Big Manistee River Fishing Kyle Buck
The Big Manistee River is known for huge numbers of King Salmon and Steelhead that return to the river to spawn in the first 3 miles below Tippy dam that is located near the town of Wellston Michigan. The fish spawn on a gravel bottom in 3-5 feet of water and with the rivers gin clear water it is easy to spot hundreds of fish everywhere you look. We do not pursue fish that are actively spawning but instead look for fish that are holding in deeper pools nearby. On these trips it is not uncommon for one of the anglers on the boat to have a fish on at all times. If you have never Fished the Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam you have to come out and give this a try, you won’t believe your eyes! We also guide the extreme lower section of the River where it flows into Manistee Lake near the City of Manistee. In this section of the Manistee river is filled with deep holding water and the fish are very fresh out of Lake Michigan. These fresh salmon and steelhead or very willing to chase down a casted Thunderstick or take a chunk or fresh skein suspended under a float.
With cold temperatures setting in, steelhead that are in the rivers move to their winter holding areas. At this time steelhead fishing becomes more predictable as the steelhead pile into slower deep water. With less competition from other anglers, the river is less crowded and more enjoyable. Equiped with heaters on the boat, it a great time to do some Winter Steelhead Fishing.
With the first warmups in late February, Steelhead begin to feed on larva, flies and fry. This become the perfect setup for steelhead fly fishing in the Muskegon River.
Float fishing with centerpin, Back Bouncing, Drop back plugs, Casting plugs & Fly fishing