Stream trout fishing: a forgotten pastime?
It isn’t a secret that Michigan hosts some of the best trout streams in the nation. The surprising thing is how under fished they are.
Anglers can have some fantastic fishing all to themselves on some incredibly beautiful streams if they do their homework. Michigan’s trout streams range in size from jump-across tributaries to the mighty Muskegon, Manistee and Au Sable rivers. While our streams can be busy at times (opening weekend, salmon/steelhead runs, the hex hatch, etc.) they can be utterly devoid of anglers at other times.
Michigan trout streams hold brown, brook and rainbow trout, and they can be caught by all kinds of tackle and techniques, ranging from nightcrawler dunking to spinner tossing or fly fishing. Anglers should check with the Fisheries Division management biologist for the area they wish to fish and the species they wish to target. Give it a try—you’ll be surprised at how good the state’s trout fishing is and how few people are doing it!
For more info visit www.michigan.org/dnr and click on fishing.
This tip was written by Mark Tonello, Fisheries Management Biologist in Cadillac.