Update for the 2019 Fall Steelhead run on the Manistee River for November 11th, 2019. Water levels on the Manistee River this week stayed right around 2100 CFS, with water temps on steep drop all week. We averaged losing almost a degree per day. Making the steelhead in the Big Manistee River, not so happy. To sum up Manistee River Steelhead Report in a few words, it has been work.
With water temps on such a drastic drop, the swing bite or streamer bite was extremely difficult. Going most days without even a pull. Talking with a few other captains throwing hardware even the plug bite was difficult. Fish have become moody and we need the water temps to level out and then we should get some consistency once again.
Fishing floats has been a little better than the swing bite but not much. Mustering up a few opportunities a day, the good news is that steelhead this year continue to be above average in size. This past week with the Fowler group the largest steelhead put in the next was just around 16 pounds. Great work Jeff and congrats on an amazing fish. With other steelhead landed last week in the 13 pound range it has been a great year for big steelhead on the Big Manistee River.
Steelhead Guide Trips
With what feels like winter steelhead here now, I still have a few dates open around Turkey Day. Currently have Nov 27 and 29 open. With also most of December open as well, December we offer 1/2 trips along with full day trips. Feel free to send me an email using the contact page or get ahold of me via DM on Instagram or Facebook as well. Thanks for checking out the site few items remain on the Sales page if your looking for some Mangled Fly Swag. and I’ll continue to post more through out the week. Been trying to add a few images social as well, so follow along. Short clip and videos are in our Stories section of the day’s events as well.