Manistee River below Tippy Dam

Manistee River Fishing Report

Manistee River Below Tippy Dam

The Manistee River below Tippy Dam fishing report for late May and early June. Water Levels are normal for early summer and temps are still safe for trout fishing as they are in the mid 60’s but as June heats up might be a good idea to find cooler water on the Pine River or Pere Marquette if your in the area. But with water temps in the 60’s and 70’s for the rest of the summer, great time to enjoy some bass fishing.

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass fishing is almost to post spawn time of year, and that means topwater. The next few weeks are some of the best topwater weeks of the smallmouth bass cycle. Look for smallmouth and largemouth to aggressively take sliders, divers, poppers, and big fat terrestrial patterns. If over the next few weeks the trout waters on the Upper Manistee get to warm 68-70 degrees this is a great alternative.

Smallmouth bass fishing can be a fun day for all ages, with both fly and light tackle spinning gear. Over Memorial Day weekend the guides at Mangled Fly ( Ed, Jeff, and myself) wanted to fish together before Jeff leaves for AK for the rest of the summer. We found plenty of smallmouth, largemouth bass, pike, and rock bass durning a couple hours of fishing. We found bass eager to take both streamer and topwater.

Summer Gear

New Summer Gear just hit the shop, check out some of the new items. In the coming weeks. We will be adding some new short sleeve T-shirts as well.

Booking a Trip

The fishing right now is shaping up to be very good as our rivers continue to settle down and warm up. If you’re looking to book a Trout/Bass/Pike Fishing Trip give us a call at (231-631-5701) or shoot us an email . Heading into summer we will over both full day and half day adventures for smallmouth bass on the lower Manistee river below Tippy Dam.

Tight Lines,

Jon Ray

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