In the old days the cry of "Ice Is Out" was a call to the new trout season. This year however the struggle with ice on the northern Great Lakes is still with us. The US Coast Guard has its hands full. Many ports are jammed with 5-6 feet thick ice and the shipping channels will be a challenge to open to commerce.
The rivers are flowing with warm melt water and the Steelhead migration is on. The ice and snow is melting fast and many small rivers are rising outside their banks. Michigan's larger rivers, the Manistee, Pere Marquette, and AuSable can handle the massive melt waters. The smaller rivers will be a tough fish for several more weeks.
The hatches for the Maple and Black Rivers, our great Brook Trout streams, are a month away or more.
The big lake run trout, Steelhead, are looking for nymphs, streamers and spawn on your larger 7/8 line. There are opportunities for big trout on the Boyne and Bear Rivers, but the mid state rivers are your best adventure. The weather still is cold and some snow will make for a chilling experience.
The time has come to forget our harsh winter. Last years fishing license needs to be renewed. The cost is still very affordable for state residents. All things considered, pack the cold weather gear and let's get back to enjoying..." Pure Michigan"!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.