Michigan Brook Trout Fishing Tips

Michigan Brook Trout Fishing TipsWith the abundance of forests, lakes, rivers, creeks and streams, Michigan is home to a vibrant trout population. Brook trout live in many of the streams and rivers in Michigan, particularly around the Upper Peninsula, or U.P., giving anglers opportunities to try their luck against this hard-won species. Brook trout fishing in Michigan means cold, clear water and subtle movements and actions, so as not to spook these elusive fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Michigan fishing license with holder
  • Fly fishing reel and rod
  • Waders
  • Polarized sunglasses
Step 1
Fish for brook trout during low-level conditions or times of the day. Try setting out in the very early hours of the morning just as the sun is breaking to take advantage of the low light. Brook trout are easily spooked, and with the clear water conditions of many of the Michigan streams and rivers, you need to try to hide yourself as best as possible.
Step 2
Watch the shadows you cast and be sure they do not cast over the water as you fish it. Work the shadow side of the river or creek, and use the adage that if you can see the fish or water bottom, if you are in the line of sight of the fish, they can see you. Try fishing during foggy or cloudy conditions to hide your presence.
Step 3
Fish the river where the Marquette fish hatchery rest, at 488 Cherry Creek Road in Marquette. This hatchery is a brook trout hatchery, and the waters are open seasonally for brook trout fishing. Between October 2008 and September 2009, the Marquette Brook Trout Hatchery stocked over 60,000 adult, yearling and fall fingerling brookies into the inland waters surrounding the hatchery.
Step 4
Walk silently along the river or creek banks, or if wading, slide your feet across the bottom versus walking and planting your feet. Brook trout are sound sensitive, so a slight bump to a boat or a splash from a misplaced boot will scare them off.
Step 5
Use lightweight line when fishing for Michigan brook trout. The larger the diameter of monofilament, the greater the risk of human scent getting on it, reports the Upper Michigan Fishing Tips website. Use a maximum of 6-lb. test when fishing for brook trout in Michigan.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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