Prayers for good health to you and your families and may you all have a Safe and Blessed 2023 Fall and Winter fishing season!!!! Well it is all about the Steelhead from now thru next Spring with the occasional Trout trip. Things are looking better as far as the Steelhead fishing goes as we start the week and we are definitely seeing a few more fish Thank God!!! We got a some rain mid week last week so with that and the rising water has seemed to help a bunch. There are fair number of Steelhead in the system with most of them being adults with a few skippers in the mix and the occasional Brown Trout. The boys and I have been fishing 2 or 3 different sections of the Manistee everyday and seems like there are about the same number of fish no matter where you go. The Steelhead are pretty much spread out through the system at this time but covering a lot of waters is Key!!! We have been mainly fishing floats with natural to faded 8-10mm beads in the runs and slower winter water. With the water temps dropping the Steelhead are definitely starting to relate to the slower stuff. The days are getting shorter and the water temps getting cooler so the fall and winter migration is in full swing we should have some new fish showing up everyday, especially on any water event. If your not into chasing Steelhead the Brown Trout fishing has been good on the Manistee system depending on where you go, Streamers, nymphs and beads will all help the fly angler bring some fish to hand and jerk baits and spinners will help the gear guys and gals. The Pere Marquette is fishing good for Trout and there and some Steelhead a being caught as well. The Trout fishing on the Upper Manistee has been fair as well with both Fly or Spinning gear so choose your poison. It’s time to get out and enjoy what we have been given!!! We are taking bookings for late Fall and Winter Steelhead trips at this time so keep us in mind when you are making your fishing plans. We still have a few days available in November and plenty in December so don’t miss out on the Steelhead action. We are Thankful to be doing what we Love and we will be at it everyday keeping up on what’s going on so if you have a date or dates in mind and would like to get out for a full or half day on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette or Upper Manistee please give us a shout. Real quick I would like to put out a Big Thank You to all of you that fished with us in 2022 and looking forward to seeing you in 2023!!! Thank You Very Much and God Bless!!!!!!! Stay safe and healthy!!!! 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 1560 cfs and the water temps are in the 40-41 degrees. For the wade fisherman, the fishing above and below the coffer and down stream to the bottom of Suicide Bend has been fair for Steelhead, Coho and Trout. 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 Brown Trout. Spawn, beads, nymphs will help the Steelhead anglers 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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