From Mio Dam to McKinley Bridge the river harbors an
abundance of trophy size trout. Large brown and rainbow
trout are in good numbers here. Like the upper areas
quality hatches make it a wonderful stretch. The water
is deep and strong in many areas. Wading is a challenge
although it can be accomplished in certain areas. A boat
is the best way to cover and fish this water. Hiring
a guide will ensure the most potential out of this tremendous
section of river. A few good access points are located
at Perry Creek, Comins Flats, and Mckinley Bridge.
The North and South Branches of the Au Sable are also
tremendous fisheries. They provide excellent angling
with plenty of easily waded water. The South Branch
flows northerly out of Houghton Lake towards the Mainstream
of the Au Sable passing the town of Roscommon on its
way. It meets the mainstream a short distance below
Wakeley Bridge. A section for fishing with artificial
flies only, no kill is located from Chase bridge downstream
to Lower High Banks. Brook, brown and some rainbow
trout can be found in its waters. Access areas are
numerous along the river providing ideal areas to "hop" out
of your car and wade fish. The North Branch flows southeasterly
passing through Lovells eventually emptying into the
Mainstream a few miles downstream from the South Branch.
The North branch is also a quality fishery with a section
devoted for fishing with artificial flies only from
Sheep Ranch downstream to the confluence with the Mainstream.
This is a beautiful river with slick pools and quality
trout. It is a great dry fly fishery like the rest
of the upper Au Sable River system. Access can be gained
in many areas along the North Branch's path.
The lower Au Sable River from Foote Dam to Lake Huron
is a quality steelhead fishery. The river here is very
large and by some standards dangerous. Careful wading
is a must and a boat provides the best angling. Steelhead
and salmon both migrate up this section of the river
and can be caught in the same manner as the other great
lake tributaries. Steelhead fishing is available (depending
upon conditions) from late fall through early spring.
The Au Sable River is an awesome fishery. Trophy brown
trout, "screamin" rainbows, dainty brook
trout, and acrobatic steelhead are caught in good numbers
each year. Hatches are extremely prolific and will
challenge those of the Delaware River in New York State.
Anglers come to this river for more then just its great
angling as it is also a beautiful and serene river.
The Michigan woods is home to a diversity of wildlife
from hawks and eagles to deer and bear.