Guide Jeff Topp sharing a great fish on the Manistee River
April 23rd, 2018
The Manistee River Fishing Report below Tippy Dam heading into late April is looking good. Water levels have been on the rise the past few days, so make sure to check the levels before you go. But water clarity still remains good with a classic spring color, dark but clean. Steelhead numbers remain fairly good for the later part of the run.
With a high percentage of the fish spawning or have spawned, dropback fishing is starting to get good. With the highest concentration of steelhead close to Tippy Dam, anglers are also focusing on this area as well. Breaking loose and hunting drop backs in the lower river brings us back to our fall tactics. With streamers and Indicators giving us our best chance. Now you need to cover more water but drop backs are aggressive steelhead headed back to the Great Lakes and take flies very well.
Steelhead patterns for this time of year can range from sculpin patterns to simple egg patterns. Depending on your tactics. But with water temps warming again with this much anticipated spring weather the past few days. Fish will be a little more aggressive. So with high water and warming temps don’t be afraid to throw a few bigger flies at them.