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Fall Steelhead Fishing

Manistee River Fishing Report

Manistee River Below Tippy Dam

Fishing Report

The Manistee River Fishing Report for the third week of October has a little feel of fall in the air. Temps for the most part have been too warm for our liking, don’t get me wrong catching a few steelhead with sandals and shorts isn’t that bad. But lets be honest with each other. This is meant to be steelhead season. Bring on the weather! Time for cold weather gear!

Steelhead Report

Steelhead Report for the Manistee River Below Tippy Dam. The Manistee River is running at 1630 CFS and about 58 degrees.

With this weather change we have had the past couple days its finally feeling like fall steelhead weather. We are still finding a fair amount of steelhead behind the spawning kings. Steelhead love king eggs! I feel that with the water temps dropping and the fall weather on its way this is going to come to a end. As the kings finish up the spawn look for the steelhead to move from the spawning area into more traditional steelhead holding lies.

With the rain and dropping temps the fish should move into the longer, deeper runs. We have been finding the majority of migrating steelhead in the heads and tails of the runs. The river conditions and water temps are perfect for fish to be moving. Beads and egg flies have been the go to. With the amount of salmon eggs floating down river the steelhead have been getting fat and happy on them. Yellow and pink egg colors are working best. Fishing egss on bottom and under floats are both effective methods for this time of year.

When the eggs stop flowing look for the streamer bite to turn on. Swinging flies with sink tip lines and streamers can be a very exciting way to catch a steelhead. The bite is so powerful. Hold on tight! Fall IS the time of the year to get out and enjoy the trees changing colors. Eagles flying and the steelhead that are hard to handle. Lets go fishing!

New Swag

Jon has a new sweatshirt this year for the Fall Steelhead run. Make sure to check it out and we just got a reload of the popular Green Beanie from last year. Two great items to help keep you warm this Fall and Winter.

Booking a Trip

If you’re looking to book a Fall Steelhead Fishing Trip give us a call at (231-631-5701) or shoot us an email . We will continue to update the Manistee River below Tippy Dam fishing report on a weekly basis. We also get last minute cancellations so let us know if you want to be on that list.

Tight Lines,

Jeff Topp