Spring Smallmouth Bass

Manistee River Fishing Report

Manistee River Below Tippy Dam

April 29, 2022

The Manistee River below Tippy Dam steelhead fishing report for the end of April still has some fresh steelhead fishing entering the system right now. With the annual Trout Opener this Saturday April 30th, we have changed our focus this week. We are now specifically targeting trout, bass, and pike moving forward on the Manistee River below Tippy Dam. Right now the river has been running at/around 2110 CFS and water temps have been creeping up to 48.2 degrees. Water conditions really improved this past week. Streamer fishing for trout and bass has been improving slowly and with some warmer weather the dry fly fishing should pick up as well. With the opener this weekend the pike are now another potential target to add more variety to our angling opportunities.

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead fishing this year was much improved compared to 2021. As I look back on the season we had a long consistent season as our spring weather was pretty cold overall. Most of the fish in the system now are spawning, but there are a few new fish still coming in. The drop back fishing for post spawn steelhead should remain productive over the next week or two.

Trout, Bass, Pike

Tippy Dam Fishing
Spring Smallmouth Bass

The streamer fishing for trout, bass, and pike will be the name of the game moving forward. The trout fishing will primarily be a streamer approach until the water temps warm up some more and our caddis hatches get going. Swinging wet flies will also gain some traction as we continue to warm up. Tippy is a great opportunity for the novice angler to work on fly casting, presentation, and catch some fish all in the same day.

The annual pre spawn bass migration is just heating up! As water temps continue to climb it should become more consistent as well. This time of year can give anglers a chance at some of the largest bass of the season. These fish will eagerly take a stripped streamer and can be handful in the higher spring flows. This is a great alternative to the bright sunny, clear sky conditions that make our spring trout fishing challenging.

The northern pike is a vicious predator and the Manistee River below Tippy Dam can produce some quality pike fishing. If you are into chasing large toothy predators, then pike can add some excitement to your trip. Often they attack your offering like a blur and can present the angler with some visual takes which will get your heart pumping .

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 Spring Trout/Bass/Pike Fishing Trip give us a call at (231-631-5701) or shoot us an email . Space is very limited right now and the Trout Opener kicks off this weekend. We are primarily targeting trout with streamers and dry flies on the upper river right now stay up to date with the Upper Manistee River Trout report. Also check out the Pere Marquette page as Jeff Topp has been actively guiding there.

Tight Lines,