The Manistee River Fishing Report continues to fish well for smallmouth bass and Northern Pike. The water is low and warm right now around 1430 cubic feet per second and hovering around 72 degrees, perfect for chasing bass and pike on the fly. Not so good for trout near the dam, let them be. Also still pretty early for Kings, as only the cold water outlets are holding Kings and Summer-Run steelhead still. Have seen a random King Salmon scooting by, but numbers are still pretty low.
Smallmouth Bass numbers and size continue to impress. Not as easy as early in the summer, as they have seen allot of baitfish patterns already. But downsizing the offering is still getting some nice fish to hand. Also playing around with sink rate and retrieve speed is key to success. Working dying baitfish patterns on Intermediate lines has worked really well, plus a fast sinking crab pattern twitching it out of the logs has been really good.
As mentioned above King numbers are still really low, a few boats out chasing them but from what we have seen it’s not the time yet. Mother Nature has some rain in the forecast this week, by the way much needed in Norther Michigan rivers and streams. Will depend if the wind blows with these storms to get fish to enter the system.
Northern Michigan Fishing
Salmon season is just around the corner, and Steelhead aren’t far behind. If you want to get out for either of these migratory bruisers or take a day to learn about smallmouth bass fishing now is the time to get your date in the calendar. Call Cherie at 231-228-7135 for availability and to lock up your dates.
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Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Lower Manistee River