The Manistee River Fishing Report for the first week of October still remains focused around both king and coho salmon primarily with some trout fishing opportunities. Rain is in the forecast for the next few days and will be interesting to see what new fish it brings into the system. The river should bump with the forecasted rains. We are still a little early for steelhead, but we are fishing likely locations every trip to check if they have entered the river. The Lower Manistee is running around 2000 CFS and is in the low 60’s with a slight “Manistee Green” hue from recent rain.
King and Coho salmon are still present in the lower Manistee. Both species are located in deeper holes and guts of deep runs and a fair number of kings are on gravel. More active reads are visible now. The upcoming week shows rain and cooler temps in the forecast which should bring more fish in. Look for salmon to remain both on gravel, woody debris and deeper holes over the next week or so.
SALMON AND TROUT TACTICS
Finding the right type of water has been crucial for hooking salmon this week. As mentioned before, deep water, adjacent to gravel has produced most bites. Bright orange and yellow eggs, hex nymphs and egg sucking leeches were our top patterns. Allow your buggers and nymphs to swing at the end of your drifts – some of the swing hits can be vicious! Several nice trout have been landed within the same water type that the salmon are in and are always a nice bonus! Natural colored eggs in pale yellows and pale orange produced some nice trout this week.
For the streamer anglers out there, some dandy trout have been caught on streamers recently on the lower river. Tossing streamers this time of year below Tippy Dam can be an absolute blast and you can have opportunities to catch kings, coho and some great trout. Natural muted flies and flashy flashy fire tiger type flies are all important. Having a good variety of sizes, colors and flash amount in your streamers is a good idea.
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