Au Sable River Michigan flyfishing report

 
AuSable River Smallmouth fishing report - August 21st
 

August is here and our peak month for Smallmouth Bass and warm water species here in N.E. Michigan.  Currently Smallmouth Bass fishing in this region remains excellent!  Water temp are ideal now and right in the low 70’s.  The last week of higher heat has made for some excellent top water fishing just before and after dark.  The forecast for later this week is for some cooler weather and this will be ideal for afternoon streamer fishing.  On day with some cloud we don’t even need the sink tips.  Floating lines and slightly weight flies and these Smallies will come to them!  Of late day time streamer fishing has been producing lots of action.  These bass just love a mid size flashy baitfish pattern and the Rattling Murdich Minnow is my favorite and been our top producer of late.  During bright sun periods, best to fish these on a sink tip to get fly down.  When the bright stuff is not working we have also had good action of late with our down sized Great Lakes Deceivers - 4" and jointed with top colors being rainbow trout, cotton candy, black and Chart/white.  When the sun starts coming off water depth is typically not needed and floating lines are ideal.  Also big Smallies love to eat rainbow trout which makes patterns like the our Murdich Minnows and Great Lakes Deceiver so effective right now.  Floating line with long leader and a clouser minnow, crayfish or other lead eyed minnow patterns can also produce very well.  Lots of different popper once that sun comes off the water in the late evening and this bite can go well into darkness many warm nights.  My two favorite poppers are the Booglebug and the Zudbubblers - chartreuse, yellow and frog colors are all good.  Dark Hex have started and this is just a awesome hatch to catch rising Smallmouth Bass on a dry fly!  Look for these spinners to start flying around 8pm and typically spinner fall will last for a good hour.  When bugs start to fade and rising bass slows down switch to poppers.  Right at the end of these spinner falls poppers can really produce!

 We do have dates open for those looking for guided float trips in August to fish these awesome Smallies.  Email at kelly@michiganstreamside.com or call 989-889-5374 if any questions.

 

For information and photos of upcoming fishing - updated September 1st (click here)

 

Aug 21st - Andy with lots of nice Smallies today!  Streamers and top water were both going strong.

 

 

August 8th - Tom with some good action right at dark and into darkness on topwater poppers and dark hex.  Extremely heavy dark hex spinner fall and bass were rising. J

 

 

August 5th - Joe with big Smallmouth Bass today!  Water levels came up today and water temps dropped - guess it was just what big Smallies wanted.

 

 

August 4th - Lou and Andy with awesome Smallmouth Bass today!  Streamer bite was bit slow but the evening topwater was just excellent.

 

 

August 1st - John with lots of Smallmouth Bass today!  Hot and sunny today and these Smallies loved it!  Streamer fishing was excellent all afternoon followed by even better top water popper fishing in the evening.

 

 

 

July 22nd - Dave with lots of wonderful Smallmouth Bass today!  Day time streamer bite was excellent with 30-40 quality Smallies in the net.

 

 

July 21st - Pat with a bunch of Smallies today and a couple nice Northern Pike.  Streamer bite was good all day and then excellent top water acton all evening.  Dark Hex have started.  Look for this hatch to build and provide some excellent dry fly fishing.

 

 

 

July 14th - Dave and Don with some nice Au Sable River Smallies!  Cool day and streamer fishing has pretty slow but had good action on top water just before dark.

 

 

 

Great Lakes Deceiver in 4" size and jointed with a weighted helmet on them.  We have had these done for our Smallmouth Bass fishing and our just ideal fished on a floating line.

 

 

July 11th - Mark and Dave with some nice Smallies today!

 

 

July 8th - Shawn with some nice Smallies today!  Streamer fishing is what produced the best.  Flashy bait fish patterns and rainbow trout patterns.

 

 

 

June 26th - Cool and rain day here in NE Michigan.  We checked out some of warm water species today and we found some Smallies and Northern!

 

 

September 2nd - Andy and his grand daughter with a nice Au Sable River Smallmouth Bass!  With all the heat this year at the end of the summer the lower river is still very warm and lots of Smallmouth action of late.

 

 

August 18th - Tom landing lots of Smallmouth Bass today!  Streamer fishing throughout the afternoon was excellent followed by top water poppers in the evening.

 

 

 

August 17th - Down sized our Great Lakes Deceiver to a 4" jointed and added a weight head making an awesome Smallmouth Bass fly.  Fishes great on a floating line.

 

 

August 16th - John with a beautiful 19" Smallmouth that was caught on top water popper!  Once that sun comes off the water its time to go floating lines and large surface poppers.

 

 

August 8th - Eric and Timmy with some beautiful Smallmouth Bass just after dark!  High heat of late has made for some excellent top water fishing after dark.  Large poppers like the Zudbubbler are ideal.  Also mouse and frog patterns will produce well.

 

 

 

August 7th - Had great time today floating with Susan and Smallmouth Bass fly fishing!  Excellent streamer fishing today with lots of action throughout the afternoon and then top water poppers in the late evening.  These Smallies are loving the current heat wave in Northern Michigan.

 

 

 

July 29th - Smallmouth are loving the current heat wave here in North East Michigan!  Day time streamer action has been excellent and when the sun comes off the water its time to go top water.

 

 

July 26th - Excellent top water Smallmouth Bass fishing of late!  Booglebug and Zudbubbler have both been very effective.

 

 

July 25th - Eric with some awesome Smallies today!  Streamers during the bright sun and some good dry fly fishing this evening.  Dark Hex spinner fall came early about 8pm and lots of nice bass were up and rising!

 

 

 

July 24th - Dark Hex have just started in the lower Au Sable River.  Look for spinner falls to start about 9pm and last till just after dark.  This is just a great Smallmouth Bass hatch and spinner fall and time to break out the dry fly rods.   When spinner fall is ending its time to switch over to top water poppers and mouse patterns - Smallmouth just love these on hot nights.  With all of the high heat of late Smallies need to be targeted and not trout in the Big Waters of the Au Sable River.

 

 

 

July 22nd - Pat with nice Smallmouth Bass today on the Au Sable River!  Even found one nice walleye to come to our streamers in some very high heat today.

 

 

 

July 21st - Its Smallmouth Bass time in NE Michigan and so many great places to float!

 

 

 

 

July 21st - Used the new Stealthcraft XL raft on today's float and it handled great in small water!  Very responsive coming thru tight log jam and had good speed when needed to move along.  Nice at the end of our float be to able to drag raft up to truck without a boat ramp.

 

 

July 14th - Dave with some nice Smallies on the Au Sable River!  Had a slow start today in the early afternoon but with a few clouds and some shade starting in late afternoon ended with good Smallmouth Bass fishing.   Had a few good ones in the late evening fishing top water poppers.

 

 

Found killer streamer/mousing line!  4wt spey/switch from Airflo.  Head is 18' and 300 grains. It cast so sweet with big mouse or streamer on a 9' 8wt. When retrieving in dark you can feel that head with fingers and you know right where fly is.  Prefect line for Smallmouth fishing on the lower Au Sable when working large top water flies.  We stock lots of Airflo lines for all types of fly fishing.

 

 

When it comes to Au Sable Smallmouth our Rattlin Murdich Minnows is one of my favorites!  Chartreuse, silver, rainbow, brown trout and glow are all so effective.   They are all in stock now at Murdich Minnows

 

 

Got to love dry fly fishing for Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River!  These are such a cool fish and so many ways to catch them.  Dry flies, streamers, top water and night time mousing.  Now thru the end of August is prime time.

 

 

June 10th - Joe with a beautiful Au Sable River Smallie!  Floating lines and crayfish patterns are very effective during the day time and bright sun.

 

 

June 7th - Tom with very nice Au Sable River Smallie!  Streamer fishing with Great Lakes Deceivers and sink tips was what produced well today.

 

 

 

April 25th - Big Smallie were out on the prowl today for rainbows!  Heavy sink tips and our 8" jointed Great Lakes Deceiver in cotton candy was top producer.

 

 

 

Aug 7th - Ben and Brad with lots of nice Smallies today on the Au Sable River.  Sink tips and Murdich Minnows were top producers all afternoon and evening!  Some excellent streamer fishing today.

 

 

August 6th - Had a great time with Bruce and Joe today on the Au Sable River!  Streamer action was a bit slow but lots of dark hex and Smallies rising and some decent top water action on poppers & gurglers.

 

 

 

August 5th - John with awesome Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River!

 

 

 

July 31st - Pat with a nice Au Sable River Smallmouth Bass on yesterday's float trip. Daytime streamer action was a bit slow on the big streamers but floating lines with clouser minnow did produce some good action. Did have excellent dry fly fishing with a very heavy dark hex and lots of bass rising!

 

 

Here is my favorite Dark Hex pattern for this time of year.  Been fishing this one for years and it is very effective.

 

 

July 30th - Tom and I fished the backwaters of the Au Sable tonight and hit the top of Foote Pond.  Top water was very good!  Had good popper action and then came a decent dark Hex spinner fall.  Smallies were rising good and produced some fish.

 

 

 

July 28th - Eric with just beautiful Au Sable River Smallmouth Bass.  It was a scorching hot day today and fishing got very good in the late evening.  Popper action was excellent and also good number of Smallies rising on the dark hex.  With the warm night top water action last a couple hours past dark. 

 

 

July 29th - Dry fly fishing for smallmouth bass is going strong on the lower Au Sable River!  Above are the two species of Hex that have been hatching of late.  These are not the same bugs that hatch in June on the Au Sable River - similar but a different species of the Hexagenia.   Late July and early August is the peak time for these bugs to hatch.  Look for good spinner flights coming off of Foote Pond, Loud Pond and Alcona Pond.  Hatches and spinner falls are typically from 8:00pm to 10pm.  This is not a after dark bug like the June species.  This hatch can produce some very nice rising smallmouth bass and trout.  When hatch first starts swinging small woolly buggers on a floating line can be very productive.  Typically best fish start rising when spinners hit the water.

 

 

July 27th - John with some awesome Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River today.  A little hot on the river now but the Smallmouth sure seemed to love it!  Some excellent top water action starting in the late evening and Zudbubbler popper was our top producer.

 

 

New Rattling Murdich Minnows in now and these are our top producer for Smallmouth Bass.  Shad, Chartreuse/White, Rainbow and Brown Trout are all top colors.

 

 

July 26th - Mark and Larry with some nice Smallmouth Bass today on the Au Sable and even found a Largemouth Bass & a pike.  The canoe race ended this morning and the river was just empty of people this afternoon.  Had some good fly fishing!!

 

 

July 22nd - Tom with some awesome Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River today!  Got to love a 20"er on a Rattling Murdich Minnow and one just under 20" on Zudbubbler popper after dark.  Lots of action today on the river!

 

 

 

A great new popper that has been very effective on the Au Sable of late.  The Zudbubber is new popper design by Matt Zudweg and been very effective on the Au Sable.  I like working a popper at slow speed and these make a awesome pop by just barely moving it.

 

 

  

July 20th - Eric with some very nice Smallmouth bass on the backwaters of the Au Sable River!  Some many miles of river that hold lots of Smallies on the Au Sable River.

 

 

 

July 18th - Floated the very lower river this evening below Foote Dam and lots of action - both streamers and top water!

 

 

July 7th - Tom with beautiful Au Sable River Smallmouth!

 

 

June 20th - Mark with a few awesome river Smallmouth this afternoon.  Great Lakes Deceivers in rainbow and brown trout are producing the best.

 

 

June 17th - Eric with awesome 20" Smallmouth that crushed a big trout colored deciever.

 

 

June 16th - Day time streamer action on the Au Sable River!

 

 

June 5th - Tom with a nice Au Sable River Smallmouth - day time streamer fishing is producing the best right now.

 

 

May 15th - Mark with a beautiful Smallmouth on the lower Au Sable River.

 

 

May 7th - Tom with a wonderful Au Sable River Smallmouth Bass.  Warm weather has gotten them pretty active.

 

 

May 6th - Ben with a nice big Au Sable River Smallmouth Bass!

 

 

May 2nd - Starting to feel like summer out today and the Smallmouth were getting very active in lower Au Sable River.  When water temps spike in May typically look for very aggressive Smallies on our streamers.

 

 

 

 

Photo Below From 2014 On The Au Sable River

 

 

 

Aug 7th - Tracy and Jason from NC floated with me today and some good afternoon action!!

 

 

August 4th - Good action today on the Au Sable River.  Streamers during the day and then came some good top water action.  Tom landed a few nice Smallies dry fly fishing the dark hex spinner and then our best came top water poppers just after dark.

 

 

 

Love this net for big trout and smallmouth bass!  Built by Todd Inman owner of Rogue Wood Works. http://roguewoodworks.blogspot.com/

 

 

July 24th - Pat with some awesome Au Sable River Smallies today!  Streamer bite in the afternoon was excellent.  Top flies were Murdich Minnow and Clouser Minnow.

 

 

July 22nd - Hank and his son Ben with some beautiful Au Sable River Smallies!  Today's heat wave seemed to really wake these river bass up.  After good streamer action we did not get much top water fishing in as heat produced thunder storms just before dark.

 

 

 

July 20th - Mark with a nice Au Sable River Smallmouth.  Cooler day on the river today made for very enjoyable float but bite was bit off today.  Need that heat this time of year.

 

 

July 18th - John with awesome top water action today.  Streamer bite was not the best today and a bunch of smaller bass.  But in the very late evening the big Smallies came to life on the surface!

 

 

June 24th - Kris with a nice Smallmouth Bass streamer fishing.  White and bright colored bait fish patterns were our top flies.

 

 

June 23rd - Rob and Carl with nice Smallies streamer fishing the lower Au Sable River!

 

 

June 22nd - Alex with awesome Smallie on the lower Au Sable River!

 

 

June 19th - Eric found some nice Smallies today on both streamers during the day and rising to hex right at dark.

 

 

June 15th - Had a great Fathers Day float with Scott and his son and dad!  We found some nice Smallies in the afternoon on streamers.

 

 

June 9th - Mike with some good afternoon streamer action today on the lower Au Sable River.

 

 

Summer of 2013 below on the lower Au Sable River

 

August 8th - Paul with some very nice Au Sable River Smallmouth Bass on today's float.  Best action was on streamers thru out the afternoon and also had one giant brown trout come to Conrad Sculpin.  Very heavy dark hex spinner fall tonight and some nice rising bass.

 

 

August 7th - Had very good Smallmouth Bass fly fishing today with two of the top guys in conservation on the Au Sable!  Bruce is President of the Anglers of the Au Sable and Tom is President of the Au Sable Big Waters Preservation Association.  Both have done so much for the Au Sable River over the years and it was so enjoyable taking them on a float today.  Lots of quality Smallies and Bruce's big trout top off the day!

 

 

August 4th -  Tom and Jim with some nice Smallies in the lower Au Sable River!  Evening streamer bite was very good and had some top water action starting about 8pm.

 

 

Aug 2nd - Dry fly fishing for smallmouth bass is going strong on the lower Au Sable River!  Above are the two species of Hex that have been hatching of late.  These are not the same bugs that hatch in June on the Au Sable River - similar but a different species of the Hexagenia.   Late July and early August is the peak time for these bugs to hatch.  Look for good spinner flights coming off of Foote Pond, Loud Pond and Alcona Pond.  Hatches and spinner falls are typically from 8:00pm to 10pm.  This is not a after dark bug like the June species.  This hatch can produce some very nice rising smallmouth bass and trout.  When hatch first starts swinging small woolly buggers on a floating line can be very productive.  Typically best fish start rising when spinners hit the water.

 

 

August 2nd - Joe with nice Au Sable Smallie.  Heavy dark hex hatch and spinner fall tonight.  Dry fly time is from 8pm till dark on this hatch.

 

 

July 25th - Pat with beautiful Au Sable Smallie!  Afternoon streamer bite was the best today.  Sink tips and large bait fish patterns were top producers.

 

 

July 11th - Joe and Larry on the Au Sable River fly fishing for Smallmouth Bass!  Had decent day time streamer fishing and some top water action in the very late evening.  As the cool temps started coming in evening action did slow down.  With some high heat coming this week look for some excellent top water action right around dark.

 

 

Our new Stealthcraft 18' jet powerdrift - finest boat I have fished out of for Smallmouth on the lower Au Sable.  Love the speed, the maneuverability, the room and how quiet it is. 

 

 

June 14th - Tom with very nice Au Sable River Smallie streamer fishing with a sink tip and Great Lakes Deciever.

 

 

June 12th - Mike with a beautiful Au Sable River Smallie!  This time of year the river Smallmouth Bass just love dark spots and holes in the fast riffles.  A great way to fish them in out of boat with a floating line and small lead eyed streamers.  Clousers, crayfish, shad and sculpin patterns are all top producers.  A 5wt with 9' leader and working fly slowing thru riffle can be very productive.

 

June 1st - Tom with a big Red Horse Suckers that ate a natural sculpin pattern on a sink tip.

 

 

May 5th - Dan and Dan with some wonderful big Smallies on the Au Sable River today.  Big warm up seems to wake them all up today.

 

 

 

August 9th - Had a great time floating today with two that have put in so much time and effort into conservation on the Au Sable River.  Bruce Pregler president of the Anglers of the Au Sable http://www.ausableanglers.org/ and Tom Buhr president of the Au Sable Big Water Preservation Association  www.asbwpa.org/  Some good smallmouth action today!

 

August 4th - So many great places to fish the lower Au Sable for these beautiful Smallmouth Bass!

 

 

August 1st - Doug and John with some nice Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River!  With all of heat this summer just a great fish to target and hard to find a more beautiful place to fly fishing than the lower Au Sable River.

 

 

Some great new Smallmouth flies that just came in from fly tier Pat Cohen.  Some of best quality deer hair bugs and streamers that I have seen!!

 

July 19th - Ted and Tom with a huge day on the lower Au Sable River and lots of Smallmouth Bass action.  Good streamer fishing throughout the afternoon and evening!  Top patterns were lots of different flashy bait fish patterns but the Rattling Murdrich Minnow was by far the most productive.  The last couple hours before dark, the top water action did produce the largest Smallies of the float and lots of action!

 

 

July 15th - Had some excellent action from early evening till dark today!  Sink tips with large bait fish patterns did well and then the last couple hours we switched to floating lines and top water.  The lower river is very low and clear right now but Smallies are very active.

 

 

 

July 15th - As the sun comes off the water and the light starts to a fade a bit it is prime time for top water action!  Often this is when the larger bass do start to feed during major heat waves like right now.

 

 

July 12th - Matt with a nice Smallmouth on the lower Au Sable River.

 

 

July 1st - Tom with a nice Smallmouth and some good action this afternoon streamer fishing.

 

 

August 16th - Andy and Bill with a couple nice smallmouth bass on the lower Au Sable River!  Had some decent action this evening and best setup was a floating line with a large light weight bait fish pattern.  The top water action just before dark did let us down tonight and the Smallies were just not look at the surface to feed.  The lower river should keep fishing well thru out September.

 

 

July 31st - Hot nights of late makes for good top water action right at dark on the lower Au Sable River.  This big Smallies was caught swinging a mouse pattern.  Fly fishing for these Smallies has been excellent of late!

 

July 26th - Randy with some nice Au Sable River Smallmouth Bass!  Daytime streamer action with sink tips and flashy bait fish patterns.  Dark hex are just getting going - good hatch tonight but spinner fall was still pretty light.  Popper fishing right at dark was very good and did produce some nice bass!

 

  

Here are my two favorite Smallmouth top water poppers and both are from Umpqua.  We do stock both of these in several colors and will be adding them to our online sales this week.

 

 

July 20th - The hot weather is here and the big Smallmouth of the lower Au Sable River are getting very active.  So much good water to fish this time of year!

 

 

May 21st - The Au Sable Smallies were really on today to the big flies.  Great Lakes Deceiver in olive/yellow was the hot fly.

 

 

August 6th - Bill and Mike with a couple of nice Au Sable River smallmouth bass.  Daytime streamer fishing was a bit slow today but had pretty good action in the late evening into darkness.  Top streamer today was a Phantom which is just an excellent large minnow imitation. 

 

 

August 6th - Had a pretty good spinner fall of dark hex with some bass and trout up rising.  When bugs thinned out we went to top water poppers just after dark and it produced some nice bass.

 

 

July 28th - Dry fly fishing for Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River.  Excellent fishing the last few nights!

 

July 27th - Incredible Dark Hex spinner flight starting around 9pm.  Lots of Smallies rising tonight and few big trout!

 

July 21st - Heavy hatch of dark hex on the lower Au Sable with lots of Smallies up and rising tonight!

 

 

July 21st - They came early this year just like all of the big hatches this year on the Au Sable.  Dry fly fishing for smallmouth bass is going strong on the lower Au Sable River!  Above are the two species of Hex that have been hatching of late.  These are not the same bugs that hatch in June on the Au Sable River - similar but a different species of the Hexagenia.   Late July and early August is the peak time for these bugs to hatch.  Look for good spinner flights coming off of Foote Pond, Loud Pond and Alcona Pond.  Hatches and spinner falls are typically from 8:30pm to 10pm.  This is not a after dark bug like the June species.  This hatch can produce some very nice rising smallmouth bass and trout.  When hatch first starts swinging small woolly buggers on a floating line can be very productive.  Typically best fish start rising when spinners hit the water.

 

 

July 18th - Mike with very nice dry fly caught Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River.  Dark hex started early this year like all of the hatches.  The next couple weeks should have excellent dry fishing and maybe a big trout if water cools a bit.  The nice thing about the Dark Hex is they start well before dark!

 

June 15th - Mike with a real nice Au Sable River Smallmouth.  Rainbow patterns followed by JJ Special were the hot combination today.  One large streamer followed by a dropper is just a great setup for these bass.

 

June 11th - Tom and Tom with some nice Au Sable River Smallmouth!  Murdich Minnows in rainbow colors were the hot streamer today.

 

 

Here is the video that was shot by Robert Thompson on August 13th and it shows the jumbo smallmouth below being caught on the Au Sable River.
http://www.thirdyearflyfisher.com/stillsBass.html
 

August 13th - Robert Thompson with giant Smallmouth on the Au Sable River!  Such a nice float today on the river with Robert and his nephew Evan.  This big bass was a tag team effort by both and was all recorded on video.  Will post video when all is edited.  Just like with big trout on the Au Sable after dark in the summer heat is prime time with top water flies.

 

August 13th - Good streamer fishing this afternoon and top producers were flashy baitfish patterns.  Like just about everyday the Murdich Minnow was the best streamer of the day.  Top water action started when the Hex spinner started to fly but best action came with surface poppers.

 

This Umpqua popper has been our top producer of late.  The Rio floating OutBound fly lines are ideal for casting these big poppers a long distance.

 

 

August 12th - Tom Buhr with some great Smallmouth and a nice Largemouth on the Au Sable River.  Had good streamer fishing today using sink tips down deep and floating lines just below surface in the late evening.  Dark hex hatch was extremely heavy tonight and that hatch is peak right now.  After spinners hit the water lots of bass were up and rising (some hard to catch with so many bugs) and just after dark popper action was excellent.

 

 

 

Aug 5th - Had pretty good smallmouth bass fishing today in lower Au Sable!  Streamers on sink tips, top water poppers and streamers on floating lines all produced some nice bass.  Look for bass fishing to just keep getting better and with hot weather being forecasted next week should be good.

 

Aug 5th - Gene Stagner with a nice Au Sable River Smallmouth caught on Mudich Minnow.

 

August 4th - Mark Delaney with a big smallies on the Au Sable River.  Fishing was  little slow today but did find a couple good bass and a few trout.

 

 

August 3rd - Justin had some good smallmouth action with guide Jeff Boks today on the lower Au Sable.  Have not seen drift boat deck used like this but seemed to work very well!  Streamers and top water poppers both produced a number of nice bass today.

 

 

August 1st - Jeff and John O'Neil with a couple of nice bass.  Had a nice float today with John and his son but fishing sure was not the best - smallies were just off the bite.  We did find a few on streamers and top water poppers.

 

 

July 26th - Excellent Smallmouth Bass streamer fishing today!  Water levels are up a bit and slightly stained from recent rains.  In these conditions our Great Lakes Deceiver works very well with top colors being yellow/brown and chart/white. 

 

July 13th - Randy Smith with a nice Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River.  The next month should be peak action for these Smallies in the river and in the backwaters.

 

 

June 19th - Some big bass on the lower Au Sable that just loved our rainbow Murdich Minnows.  Daytime streamer fishing for trout has slowed a bit but these fish are still very aggressive this time of year.

 

 

June 12th - Tom Buhr with nice smallmouth that crushed a Great Lakes Deceiver.

 

May 15th - Steve got his nice big smallmouth while streamer fishing today on the Au Sable.  We were looking for some big browns but found more bass that wanted our flies.

 

May 9th - Larry with huge smallies on the Au Sable River.

 

 

For those looking for some excellent spring smallmouth fishing Central Indiana is great place to fly fish.  Jeff Conrad and Ed Devine run a guide service on some of Indiana finest smallmouth rivers.  For more info go to there web site at: www.indiana-flyfishing.com  Above is Ed with a very nice smallies caught on a black Conrad Sculpin.

 

April 30th - Found a few good smallmouth bass today.  I hit some of the slow water off the ponds in Au Sable and found some very aggressive bass chasing our streamers.  This fishing will just keep getting better as the water warms.  The smallies are very abundant on the Au Sable and such a good fish for the fly fisherman.

 

 

 

August 6th - Tom Buhr with a huge 20" Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River.  Streamer fishing was excellent today!

 

August 6th - This is such a great time of year to fly fish the Au Sable River and there are so many miles of river with hardly no fishing pressure.  Today the big fish were looking for big bait fish patterns.  Not sure what the total count was but there were a few more in this same size range.  We did have a nice hex hatch starting around 8:30pm and did get some smallies on dry flies.  Bugs were not as heavy as the past few nights so this hatch is past peak I would think.  We should continue with excellent river bass fishing thru the month of August.

 

 

August 5th - Brian Proffitt with a couple of nice Smallmouth Bass on the Au Sable River.  Today streamer fishing was very slow but top water was very good.  Starting in late evening large surface poppers were producing some very nice fish.  Extremely heavy hex hatch and spinner fall starting about 8:00pm this evening.  Lots of Smallies were on the rising feeding heavy till dark. 

 

Aug 3rd - Here is a very cool site - a black bear leaving the Au Sable River!  We got pretty close to him as he was crossing the river but when he hit shore he went up the hill in a flash.

 

Aug 3rd - A great new pattern from Umpqua Feather Merchants - Murdich Minnow.  This has been are top fly this summer for smallmouth bass.  This streamer has lots of flash and it has been working great just fished on a floating line.

 

August 2nd - A very nice day on the river today with Rodney, Charlie, Sheila and Muffy.  Weekend canoe traffic did not help the afternoon fishing but action did pick up in the evening as the river quieted down.  We caught three kinds of bass today - smallmouth, largemouth and rock bass.

 

 

July 30th - John O'Neil with a couple of very nice Smallmouth Bass on the lower Au Sable River.  Lots of streamer action today!  Two anglers landed at least 75 Smallies.  They were not all huge but fish chasing our streamers all day long.  The next few weeks should be a excellent time for this fishery!

 

July 28th - A great way to spend a hot summer night - smoking cigars and catching Smallmouth Bass!  The night time bite just keeps getting better this summer and we did find a few good ones all on large poppers tonight.

 

July 28th - Dry fly fishing for smallmouth bass is getting going on the lower Au Sable River!  Above are the two species of Hex that have been hatching of late.  These are not the same bugs that hatch in June on the Au Sable River - similar but a different species of the Hexagenia.   Late July and early August is the peak time for these bugs to hatch.  Look for good spinner flights coming off of Foote Pond, Loud Pond and Alcona Pond.  Hatches and spinner falls are typically from 8:30pm to 10pm.  This is not a after dark bug like the June species.  This hatch can produce some very nice rising smallmouth bass and trout.  When hatch first starts swinging small woolly buggers on a floating line can be very productive.  Typically best fish start rising when spinners hit the water.

 

July 17th - Steve Horgan with some nice Smallmouth Bass on the lower Au Sable River.  Today was not a big numbers day but there were some quality fish caught.  Large flashy baitfish patterns fished on long sink tip were most productive today.  The daytime trip worked out very nice with pulling out just before evening thunder storms rolled through.

 

 

July 16th - Tom and Bernie with some good Smallies today!  Fishing was pretty good except for three major thunder storms the interrupted our fishing.  The two bass that Tom Buhr is holding were both caught at the same time while fishing a double streamer rig.  It is hard to beat a JJ Special behind any big streamer. 

 

July 15th - Some good bass fishing on the lower Au Sable this evening!  That is one of our large Great Lakes Deceivers that bass just inhaled in left photo.  Some top water popper action right at dark.

 

 

July 13th - Mick Kramer with a couple of great fish today!  Good top water action on the Au Sable River for Smallmouth Bass of late.  Forecast is for some hot weather later in the week which should make river bass fishing even better.  For those looking for float trips for these warm water species we do have dates open this month and in early August. 

 

July 7th - Excellent Smallmouth fishing on the Au Sable River right now!  There are lots of miles of great water in the lower Au Sable that are just full of nice Smallmouth Bass.  These Smallies have no problem smashing streamers even mid afternoon on a bright sunny day.  Right now sculpin & crayfish patterns along with flashy baitfish patterns have been working best.  Once sun comes off of river in the evenings look for good surface action on poppers and mouse patterns.  Sage came out with two new bass rods and matching lines this year.  I do a have one of Smallmouth rods in my boat and it has been working very nice.  We do stock these rods and if anyone wants to cast one just give us a call or email.

 

June 8th - Matt Obermiller a nice smallies below Alcona Dam on the Au Sable River.  Warm weather of late has gotten these fish active.  This is a excellent section to fish from mid June thru Aug for smallmouth bass and even a big trout now and then.  Right now streamers during the day and then top water in the late evening. 

 

October 1st - This a excellent time to chase big smallies around the shoreline of Lake Huron.  The mouth of the Au Sable is another excellent place and does produce some in the 4-5lb range this time of year.  Sculpin and baitfish patterns are top producers right now.

 

August 9th - John O'Neil with a nice big AuSable River smallie.  Lots of streamer action today!  Of late hot dry weather has made for some very slow trout fishing but it has not slowed down the river smallmouth fishing.  Flashy baitfish patterns were our top flies today.

 

 

August 8th - Float the very lower Au Sable (below Foote Dam) and found huge numbers!  Bernie and Tom caught four different types of bass today - smallmouth (above), largemouth (below), white, and rock bass.  All streamer action today.  Best flies were Lite Bight Minnow, JJ Special, Alewive.  This water stays warm for another month in this section and bass should remain excellent.

 

 

August 1st -  Extremely hot day on the river today!  We did find a few good smallmouth streamer fishing during the afternoon and evening.  Heavy hatch and spinner fall of dark hex and a good number of bass were up and rising just before dark.  Mike Moreau pictured above was dry fly fishing with a hex pattern and catching a number of rising bass.  Then we got a little surprise - this one was not a bass but a big trout!   What made it even more shocking was we were almost to Loud Pond which is very low in the system.  The dark hex is a great hatch this time of year and should last for a couple more weeks!

 

August 1st - Tom Buhr with a beautiful Au Sable River smallie caught streamer fishing.  One hot afternoon but we still got some nice fish.

 

July 31st - Paul Timmerick with a huge smallmouth bass on the Au Sable River.  Hot summer days of late but fly fishing for smallies has still been pretty good.   These big river bass do not mind feeding during bright sun.  Two streamer combo was the best setup for the day.  Big flashy fly upfront and natural woolly bugger as the dropper.

 

July 30th - Tom Buhr with a big smallies right at dark fishing top water poppers.  On hot days look for good top water action when sun starts to go down.

 

 

July 29th - Au Sable River smallmouth bass that took a Hex dry fly.  Good numbers of bass were up and rising just before and after dark.

 

July 26th - Robb Smith with a nice big smallmouth bass on the Au Sable River.  Had a real good fishing today - during the day streamers and right at dark on top water poppers.  Top flies were large woolly buggers in peach/white, chartreuse wolverine,  grey/white deceivers, small crayfish looking woolly buggers.  The late summer dark hex hatch is going strong - look for these bugs about a hour before dark.

 

July 26th - Tom Buhr with a big smallie caught on a top water popper.   Tonight right at dark bass came to life on top water.  The next couple of weeks should be the best fishing of the summer for rising bass!

 

July 24th - Randy Smith a real nice smallmouth bass on the lower Au Sable River.  Big flashy streamers with a small crayfish colored woolly bugger dropper was the best combination today.  Dark Hex are starting to hatch off the ponds which will lead to some excellent dry fly fishing for these smallies over the next couple of weeks.

 

July 18th - Tom Buhr with a nice smallmouth bass from backwaters of the Au Sable River.  Lots of great water on the AuSable River this time of year for smallies.  Today baitfish patterns were the top producers fished on sink tip. Grey/white deceiver was one number.  Had a little top water action just before dark but storm ended things a little early.

 

July 16th - Tom Olenczuk with a nice smallmouth bass and northern pike (below).  We floated the very lower Au Sable today below Foote Dam.   This section is noted for lots of small bass and a few very large ones that come up from Lake Huron.  Today we had some very nice fish coming to our surface poppers right at dark.

 

 

July 13th - Wayne and Marc caught a few nice smallies to go with there trout today.  Right now sink tips with crayfish looking patterns are the top producers.

 

 

June 20th - Mike Sargent with a couple of huge Au Sable River smallmouth bass.  Late June through early August is just the perfect time to fish the lower AuSable and its backwaters for these fish.  Photo below was two bass caught at the same time!   Fishing two streamers about a two feet apart is very effective.  Front fly a big sculpin pattern and back fly a JJ special is just the perfect combo.

 

 

June 2nd - Kris Walley with a nice smallmouth bass on the Au Sable River below Alcona Dam.  This is just a beautiful section of river with very few people, lots of smallies, and a few big trout.  With bright sun and hot afternoon we had excellent streamer fishing today.  Had one giant rainbow trout chase streamer in on two casts in a row but no hook up. 

 

June 2nd - When weather gets too hot for good day time trout fishing smallmouth bass can make for some excellent fly fishing.

 

June 2nd - Had a few nice pike chasing our streamers done near Loud Pond.  One big one followed a smallmouth to the boat.  A Fin Clip in Chart/White is just the perfect pike fly.

 

Smallmouth Bass photos from the 2006 season  (click here)

Smallmouth Bass photos from the 2003 & 2004 season  (click here)

 Steelhead photos from the 2005 season  (click here)

Trout photos from the 2005  & 2006 season  (click here)

 Trout photos from the 2004 season  (click here)

Salmon photo gallery  (click here)

Lake Huron brown trout photos from the 2003 & 2004 season  (click here)

Lake Huron & Lake Michigan brown trout, salmon and smallmouth photos from the 2005 & 2006 season  (click here)

 

 We do have summer dates open for those looking for guided float trips.   If interested in trips or any questions you can contact us via email or give us a call at 989-848-5983.

       Current water levels at Parmallee Bridge - Trout waters

Current water levels at Mio Dam on the AuSable River - Trout waters

Current water levels at Alcona Dam on the AuSable River - Smallmouth Bass & Trout waters

Current water levels at Foote Dam on the AuSable River - Steelhead waters

 

Michigan fly fishing opportunities this season include:

  • Streamer fishing - always good, especially Spring and Fall
  • Hendrickson (late-April/early-May)
  • Brown Drake (late-May/mid-June)
  • Isonychia (mid-June)
  • Hexagenia Limbata (mid-June/early-July)
  • White Fly/Ephron (late-August)
  • Terrestrials - hoppers and ants (mid-July thru mid-September)
  • Salmon (late-August thru mid-Oct)
  • Steelhead (Oct thru mid-May)

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