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Dowagiac River - Sumnerville - Michigan

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #20-22 Zebra Midge, Discos
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #20-22 RS2, Pheasant tail nymph
February Midges Afternoon #20-22 Zebra Midge, Discos
Blue Wing Olives Evening #20-22 RS2, Pheasant tail nymph
March Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-20 RS2, Pheasant tail nymph
April Caddis Evening #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Peacock Caddis
May March Browns Afternoon #10-12 Parachute Adams
Sulphurs Afternoon to Evening #16-18 Sulphur Dun, Pheasant Tail
June Hexagenia Evening to Night #6-8 Hexagenia Dry Fly
Stoneflies Early Morning to Afternoon #6-10 Golden stone, Rubber Legs
Brown Drakes Evening #10-12 Brown Drake Dun, Emergers
July Tricos Morning #20-22 Trico Spinner, Trico Dun
Terrestrials All Day #10-16 Hopper Patterns, Beetles, Ants
August Terrestrials All Day #10-16 Hopper Patterns, Beetles, Ants
September Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 Micro Mayfly, RS2
Terrestrials All Day #10-16 Hopper Patterns, Beetles, Ants
October Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 Micro Mayfly, RS2
November Midges Afternoon #20-22 Zebra Midge, Discos
December Midges Afternoon #20-22 Zebra Midge, Discos

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Dowagiac River in Sumnerville is renowned for its excellent fly fishing spots.

  • Arthur Dodd Park: This is a tranquil fishing spot with clear, shallow waters that are abundant with fish, including brown trout and rainbow trout.
  • Sumnerville Bridge: Located near McCoy Creek, it’s the go-to spot for anglers seeking brook trout.
  • Losensky Park: This community park has shallow water with good trout streams and easy access to the river bank.
  • Peavine Street Access: This section provides ample casting spots adorned with the scenery of overhanging trees.
  • Sink Road Bridge Area: This spot is great for fly fishing enthusiasts during the trout season due to the large population of steelhead trout.

Before going, always verify fishing regulations and license requirements.

Best Access Points

The Dowagiac River in Sumnerville offers numerous splendid access points for fly fishing enthusiasts. Note the best among them are:

  • Arthur Dodd Memorial Park: With ample parking and easy river access, it is a must-visit for anglers. The park also has picnic facilities.
  • Peavine Street: Located North of Niles, this access spot provides plenty of fishing opportunities along its banks.
  • Losensky Park: Situated in Niles, it is a popular location for launching canoes and kayaks, and offers ample space for fly fishing.
  • M-139 Bridge: Near Sumnerville, it offers convenient river access and some great spots close by.
  • Mill Pond Park: It is a hub for trout fishing, particularly in the spring.

Remember, during summer, there is a catch-and-release restriction for trout in these spots which adds to the spirit of conservation among anglers.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: One of the most popular species for fly fishing in the Dowagiac River.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for its vibrant colors and great fight, making it a favorite among fly fishers.
  • Brook Trout: A smaller trout species, but often more aggressive, making it an exciting catch.
  • Smallmouth Bass: While not a trout, they are a fantastic fighting fish that can provide a nice surprise for fly fishers.
  • Steelhead: A migratory species of rainbow trout that are larger and stronger.
  • Chinook Salmon: Also known as King Salmon, can be caught mostly in the fall.
  • Coho Salmon: Smaller than Chinooks but renowned for their fighting spirit and acrobatic leaps.
  • Walleye: Not typically a target for fly fishers, but the Dowagiac River has an abundant population that can be a fun catch.

About The River

Experience the pleasant charm of the Dowagiac River and its historical hill town Sumnerville. Originating from a Pottawatomi Native American term meaning ‘fishing [water]’, the Dowagiac River intertwines with local history and nature.

Features of the Dowagiac River:

  • Quiet charm: A gentle river, it meanders through southwestern Michigan, providing a peaceful environment for fishing and leisurely canoe and kayak trips.
  • Rich biodiversity: The river is home to a wide array of wildlife including native bass and trout.

On its course, Dowagiac River passes through Sumnerville, a quaint village with interesting history:

  1. The village named after Eleazer Morton Sumner was established in 1836.
  2. It was a booming town in the late 19th-century due to its thriving lumber industry.

Today, the combined allure of the Dowagiac River and Sumnerville’s historical charm make them ideal destinations for history buffs and nature lovers alike.


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