Rain Hinders Fish Bite on the North Shore

by | Jun 11, 2022 | fly fishing Lake Michigan | 2 comments

Lake-MichiganThe north shore of Lake Michigan isn’t as wade fishing friendly as the east.  Granny and I crossed the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan around 8 AM and began sniffing our way westward.  At that time it was a beautiful day but the clouds were coming.  We stopped at a lot of pullouts but access to the water was limited.  Most decent looking areas were blocked off as private property or up on a cliff like you see here.


fly fishingWe reached a place called Epoufette Bay.  Even most of here was posted no trespassing but I found one access spot to a rocky shoreline.  On my first cast I had a smallmouth bass follow a chartreuse Clouser but didn’t strike.  It took more than an hour and a lot of casting and hiking before my next fish.  This one I hooked and it was a mammoth smallie.  Unfortunately, a minute into the battle the bass went on a leaping rampage and shook the hook.  That was the only fish I touched in two hours of hiking and fishing.


lake fishingAs we packed it up from there heavy rain began.  Despite the nasty weather we drove to the end of another peninsula.  I geared up and battled the waves at Gould City Park.  The rocks looked good but no luck.




Fishing may have been off today.  Sure, if landed that morning smallie it would be a great day, but overall, the fish simply weren’t biting.  And the weather didn’t help.  In fact, after the Gould City Park attempt, the rain came down in sheets until 7 tonight.


Now the sun is shining and we are camped north of Lake Michigan outside of Crystal Falls.  We’re actually on Six Mile Lake making a few more unsuccessful casts.  It’s another pretty one but the fish are still asleep!


 Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Lance

    You might not be catching a lot of fish but beautiful places to be at right now! Great life!

  2. Jeff

    Hi Lance – yeah man – life is good. No complaints on getting skunked here and there. In fact, maybe I’m a sicko, but I like it!

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!