Manistee River Below Tippy Dam
More to come about what is going on with NRC as Ed McCoy is hoping to write up a new blog post here soon (actually working on it today 11/29). Thank you for your patience. If your not aware of what I’m talking about, Please read the blog post about the New Proposal from NRC and email the NRC@michigan.gov with your feelings. They did not vote on the proposal at the Nov 10th meeting, the NRC is gathering more information and public input is vital.
Steelhead Fishing Report
Get ready to chip ice out of the guides and light the heaters!! Winter is here and the river looks amazing. With the snow on the banks and new chrome in the river its time to bundle up and enjoy the beauty of northern Michigan. Now lets talk fishing! The steelhead fishing report is primarily the float fishing game, and that has been the go to the past few days. The water is low and clear right now. It is a must to down size your game. Smaller floats, lighter line and leaders has made a big difference. Down sizing has brought more hookups. But with the new fish in the river being big, wild steelhead landing them has been a challenge to say the least.
Bright bead colors have been working early and late in the day but the bulk of the day the colors have been very pale. Dull quiet colors yellows and pinks mid day. Fish them slow. The lazy, smooth and deep water with some structure in it has been bringing some good fish.
Swing and lure bite has been fairly good even with the water temps dropping into the low 40’s. As the water temps continue to drop look for the steelhead to move into the slower, deeper water. The winter colors have been Black and blues and some perch style patterns. Down sizing your bait can be a game changer as the temps drop, also think about changing hooks this week. Time for that secret little weapon on the swing flies, check out our recommendation. Making sure your bait is sunk properly and fishing in the bottom third of the water column. It is also very important to fish slow. Taking the time to make more cast to cover the run. Moving a bit slower than when the water temps are warmer. Good luck out there! Stay warm!!
Booking a Trip
If you’re looking to book a Fall Steelhead Fishing Trip or purchase a Christmas Gift give us a call at (231-631-5701) or shoot us an email . We are booking trips now for 2022, so get your prime dates booked. We will continue to update the Manistee River below Tippy Dam fishing report on a weekly basis, even during December as we will continue to get out on a regular basis. We will start to offer 1/2 trips in December for steelhead, fishing during the prime bite windows of the colder days.