Fishing Season: All Year

Lower Manistee - MI

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Hawkins Outfitters's Tip of the Week

Smallmouth fishing is very good now

Directions open in app

Map of Lower Manistee

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Hawkins Outfitters

5-Day Outlook as of 8/1/22

Smallmouth getting better as water temps increase

Techniques & Tips as of 8/1/22

Streamers on sink tips or dead drift egg patterns

Local Species Available All Year

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    Brown Trout

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    smallmouth bass and pike.

Hawkins Outfitters's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Jonny Darter copper 4
Grapefruit Leeches pink heads 4

Jonny Darter

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Hawkins Outfitters's Recommended Gear

Description: About Lower Manistee

The Manistee River below Tippy Dam is a world class steelhead, salmon and brown trout (both resident and lake run)fishery. Fishing is open year round. Steelhead are available from Sept to May, salmon from July to October and resident trout all year.

Nearest Airport:

Traverse City, MI


February is usually the start of the salmon fry hatch. Black stones will follow in early March

Best Time to Fish:

Mid Day - Warmth of the Day

Best Stretch:

Tippy to Bear Creek

Best Access:

South side of Tippy down Tippy Dam Rd for walk in.