Stacking up to be an excellent spring for Steelhead fishing. The Steelhead fishing on the
Muskegon and Manistee rivers this fall and winter has been very good, despite a very cold
winter. The cold air has kept many anglers off the river leaving the Trout and Steelhead
unmolested, and in the rivers.

We have a lot of snow on the ground this winter, that’s going to give us a nice run off of melting
snow this spring to key more Steelhead to enter the rivers. We do run the risk of blown out
rivers if we get a quick thaw. The weather next week call for temps in the 50s will start some run
off.

THE LAST 12

We had a very good Fall Salmon fishery on all the Lake Michigan tributaries (the third coast),
despite a very hot summer. Last summer was so hot the summer Steelhead (Skamania
Steelhead) was not very good until late August. Normally we would see good numbers in June
and the June numbers were not bad but as the river water temps heated up the fish were not
there.

The Trout fishing was off normal creel numbers as well last summer do to warmer water temps in
the rivers. You just had to find where the trout hotels were and you were rewarded. Still a very
good spring and Bug hatches were abundant on the Manistee upper and lower, AuSable,
Muskegon River, and Pere Marquette River.

Small Mouth Bass fishing was Hot Last Spring and was good all summer. Good old Small Mouth
you can count on the Small Mouth.

LOOKING FORWARD

My crystal ball says good Steelhead fishing the remainder of the winter and Excellent Steelhead
fishing mid fed through March.
With some nice Walleye taken in March. April will be Strong for Steelhead May and June will
provide very good Trout fishing once again.

So do not hesitate book a fishing trip today 516 927 9678   dougb@riverratdog.com

Tight lines& cheers;
CaptainDoug
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OPPORTUNITY

Atlantic Salmon.................................................. At Sault Ste. Marie Michigan Last week of July Friest week August

Lake St Clair. ....................................Small mouth fishing is still on the Table. We do pick up a Musky now and then.  

Summer Steelhead....fishing (Skamania)  is happening on the St Joe. We  start fishing them the first of July. There
are                                                                                                                                         times that we can target Skamania in June

Trout fishing.................... .........................................dry fly fishing. Fish all day hatches!  For Brown trout and Rainbow trout

Salmon..... ......................................................Will start up the rivers in August, Fish for Salmon through  November  

Fall Steelhead................. .............................................................Look at the Months of  October, November and December.

Winter Steelhead and trout fishing.......................................................we fish all 12 months heat on the boats

Carp fishing .... ....................................................................................Use a fly rod on the flats and hook a Michigan bone fish



Opportunity's to fish are many Please contact me for more information.

                   Small Mouth Bass, Summer Steelhead (Skamania), Trout, Carp and Atlantic Salmon.

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dougb@riverratdog.com.
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Large Brown trout taken on
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This Small Mouth taken on
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