Fishing Season: Seasonal Spring and Fall are Prime

Betsie River - MI

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Hawkins Outfitters's Tip of the Week

The last week saw a lot of spawning activity with the up and down of the weather. The warming trend will continue to see this through. A bunch of cold rain would be great for new fish and to keep them in the system!

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Map of Betsie River

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5-Day Outlook as of 3/20/23

Water temps are climbing some which has pushed some fish to get to spawning and moving on.

Techniques & Tips as of 3/20/23

Chuck and duck

Local Species Available Seasonal Spring and Fall are Prime

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    king salmon

Hawkins Outfitters's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Black leeches with bright flash bright orange head 4-6

Black leeches with bright flash

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Hawkins Outfitters's Recommended Gear

Description: About Betsie River

The Bestie River flows from Green Lake to Frankfort and offers anglers some of the finest salmon and steelhead fishing in the northern michigan. While trout fishing is not it's strong suit, the migratory seaons of late Aug through early May are prime for steelhead, lake-run browns, coho, and chinook.

Nearest Airport:

Traverse City, MI

Best Time to Fish:

Morning due to pressure

Best Stretch:

Fish below Homestead or way up at Psutka Rd.

Best Access:

Homestead first