A lot of rain mid-state, and little in Northern Emmet county is the weather pattern.
The Pigeon, Black and Sturgeon Rivers in the upper reaches near Vanderbilt area are high and muddy. The Maple River is rising but still clear and in its banks. The hot 90's F temperatures, followed by 70's F, now back to high 80's F this Sunday, seems to be slowing trout activity. The return of wet and cooler temperatures should start the spawning season.
King Salmon are staging in Lake Michigan near its tributaries. The Kings should be in the rivers in next two weeks. The upper reaches of most streams will see the Brook Trout out feeding in the early afternoon. The Browns will be near by, tight to the banks of the river.
The streams are on the edge of fall fishing patterns and afternoon will be productive. The lower sun in the southern sky keeps the rivers shady.
It's that time of the year when mid-week fishing offers secluded days with success on our rivers. Spawning King Salmon (Chinook), Browns, and Brook Trout are going to be moving from cover to gravel beds in the river. They will hold mid-day in large deep holes by those beds. Make that adjustment and you can land some very large salmon and trout.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.