Floating the Au Sable with a drift boat

Discussion in 'North - North East Michigan Streams and Rivers' started by duckhunter17, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. duckhunter17

    duckhunter17

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    Good afternoon!

    I am looking to float the Au Sable with my drift boat. I have never been there before. Not sure where a good access point is to drop in at and where to take out. Looking to target steelhead and browns. Any info would be great. Thanks!
     
  2. duckduster

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    if you are looking for Chrome, then u need to fish from below the Foote dam out to the lake.
    there is a ramp on Rea rd, up near the dam. you can float it all the way back to Oscoda.
     

  3. Kyle Maliszewski

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    I second Duckduster. Good luck!

    -Kyle
     
  4. unclecrash

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    How long is that float if you just stayed on the boat and went with the current.
     
  5. Bighunther

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    8 to10 hours I'd say I think there's float times somewhere. I'll try looking them up


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  6. BassFisher91

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    Last little bit to Oscoda you'll be rowing, or at least I do. Current gets pretty slow. If you have a motor on your drift boat that'd be preferred...
     
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  7. unclecrash

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  8. MapleRiverSalmon

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    I would recommend doing segments, example, rea-whirlpool, whirlpool-lynns, lynns-the mouth... a lot of water to try to fish in one day. Good luck
     
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  9. Fishndude

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    MapleRiverSalmon is right. If you intend to fish, break it down into either the upper half, lower half, or one of the lowest stretches for a day. I've rowed (my motorized boat) out in the dark before, and it isn't as much fun as it sounds. If you just want to row your driftboat down the river, you can do the entire thing in a day. It is only 10.5 miles from the dam to the mouth. Whirlpool launch is roughly halfway.