Not much has changed in the past week here on the Big Manistee!! Some days you do alright and others you have to work for them. The Steelhead that we have in the system at this time are so spread out you have to cover lots of river to find them it’s been more like hunting than fishing but we are finding some. Things are definitely getting into winter mode, water temps are in the Mid 30’s and dropping a little each day. We have a pretty good mixture of Steelhead around at this time still seeing some new fish show up along with are hold overs. Most of the hens and skippers are nice and chrome while a lot of the males are blushed up or dark. We have been mainly fishing floats in slower winter type water due to dropping water temps and higher flows. Natural to faded out bead colors and spawn have both been working. If your looking to get out for a full or half day on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette or Little Manistee for Steelhead give us a call so we can get you out on the water. If you really want to mix it up we also offer Cast and Blast trips, there is no better way to spend a day than chasing Steelhead in the morning and Pheasants out at Thundering Aspens in the afternoon it is the ultimate Fall and early Winter experience!! We are taking bookings for late Fall and Winter Steelhead charters at this time so if you have a day or days in mind don’t wait long to call!!! 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 1700 cfs the water temps are 35-36 degrees we are getting into winter mode. Water temps are dropping, flows are up for this time of the year and the clarity has a little stain to it throughout the system. For the wade fisherman, the fishing above and below the coffer and down stream to the bottom of Suicide Bend has been ok for Trout, Coho and Steelhead. Load your vest with all the tricks, Streamers, beads and various nymphs for the fly angler and Jerk baits and spinners for the spin fisherman for Trout. Spawn, beads and nymphs for the Steelhead and Coho’s will all 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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