Since the end of May the skies have opened up in northern Wisconsin. The area has seen a lot of rain, and with it higher than normal water levels. As of today the water levels around the normal mark but in late May to early June the Menominee and its tributaries were running extremely high and off color. The fishing was tough but fish were still caught. Casts had to be extremely close to shore but the fish as always were willing to cooperate when Mother Nature wouldn’t. The worst part about all of it is the mosquitos. Out on the river they leave you alone but if you are going to spend any time out in the woods make sure to carry along some bug spray this year.
The water in the Menominee is running much slower now and the water is starting to clear to the levels which make smallmouth fishing so much fun. The smallmouth and northern have really started hitting topwater poppers and bugs. Casting the fly, popping it once, and letting it sit has been the best method when fishing on top. The frogs have really started congregating near the shores so floating frog imitations have been shining along with any other swimming frog pattern fished just below the surface. This is also the time of year when the damselfly and dragonflies become extremely active. Sometimes the smallmouth really key in on these bugs and having a few patterns to imitate them can bring fish into the boat. The weather the last few weeks has been really nice. As the water and the air warm up so does the fishing. It’s been a fun year so far and looking forward to see what the rest of the summer brings.