The Manistee River Fishing Report below Tippy Dam for mid-March is in great shape. With steelhead through out the system. Also with the river has really cleared up and is at a great level for a variety of steelhead tactics.
Early Spring Steelhead
Winter is back! After some nicer spring weather we were blessed with some more snow just to remind us that winter doesn’t want to give up too easily. Snow aside, the water conditions are perfect and we are back to some more average flows and clarity for this time of year. The water is a deep “Manistee Green” right now and visibility is actually pretty good the higher in the system you go. Little Black stone flies are hatching on a daily bases, as insect life has started.
Fishing was good the past couple days as we picking apart sections of river and are being rewarded with our efforts. Fish seemed to have pushed to slower softer water out of the main current seams and close to cover. Look for spring steelhead to continue to hold in deeper slower bends and tame insides at the head of runs until the daytime highs get them out of their winter slumber. Best flies lately have been orange and peach colored eggs in sizes 8-6. Typically during this time of year black stone fly nymphs, wiggle nymphs or small minnow patters with a hot spot of bright dubbing or a trout bead. Learn more about bead flies here.
If you are looking to get out we have openings this up coming week and we are looking at a very nice mid week warm up. Contact us via the website or call Cherie 231-228-7135. Make sure to check out the Pere Marquette fishing report as we are currently fishing that system as well right now.
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Open Steelhead Dates:
Jon Ray – March: 22,23,24,31 April: 1-5,8,22-25
Ed McCoy- March:21,22,23,25,26,30 April:13-18,22-27,29
Jeff Topp – March: 15-25,28,29 April: 1-5,7,8,9,10,13-18, 20-29