ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) - The flooding is impacting Michigan's $4.5 billion sport fishing industry.
The Rouge and Grand rivers began rising during the prime time for steelhead fishing, and many anglers will now have to wait until next year. The problem isn't a lack of fish, but that it has been unsafe for anglers to get to them this past week.
Mike Schneider and his fishing buddies didn't have much luck Wednesday at the Rogue River Dam.
"A few weeks ago, we needed a warm rain to push the fish up. I think we prayed too much," he says.
The trio had to leave their waders behind, trying to catch fish from the edges of the dam.
"Our steelhead catch rate has been very, very slow," says Glen Blackwood, owner of Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company.