The Trout and Smallmouth bass fishing has been good here on the Manistee system this past week. The trout have been happy with the cooler weather we have had – Streamers, sucker fry patterns, various dry flies and small crankbaits have been all working well here on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette and some of the other smaller streams we have been trout fishing on. We have been getting the smallmouth on small streamers and foam bodied poppers with our fly gear while small to medium jerk baits and spinners have been working well with the spinning gear. Bugs to be on the look out for are caddis, blue wing olives, golden stones, little yellow stones and there are some giant mayflies around also. The evenings have been best for dry fly fishing while morning trips have been mostly about smaller streamers, soft hackles and sucker fry with my fly anglers and small crankbaits and spinners with our gear guys. The water temps are rising to normal summer temps, flows are up from recent rains and the clarity is clear for now through out the system. We still have openings for June and July Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Pike trips, so if you would like to get out give us a call and come on up and enjoy a day on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette, little Manistee or some of the inland lakes we fish. If you would like to view more pictures check us out on Facebook @ Premier Angling Guide Service. Tight Lines & High Fives!!!
Manistee River Below Tippy Dam
The flows below Tippy are 2150 cfs and the water temps are 67-68 degrees. Water temps are rising, flows are up and the clarity is clear in the upper river. For the wade fisherman, the fishing above and below the coffer and down stream to the bottom of Suicide Bend has been good for Trout and there has been a few summer run Steelhead being caught. Load your vest with all the tricks, Beads, spawn, various nymphs, spinners, small crank baits also jigs and wax worms to help you get it done. Think about the future of our fishery guys if you don’t need them then put them back. Help protect the resource!! Have fun and be safe, Bent rods and tight lines!!!
To check flows and water temps on our local rivers, please click on the USGS links below:
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