AuSable and Manistee River Report
November 22, 2013
It has been another great week of trout fishing on the AuSable River.
Most days have fished very well, especially when the clouds are in.
Nymphs and streamers have been the name of the game but a few
rises have been seen each day on midges.
Water temps have been falling since the big rain last Sunday. The
rivers rose quickly but have started to recede. Wading is still a bit
difficult in many areas but that should become less of a problem over
the weekend. The biggest problem this weekend is temps aren’t
supposed to break 30 in Grayling…it appears the fish are safe for a
I have been bouncing between the upper and lower river depending
on conditions. Some days have been a bit slow on the streamer and
on those days I have stayed on the upper river. The nymph fishing
has been tremendous. I worked all last weekend and we put nice fish
in the boat each day. On Saturday I took Anthony K and Steve on the
upper river. It was a bit slower than the previous trip we had taken
but managed to land 35 trout on the day. The big was a 19 inch
brown. I was able to sneak out a couple days ago and put 28 in the
boat capped off with a 22.5” brown.
On Sunday we headed to the lower river. There are a few fish down
there I would really like to get in the boat this year. One we have
seen on a few occasions this year but we are yet to get the net under
him. He didn’t show Sunday but a few did. Anthony capped the day
with this beautiful 22” fish. The largest of 5 we landed that day.
Anthony K with a dandy Mio Brown Trout
Don’t let this first cold snap fool you; there is plenty of good fishing
ahead yet this winter. Watch the weather and pick and choose your
days. With each warm up this fall/winter there will be an opportunity
for good trout fishing. Some of the largest fish of the year are taken
during the post spawn period and that is where we find ourselves