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
May 14, 2016
Spring Steelhead season is over, at least for me. There are still a few fish around, some up near the dam and a few dropping back to the lake. The best fishing occurs during mid to late April. That seems late but the last couple years that has been the story.
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 me being a fishing guide.
I am accepting a few more dates for the fall, a couple in Sept. and Oct.
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.