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Fly Fishing the Clinton River in Michigan

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Clinton River is a fly fishing location in Michigan. This destination has an elevation of approximately 575 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Clinton River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).

Clinton River reports

Kip Lowrie (baetis) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The fishing on the Clinton is slowly improving this late winter. The water has finally dropped from all of the snow melt and run off but we may get clobbered again with more snow starting this afternoon. The water temp is around 34 degrees and the fish are somewhat sluggish. Caught a nice hen this morning. (02/20/11)
Erik Carlson (ecarlson) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: any steelies left in the clinton? (12/30/08)
Kip Lowrie (baetis) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Fished the Clinton yesterday 4/24/08 from 1:30 to 6:30 and landed two steelhead out of 5 hook-ups. A hen landed weighed 9 pounds and the Buck landed went 9 1/2 pds. Both fish fell to a root beer colored egg sucking leech with a red head. Look for some much needed rain to push a new wave of fish into the system. (12/30/08)
Kip Lowrie (baetis) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Fished the zclinton today with my fishing pal Brian Metry. We hooked up two steelies after working very hard for these fish. The water is very warm about 52 degrees. The suckers are thinning out and the walleye are for the most part gone. The water is fairly low and clear and this rain they are calling for is much needed as it will most likely bring in a new wave of fish. The fish are extremely spooky and the flies of choice were eggie wan kanobies, pink eggs and sparrow nymphs. (12/30/08)
Kip Lowrie (baetis) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: I have been fishing the Clinton River of South East Michigan for the last two months and the fishing has really picked up. Steelhead are now spawning in good numbers but better success fishing the runs and pockets. (12/30/08)
Kip Lowrie (baetis) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Just got off of the water at 5:00. Hooked up one winter bruiser that slammed my KR Stone pattern. This fish rocketed out of the water and must have weighed between 10 to 12 pds. I lost this fish as it took me downstream through a rapid shoot. This fish was very dark with purple hues. Winter fish are getting active, very active! Look for fishing to improve greatly. (12/30/08)
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Andy Idema (aidema) wrote - Water quality in the Clinton River has improved dramatically over the past thirty years. Industrial discharges are now regulated under the Clean Water Act. While live fish couldnt be found from Pontiac to the mouth of the Clinton in the 1960s, a large, varied fishery exists today. (06/07/08)
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Oxford, Michigan
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1808 Willowood Dr
Rochester, Michigan
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