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Manistee River Steelhead Report

Manistee River Steelhead Report below Tippy Dam

Spring Steelhead are here

Manistee River Steelhead Report

Steelhead fishing Below Tippy Dam

The Manistee River fishing report below Tippy Dam for the middle part of February, gave us our typical roller coaster spring weather.  One day bright blue bird sunshine and pleasant.  Next day some heavy snow and blowing like crazy.  But what are you going to do.  Fishing this week was up and down as well.  One day they were smacking at everything I threw the next was grind it out and only find one.

Looks like the next 15 days will be more normal air temps, with 30’s and maybe a touch of 40.  But with the Big Manistee River already running 37 degrees the spring thing has started. Give us a call 231-631-5701 leave a voicemail or drop us a text message and we will get right back with you.

Manistee River

Currently the Manistee Water Water Levels  dropped slightly this week , we are currently at 1570 CFS.  Manistee River looks good, for spring I would call it clear for the most part with a little green.  Lower end has slight more stain to her,  coming in from a few of thee tributaries. Manistee River continues to run in the mid to upper 30’s, and with a good forecast for fishing coming up, fishing should stabilize .

This week more adults, than the week before when I couldn’t get out of the skipper train.  My wild to hatchery ratio is now 83 / 17 .  Had mostly wild fish this week, with plenty of females to be had. 

Egg Flies no Bug

No bug bite this week for where I went, did not see any wiggling early black stones this week, so egg bite was my best.  Playing the color game each day had to dial in what they wanted.  Color was more key this week than size.  Compared to the week before when size played a bigger role.  This week if I found the color we could generate a bite.  Fun how that game is played each day out.

As we approach March the no bug bite thing will fade.  River will continue to warm up and more and more bugs will start to hatch.  Been getting the Alevin’s ready.  As the amount of salmon that spawned last fall, we should have a banner crop of salmon parr to play with.

Manistee River Steelhead Report


Booking a Trip

Manistee River below Tippy Dam is one of the best west side steelhead rivers in the state of Michigan.  Mangled Fly guides are starting to book Spring Dates so please give us a call at (231-631-5701) or shoot us an email Guides are open to a full or 1/2 day trips in February .  

We have a new sticker too check out in the shop , this sticker is pretty cool so make sure to get yours today.  Also have new this year hand tied Night Leaders for those of you that like the mousing for brown trout.  We also put together a Night Fishing Assortment that saves you a few $$’s and comes with a easy box to store them in.

Jon Ray 

Steelhead fishing in the snow

First Snow of 2023 and Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead and Snow

Something about the first snow of the year and turning on the bite window of our Northern Michigan Steelhead.  Not only does the first snow of the year bring some much needed cover up to all the brown landscape, but it does seem to trigger a good bite from our local steelhead population.  Here are two clips from 2023 and 2022 showing off a few nice fish the last two years during the first falling snow of the year.


spring steelhead

Winter Steelhead – Pic of the Day

Kevin Feenstra shares one of his amazing images from a chilly day on the Muskegon River.


Life Cycle Midwest Steelhead

Winter Fly Fishing Video by Todd Men