When October rolls around it is Steelhead Time. This is casting with spawn and beads for the most part , but we do get the plugs out later in the season. I plan to fish this year untill deer season which is Nov.15.
Manistee River Fishing Report
January 27 , 2016
Reports indicate steelhead are present in all stretches of the river. Spawn , Beads and Plugs appear to be the best baits. Bobbers are helpful with spawn and beads this time of year when fishing slow water and areas of wooody debris, Throw your line behind that woodpile, you might be suprised! A few lake trout have been caught , but remember season is closed for them now. The weather has been just like like winter, a couple feet of snow on the ground.
Typically where I fish , about halfway between the dam and the lake the best fishing is late feb. thru March. In April we get some great fishing for dropbacks, post spawn fish returning to the lake. There is some spawning activity in the areas we fish, but most of the gravel is near the dam and so are the people!
It just doesnt seem like it, but this will be year 34 for my fishing business.I plan to begin spring fishing in mid to late March this year.
Late summer and early fall continue to be a popular time for fishing on the Big Manistee River. With two species of Salmon and Steelhead there is always something to fish for. I have a few prime dates open.