Spring flows change quickly, Check the USGS water gauges at the top right of this screen.
Lower Manistee River
For our purpose the "Lower Manistee River" means below Tippy Dam. From Tippy to Lake Michigan there are 32 miles of meandering river home to trout, steelhead, salmon, bass, pike and a host of other fish species.
Right now are popular times to fish these waters as fall and winter steelhead are starting their migration from Lake Michigan. I'm off the river till spring as a guide. Here's a few guides and outfitters to check on Lower Manistee fishing reports. Jon Ray's Mangled Fly, Hawkins Outfitters and The Northern Angler.
Steelhead fishing is always good, catching is another story. March is the traditional start of the Spring Steelhead fly fishing. The extended daylight and warmer days bring adult fish into our river systems to start the spawn. Steelhead like water temps in the 40's and with snow melt it generally takes awhile to get those temps. All techniques work well in the spring...swinging flies, fishing nymphs and eggs under floats or drifting bottom. Best flies are Little Black Stone's, Hex Nymphs, Caddis Larva and egg patterns or beads. Swing flies always depend on water clarity and temperatures but Intruder patterns are always a favorite.
Upper Manistee River
The "Upper Manistee" generally means everything up-river from Tippy Dam. Most anglers associate the Upper Manistee with places like Sharon, CCC, M-72, etc. This is some of Michigan's most hallowed trout waters. Browns, rainbows and brookies call this home. Fall is the perfect time of the year for very small dry flies and nymphs but most anglers like streamer fishing in Michigan in the autumn. We recommend Jon Ray's Mangled Fly or Gate's AuSable Lodge for this area's fishing report.
Pere Marquette River
Not much more can be said about the world famous Pere Marquette. Great trout fishing and runs of salmon and steelhead from Lake Michigan. October and November are peak times for these species so be prepared for crowds from time to time. We recommend Baldwin Bait and Tackle for the best "PM" reports.