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MI
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43° 51' 26.9712" N, 85° 51' 5.1012" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Great Lakes Guide Service - Kyle Buck
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February 6, 2015

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Fishing Report Provided by Pere Marquette River Lodge - Chris Raines
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February 2, 2015

Fishing has been very good this winter when the conditions are right. We have had some nice days above freezing and the fish respond to the warmer air and water temps. When the weather drops and the water begins to slush the fish shut down. It's really as simple as that. Best advise is to keep a close eye on the weather and pick your battles and fishing trips accordingly. 

  

Much of the shelf ice has disappeared with the recent warm ups. The anchor ice is not a factor at all right now. However with the forecast having sub-zero temps in the next few days that will probably change. I'm sure we will get a bit more snow and cold but the bulk of winter is behind us. The days are getting longer and the winter feels like it is coming to an end. We will have to see what the groundhog says. 

  

Keep those flies low and slow in the cold. What ever you are offering them, make sure it's near the bottom, because the fish are. Eggs, nymphs and streamers are all working. Water levels and conditions are such that you should probably be using natural colors in correct sizeslike size 12 stones, #8 hexes, nuke eggs and goo bugs in the #10-12 range. Swing flies with less flash are better in these conditions too. 

 

One of my least favorite styles of fly fishingchuck and duckprobably works as well as anything right now. I'm not knocking it, since nearly every guide and angler starting out in Michigan did or has done it. It's just not my cup of tea. The reason it works so well is that it is the slowest way to fish the bottom. Indys tend to be pulled through runs faster as the current on top and bottom are so different. Swinging low with an intermediate line gets nice and low and is as slow as it gets in the swing thing. 

 

We have a series of steelhead schools that cover each of these techniques and styles of fly fishing. We cover every aspect of fly fishing in these weekend long schools and they are probably the single best thing I could suggest to an angler new to the fishery. 

  

 Watch you step on the ice, be careful at the boat launches. Keep warm and be safe. Also please remember to RELEASE ALL WILD FISH!!!! They are in fact our future. Tight lines. Chris uber Raines. 

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