Manistee River Trout Fishing Report
July 4th, 2018
Manistee River Trout fishing report for the fourth of July holiday is the Hex hatch is beginning to thin out in most sections now. Isonychia and Light Cahill spinners in the evening have been providing a shorter window of good surface feeding behavior. Summer fishing is on the horizon and the hopper and night fishing will start to heat up as we continue to move forward on the Upper Manistee. Have a safe and fun 4th of July holiday!
Overall the 2018 Hex Hatch was very good with a lot of great fish being taken by our clients. With a couple of small cold fronts we had a few days of tougher fishing, but overall it was pretty consistent. The recent heat wave has expedited what bugs were left and most of the lower and middle sections of the river are now done or very spotty with short spinner flights. The upper sections of the river will have a few more days of good spinner flights, but look for it to finish up pretty quick with the warmer weather. The evening fishing with Isonychia and Light Cahill spinners has been pretty good with decent bug activity and surface feeding action.
This past week has been very warm in N. Michigan and with some warmer nights in the 70’s the water temps on the Upper Manistee were running very high. Sunday provided some of the warmest water temps I have personally recorded on the Upper Manistee as the whole system was over 70 degrees. Based on those temps Hawkins Outfitters guides chose not to fish for trout and chase other warm water species that day. These temps can be lethal to trout in a battle with an angler. Warmer water temps also decrease trout feeding behavior and create smaller windows in which they will feed. Catching and fighting fish at these times can create caloric deficiencies along with the obvious low O2 levels they experience creating dangerous stress levels on hooked fish. As anglers and stewards of the resource we need to be taking water temps every time we fish during a heat wave and late summer times. If the water is reading 70 degrees, DON’T GO, unless you plan on harvesting your catch. Take the pledge and wait for cooler waters to fish in and continue to take water temps each visit until the heat wave moves out, the river and the fish will thank you later.
Northern Michigan Trout Fishing
Trout fishing in Northern Michigan at this time of year provides anglers with a lot of variability in technique. Make sure to get a Summer Trip on the books. Hoppers during the day and Mouse Trips at night. The Upper Manistee has great Terrestrial fishing, look for the hoppers and ants to really take off here soon. As we have seen lots of Terrestrials already jumping, hopping, and flying around.
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