Manistee River Report – Below Tippy Dam
March 15, 2020
Today it felt like we were starting to see a nice push of fresh fish as everything we hooked were all chrome hens. The darker winter fish seem to be staging very close to spawning areas. With the higher flows fish were sitting just on the soft edges of the main seams.
Our top producers were slightly larger than average eggs in brighter oranges and grapefruit/pink colors. On the sunny days stoneflies have been quite active and steelhead will often key in on this abundant food source. Also look for fry patterns to start producing as we progress into spring. If water color is off another top producer is a black bugger. The larger profile and dark coloration provides fish with a buggy/fishy silhouette even in off colored conditions.
With the light snowpack and mild weather it feels like we are ahead of schedule and the run should be earlier than normal this year. The next 3-4 weeks should give us the bulk of our spring run as newer fish continue to supplement our winter fish.
Spring Streamer Fishing
Don’t forget to book you Spring streamer trips! The calendar is getting filled more and more as the sun shines on an almost daily basis! Spring streamer fishing is not about numbers, but the fish are hungry and you have a great opportunity at an awesome fish! Plus, it is a good time to warm up your casting arm and stroke for the upcoming trout and smallmouth seasons! Don’t wait and book a trip for April today!
BOOKING A GUIDE TRIP
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