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Michigan Fishing Report

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Spring Has Arrived!

Matt Barthels reports on March 24: Trout fishing in the upper Manistee was very productive yesterday. Fish were holding in deeper woody areas and were looking to put on some weight after a long winter. Larger yellow streamers such as dungeons and Conrad sculpins were the top producers.

Brent Borcherdt reports on March 10: With the warmer weather, my buddies and I took my raft to the upper Manistee. (Most launches are still snow-covered and impassable for vehicles and drift boats). It was incredible to strip streamers for trout again, and the day was warm and beautiful bringing visions of summer to all of us. Though fishing was slow, we got a fish and turned some good ones. Water temperatures are still low, but with the forecast this week, I believe we will melt most of the snow pack. By next week we should be getting our first real push of spring steelhead. Trout fishing will also improve with fish looking for a meal after a COLD winter.

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