St. Joseph River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of St. Joseph River, MI
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St. Joseph River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish surface flies over structure or near undercut banks, don't be scared to dead drift poppers, Smallies love easy meals!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing St. Joseph River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Muskegon River Lodge
Hawkins Outfitters

Water flow: Normal

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 75 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon/Evening

Best stretch: Three Rivers to Lake Michigan

Best access point: Mottville, Niles, Buchanan, Berrien Springs

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fish species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike

Fishing season: Early Summer

Nearest airport: South Bend, Indiana SBN

Free Orvis Fish Sticker

St. Joseph River Description

The St. Joseph is probably the heaviest stocked steelhead river in the world! With a five hydro dam fish ladder system, it carries steelhead, coho salmon and browns for 48 miles to South Bend, Indiana.
Close to 400,000 summer skamania steelhead, which run the river from June through September and 200,000 winter Michigan strain steelhead are stocked. Not to mention 400,000 coho silver salmon- it is a salmonid ...

Techniques & Tips

Strip or swing streamers near any current breaks or log jams where predators will be holding waiting for prey to swim by. Fish surface flies over structure or near undercut banks, don't be scared to dead drift poppers, Smallies love easy meals!

7-Day Forecast

The Summer pattern is here, if you love to see fish eat surface flies with reckless abandon, the time is now!

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