Fishing Report for the Manistee River below Tippy Dam during the mid part of October is shifting away from our migratory Salmon populations. With King Salmon and Coho present in the Manistee River System but on the decline , Steelhead numbers are increasing and are our main focus.
Fall Steelhead Fishing
This is the time of year that our fall Steelhead begin to transcend the Manistee River in greater numbers to feed on the abundant salmon eggs. Focus on the deeper pockets and drop offs behind spawning fish for resident trout and steelhead eating at the egg buffet rolling down the river. Steelhead numbers have been on the increase since the recent rains and should continue to increase as we get more rain and cooler weather.
Egg patterns are the go to, but with King numbers are a fast decline the streamer bite will soon be picking up. Have a good weather pattern coming the next few days, that should push up aggressive fish. Time is here to break out the Swing Box, or bring the overhead casting rod and throw around the Flash Monkey. Either way these fish are hot and aggressive, so hold on when your opportunity happens.
Make sure to check back for updated Manistee River Fishing Reports, also check out our Trout Fishing Report for the Upper Manistee. Fall steelhead fishing is here so be sure to lock in a dates. Our calendars are filling but still have a few open days during peak months. Call Cherie 231-228-7135 to reserve a boat to chase fall chrome.
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Open Trout & Steelhead Dates:
Ed McCoy – Nov – 1,7,19,20,25-28,30
Jeff Topp – Oct – 28,31 Nov – 1,5,9,10,14,21,25,26,30