Manistee River Trout Fishing Report
August 19th, 2018
Manistee River Trout fishing report for the middle of August is the terrestrial fishing season is moving along. The Trico’s are beginning to thin out in the mornings now and the daytime hopper bite has been producing some action throughout the daytime. Smaller ant and beetle patterns along with various smaller mayfly patterns are gaining some interest during the morning and evening rise. The evening has been filled with more and more White Miller’s and a few Cahill’s near dusk. The late summer fishing is producing some action both during the daytime and night time right now on the Upper Manistee.
The current New Moon phase is quickly approaching the next Full Moon and overall the fishing was pretty good this time around. The fishing activity really had no pattern to it, inconsistent at best. You just had to grind it out and fish hard, but everyone got to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The current new moon phase has been as dark as it gets, but the moon has been setting later the past couple of nights giving us a little more light to hunt in. There will probably be a couple more nights of good fishing before the full moon lights up the night sky. There has been lots of action in the night sky lately. Northern Michigan’s night skyline can be pretty amazing to view, sometimes you just have to take a break and look up!
The hopper fishing continues to be a bit slower on the bigger fish scene. The cooler days have been a bit tougher, but we are still getting lots of attention on the foam flies. Smaller attractor patterns such as Ants, Beetles, crickets, and bumble bees have been getting most of the attention. Adding a dropper on the slower days has provided a few more opportunities as well. Lots of action on the fly has been the ticket while running the seams closer to structure during on brighter days. If you aren’t getting bites, switch your fly as the profile has been slightly different based on lighting and day to day conditions. The water is very low and clear right now so being stealthy in your presentation is a must. We did receive some recent rains and the river is on the rise, however we could use quite a bit more rain to have a lasting effect. Look for smaller streamers and twitch bugs to produce some quality fish during the rainy conditions as we move forward.
Northern Michigan Trout Fishing
Trout fishing in Northern Michigan at this time of year provides anglers with a lot of variability in technique. But Fall Fishing is just around the corner. As we start to transition into fall still some great trout fishing opportunities on the Pine River and Upper Manistee in late August and September.
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