Well, it’s official, I’m soooooo far past due on an actual river report that I’ve resorted to stealing my eye candy from Donnie, Kam, Jake and Jad. (All the fish photos herein.) Outside of about one good week I had there I’ve been more or less self-quarantined at home for some time now. Feeling much better now and after a dr. appointment tomorrow afternoon I’m hoping to hit the ground running. (Make that river rowing… ;^)
I did take a quick drive to M-37 and Green Cottage yesterday just to get eye’s on how it’s looking and some fresh air. The answer is that it’s looking great, but don’t forget that we have links to streamflow and water temperature gauges at M-37, Bowman’s Bridge and Mapleleaf courtesy of the PMTU right here on our site that you can always check for reference as well as the USGS site in Scottville.
There are currently lots of fish in the system with new arrivals showing up daily. The fall and winter fish are doing what spring fish do in places and the holes and runs are producing fresher or, more patient fish. This is, and should continue to be, one of those early seasons with great action you should get in on.
We will see spring rains as usual and probably even more snow with a few blow out levels, but at this point I doubt that we’ll get any significant snowpack for those major high-water events, and it’ll likely be a low water spring “in general”. This is probably a blessing at this point since it should also prevent the entire bulk of the spring run from coming in early providing good action thru April per usual.
The guys at the shop have been very busy stocking shelves and preparing for your arrival! (Speaking of the shop, if you or someone you know are interested in joining our team, please contact Jake there!) I hope that you’ll save that click or stop at a big box and find the time to stop in and see us if you’re in the area. We truly appreciate your business… Current Shop hours are 9am – 5pm Wednesday thru Monday, closed on Tuesday, but that will change and expand as the traffic does. (We’ll keep you posted.)
I will do my best to post at least weekly from here on out and you can always find a few little updates on our social media sites as well. We are excited about 2023 in general and hope that you are too! Part of my excitement is that I’ll be spending my summer back home again now targeting our awesome Brown Trout fishery and my schedule for that is currently pretty wide open after having spent so many of my past summers in Alaska. Grab a great date now if you want one! I’d love to have ya…
Our spring guide schedule is filling in nicely, but we’ve all got plenty of open dates yet in February and a few throughout March and April. My personal open dates in March and April are: March 1, 2, 3, 5 & 12 April 9, 21, 23… Give the shop a call to check on/book date(s) with a guide or Motel Rooms!
That’s about all I’ve got for the river report right now, but if you are a river guide in the State of Michigan please read on below…