Helpful Articles for Manistee River Fishing:
Manistee River Below Tippy Fishing Report
Open Spring Steelhead/Trout Dates:
Jon Ray - Apirl 17th, 21st - May 4,5
Ed McCoy - May 1,2
Jon Stefanciw - April - 15, 16, 17,19,20,25
April 13th, 2014
Pierson won this great battle, nice work!!
Fishing on the Manistee River this week was decent on most days, but not on fire. The water was already pretty big and quickly warming up this week, but now the flows are real big and maintaining temps at or just above the 40 degree mark. After yesterday's monsoon the Manistee is on a steep rise as the remainder of the snow melt and recent rain have hit the river. With that being said what spring fish have not shown up yet should be on the way now. Most of the winter fish have started to spawn late this week and the chrome fish have been pushing hard and we are finding a few mixed in with them in the pocket water. Best flies have been BIG egg patterns, buggers, salmon parr/hex patterns, and green caddis. Hopefully the water crests and begins to fall quickly this week, a cold front that is on its way should help with that. If you venture out in the next few days be very careful the river needs to be respected at flows exceeding 4000 cfs.
Marty with a nice fish to start the day
A rare visitor on the river, but with no open water a Loon has to eat!
Manistee River Tippy Area Map