Manistee River Below Tippy Dam
The Manistee River below Tippy Dam fishing report for late July. Water Levels are normal for this time of year, but water is extremely clear. Not sure I have ever seen the Big Manistee below Tippy Dam this clear. Our main focus this time of year is on Bass and Pike. With top-water and streamer tactics giving us the best opportunities.
The first signs of Kings have shown up, now the pods that I’ve seen are small groups. But Salmon are now in the Big River. Not uncommon for an early push, but wow do I feel bad for these guys. With the hottest temps of the summer and low clear water, not a good combo for the fish that have showed up already.
Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Smallmouth bass fishing feels as if some of our best smallmouth bass days are behind us, as early in the season was extremely good. But with water low and clear now, the game has gotten a tab bit challenging. I have really had to downsize the patterns, and some of my best top water patterns don’t chug. Dead drifting or skating large attractor patterns near structure.
One key thing to remember when smallmouth bass fishing later in the summer, is that most minnows that smallmouth are key in one are at their smallest. So down sizing to a size 8 hook can get you some of the best results.
Still have a few sizes of our Summer Gear in stock. Any questions feel free to drop us a line. The Hand Towel and the T-shirts have been a big hit so far. Thank you for all the support.
Booking a Trip
The fishing right now is in the dog days of summer. Ed is on his Mousing program , Jeff is in AK for the rest of the summer, and I’m bouncing between trout water and smallmouth sections. If you’re looking to book a Trout/Bass/Pike Fishing Trip give us a call at (231-631-5701) or shoot us an email . Heading into summer we will over both full day and half day adventures for smallmouth bass on the lower Manistee river below Tippy Dam. Not too early to book your Fall Steelhead trip as well, still a few dates open.