June – Trout (Big Browns and Rainbows)
Our best month for trout fishing. Hatches are at a peak, water temps are optimal and in general, river conditions at their best. Dry fly fishing, nymphing or streamer fishing, all tactics apply for June. The BIG bugs arrive as well, from drakes to hex’s, ‘tis the time for large trout surface snacks!
July – Skamania Steelhead (Summer Run Strain), Small Mouth Bass, Trout
Trout fishing still in its prime. Hoppers, ants, beetles and other “terrestrial” activity picks up and provides trout with great mid-summer meals. Some king salmon begin to show in lower stretches of certain rivers such as the little Manistee river and Pere Marquette river.
August – Salmon, Trout
Hopper & terrestrial fishing still very good. Warm nights followed by windy days blow a lot of insects into the river and can set up a nice, relaxed day of trout fishing. Spring fed systems such as the Pere Marquette river will stay the coolest during August, while big tailwaters such as the Muskegon river and Manistee river will run a bit warmer. King salmon numbers increase in certain river such as the Pere Marquette river and Manistee river, providing an opportunity for early big game fishing.