High Water Events on the North Branch

As I count them, we have had three high water events in early January and May. The River drains quickly, however in January with temps around zero for a few days’ high water freezes both on the shore and on the BOTTOM of the RIVER (Anchor Ice). This year’s high water freeze up was quite the phenomena, with ice covering entire islands and my dock. Anchor ice formed rapids and waterfalls in normally flat, shallow, slow water. In case you missed it, I have included some of my photos and some photos and a short video by Neil Wallace. It's amazing how different our river is depending on the season!

2017 Trout Redd Survey of the North Branch

The first week in November the Anglers of the AuSable conducted a survey of brown trout spawning beds in the North Branch. The efforts of a couple dozen hardy volunteers were organized by Terry Lyons, with Jerry Lake providing the instruction and specialized tools. Some North Branch Foundation board members and North Branch residents participated with the teams to locate, identify and measure these “redds”, as an indication of the trout population and the health of our river. The information can be used for a better understanding of our river and help locate improvements, including DNR approved protective cover for the fish. It was a terrific learning experience for me, particularly as I w

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