Everything is looking good here on the Big Manistee except the cold temps we are having but it looks like we are going to get a break for a couple of days this weekend. Besides being cold the Steelhead fishing has been pretty decent. I have been out a few times this past week when it has warmed up a bit and things are looking good!!! Mid size hens and skippers with the occasional blush male mixed in is what I have been seeing. Seems to be a fair number of Steelhead around at this time with some new fish showing up each day and it should only get better as we get further into February. Water temps are holding in the Mid to Lower 30’s in the upper sections and a degree or two colder in the lower, the river is in good shape but expect shelf ice and slush in the mornings with the cold temps we are having. We have been mainly fishing floats in slower winter type water due to cold water temps and the fish being a little lazy this time of the year. Natural to faded out bead colors and spawn have both been working. The enclosures are on the boats and the heaters will be on if your looking to get out for a full or half day on the Big Manistee or Pere Marquette for Steelhead or Trout. Give us a call so we can get you out to enjoy a day on the water. We are taking bookings for Winter and Spring 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 1500 cfs the water temps are 33-34 degrees. Flows are down 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 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 as well as jigs and wax worms for the 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!!!
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