Manistee River Below Tippy Dam
Summer Smallmouth Bass
The Manistee River below Tippy Dam fishing report for early August, has been all about the warm-water species still. With Smallmouth Bass being the main focus. Smallmouth Bass are currently present in okay numbers, with actually more Largemouth Bass than I can remember present. Water levels are good as levels and temps are about normal for this time of year. But make sure to monitor the water levels at the USGS Site. Especially if your looking for an early King run. Haven’t seen more than a few milling around, as Lake Michigan did flip on Aug 3rd, so cold water was at the pier heads.
Top Water for Smallmouth
We have only spent a few days below Tippy this summer as the trout fishing on the Upper Manistee as kept us busy. But with a few trips under our belt, the smallmouth numbers this year did feel off, but one way that has been producing the best is top water. Both with an aggressive type topwater presentation and with a dead drift.
What is the difference between the two? Its the style of popper that usually makes the difference. An aggressive style in my mind deals with the pop or chug you give the popper. Pulling fish up to your fly with a chug, no better popper for that than the boogle bug , now this year I have notice not chugging is working better. Now you can still dead drift your boogle bug but dead drifit dragonflies or over sized hoppers has been pulling up a few good ones.
Kings and Bass
So I mentioned the lake flipping and early Kings should be showing up soon, as we transition into August smallmouth fishing can get tougher on the lower Manistee. As more anglers will start showing up throwing cranks, bass also seemed to get turned off by the early King. So I’ll start traveling to other sections to find some of the better smallmouth fishing now. With smallmouth in the Hodenpyl section turning on we have plenty of water to go hunt.
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