Manistee River Trout Report
Upper Manistee River Trout Fishing report for the third week of October. The colors are popping and the Brown and Brook trout are nearing their peak spawning period. The river is low and clear and the water temperatures have ranged from 48 to the low 50’s. It looks like our weather is going to be fairly seasonal moving forward and some much needed rain is heading our way.
Upper Manistee River Trout Fishing
The Fall Streamer Season, the hunt for large fish, has been decent to productive pending conditions. The streamer bite has been primarily on baitfish and leech patterns. Cloudy days have been the best, but the better fishing can be during or after rain events. Water temps have dropped into the low 50’s and with the right conditions the streamer fishing should improve until the fish begin to spawn.
October can be a good time to go as the fish are in pre-spawn mode and want to eat. As the fish begin to spawn the streamer fishing will lose its effectiveness. At this time the fish just need a break until they are done with their spawn. The post spawn window is one of my favorite times as the fish are looking to put some weight back on heading into winter.
Upcoming Post Spawn Streamer Season
Sometime around the second week of November the fish will finish spawning and the streamer fishing will pick back up. The post spawn bite can provide some good fishing especially on cloudy/wet weather days. It will pretty much be a streamer game moving forward. Late fall and winter can give the angler who is willing to go hunting for the opportunity plenty of solitude.
Didymo on the Upper Manistee continues to be a problem with a high level of concern. I would consider the whole Upper Manistee River System to be contaminated with this Diatom. There was new Didymo growth above CCC bridge and it has been documented as far upstream as Yellow Trees Landing. The Didymo mats in sections below CCC are still breaking down and to my knowledge there isn’t any blooming like we saw in the 2022 season. Didymo is considered a very resilient invasive species so you need to educate yourself on safe cleaning techniques. River Users will need to clean their gear or anything that touches the water. Didymo can easily be spread between watersheds and can be detrimental to our trout streams.
I would consider the ENTIRE RIVER TO BE CONTAMINATED and treat it as such. Clean, Drain, Dry your gear before entering another Body of Water. Currently, there are no effective methods to eradicate didymo once it is established in a river. To prevent spreading Didymo and other aquatic invasive species to new locations, it is critical for users to thoroughly Clean, Drain and Dry waders, equipment, and boats upon leaving a waterway.
- Clean by removing mud and debris from all surfaces.
- Use a 10% Solution of Dishwashing Soap with hot water for 10 minutes (Example 1 gallon of water is 12.8 oz of Dawn Soap). Then it must dry for 48 hours (mandatory if your fishing different water systems).
Trout Guide Trip
If you’re looking to book a Trout Guide Trip you can reach us at 231-631-5701 (leave a message) or shoot us an email. We currently have limited availability, so if your looking to book a trout trip I would encourage you to do so soon. October and November brings with it a mixed bag of opportunities as we are on the Lower Manistee chasing Fall Steelhead. So make sure to follow along on our social pages and our online fishing report page .
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