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
rain and cooler temps needed for a long period... Keep moving from spot to spot since fish are moving through the system...Fish are moving thru system fast!- so must you!....water levels coming down and clearing- white streamers/intruders are the key since steels still on hunt for bait fish!.... a 'few"Fresh Summer Skamania" - l coho at pier !....!...Lake & Pier fishing and below Berrien should be good with cooler weather- also fish moving... !! Fish are moving quick right now so look for upstream obstructions ..dams/ladders...toss foot long bright chartruse/pink/orange intruders/leeches...once water temps increase, Look for pools next to cold spring seeps and below hydro dams......gravel laced runs and pools below Niles/Dowagiac creek steelhead and browns...cold /wet spells move steelhead up to South Bend/ Brandywine/ Judy creeks bright orange,pink and black leeches with copper and gold flash are the ticket...Greg Senyo's Slim Shady Intruders are a must !!!!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing St. Joseph River is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Muskegon River Lodge
Hawkins Outfitters

Water flow: flooded

Visibility: 4 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 59 Degrees F

Water condition: Muddy

Best time of day to fish: early a.m.- dusk bite for steelhead

Best stretch: South Bend to Lake Michigan

Best access point: Berrien Springs-Shamrock Park-Buchannen, Niles

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species:

Fishing season: winter steelhead, summer steelhead, lake-run browns ,coho silver salmon

Nearest airport: South Bend, Indiana, Chicago O'hare

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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

Fresh fall steelhead continue to move thru the system with rainfall and mild weather...Coho spawning and steelhead in border area excellent Fishing very good in South Bend with lots of movement thru ladders...fresh coho and some steelhead coming through the ladders at a good clip-THESE NEXT THREE WEEKS WILL SEE IT ALL COME TOGETHER!- summer steels and coho's ....Finally a good push of fresh summer steelhead!...coho salmon are already in!!... Full moon, lake turning over in a few days on wind direction...this will be the start of the Skamania run which keeps threatening!!! - late because of cold temps...Despite the 1/2 rain, WATER COMING DOWN- warming up- the first major run of fish is days away!- but a few Skamania are already in the river near Berrien....moving thru ladder- when water drops will be epic!!!tons of rain!!!!...water discolored- lake temps 48-50....fresh Skamania steelhead coming into Berrien Springs and at Paw Paw...ICE JUST STARTED BREAKING NEAR MOUTH OF RIVER TODAY!!!!!!LOTS OF ICE AND FROZEN OVER!...another cold sanp---BUT WARM UP AGAIN...been slow fall- hope spring is better..Still a few steelhead and...lake -run browns ..BUT!!!!!EVERYTHING IS RUNNING LATE THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE COLD LAKE ICE OVER CONDITIONS ...use 11/12 or 14 foot spey rods with Skagit shooting heads -over head casting like east coast salt for pier fishing...;large orange/chartreuse and black intruders....also baitfish intruders...patterns in "Selectivity" book and "Steelhead Dreams" my blog says it all Facebook- Matt Supinski/Selectivity TSS PAGES

7-Day Forecast

The river is pretty much ffrozen over but dries will certinly stay on top without floatant!! .

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