Fishing Report for the Manistee River below Tippy Dam for this time of year we believe is best to leave the trout alone at the Dam, and focus on the warm water species. With water temps hovering around 70’s let the trout survive the summer and then refocus on them during fall’s streamer season. In the mean time smallmouth bass and pike are eager to take a fly throughout the lower Manistee River.
Having only run a few smallmouth bass trips this year, with such a good trout season, I have felt guilty not getting out and chasing the smallmouth as often. But did get a few trips this week, and the population of bass in the river is still really strong. As smallmouth bass are migratory to the lower Manistee River, swimming up from Manistee Lake. Smallmouth enter the river looking for food, and the baitfish population continues to be really strong. This week with the full moon, crayfish are molting again and you can tell bass are interested in that type of pattern and retrieve. Topwater bite has been good as well, as each year the biggest bass are caught on topwater so overall some really good bass fishing. As you can see in the pictures yellow has been a go to color for topwater patterns.
Continue to check back for updated Manistee River Fishing Reports, also check out our Trout Fishing Report for the Upper Manistee. With a few weeks left Summer is slipping away. Soon good numbers of Salmon will be in the lower river and fall steelhead will be behind them. Fall calendar is really starting to fill up so give us a call to chase migratory fish or go on the hunt for big trout with streamers on the Upper Manistee. We continue to add pictures and links on our Facebook and Twitter pages so give us a follow if you haven’t already.