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Manistee River Below Tippy Fishing Report

July 27th, 2014

Manistee River

Mark enjoying an afternoon warm water hunt

Smallmouth fishing below tippy is pretty good right now, not to the OMG level that I've seen it. But there are plenty of smallmouth, largemouth, and pike around to make for a great day of fishing. With top water, streamer, and crabbing all working. Hitting all types of water speeds and depths, has paid off the best.

With water temps still lower than average, fishing your flies slow has been key. Dying type minnow patterns, and gurgle bug top water patterns are good choices. With the weeks forecast of 70's during the day and 50's at night, water should remain about the same for the week.

August is usually prime time for our smallmouth program, with bass moving into the river from the reservoirs and lake michigan to feed on the minnows and crayfish. While the smallmouth migration has been slower than normal this year, it will continue as most of the food is in the river.

Jon Ray

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Manistee River Tippy Area Map