We've had a very cold winter and so far a cold spring so no surprise, residual ice on the lakes. Most of our inland lakes are still covered with ice. Oh, and yes, it is the opener to trout season this weekend.
Little Traverse bay is ice covered 7 miles out into Lake Michigan. The Straits and Mackinaw Island are waiting for the U.S.Coast Guard icebreakers to rescue them. Ice this time of year is water in the wrong form and that is a problem.
Mid Michigan has had flooding on our big Steelhead rivers. Thus far the fly fishing is a waiting game. This week's rain and below freezing temperatures, brought snow flurries, again, to northwest Michigan. However, the large amount of melt water is to the trouts advantage. We have not had temperatures much higher than the low 50's F this year. Fly fishing is going to be a challenge until June.
This weekend is going to bring clear weather, above freezing, with no precipitation of snow or rain. May arrives in a week. The world weather watchers announced the planet has just experienced its 4th warmest winter of record. I guess we don't count.
Next week I'm hoping to duck the cold rains while fishing for the lake run Steelhead. We need the river levels to drop, clear up, so the trout will be fish-able. Trying to stay dry is a fly fish anglers problem, for the Steelhead, it doesn't rain under water.
So what's the gig? The big trout are in the rivers, we just have to work around this global warming?
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.