Manistee River Below Tippy Dam
The Manistee River Steelhead report for the third week of February. Spring steelhead are making a push already and signs of spring are already visible. The Manistee River this past week actually remained at about the same water levels as the last two weeks, this consistency in the conditions we have been seeing it positively translate into our fishing as well. The river stayed right around 1900- 2050 for this past week. Temperatures have been staying in the 34-36 degree range, all about perfect for this time of year.
Jeff Topp Fishing Report
The Manistee River has been fishing very good. The past few days has brought a fresh push of Steelhead. With a mix of fall steelhead that wintered over in the river and the push of spring run steelhead it is a great time to get outside and enjoy what mother nature has to offer. The cold weather and dropping, clearing water has changed the game a bit.
With the spring migration starting look for steelhead to be stopping in the tail-outs and heads of the runs. We have also found some winter over fish in the deep slow winter pools. This time of year you almost have to fish it all. The low clearing water has made us have to change our setups. Lighter longer leaders, smaller offerings, and a quiet presentation has made a difference in the catch rate. Beads and glow bugs have been working best. As spring starts to warm look for nymphs to start to fire. Stoneflies should start here soon as days continue to get warmer and hex nymphs should do the trick.
It is an amazing time on the rivers of Northern Michigan. With mother nature waking up from its winter slumber and all the wild life coming out of hibernation that is reason enough for a day on the water. With fishing good, recommend getting out now and beat the spring crowds!!!
March and April are prime time Steelhead months and Guide Trip availability will go fast. Dates have been booking at the shows and tying events we have been attending so plan ahead and book early. We should be venturing down to the Pere Marquette this week, look for a new report page about the PM coming soon.