The Manistee River Fishing Report is all about change. Spring came early at least weather and flow wise. After the summer like conditions last week and early this week, the Manistee River is on the rise. Currently running at 2600+cfs, and will most likely settle at this level and start to drop over the weekend. We have a Winter Weather Advisory for the next couple days, this will slow down the creeks, and melt off. But to be honest a big portion of the snow is gone (90-95%) so spring run off is currently headed down stream.
The Pine River effect has not hit the main river as of yet today. With visibility of close to 3 feet, conditions are really good. Currently most fish that we are finding and winter fish, but reports in the lower end of chrome. Will not be long with water temps already in the middle 30’s that these fish will move upstream.
Spring Steelhead Fly Patterns
Spring Patterns currently working are big orange egg patterns, variety of shades but if it is orange it’s good. Also with water temps stoneflies are on the move, and also during the spring when water is rising look for caddis to do well. Bright green caddis, brighter the better. Alevin patterns are a good bet as well as baby salmon are starting to hatch. As water levels start to drop, drop in size of your patterns as well. If water clarity stays the same, the swing/streamer bite can pick up as well too.
Booking Trips for Spring Steelhead
Continue to check back for an updated Manistee River Fishing Report over the next week. Make sure to call Cherie (231-228-7135) and get your Spring Dates booked. Or send us an email for a list of open dates. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional photo’s an stories that we link too.