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Big browns top water
Big browns top water
May 21, 2024
**Fishing Report: Mouse Fishing for Brown Trout on the Manistee River** The Manistee River is heating up as we enter the prime season for mouse fishing, with brown trout becoming increasingly active. This method, renowned for its excitement and accessibility, doesn't demand expert-level skills—just the ability to stay up through the night and a willingness to embrace the adventure. **Equipment:** For the best experience, gear up with top-tier equipment. A sturdy 9-foot, 5 to 7 weight rod paired with a reliable reel and a smooth drag system will handle these aggressive fish perfectly. Use floating lines designed for mousing and leaders around 0X to 2X to ensure strength without sacrificing stealth. High-quality mouse patterns, such as the Moorish Mouse or the Mr. Hankey, mimic the movement of a small rodent skimming across the water's surface, irresistible to hungry browns. **Current Conditions:** Fishing is starting to peak on the Manistee River. The warmer nights have triggered the brown trout's predatory instincts, leading to explosive surface strikes. The river is in excellent condition, with water levels and clarity ideal for night fishing. As darkness falls, the magic begins. Casts near undercut banks, fallen trees, and deeper pools yield the best results. **Tips for Success:** 1. ****Fishing Report: Mouse Fishing for Brown Trout on the Manistee River** The Manistee River is heating up as we enter the prime season for mouse fishing, with brown trout becoming increasingly active. This method, renowned for its excitement and accessibility, doesn't demand expert-level skills—just the ability to stay up through the night and a willingness to embrace the adventure. **Equipment:** For the best experience, gear up with top-tier equipment. A sturdy 9-foot, 5 to 7 weight rod paired with a reliable reel and a smooth drag system will handle these aggressive fish perfectly. Use floating lines designed for mousing and leaders around 0X to 2X to ensure strength without sacrificing stealth. High-quality mouse patterns, such as the Moorish Mouse or the Mr. Hankey, mimic the movement of a small rodent skimming across the water's surface, irresistible to hungry browns. **Current Conditions:** Fishing is starting to peak on the Manistee River. The warmer nights have triggered the brown trout's predatory instincts, leading to explosive surface strikes. The river is in excellent condition, with water levels and clarity ideal for night fishing. As darkness falls, the magic begins. Casts near undercut banks, fallen trees, and deeper pools yield the best results. Now is the perfect time to experience the thrill of mouse fishing on the Manistee River. Whether you're a seasoned angler or new to this technique, the excitement of a brown trout crashing through the surface to take your mouse fly is unparalleled. Get your finest gear ready, embrace the night, and enjoy what is shaping up to be the best fishing of the year. -Casey
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What anglers said about fishing in Traverse City

Weather is amazing. Lake is beautiful. Fish were biting. Couldn’t ask for more!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather is amazing. Lake is beautiful. Fish were biting. Couldn’t ask for more!
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
Bring a jacket, it's still cool on the water in Michigan in mid-June. Catch limit on lake trout is two per person, so don't keep unless they're of decent size.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket, it's still cool on the water in Michigan in mid-June. Catch limit on lake trout is two per person, so don't keep unless they're of decent size.
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
If your looking for a fishing charter book with captain John you will be so happy you did. This was the best charter we have done.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your looking for a fishing charter book with captain John you will be so happy you did. This was the best charter we have done.
Showtime Charters
Showtime Charters Carleton, MI
For a first time fishing Traverse city had a excellent time. Would recommend anyone to try this what a beautiful experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For a first time fishing Traverse city had a excellent time. Would recommend anyone to try this what a beautiful experience.
Latitude 44 Charters
Latitude 44 Charters Canton, MI
Take advantage of the awesome neighboring streams and lakes to try your luck at fly fishing. We rented a cabin on the Manistee River and totally enjoyed the feel of the outdoors.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take advantage of the awesome neighboring streams and lakes to try your luck at fly fishing. We rented a cabin on the Manistee River and totally enjoyed the feel of the outdoors.
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC Homosassa Springs, FL
Would go at the end of august if you’re looking for salmon but got 2 of them and had a blast!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Would go at the end of august if you’re looking for salmon but got 2 of them and had a blast!
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters Oden, MI
Take advantage of the advice these guys have. I am always open to learning and these guys taught a lot.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take advantage of the advice these guys have. I am always open to learning and these guys taught a lot.
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC Hilliard, OH
Yes, I would highly recommend booking Tyler for first-time anglers. He will take good care of you and make it an enjoyable outing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, I would highly recommend booking Tyler for first-time anglers. He will take good care of you and make it an enjoyable outing.
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
Just be prepared and be patient. Take sunscreen and some sunglasses and you’ll have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just be prepared and be patient. Take sunscreen and some sunglasses and you’ll have a great time.
Traverse City Charter Fishing
Traverse City Charter Fishing
When chattering a boat in traverse city - your charter will be in the west or east bay. Your charter will not go out onto Lake Michigan. That would be a 2hr drive just to get there and lots of gas. The bays have the same fish as Lake Michigan.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
When chattering a boat in traverse city - your charter will be in the west or east bay. Your charter will not go out onto Lake Michigan. That would be a 2hr drive just to get there and lots of gas. The bays have the same fish as Lake Michigan.
Fish-X-TC
Fish-X-TC Grand Rapids, MI
To have a general idea about smallmouth fishing and do research on best times to go
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To have a general idea about smallmouth fishing and do research on best times to go
TC Bass Destination Charters
TC Bass Destination Charters Fairland, IN
Be sure to book with a quality Boat Captain that can get you on fish. Fishing is always fun, but catching is even more fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to book with a quality Boat Captain that can get you on fish. Fishing is always fun, but catching is even more fun.
Showtime Charters
Showtime Charters Cape Girardeau, MO
Find a local connection prior to yer visit, it will save ALOT of time driving!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a local connection prior to yer visit, it will save ALOT of time driving!
Osprey Fishing of Michigan
Osprey Fishing of Michigan Griswold, IA
Try it out. Captain is very friendly and polite and gives you tips while realing them in.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try it out. Captain is very friendly and polite and gives you tips while realing them in.
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters Traverse City, MI
Catch up with DaydreamerCharter boat "badhabit" captain Ben Orr does a great job and has fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Catch up with DaydreamerCharter boat "badhabit" captain Ben Orr does a great job and has fun
Daydreamer Fishing Charters
Daydreamer Fishing Charters Bellaire, MI
We were 1st time anglers in Traverse City! Fish are plentiful. Go with an experienced guide like Captain Ben. Daydreamer charters
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were 1st time anglers in Traverse City! Fish are plentiful. Go with an experienced guide like Captain Ben. Daydreamer charters
Daydreamer Fishing Charters
Daydreamer Fishing Charters Paris, KY
Seasickness bands, dramamine, jackets for a chilly morning or night, and a good attitude.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Seasickness bands, dramamine, jackets for a chilly morning or night, and a good attitude.
FishBilly Charters
FishBilly Charters "Jig & Cast" Utica, MI
Use prime time charter fishing and if possible book the early morning trip. We had 3 teenagers with us and an hour drive in so early morning would have been miserable with cranky kids but I think the captain said early morning trips may go better but our previous trip was night and we caught a ton. So it can go either way.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Use prime time charter fishing and if possible book the early morning trip. We had 3 teenagers with us and an hour drive in so early morning would have been miserable with cranky kids but I think the captain said early morning trips may go better but our previous trip was night and we caught a ton. So it can go either way.
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters Farmington, MI
Jerry with Prime Time is an excellent guide. He knows what he is doing. I caught some nice fish. I would do it again next time I am in this area.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Jerry with Prime Time is an excellent guide. He knows what he is doing. I caught some nice fish. I would do it again next time I am in this area.
Prime Time Fishing Charters
Prime Time Fishing Charters Bakersfield, CA
No hesitation, perfect water, temps, breeze....I am a big fan with plans for returning!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
No hesitation, perfect water, temps, breeze....I am a big fan with plans for returning!
Mega Bite Charters – 36’
Mega Bite Charters – 36’ Hendersonville, NC