Fishing Below Tippy Dam during the summer for Bass
July 4th, 2018
The Manistee River Fishing Report below Tippy Dam is currently in full summer mode. With water temps near 70 degrees, warm water species are getting our full attention. Smallmouth bass migrate up the Manistee River from Manistee Lake and offer a fun day of streamer fishing or chasing them on topwater using poppers or terrestrials to grab their attention.
With the majority of our major hatches finished now on the Upper Manistee , Summer fishing in Northern Michigan gives us a variety of options. Smallmouth Bass below Tippy Dam are readily available to the fly angler, with small baitfish patterns and topwater patterns.
This week we had smallmouth bass busting baitfish and keying in on a particular size of baitfish. Want a few more days on the river to key in and research what has the smallmouth bass so excited. Think I figured it out, and hope it stays. More to follow after the next smallmouth trip.