David A. Rose Professional Guide
Licensed & Insured
P.O. Box 141
Grawn, MI 49637
other Friday December 25, 2009
First: Merry Christmas!
Next: Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve added a fishing report here. I have a great excuse… However, I won’t bore you with the details.
It’s raining profusely as I sit here at the kitchen table this late morning on Christmas Day. Believe it or not, this could be a good thing for ice conditions here in the NW Lower Peninsula. The ice was JUST starting to get safe on the smaller lakes of the area, but was slow in doing so because of the snow, which acts as an insulator, that was sitting on top of it. This rain should melt the snow, and if all goes well, it won’t now much and the water sitting on the surface should refreeze harder than ever once the air temperatures fall back to below freezing.
I’ll keep my eye on it for you.
As for your best bet right now, look no further than steelhead in the rivers of the area – which include the Boardman, Elk, Platte, and Betsie Rivers. Be forewarned, though, that the bite has not been gangbusters as the run this past late fall or early winter has been slower than ‘normal’ (whatever normal is), so numbers have been down.
Does this mean you should forgo the donning the waders as casting a line? Heavens no! Soon, something in the weather (perhaps this rain) will trigger a small run and the deep, slow-flowing holes will see fish fresh from Lake Michigan. You’ll want to be there as soon as it happens rather than wait until you hear about it through the grapevine.
Feel free to keep checking WildFishing.com for updated reports and stories. I’ll keep it up to date from here on out… I promise!
Dave ~ WildFishing
Fishing Traverse City, Leland, Lake Leelanau, Suttons Bay, Northport, Empire, Interlochen, Benzie, Beulah, Honor, Frankfort,
Elberta, Manistee, Cadillac, Mesick, Buckley, Lake City, Kalkaska, Elk Rapids, Mancelona, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and East Jordan.