Those braving the cold have caught some nice steelhead below Tippy Dam. The lower part of the river near M-55 is iced over so anglers will have to fish further upstream.
Artic conditions have pretty much shut down the steelhead fishing. The fish are still there for those brave enough to try.
Water levels were dropping and clarity was improving. Steelhead are being caught in both the Big Manistee and the Little Manistee.
Has a good number of steelhead. The water is high and dark but as it comes down fishing will be good. Anglers will need to watch for debris coming down the river.
Is producing a good number of salmon.
Had a big push of fish. Anglers are catching some large fish when casting flies, crank baits and thundersticks. There is still a good number of fish staging in Manistee Lake.
Salmon fishing improves as more fish have entered the river. Chinook and coho have been caught up near Tippy Dam.
Has a fair to good number of salmon.
Anglers have caught a few salmon in the lower river. Try fishing the deeper holes as the fish will seek out colder water. Bass fishing slowed a bit but those fishing near the brush piles in the early morning or late evening should find some fish.
Was producing a decent number of summer steelhead up near Tippy Dam but warmer temperatures this week will once again slow catch rates.
Continues to provide very good smallmouth bass fishing. A light number of salmon were reported in the lower river.
Even though it is a bit early, a light number of salmon have started to move up into the river. The Little Manistee is getting an early run of salmon.
With cooler temperatures, a light number of salmon moved up into the river. No big numbers yet, it still too early. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have caught some nice smallmouth bass. Try crawlers, tube baits or plastics.
Anglers are now catching a good number of smallmouth bass. Try crawlers, crayfish, plastics or poppers.
A few summer-run steelhead have been caught below Tippy Dam. Small brown trout were caught between M-72 and the CCC Bridge. Salmon were reported as far up as the Nine Mile Bridge in the Little Manistee.