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2018 River Reports Archive


River Report - November 20, 2018

Welcome to the white-tailed deer rifle season in Northern Michigan.

We had an early cold snap that brought with it a blanket of snow. Snow is welcomed by all deer hunters. 
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River Report - October 31, 2018

We’re moving into the latest pages of Fall.  As October rolls into November the leaves curl on the ground and frosty mornings give way to occasional smatterings of snow.  Th
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River Report - October 17, 2018

It is time for big Au Sable and Manistee River brown trout.  Those fish have put on the feed bag.  They’re eating large, slow moving meals in preparation for the spawn. 
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River Report - October 3, 2018

October has finally arrived and is well underway.  We’re settled nicely into Fall weather patterns and the trout and grouse and deer are doing exactly what they should be doing i
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River Report - September 27, 2018

The first whiffs of Fall are finally in the breeze.  The mornings are crisp and cool.  It feels good to put on socks and boots and heavy brush pants.  Bird season is well
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River Report - August 16, 2018

The fishing remains much the same as the last report.  Early mornings, and I mean early mornings, offer some of the best fishing of the day.  Serious anglers should try to be
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River Report - August 9, 2018

There’s an amazing truth about rivers—rivers keep flowing to the lake whether we’re there or not.

On our cold rivers, we’re fortunate enough to have trout that keep feedi
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River Report - August 1, 2018

We’re stepping into August and pushing into the last weeks of Summer trout fishing here in Northern Michigan.  And it’s shaping up to give the vacationing angler a fine send of
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River Report - July 19, 2018

It’s hopper time on the Au Sable and Manistee.  Water temperatures on the Upper Rivers are right where they should be this time of year and the ten day forecast shows nothing but
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River Report - July 13, 2018

Cool nights have turned on the trout in Northern Michigan Trout Streams.  We’re back to sleeping wrapped up in quilts with the cabin windows open all night long.  And the da
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River Report - July 6, 2018

July has arrived with a classic Michigan heatwave.  Temperatures poking into the nineties have the larger, main channels of our river getting too warm for good afternoon angling.&n
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River Report - June 27, 2018

Hex are still rolling on the river of Crawford County.  The peak activity has crested on the Au Sable River, but there still are still plenty of bugs left in the thick muck banks o
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River Report - June 21, 2018

It is the stuff of legend and lore.  Anglers from all over the world descend on our little corner of trout greatness to take part in a trout fishing event unrivaled in the rivers o
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River Report - June 14, 2018

We’re riding insane waves in a tide of schizophrenic weather and that has made fishing predictions nearly impossible.  We’ve been waiting on the immanent brown drake spinner fl
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River Report - June 7, 2018

Just a week since the last report and Drakes have shown up on nearly every stretch of the Au Sable River System.  The hot weather pushed water temperatures up everywhere and the bu
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River Report - May 31, 2018

It’s been Africa hot for a good ten Days.  I haven’t worn a pair of waders yet on a guide trip.  Wet wading is supposed to be a wonderful relief in July and August heat.&n
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River Report - May 24, 2018

Was finally able to find some time to get out and do a guide trip this past week on my old riverboat.  Billy Lowes sanded her down and put a coat of fresh, dark green paint on her
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River Report - May 17, 2018

It’s Summer-like here in Northern Michigan.  We’ve had a fantastic string of eighty degree, sunny days here.  It warms the bones, the trout, the rivers, and the bugs. 
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River Report - May 10, 2018

Things are shaping up for Northern Michigan trout fishing.  The rivers in Crawford County continue to lose water and are clearing nicely.  Hendricksons are hatching and the bl
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River Report - April 19, 2018

The highest April snowfall totals in many Northern Michigan communities happened.  We hit records.  Big records.  So I guess congratulations are in order?  But it’
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River Report - April 4, 2018

What can I say?  I’m done trying to predict the fishing based on the ten day weather forecast—at least for a little while.  Spring in Michigan always throws up curve balls
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River Report - March 27, 2018

By inches and nudges Spring is slowly creeping in.  We’re moving from highs in the thirties and low forties to highs in the forties and even fifties.  It’s been a slow but
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River Report - March 6, 2018

I keep hearing and we all keep saying that Spring isn’t here yet and winter is sure to return.  Well, it will but only in fits and spurts.  It feels like early Spring here,
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River Report - February 16, 2018

Winter in Northern Michigan can be an affair of shivering and suffering in solitude.  Now, I don’t know about everyone else, but this winter is flying by for me.  I guess I
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River Report - February 2, 2018

I had a beautiful winter break to enjoy wonderful winter weather this past week.  Snow wasn’t cooperative so pursuits like skiing and snowshoeing got pushed aside.  And the
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River Report - January 23, 2018

Man, I’ve been out with the flu for about a week—feels like I’ve been gone a year.  If anyone needs anything from me or if I’ve lost track of something please don’t hesit
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River Report - January 11, 2018

After multiple mornings over the past couple of weeks breaking thermometers and abusing Northern Michigan residents with pre-windchill temperatures down to negative twenty-eight degrees
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River Report - January 1, 2018

We are flat in the clutches of winter.  Ice fishing is rolling in most of the state.  We have safe ice conditions in on many of our local waters.  The West side of the st
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