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Manistee River Below Tippy Fishing Report

Open Spring Steelhead and Trout Dates

Jon Ray - March 30,31 - April 1,2,7,8,15,20

Ed McCoy - March 28, 30, 31, April 7, 8, 9, 11, 12

March 25th, 2015


Neil with his first ever steelhead

Fishing for steelhead between Tippy Dam and the mouth remains very challenging. There are fish in the system. Our best guess is that the winter fish have moved into the tributaries and only a few fresh fish are moving up river from the lake. Water levels are running around 2000 cfs and temps are stabile around 36-37 degrees. There is no consistency as to water type or fly size/color. The bottom line, we need more fish!

The current storm, bringing rain/snow may bring new fish into the system! Temps are going to drop again over the weekend, so bundle up Old Man Winter is bringing us another wave of fun.

Tight lines,



Manistee River Tippy Area Map