Steelhead on the Swing, a Summer-Run sitting among the Kings.
Sept 19th, 2018
The Manistee River Fishing Report has transitioned to migratory fish species. Now that salmon are present most smallmouth have dropped back into Lake Manistee. The water is dropping and clearing after recent rains swept across the area. But more rain and heavy winds are on the way. Currently the river is running at 1480 CFS and temperatures have dropped slightly down to 66 degrees. Kings have made their way into the upper stretches of the river and today we saw large numbers of VERY fresh Coho. Any of the cold springs dumping into the Lower Manistee will hold the most salmon and any remaining summer run steelhead. Most salmon are holding in deep outside bends and pockets, near creeks and springs or are still on the move. A large portion of the fish we saw today we heading upstream in a hurry.
Salmon numbers should continue to increase over the next few weeks. Warmer temps are on the way, so that may slow things slightly. A few more cool nights, some northwest wind and a little rain will go a long way to pull these giants into the river in larger numbers. We have been targeting these fish using a variety of techniques. Stripping streamers for Kings and Coho is a great way to dial in your fall streamer game and have shots at some silver bullets! Some summer run steelhead can also be targeted by swinging flies with two-handed rods.
Northern Michigan Fishing
Salmon season is here, and Fall 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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