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Clinton River Report 5/22/18

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Paint Creek/ Clinton River Report  5/22/18 Clinton River Discharge- 200 cfps Clinton Median Discharge- 104 cfps






About a week ago I witnessed caddis flies hatching on the paint creek with multiple trout feeding on them late in the evening around dutton road. I decided to throw on an elk hair caddis on my 7 ft 4 wt rod and had good luck.
Sadly the recent rain has brought in some very high and dirty water on the Clinton as well as the Paint Creek. Almost all steelhead in the system are gone now however there will be some dropping back still. The paint creek looked very promising for steelhead this season however I did not have any luck, just a broken line from a pike(aka trout killers), a lousy sucker and a few small brown trout.

The juvenile steelhead will most likely still be in the system for the summer. Most of the juvenile steelhead will be found in the Riverbends Park because that's where they are stocked every season. This area is also excellent for finding nice pike. This is …

Fly Fishing Northern Michigan!

Fly Fishing Northwestern Michigan       I just want to start out telling all of you guys... I've accepted an associate fly fishing guides position at Boyne Outfitters! I'm very excited to see what my future holds for me.
    Second... I will begin to post Clinton River reports again, bi-weekly with the help of two of my friends back at home. Andrew and Micheal will be fishing around the Clinton and the Paint Creek to give you guys a good idea on how the fishing is going.  
    The great outdoors, tight lines and amazing fishing tales. I work with an amazing group of guys who all love the sport of fishing and just having fun.. I don't think a summer job could get much better than this!
    Located in the heart of the Midwest's 'golden triangle' of fly fishing, there's no shortage of great blue ribbon trout streams. We cover most of the northern lower peninsulas rivers and some lakes including... Boyne River Jordan RiverMaple River Sturgeon River Pigeon River…

Clinton River Report 3/23/18

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River Conditions Clinton River, MI Discharge- about 287 cubic feet/ sec (yesterday) Air temperature- high of 39/ partly cloudy
Water clarity is much better now! check out my Facebook group (Michigan Hooks) to see more pictures and videos of conditions!

The steelhead are in! Reporting countless people catching them all throughout the system. If you haven't been out yet, get your gear and head to the river! Its a nice time to explore new spots before everything gets overgrown for all you shore fisherman! We have had a nice streak of good weather to let the flow come back down to normal. After that huge push of water we have quite a bit a fish in the river now.

River conditions are perfect for wading, water is not too fast.
Pictures from Yates dam.




 It seems like over the past few years this river has gotten greater returns of migratory fish and that is awesome to see in a southeast Michigan river! It is slowly becoming a better and better fishery as the years go on. This also mean…

Clinton River Trout

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Here's a collection of some trout my friends and I caught over the last few seasons! All Clinton River fish!





















Clinton River Report 2/25/18

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River Conditions Clinton River, MI Discharge- about 750 cubic feet/ sec Air temperature- about 42 degrees Water levels are slowly dropping back down with bad water clarity still
I Got out to the river today at Yates dam around 4.  I was very surprised to see the parking lot full today! I wasn't doing any fishing today unfortunately, but the park was packed with fisherman. I mainly saw people dropping spawn with sinkers,  obviously some plug runners and a couple fly fisherman! Looks like people are getting out early this season for the steelhead. 
The water was still pretty high and dirty for my liking. Not saying there are no opportunities.. but definitely more of a challenge. 
If you want some easy access other than the most popular place on the river at Yates, check out down stream! There are multiple parks and river access sites to try out if you want to get away from the crowds this spring. Here are some of the big ones most people know of. Some of the best parts are the har…

Clinton River Report 2/21/18

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Clinton River Report  2/21/18 Steelhead Coming soon! (Pic Nick Salpietra above Yates Dam last winter)

 Talk about Michigan weather these last few weeks...

Michigan has received a significant amount of rainfall in the last couple days. There will be a short gap here on Thursday in southeast Michigan with some nice weather but this weekend is still bringing more rain!




Our river ( the Clinton River) has reached an all time high in a long time. The USGS site documented the cubic feet per second reached 2050 for the discharge. Last time it reached this was back in 1997 at 2000 cfps.

Yates dam is looking pretty extreme right now. I have never seen it so flooded in my years of fishing. This system of new water should be a great start for the steelhead season starting to ramp up! The water will go back down and soon the water temperature will consistently get warmer and the steelhead spawning will be here before you know it. I'm

I am staying off the river until it calms back down to a safe …

Clinton River Report 1/25/18

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Clinton River Report  Upper River 
Michigan Hooks 

The River discharge was at about 104 cubic feet per second above the dam in Auburn Hills. High of 33 degrees and mostly cloudy.

I got out today above the dam around 12:30 and fished around for a couple hours. The water has dropped back down to normal heights and the water clarity has also improved. I choose to wade around and use my spin rod, throwing small spinners and a couple crank baits. I honestly had no luck... no follows or anything today... I was mainly using white or green/silver, so maybe I was just using the wrong colors. Personally it has been very challenging these last few weeks on the river. With these major temperature changes I feel like it really messes with the trout. I usually give it a couple days after a major weather change for them to settle back out.

I didn't have a chance to check out Yates or anything below the dam. I saw on the USGS site that the water levels have dropped back down after that big mel…