Upper Manistee River

Tip of the week 

Opening Day will have high, off-color water. Levels are at the banks now. Tiny black stoneflies and the odd Quill Gordon will show up if the sun and warmer temps arrive. Wading can be difficult in the higher water levels. Fish are still not metabolizing, but the best bet is to look for large brown trout to hang below the silt beds where warmer water is coming off of the dark bottom where they can ambush smaller baitfish. Streamer fishing is the ticket until the water temps increase next week.

Seven-day forecast 

Cooler temps with some rain this week. Go to www.streamsideorvis.com "Blog" section on www.streamsideorvis.com home page and choose "weather" to check up on daily weather.

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