhead and Trout are present, persuading them to eat can be a bit more challenging in winter. Cover the water slowly and feed them something appetizing.
Yeah, it’s damn cold out. Virtually zero open water fishing opps at this time with the absurdly cold air mass that seems to be parked for the time being. I have to say this is prolly the coldest sustained air temps I have ever seen in a winter here in the Upper Peninsula.
Bumble, the abominable snowman has no complaints with the current weather situation…
A brief warm up from the siberian temps sure felt nice, now back to the ice age again! Forecast is calling for single digit temps for the time being, so limited opportunities exist for the angler. Mid winter conditions are present and ice is a problem. The warmest of holidays blessings from our family to you, thanks to everyone for the continued support over the years-Lets go fishing!!
Well, I thought it was cold the last time I posted a new fishing report…. This is proving to be a real Upper Peninsula winter as our downright arctic temps are becoming a daily reality. Fishing is very challenging right now as keeping hands warm and guides ice free is nearly impossible. Many rivers are virtually unfishable right now due to ice, conditions that we have grown accustomed to experiencing in later winter are now present. Despite polar weather, big congrats go out to our angler pictured below-not one, but two trophy class fish for his first time ever Steelhead fishing! There is no complaining about the weather when you are catching nice fish :)
Fishing days are getting more and more limited on a daily basis at this point of the season. This winter has shown the coldest temps we have seen here in the U.P. this early in the winter for a long time. Most of the inland lakes are frozen at this time & many have enough ice for ice fishing on them. Most rivers have considerable shelf ice and slurpee like ice conditions have been present frequently on cold days. Regardless, some good fishing has been available for those willing to tough it out. Working good holding areas over effectively will produce opportunities, keep casting & stay warm!
From the looks outside the window it’s pretty safe to say that winter is now here in the U.P.. A high temp of 13 degrees makes it a bit brutal for fishing, warmer days are forecasted for the future. Our higher water conditions still exist, this fall/early winter has seen the highest sustained water levels in quite some time. Some good opportunities exist for some excellent fish, large Steelhead as well as trophy Brown Trout are available. Congrats also to all the buck slayers of the northwoods this deer season :)
The deer hunting holiday is upon us here in the U.P. & some nice weather is here to relax in the forest or on the river. Lots of higher than normal water levels are present across the region, rains & snows have kept levels up for the most part over the past few weeks. Water temps are getting cold and some areas have had skim ice already, which is rather early. Some very nice Steelhead are present as well as trophy class lake run Brown Trout.
More wet weather has rivers up at an unseasonably high level in some areas of the Upper Peninsula. Even more rain/snow is forecasted for the near future which should continue to make rivers rise. Some areas received close to 6 inches of snow today, while others saw close to an inch of rain. The higher water has provided some opps for some nice silver Steelhead. These fish are full of anger and like to chew up anglers quickly, a good combo. Some remaining Coho Salmon are also still available.