Manistee River Report – Below Tippy Dam
Manistee Fishing Report Below Tippy Dam – 12.4.23
The Manistee is currently running low and very clear. Fish are scattered throughout the system and most are tucked into woody runs. Even with the lack of precipitation, there has been a trickle of new fish coming in. Most days fishing has been solid and we have a bit of rain/snow in the forecast for this upcoming week.
Water temperature dropped again this week and is hovering in the upper 30’s. With that change, fishing these slower, woody seams has been the most productive. Swung flies were productive earlier last week and should get some more attention as the water temperatures stabilize. Colors have been all over the board with the perch, holloween leech, and grape color combos all being productive.
Nymphing has been paying the bills in the colder water. Again, productive colors and sizes have been all over the place. One day it’s big and bright, and the next it’s small and dull. Just keep changing out until you find something they want.
Winter can still be a great time to get out and fish. With a warm up and the river to yourself, it’s the definition of peaceful! We still have a few dates available. Give the office a call at 231-228-7135