Manistee River Trout Fishing Report
June 17th, 2018
Manistee River Trout fishing report for the 3rd week of June has been primarily dominated by the Isonychia (Slate Drakes) taking over the day time bite. Brown Drakes are present and have been off again and on again throughout this past week. Fishing this week has been challenging as we have had a lot of days with very little bug activity and consequently tougher fishing. Its June so you just have to go and take what the river gives to you, if you happen to hit a day with some insect activity the fishing has been very good. With Bigger Bugs soon to show the night game is about to get really interesting.
Slate Drake and Brown Drakes
Slate Drakes really only had a couple of good hatching days this week with trout keying in on the dun and emerger. We have had a lot of days this week without much insect activity at all, kind of a head scratcher for June, but timing is everything. We have had a few light Iso spinner falls this week too, with some good fish getting up on them too! We have been running our tandem rig as we talk about in this past blog post. Water conditions are the lowest and clearest I have seen at this season and the fish are getting hungrier by the day.
Brown Drakes have been like the “Great Houdini” this week, here today and then nowhere to be found for days. Fish have been looking for them off and on all week so it is still a viable option to have in the box. We are still seeing a few spinners dancing in the tree tops during the evening, but the spinner falls have been hard to come by this week. Right now the fishing is pretty typical for the pre-hex time frame so I expect to see some early mud flats start to hatch sometime later this week.
The streamer fishing took a back seat again this week on the Upper Sections, as the insects are really starting to make up the majority of the trout’s diet. But in the middle lower sections especially in the Hodenpyle Section floating to Red Bridge (beware of construction)
Baitifsh patterns in natural and less flashy versions of the Flash Monkey have been doing well, but with lamprey on almost every trout that we have been catching mad pups have been getting some good attention too.
Northern Michigan Trout Fishing
Trout fishing in Northern Michigan at this time of year provides anglers with a lot of variability in technique. We still have a few dates available for guided trips over the next few weeks, but space is limited so don’t miss out! The best fishing is on the door step and the hatch season is upon us. Make sure to get a Summer Trip on the books. Give Cherie a call 231-228-7135 for booking information and to get a date in the books. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional photo’s, videos, and links to more fishing related articles. Also check out the Used Gear page right now as we updated that this week.