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!
Rivers North Fishing Report
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.
The cold weather seems here to stay as more snow & wet weather has blessed us lately. Most rivers are running a bit high for this time of the season, which is nice to see. Some good Steelhead opps are currently available for very high quality fish. Water temps are a bit low for this time of the season, yesterday the first skim ice had formed on some areas. Some Coho Salmon and Lake Run Brown Trout are also available at this time.
Winter is starting to show its face here in the Upper Peninsula as our first snow fell from the sky yesterday, kind of early for this type of weather! Currently fishing remains strong with some good opps available for Steelhead, Coho, and predator species. Some high quality fish are around and can be caught on different techniques. Most rivers are running a bit high with the steady precipitation we have been receiving as of lately. Forecast remains to look chilly, better wear another layer & pack the handwarmers :)
Looks like our temperate climate here in the Upper Peninsula is coming to a halt as a much colder weather system is giving us some more seasonally normal temps. It was darn nice to have such wonderful weather in October, but the chilly mornings feel kinda nice now. Pretty sure ill be regretting saying I enjoy the colder weather here quite soon though! Just a downright great fall of fishing we have had so far, many personal bests for clients for a large variety of species. A BIG congrats to my musky anglers lately, boating some spectacular fall fish. Steelhead & cohos are also available in descent numbers now and the Chinook fishing is past pursing at this point as most are actively spawning & nasty. Enjoy the fall & keep casting….
Fall is going strong here in the Upper Peninsula, colors are blowing up in the forest & fishing is going strong. Heavy rains across the region as of lately has rivers up and look for them to continue to rise. This years fall class of migratory fish is very impressive, the largest Salmon i’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Congrats to our anglers, many fish in the mid 20 lb range have been brought to hand. Some extra hot Steelhead are available depending upon river, hook up & hold on.
What a great time of the year, sure wish autumn could last a few more months which such a variety of fishing opportunities present. A big congrats go out to our clients as of lately, some great fishing on their parts with some fantastic rewards. Predators of all species & sizes have been active lately, look for this to continue with the onset of the colder weather. Currently some cold nights with beautiful daytime temps, this wont last long as the chilly days aren’t far off in the distance.
Autumn in the Upper Peninsula, it’s the time of the year that I wish would last at least two months longer. The biggest fish of the year, this is enough to get young and old excited! It is rather overwhelming the fishing opportunities one is faced with this time of the season. This past week saw saw length & girth inside the net, mega congrats to all our anglers who got the job done!