Manistee River Steelhead Report

Manistee River Fishing Report

Manistee River Below Tippy Dam

The Manistee River below Tippy Dam fishing report for the middle of November Has Water Levels remaining in a pretty constant flow. We are now only at 1610 CFS with water temps dropping into the low forties and creeping into the 30’s. The main river system from top to bottom is looking good. Steelhead have spread out through the whole main river. The outlook for the coming weeks looks strong, as mild weather is headed our way and should make fishing pretty good. Guide boats are available first part of December, contact us or give us a call 231-631-5701

Fall Steelhead Fishing

Manistee River Steelhead Report
Steelhead fishing on the Manistee River

Fall Steelhead are settling in and not moving so much any more. Winter program has started. Egg patterns still seem to be the best bet especially on the bright sunny days, but the Swing bite is holding even though it has gotten tougher. As fish are moving into slower bodies of water.

The float game is getting a little more technical now, as fish are feeling that temp drop. It’s float changing season, make sure to dial in your shot string as well. The bite has slowed, so that means you need to slow down as well.

The bug bite has picked up as well as a much of caddis are moving and as is the case normally this time of year big stoneflies are chewing on the leaf drop. Basically any stick, leaf or debris you catch you will see cased caddis on them.

Swinging Flies

This week the black flies were best, but saw blue and purple gaining traction. As is the case with the first snow of the year. Also starting to down size the flies, and make them sink quicker. Saw fish really go deep the last few days, not that I need more T-14 to reach them. But flies that get deep quick. So more synthetic materials and just a little bit smaller in size.

New Swag

New Swag in stock, we have a new Beanie in 2 different colors and brought back a fan fav the swing fly wax cotton canvas hat . Both in stock now and ready for the winter steelhead season. Makes a great holiday gift as well.

Booking a Trip

If you’re looking to book a Winter Steelhead or Trout Fishing Trip give us a call at (231-631-5701) or shoot us an email . The Manistee River below Tippy Dam is one of the best sections in Michigan for Winter Steelhead, we have a dates open. Also from what we saw last season December – February can be some of the best steelhead fishing of the year. Nothing beats the Fall Steelhead, but definitely don’t overlook winter. We are seeing chrome fish pushing now, we way less trafic.

Tight Lines,

Jon Ray

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