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Fly Fishing Report for:

Shiawassee River - Owosso - 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 Nymphs All Day #16 - #18 Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear
February Nymphs, Midge Adults All Day #16 - #18, #18 - #22 Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Griffith’s Gnat
March Nymphs, Stoneflies All Day, Afternoon #12 - #14, #14 - #16 Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, San Juan Worm
April Mayflies Late Afternoon, Evening #14 - #16 Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis
May Caddis, Mayflies Afternoon, Evening #14 - #16 Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams
June Mayflies, Terrestrials Afternoon, Evening #12 - #14, #14 - #16 BWO, Dave’s Hopper
July Terrestrials Midday, Evening #12 - #14 Dave’s Hopper, Foam Beetle
August Terrestrials, Tricos Early Morning, Midday #20 - #22 Trico Spinner, Dave’s Hopper
September Terrestrials, Tricos, Mayflies Early Morning, Afternoon #20 - #22, #12 - #14 Trico Spinner, Dave’s Hopper, BWO
October Nymphs, Mayflies Morning, Afternoon #12 - #14, #18 - #24 Pheasant Tail, BWO, Trico Spinner
November Nymphs All Day #16 - #18 Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear
December Nymphs, Midge Adults All Day #16 - #18, #18 - #22 Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Griffith’s Gnat

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 Shiawassee River – Owosso is a renowned fly fishing area with numerous great spots. Whether you’re after strong fighting smallmouth bass, muskie or colorful panfish, there is a fishing spot for you.

  • Shiawassee Town Landing: An excellent area near downtown Owosso known for its smallmouth bass and panfish.
  • Henderson Park: A park spot offering ample shore fishing opportunities. Panfish, bass, and the occasional northern pike can be caught here.
  • Shiawassee River State Game Area: Fly fish for pike, bass, and Muskie in this vast nature preserve situated just south of St. Charles.
  • DeVries Nature Conservancy: This scenic patch offering a serene fishing experience packed with brown trout and brook trout.
  • Harmon Patridge Park: This park located in the uppermost reaches of the Shiawassee River is popular for fly fishing for smallmouth bass and pike.

Best Access Points

The Shiawassee River in Owosso, Michigan offers excellent spots for fly fishing. Here are the best access points:

  • Shiawassee Park: Located downtown, the park gives ample space for fly fishing. Also, the dam attracts many species making it a prime spot.
  • Hopkins Lake: Situated upstream of Owosso, it’s a quiet location perfect for fly fishing. The lake’s outlet into the river is a hot spot.
  • Henderson Park: Offers river-side access and the occasional pools are ideal for trout.
  • Oakwood Avenue Bridge: A good spot to fly fish from the banks or wading in.
  • Footbridge over the Shiawassee: Located in Harmon Patridge Park, it’s a serene and secluded spot.

Remember to always check local fishing rules and regulations before heading to these locations. Happy fishing!

Local Fish

  • Smallmouth Bass – Though it is known for its scrappy nature and high quality eating, this species is heavily targeted for its ability to put on a great fight.
  • Largemouth Bass – This heavier species is a favorite amongst enthusiasts for its ability to snap a line and its challenging size.
  • Walleye – Not typically targeted by fly fishers, but every once in awhile a fisher will aim for Walleye due to its tendency to congregate in shallow waters.
  • Bluegill – Average someone’s first fish, this species is great sport on ultra-light equipment.
  • Catfish – Known to be aggressive feeders, they are a wildly sought-after fly fishing target on the River.
  • Steelhead – A migratory species, with both winter and spring runs present in the River.
  • Salmon – Chinook and coho salmon are targeted in the fall, which brings fly fishers from far and wide.
  • Pike – This fearsome predator is challenging to catch, but rewarding for its size and strength.

About The River

Shaped by centuries of history, the serene Shiawassee River gracefully meanders through the town of Owosso, Michigan, carrying with it untold tales of early woodland inhabitants, European settlers, and bustling commerce.

Used as a travel route by Native American tribes, especially the Ojibwe, the river served a vital role in their life. Post-European interest, from fur trading to lumber mills, the river’s usage shifted dramatically.

  • During the 19th century, Owosso found itself in the midst of a rapid industrialization, with the Shiawassee being an invaluable commodity, powering mills and factories.
  • In the 20th century, it suffered degradation due to industrial pollution. Nonetheless, this resilient river made a comeback through concerted cleaning and conservation efforts.

Today, with its meandering trails and verdant banks, the Shiawassee River offers its visitors a sense of tranquility, shrouding the bustling past beneath its calm current.


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