Prayers for good health to you and your families and hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!!!! We haven’t been out much since they put the stop to us guiding but prior to that things were pretty dang good. It could not have hit us at a worse time of the Spring I can tell you that. Just coming out of the winter months when we were only running a few trips here and there to having a solid calendar and then the door got slammed. But as long as we all pull together and use safe practices this will be behind us and we will all be back on the river doing what we Love!!! Anyway enough of the negative, most of the Steelhead we have been catching when we have been out are our winter and early spring fish but we have also been seeing some new comers so we do have new fish showing up. The bites have been coming quick and some days hitting multiple fish in spots so covering water has been key!!! We have been mixing it up a bit switching back and forth from floats to bottom bouncing basically doing what it takes to get them. Most of the Steelhead we have been catching on with floats are in slow woody winter type runs while the fish we are getting bottom bouncing have been in deeper holes and runs. It’s been pretty much all about a bead, natural to bright colors or a combination of both but as the water has been clearing don’t over look the lighter shades. The water temps are warming a bit so the Brown Trout fishing should pick up a bit for the trout anglers on the Manistee below Tippy. Streamers fished slow and nymphing beads will help the fly angler bring a few fish to hand and jerk baits along with spinners will help the gear guys get it done and don’t be surprised if you have a Steelhead climb on. Things will be good until the end of April so when the stay at home is lifted and we can get back to doing what we do if you would like to get out for a full or half day on the Big Manistee or Pere Marquette give us a shout. We are taking bookings for Spring Steelhead and Summer Trout trips at this time and if you really want to mix it up try a Chukar hunt out at Thundering Aspens after a morning of fishing!!! Spring Steelhead time is here so give us a call so we can get you on the books!!!! Stay safe and healthy after all we are in this together!!!! 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 3360 cfs and the water temps are 41-42 degrees. 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 and Steelhead. Load your vest with all the tricks, Streamers, beads and various nymphs for the fly angler, crank baits and spinners for the spin fisherman for Trout. Spawn, beads and nymphs as well as jigs and wax worms for Steelhead 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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