How to Fish the Michigan Mayfly Hatch

How to Fish the Michigan Mayfly Hatch

Ben Wolfe

Ben Wolfe

June 30, 2020

The Michigan mayfly hatch is in full swing and fish of all species are keying in on them as a major food source. In this week’s report, Captain Ben Wolfe of Sport Fish Michigan talks about the importance of this phenomena and how it impacts the bite across the state.

Here’s the full report:

“Hi – I’m captain Ben Wolfe with Sport Fish Michigan and I have this week’s AnglingBuzz report for you from the state of Michigan.

“All across the state, we have a big mayfly hatch happening on Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, many of the inland lakes, and even up into northern Michigan. We have the hexagenia – the grand daddy of all the mayflies – and so many species really key in on this as a protein source for them. It’s a critical food component in terms of their growth.

“A lot of these fish are really keying in on these bugs: walleyes, perch, brown trout, rainbow trout, and smallmouth bass. Most of the species we have are going to key in on these bugs.

“Blade baits that are gold colored, a curly tailed grub, or topwater baits are all great options right now to imitate these mayflies that are hatching out of the substrate and coming up onto the surface.

“The fishing can be a little challenging at times, but still well worth going, especially for those trout anglers that have been looking forward to this big hex hatch all year long.

“The fourth of July weekend is coming up, so it’s probably going to be busy on the water. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy yourself!

“If you’re looking for a captain or guide in the state of Michigan, give Sport Fish Michigan a call or check us out on the web at

The Michigan mayfly hatch has such a dramatic impact on the fishing throughout the state that it’s worth monitoring and adjusting accordingly. Make sure to check back next week for another brand new fishing report from the state of Michigan. We will be keeping you up-to-date with fresh reports every single week throughout the summer.

See you next week!

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