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Manistee River Below Tippy Fishing Report

Aug 10th, 2014

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Bob S. enjoying a summer evening with smallmouth on top water

Is it the Super moon or that water levels, clarity, and temperature are all about perfect for smallmouth on the Manistee. Or can it be a combination of all the events? Whatever it is smallmouth bass fishing is good right now, and big bass are on the hunt. Yesterday we had a good top water bite once again, mixed with smaller bait fish patterns twitched within the many log jams of the lower Manistee River.

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Bass were seen hunting in packs, and coughing up small minnow when we did hook up with them. It is very common to see more than one smallmouth in a run, slot, or hole come out and chase our minnow pattern. Patterns the size of the seducer sculpin have been best. A smaller baitfish pattern found on the DVD.

But still some of the best action that we have had the past couple weeks for bigger bass has been the top water scene. Feels like bass are set up on the edges eating grasshoppers, as the bites have been almost trout like. So smaller rubber leg options are good to have if your box. Bass are coming up so slow to the fly you need to be patient and not set the hook too early. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN. Easy pattern to tie is the Chernobyl hopper , just tie it bright and big, size 2- 6 should work.

Smallmouth will continue to fish very well through the month of August and into September as bigger bass need to put on the pounds of the up coming winter months.

Jon Ray

Manistee River


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