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Michigan Fishing Report

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Matt Barthels reports on November 18: Steelhead fishing has gotten a bit more consistent with some smaller pushes of fish moving in. Nymphing has been productive with peach and pink eggs and fry patterns. Swinging streamers has been holding it's own of late. Top flies for me have been copper and black leeches and fire tiger leeches.

John Gouker reports on November 5: Steelhead fishing remains slower than normal. We are finding some fish but you have to work hard for them. We are swinging and nymphing with both being fairly equal in fish numbers. Trout fishing is on fire below Tippy with fish coming to streamers and gurglers. The trout are averaging 10 to 16 inches. Take advantage of the trouting. It is the best in years. 

Matt Barthels reports on November 2: The steelhead fishing on the Manistee is finally starting to gain a bit of momentum after a tough start to the fall season. Fresh fish have started filtering in a bit more, and although numbers are still down, we are beginning to find some fish to play with everyday. Swinging larger, flashy streamers has been pretty productive with the lack of eggs. Top patterns for me this week have been black with blue or rainbow flash. On the nymphing front, round eggs in peach and pink have been productive, as well as buggers and minnow patterns. 

John Gouker reports on October 31: Fishing on the Manistee is starting to pick up, we are seeing new fish every day. Fish are being caught on a variety of techniques spey, drift, and indy. November should shape up to be a better steelhead month than October. Get out and fish you can't catch any if you are not on the water.

John Gouker reports on October 12: Fishing is still a little bit spotty on the Manistee. We are catching some steelhead most days. The fish we are catching are being caught on egg patterns in natural colors and a variety of nymphs. The river conditions are nearly perfect with slightly higher river flows and a light stain to the water.


Brent Borcherdt reports on October 2: Fishing right now is improving, not off the charts like it has been in years past, but still getting better. Salmon are quickly making their way straight to the spawning gravel below Tippy Dam. Our steelhead are growing in number everyday and we are hooking more and more each day. Egg flies, buggers, fry patterns, and caddis are our top producers. Our migratory fishing will just keep getting better until the deep freeze sets in up here. On another note, trout fishing is still good on the upper Manistee and Hodenpyl stretch, and is a great way to try to get a trophy trout on a streamer. Plus, you will probably have the river to yourself. Just a reminder, the Pine is now closed for the season. Everyone here wants to say thanks to all our clients that got out with us on one of Michigan's premier trout streams. The Pine was VERY good to all of us this year. Put this one on your to do list for next year!

Matt Barthels reports on September 16:  Trout fishing is still going strong. The Manistee and Pine are fishing well with both nymphs and streamers being viable options. Bigger fish are starting to move around more and the trout sections are void of traffic with many chasing salmon.

Gary Melzer reports on September 9: The Salmon are increasing in numbers everyday.  With rain and lower temperatures, the salmon fishing is picking up.  Large streamers are working well early in the morning at daylight.  As the fish settle for the day, drift fishing with egg-sucking leeches and egg pattern combinations is picking up with the larger number showing up.  On the Big Manistee from High Bridge down is showing better numbers than near the Tippy Dam, but that will continue to change with each day.  If you are considering a trip with us it would be best to call soon as the our calendar is filling up fast.  Either way you fish, go out and enjoy.  It will be a great time for all.

John Gouker reports on September 4:  Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be excellent on the Big Manistee. The fish are eating mostly subsurface flies in copper/olive and white. The fish are larger than most years with 20 inch fish being a good possibility each day.

John Gouker reports on August 21: Trout and smallmouth fishing continues to be good on the Manistee.  Trout below the Hodenpyl Dam and Tippy Dam are being caught on caddis and trico patterns, as well as soft hackles and nymphs. Smallmouth are being caught on top water and subsurface flies in olive, brown, and copper. Salmon are beginning to show up in larger numbers. Their numbers should be large enough now to consider them at least for potential early morning targets. Have fun out there and enjoy the fishing. It should just get better from now through fall.

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