Manistee River Trout Fishing Report
August 16th, 2017
Upper Manistee Trout Fishing Report
Manistee River Trout fishing report for August has us throwing foam patterns during the day and mice patterns at night. Trico’s are still present in the morning hours before the sun comes up, and hopper / ant patterns are working during the day time hours. There has been some pretty good Light Cahill Spinner falls in the evening as well as some caddis and White Miller’s to get some fish looking up. . With the moon phase approaching the new moon, the night fishing has been gaining some momentum and should continue to get better over the next two weeks until the moon approaches full again. The weather patterns lately have led to some consistent fishing both during the day and evening.
Hoppers and Ants
The Upper Manistee water has cleared up and is as clear as it has been all season. The hatches have been pretty light at best with maybe an hour of good Trico’s and Cahills right at dusk so to say food is limiting would be an understatement. The Hopper fishing has been less consistent this past week since the previous cold front and rains, we are still catching fish, but it is noticeably different from earlier this month. The fishing should pick back up as the weather is looking to be very warm this week and hunger will drive the bite forward.
Trico’s are the tiniest of the mayflies that our trout will key in on, but it is also the most technical dry fly fishing Michigan has to offer. This hatch will test your eyes as well as your presentation! Look for this hatch to phase out over the next couple of weeks and the shift towards flying ants and the fall Isonychia to start to kick in as we head into September. Streamers and small twitch bugs have also been productive when the fish are not on the rise, as we continue to head into fall the streamer fishing should pick up and cloudy days will provide the best action.
The water needed a cool down and so far this year we have had pretty good temps and conditions for our late season fishing overall. Things are looking good heading into the end of summer and the start of fall, traffic has been less and the canoes are slowly disappearing. The quiet season is approaching.
Mousing at Night
Ed McCoy and Russ Maddin continue to fish the dark hours, and are producing some really big trout. They have go to patterns that imitate the food that these alligators are after. Mousing at Night is technical and requires anglers that are confident in their casting in the dark with big hooks flying around. But if you want one of the biggest trout of the season call to get in the calendar as only a few days remain this Summer to give it a try.
Northern Michigan Fishing
We continue to fish below Tippy dam for smallmouth bass and we have also been spending some time on the Pine River for trout. With some Smallmouth Bass and Pike options as well on inland lakes, there is a lot of great fishing opportunities to be had right now. Have a great week of fishing and good luck out there. We still have a few open boats available this week so give us a call 231-228-7135.
Open Trout Dates:
Jon Ray – Sept – 5,6, 9-14 Oct – 15,18
Ed- August-21,23,24,25,27,31 September-5 October-1,3,5,7,8-10,14,15,28,29