Rivers North Fishing Report

Officially Summer in da U.P.!

August 4th, 2014 at 11:52 am

It’s mid summer here in the U.P. & it’s the time of the year that yoopers embrace! The weather doesn’t get any better & fishing opportunities abound. Water temps are still a bit below average, but we are getting much closer to normal at this point of the game. Some areas of the Upper Peninsula are in dire need of rain as they haven’t seen much precip since June. Other parts of the region have stream levels at a normal level & running very clear. A nice variety of species are available right now accross the Upper Peninsula for the fly angler. The St.Marys has Atlantic Salmon & surprisingly a few Steelehad still availble (very odd)-water temps are warming so please use caution w c&r. Inland streams and lakes accross the U.P. are offering good opps for resident Trout as well as warm water species at this time.

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Size matters

July 16th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Hard to remember a July in recent history where I have had to wear a stocking cap on the river daily, but nonetheless still much nicer than a sub zero night in February!  Some great fly fishing opportunities here in the U.P. are available currently.  Warm water species are active, Trout fishing is going good w the cool temps & a mixed bag of cold water species are available on the St Marys River.  A wide variety of aquatic insects as well as baitfish have fish eating diversely.  Water temps are still much below average for many areas, seems like with our weather pattern we should have cool water all summer long at this rate. Congrats to many, but Cindy takes the prize w her trophy below :)

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Mid Summer Fly Fishing is Here

July 7th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Summertime in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit in everything you want to do!  So many great fisheries & other recreation activities to do this time of the year up here.  Currently stream levels are a bit above normal w some good precip & Trout as well as warm water species fishing is going quite well.  Other Great Lakes regions have well below normal water temps with the late Spring, currently the St Marys river is only at 51 degrees.  A mixed bag of Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon are available.  Water condtions have fishing challenging at times.  Diligent anglers have been rewarded w some fantastic fish, congrats to all our guests!

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Casting da Fly in Michigan’s U.P.

June 26th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Finally some nice weather here in the Upper Peninsula, never take a day of summer time like temps for granted! Trout fishing has been good lately with a nice variety of fly fishing opportunities available in the U.P.. BWO’s, midges, sulphurs, drakes, cahills, & quills have some nice fish rising for the dry fly fishing enthusiast. A wide variety of other fish such as warmwater species and Steelhead are also available for those interested, a unique year of fishing so far here in the U.P. that is for sure.

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Summer Troutn’ in da U.P.

June 18th, 2014 at 10:51 am

Summer Trout fishing is going strong here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Some pretty good dry fly fishing has been available as of lately w a variety of insects bringing Brook and Brown Trout to the top to feed.  Mahoganies, Quills, Caddis & Drakes have been hatching some days better than others-seems very much like a day to day emergence right now.  Stream levels are pretty normal for this time of the season and Trout opportunities should be good for quite a while.  Don’t forget your bug repellant when heading outside, it will be a short outing otherwise w this years crop of mosquitoes :)

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Summer Fishing is Alive

June 9th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Mosquito season is here in the U.P., seems as if every single one is hungry too!  Currently water levels are dropping a bit here in the Upper Peninsula as we endured another round of storms the brought stream levels higher than normal.  Every time rivers get in good shape, another dose of water brings them above normal it seems as of late.  Some dry fly fishing has been available as Sulphurs, Mahoganies, Caddis & BWO’s are bringing some fish up.  I would definitely say we are behind normal in the hatch progression department as of right now.  This was the first time in my fishing career to target Steelhead in June, some nice fish were available this past week.  Congrats to all our anglers on an excellent week of some great fish!

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Fishing Da U.P.!

June 2nd, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Truly a unique year for fishing here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, icebergs still in Lake Superior & a variety of fishing opportunities that I have never seen in June.  Trout fishing is available throughout the U.P. region & some days have been quite productive.  Dry fly fishing is kind of spotty, but daily opportunities exist.  Caddis, BWO’s, Stoneflies, Sulphurs and Mahoganies have been hatching. Steelhead are available in various streams for those who are interested.  Some streams are getting higher once again from recent rains and water temps range from upper 50′s to mid 60′s.

Gear Shiftn’

May 27th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Seems as if we just switched gears from winter directly to summer, just going to bypass spring this year! Water temps are warming quite rapidly here in the U.P. as extra warm air temps are catching us up to speed.  Still enormous amounts of icebergs out in Lake Superior, a once in a lifetime spectacle for this time of the season.  Trout fishing is getting rolling as emergences are under way w a variety of insects providing dry fly fishing opps.  First time in my fishing career I have ever fished Steelhead this late in most areas, some rivers are offering good opportunities still.  Most streams are in good shape for fishing as water levels are fairly normal currently and water temps in in the 60′s.

Gone fishn’

May 18th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Fishing has been progressing as our spring time season is upon us now here in the Upper Peninsula.  Water temps are anywhere from 40 to mid 50 degree range at this point. River levels are still rather high for this time of the season & most streams are carrying a descent stain to the water clarity.  Steelhead are available and still at this point their numbers vary greatly from stream to stream.  Brook Trout are beginning to get more active with the warming water temps and some insect activity has been present.  Blue winged olives, Stoneflies & midges have a very small amount of fish looking up, I did see a handful of rising trout this past week.  Click here for a cool video of a Steelhead release, please consider releasing your Steelhead to help maintain our wonderful fisheries here in the U.P..

Over da hump

May 11th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Well, it seems rather safe to say that Spring has finally arrived on a full time basis here in the Upper Peninsula.  Lake Superior still resembles the Arctic circle at this point, the most ice many lifelong yoopers have ever seen for this time of the year.  Steelhead fishing opportunities exist across the UP region currently, some good & some more difficult.  It is definitely a different year for Steelhead thus far, fish numbers vary very widely from river to river.  I can confidently say that we will have Steelhead available for quite a while as many streams have yet to see large migrations of new fish.  Water temps have skyrocketed to lower 50′s & water levels range from seasonally average to rather high.  Get outside, it’s fishing season in da UP!