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Manitowoc River - at Manitowoc - Wisconsin

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Evenings 12-14 Black Stonefly
February Midges Afternoon 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Evening 12-14 Black Stonefly
March Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Dry, Pheasant Tail
Small Black Stoneflies All Day 14-16 Black Stonefly
April Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Dry, Pheasant Tail
Hendricksons Early Afternoon 14-16 Hendrickson Dry, Pheasant Tail
May Hendricksons Early Afternoon 14-16 Hendrickson Dry, Pheasant Tail
Sulphurs Evening 16-18 Sulphur Dry, Pheasant Tail
June Sulphurs Evening 16-18 Sulphur Dry, Pheasant Tail
Green Drake, Brown Drake Night 10-12 Green Drake Dry, Brown Drake Dry
July Tan Caddis Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis Tan, Tan Caddis Pupa
Dark Cahill Evening 14-16 Dark Cahill Dry, Pheasant Tail
August Tan Caddis Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis Tan, Tan Caddis Pupa
Tricos Morning 20-24 Trico Spinner, Zebra Midge
September Tricos Morning 20-24 Trico Spinner, Zebra Midge
Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Dry, Pheasant Tail
October Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Dry, Pheasant Tail
Midges Afternoon 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
November Midges Afternoon 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Dry, Pheasant Tail
December Midges Afternoon 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-20 Blue Winged Olive Dry, Pheasant Tail

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Manitowoc River in Manitowoc is a renowned spot for any fly fishing enthusiast. Three of the best spots to consider include:
  • Shoto Dam: Rich in Brown Trout, the area around Shoto Dam always proves bountiful for fly fishermen willing to endure the sometimes tricky surroundings.
  • Rippling Rapids: This spot provides not only a beautiful setting but also is home to a variety of river fish such as Northern Pike and smallmouth Bass.
  • Lower Cato Falls County Park: This park offers easy access to the river, lush surroundings and is noted particularly for its Walleye and White Bass population.
Remember to respect local fishing laws, keep the environment clean and practice safe fishing. Happy fly fishing!

Best Access Points

Manitowoc River in Wisconsin is popular among recreationists for fly fishing. Some of the best access points in Manitowoc for fly fishers are:

  • Manitowoc Riverwalk: A paved trail on the river’s north and south sides, providing easily accessible fishing spots.
  • Lower Cato Falls County Park: Located upstream of Manitowoc, this site brings good smallmouth bass fishing.
  • Dam at Clarks Mills: A great site for fishing throughout the year. It holds a good population of smallmouth bass.
  • Lower Manitowoc River Public Access: Two public access sites near the river’s edge offer excellent channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing.
  • Silver Creek Park: A spot near the mouth of the river providing opportunities for fly fishing, mainly targeting trout and salmon.

Remember to check local fishing regulations before you head out.

Local Fish

  • Chinook Salmon: Also known as King Salmon, these fish are a favorite among fly fishers due to their size and fighting ability.
  • Coho Salmon: A popular species among fly anglers, Coho Salmon are hard-fighting and acrobatic, promising an exciting fishing experience.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for their beautiful coloration and aggressive fight, they are a must-target for any angler.
  • Brown Trout: These fish are respected for their elusive behavior, making them a challenging and rewarding catch.
  • Brook Trout: Being native to Wisconsin, Brook Trout are a classic choice for fly fishing and are known for their striking markings.
  • Walleye: They are a prized catch for their size and the fight they put up when hooked.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Known for their fighting spirit, Smallmouth Bass are a bucket-list fish for many fly fishers.
  • Northern Pike: With their toothy grin and aggressive manner, Northern Pike are an exhilarating catch for any fly fisher.

About The River

The charming Manitowoc River is one of the many natural beauties of Manitowoc, a thriving city on the shores of Lake Michigan. This scenic river stretches for nearly 37 miles across the peaceful Wisconsin landscape, eventually emptying into the great lake itself. This river has been a special part of Wisconsin’s history for many years.

Often, when thinking about the city of Manitowoc, the first thing that comes to mind is the storied maritime history – a captivating tale woven around the Manitowoc River. For decades, the river has been a hub for shipbuilding, with over 28 submarines built during World War II!

Today, the Manitowoc River fits perfectly into the everyday life of Manitowoc’s residents:

  • Fishing – The river is home to a healthy population of fishes from walleyes to muskellunge.
  • Kayaking – Paddling down this serene river provides an unforgettable experience.
From its rich past to its lively present, the Manitowoc River never fails to fascinate!

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