The weekend could bring good steelhead movement.
Steelhead fishing is slowly improving, but the rivers are low, clear, and cold. Thawing along with increased runoff will bring more fish in soon.
Steelhead are still being caught however higher water levels did not bring good numbers of fish into the river. Catch rates should only get better as we move closer to spring.
Steelhead fishing should pick up with the thaw. Still early for the main run however there should be some fresh fish moving in and the winter fish will become more active.
Is putting up a few brown trout and steelhead for those willing to put in the time. Try small baits such as a jig and wax worm or flies.
Boat anglers are still taking some steelhead all the way up to Tippy Dam. Fish the deeper holes when the temperatures drop.
Manistee River - Few are fishing, but the steelhead are there. Fly fishing is usually good this time of year but it can be a challenge to get them to bite, especially during extremely cold temperatures.
With the cold weather, steelhead fishing has been quiet.
Not a lot of reports have come in since the return of arctic weather. Those brave enough to head out should still find some steelhead to catch.
The Manistee River is getting good reports on steelhead action.
Look for steelhead movement with warm temperatures and possible rain by the end of the week. Those fly fishing below Tippy Dam were still catching some nice fish.
Those not affected by arctic weather will still find some steelhead for the taking.
The river is still low and clear, so steelhead fishing has been tough. Try the lower stretches but catch rates have not been great by any means.
Recent rain will help, however water levels were still low. The fish spook easily in clear shallow waters, so target the deeper holes. Try light line with flies, small spoons and small jigs with spawn or wax worms.
The river has been crowded on the weekends. Steelhead fishing continues to be the main game however the clear and low water levels are making it difficult.