Originally Posted by chi flyfisher
Agreed on all fronts from my limited experience but I have tried these. My problem is that while wadable, the PM can be darn hard to fish from shore and crossing it can be a problem some times. The Muskegon and Manistee are too big for me.
I like the Dowagiac River quite a bit but it's a tricky stream and a challenging one. Don't fish it when it flows above 400 without a staff and once it gets much over that it's too dangerous for me.
Push North if you want to fish Michigan. I have some of the Michigan books that I read as well as the Gazeteer. It's a blast to explore that's for sure.
Yep, we're on the same page here.
When you are talking about the Dowagiac, there is a Dowagiac Creek and a Dowagiac River. The creek (above the rough fish barrier) is supposedly the better of the two. I've scouted it and saw fish, but I have never fished it.
DeLorme's Gazeteer is in the map pocket of all my vehicles. Walmarts in this area carry another Gazeteer that breaks Michigan into two books, North and South. I've glanced at it, and it appears to be at a larger scale than the DeLorme book. I don't know that it necessarily has any more useful detail. It might have some additional boat launches shown on the rivers....emphasis on might. Its worth a look.
The Bedford and Linsenman books are great to have as well. The Bedford book is more helpful in terms of non-trout species, but I find he is more enthusiastic about some fisheries than me (and many local anglers).