The Michigan Department of Natural Resources publishes ongoing fishing reports and weekly email updates for the state's rivers, including the Manistee River, above and below Tippy Dam at Wellston. Premier Angling Guide Service, WMi Guide Service and Current Works LLC. are some fishing guide businesses in the area that post online fishing reports and diaries, as of 2015.
The Michigan DNR lists fishing reports by region, with Tippy Dam and the Manistee River falling under the Northwest Lower Peninsula. Reports focus on fish activity as seen over the prior seven days by creel clerks and other DNR staff. The state posts a disclaimer regarding the applicability of any report to current conditions due to the effect of rain and the wind on water conditions and therefore on fish behavior.
The Michigan DNR website provides a sign-up option to receive notifications related to fishing, hunting and other activities under its auspices. The process includes preference selections limiting information in the weekly emails to specified areas of interest.
Current-works.com posts several reports per month with extensive information on water temperature, wind conditions, rain, cloud cover and other factors affecting fish migrations. Steelhead and brown trout are featured. The website also releases a seasonal newsletter.
PremierAnglingGuideService.com reports on fish availability including coho salmon, trout and steelhead. The site identifies water characteristics in the Manistee below Tippy Dam, including information about clarity, temperature and flow, measured in cubic feet per second. The information is developed by observation and by reports from U.S. Geological Survey updates.