Manistee River Fishing Report for the middle part of August is all about the warm water species chase. Warm days and nights have warmed up the river in the lower end to make perfect conditions for smallmouth bass.
Migratory Smallmouth Bass
I spent a lot of days last week chasing warm water species on the lower Manistee River. Water temperatures in the lower river were running almost 70 degrees. While the smallmouth have definitely moved around and are there in decent numbers they were not everywhere. Covering water was the name of the game. Like normal, usually when you found one you found more.
We used both floating and sink tip lines to present a wide variety of streamers for success. The number one fly the last few trips have been Lapdancers but the key to success has been moving around and changing flies. White Southern Charms, chartreuse and yellow Clousers and a variety of other bugs have paid off. We caught smallies from 8 to a high of 20 inches. All in all if you were willing to put in the time to find them you were rewarded with some bigger fish.
With Trout on the mind we have been full time on the Upper Manistee , we hopper season closing in look for the Pine River to take off soon. Give us a call if you want to experience Northern Michigan Fly Fishing. 231-228-7135
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