Welcome to the north. The late evening and morning freezing temperatures are upon us. Thank heavens no snow!
The weather has been wet to say the least. Thunderstorms followed by 2 days of steady rain has pushed the rivers to even higher levels than the winter run off of late April. I hope you brought your Neoprene waders and Red Wing hockey socks. Your going to need them. The Pigeon, Sturgeon, and Bear rivers are very high and over their banks. Water temperatures are 42F to 52F. The Black and Maple rivers are the same with heavy silt and dark tannin making them difficult to fish. It is never warm in this area when the North winds blow.
The sun will be out for most of the Memorial weekend but day temperatures are going to remain in the high 50'sF to 60'sF. The challenges of the inland rivers will be getting those nymphs , streamers and leach patters down in the holes for success. A good fish could be the Steelhead trout coming into the Great Lakes tributaries as the run up north are late this year. Traveling up the coast to Wycamp creek or 5&7 mile creeks north of Harbor Springs , you will find the Steelhead trout are still in those rivers. Fishing the warmest time of the day will be good for trout and you! Even if the fishing is tough Morels, wild asparagus , and spring flowers are enjoying a very green spring. So the days will be sunny and cool, the fishing difficult (save you fishing for Sunday and Monday if you can), but the beauty will still be all around.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.