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Manistee River Steelhead Report

Manistee River Steelhead Report

Manistee River Below Tippy Dam

Latest update for the 2019 Fall Steelhead run on the Manistee River below Tippy Dam for early December . Water levels on the Manistee River jumped this week to 2700CFS and currently this morning are running at 2610 CFS. After last nights couple inches of snow, we are back into a winter steelhead program again. Fishing the last week wasn’t easy as water reshuffled the deck. But we did find a few new steelhead pushing into the system and trout fishing was pretty consistent near Tippy Dam as well.

Winter Steelhead Fishing

It’s winter time. Winter steelhead fishing has it’s pro’s and con’s. But the fact remains it’s one of my favorite times of year. Boat ramps are almost empty and their are plenty of steelhead in the river. It’s all about reading water speed and finding those easy current seams. No different if you fish high or low in the system is all about speed, not as much depth. Especially with rising water. Then I really like to hunt shallow runs. As steelhead that are sitting shallow are usually really aggressive.

Winter Steelhead Fishing should remain strong this year, with a good population around. Small streamers and Indicator fishing will be the main focus through out the next few weeks and later into December. Water has a good stain to it currently so bright patterns have been best. With Chartreuse leading the charge. This week the streamer bite was slow, but with cold high water that can be the case. Hope to get out a few days this week personally and see if I can dial it in a little better.

Steelhead Guide Trips

Steelhead Guide Trips are available all winter and it’s really not to early to start thinking about booking for next year. December, January, and February we will be offering 1/2 day trips for $325. Feel free to send me an email using the contact page , Call 231-631-5701 or get ahold of me via DM at Instagram or Facebook as well. Thanks for checking out the site few items remain on the Sales page if your looking for some Mangled Fly Swag added the Muskie T to the Sale items this week. Been trying to add a few images social as well, so follow along. Short clip and videos are in our Stories section of the day’s events as well.

Jon Ray