Manistee River Below Tippy Dam
The Manistee River Fishing Report for early July has us hitting our peak smallmouth bass season. River clarity isn’t gin, but clear with a little Manistee River green. Water temps are in the high 60’s and with the bubbler keeping water temps in that range for most of the summer it keeps it from reaching un-fishable reaches. We recommend leaving the trout alone just below Tippy Dam, so they can survive this heat wave. But smallmouth bass, largemouth, bass, and pike fishing in the lower section is good now until the end of August.
Smallmouth Bass are in good numbers this season, back in April we had the opportunity to get our first glimpse at the size of run this year. Yes these fish are migratory as well. Smallmouth bass use the Big Manistee below Tippy Dam as a summer time feeding zone. Smallies usually start migrating during the spawning cycle and then hold residence thru out the summer until the King Salmon start showing up.
Besides Smallmouth Bass we have been finding largemouth bass and a good population of pike as well. Only have seen a few summer-runs and no King Salmon yet. We have just come off our prime trout season, so only have a handful of days hunting smallmouth so far. But now that hatches are done on the Upper Manistee, we will be fishing hoppers for trout or smallmouth bass during the day.
Flies and Food Source
Every year if feels like small changes occur in what is the favorite food source, but you can never go wrong with flies that imitate smaller baitfish patterns, crayfish patterns, and some sort of topwater pattern. Just like back in the day with the DVD we did on Smallmouth Bass. This year so far has been a good topwater year, with good smallmouth bass looking up. Frogging with a Titan Long has been the first rod that I’ve been pulling out of the sleeve most days. Normally I can tell pretty quick if these bass are in the mood to look up. You’re not looking to pop the frog as your looking for nice slow long strips. This is very visual as you will see Bass track your frog pattern from a pretty long distance.
Booking a Trip
If you’re looking to book a fishing trip give us a call (231-631-5701) or shoot us an email . Not too early to start thinking about Fall Dates for Steelhead. Steelhead fishing on the Manistee River below Tippy Dam is some of the best in the state. Dates will fill up quick. In the mean time this summer we will Smallmouth bass fishing and still pursuing trout with Hopper Patterns and Ed has a night or two open for his Mousing Trips.