The last Saturday in April is the traditional Michigan trout opener. This year opening weekend transitions into May. This should provide some great opportunities for those who like to cast a fly with some hatches in hopefully some warmer weather.
Rivers and streams with big names like the AuSable or the Manistee will see predictably high traffic but anglers can be more successful seeking more secluded waters. Many will get up hours before dawn to stake out their special spot which has often been fished for generations. Some will even brave the cold night and camp next to their favorite water and fall asleep to the sound of gentle gurgle of water.
One of my favorite things about trout fishing is the exploration of new spots. My old country map books have years of notes on them about past haunts and new places for exploration. In years where there has been plenty of rain, sometimes tributaries that appear too small to hold fish will surprise you.
So get out on the water. The water the holds trout is often in scenery that is good for the soul!