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Manistee County in West Michigan has an abundance of places where anglers can catch a variety of fish. Numerous charter captains make Manistee their home port, and will happily take you out on Lake Michigan to fish for salmon and trout.

The Manistee River runs 190 miles through the northern Lower Peninsula, entering Lake Michigan along the city of Manistee in West Michigan. The Manistee River is considered to be one of the best steelhead, salmon, and trout rivers in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

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Manistee Fishing Report for Dec. 31, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on December 31st, 2015
Menominee whitefish have been caught off the pier. Those surfcasting have caught a fair number of steelhead. Coho were also caught recently.

Manistee River: Continues to produce good steelhead action. The water was stained after the rain. Anglers are casting or drifting with bright colored trout beads. Also try flies, wax worms, spawn or small spoons.

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Manistee Fishing Report for Dec. 10, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on December 10th, 2015
Pier anglers and those surfcasting have caught some steelhead. Try floating spawn off the pier or casting spoons and spinners in the surf.

Manistee River: Has steelhead throughout the river and the fishing should continue for the next couple weeks. Those fishing below Tippy Dam caught steelhead and the occasional coho.

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Manistee Fishing Report for Dec. 3, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on December 3rd, 2015
Had fair to good steelhead fishing for pier anglers and those surfcasting, of course, it all depends on wind direction. Pier anglers are floating spawn while those surfcasting are throwing orange spoons and spinners.

Manistee River: Those fishing the Big Manistee have caught steelhead between the mouth and Tippy Dam however the better numbers were coming from the lower end of the river.

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Manistee Fishing Report for Nov. 19, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 19th, 2015
Pier fishing and surfcasting for steelhead was still good on certain days, depending on wind and waves. Spawn was still the best bait.

Manistee River: Dry weather caused water levels to drop once again. The low and clear water makes steelhead fishing much more difficult. Fish are around but anglers will need to be patient and use light line.

Manistee Fishing Report for Nov. 12, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 12th, 2015
Pier fishing and surfcasting for steelhead was still good on certain days, depending on wind and waves. Spawn was still the best bait.

Manistee River: Dry weather caused water levels to drop once again. The low and clear water makes steelhead fishing much more difficult. Fish are around but anglers will need to be patient and use light line.

Manistee Fishing Report for Nov. 5, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 5th, 2015
Pier and surfcasting for steelhead was good depending on wind and wave action.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing picked up after the rain. Some are still catching the odd salmon however the fish are spent. Steelhead were found in the Little Manistee River.

Manistee Fishing Report for Oct. 29, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 29th, 2015
Pier and surf anglers did well catching a good number of steelhead and the occasional coho.

Manistee River: Fishing was slow because of the lack of rain and low water levels. A couple steelhead were caught in the lower stretch but no big numbers yet.

Manistee Fishing Report for Oct. 22, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 22nd, 2015
There have been a few coho and steelhead taken off the pier but strong winds have really hampered fishing for boat and pier anglers

Manistee River: The number of Chinook salmon in the river is on the downslide. There is still a fair number of coho and Skamania being caught at Tippy Dam. Low water levels are delaying the fall steelhead run. We need significant rainfall before the run will start.

Manistee Fishing Report for Oct. 15, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 15th, 2015
Salmon are finally making an appearance in most of the major tributaries in Manistee County and Mason County, as well as portions extending into Lake County. Fish were seen and caught at Tippy Dam, near the mouth of the Pine and below High Bridge.

Manistee Fishing Report for Oct. 8, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 8th, 2015
Some fish were picked up 60 to 90 feet down in 150 feet along the Shelf. When conditions allow, some were heading to waters 300 to 400 feet deep where they caught a small mixed bag of younger chinook, some steelhead or coho. Most are using artificial baits. Surface water temperatures were in the low 40's with not much change in the water column. Those surfcasting and those fishing from the piers reported slow catch rates. Many caught small chinook or steelhead so they were throwing them back.

Manistee River: Has salmon and some fish are on the gravel. Anglers are fly fishing, casting small spoons and crank baits or floating spawn. Fresh steelhead are also starting to trickle in.

Manistee Fishing Report for Oct. 1, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 1st, 2015
A few fish were picked up 60 to 90 feet down in 150 feet along the "Shelf". Those heading out to waters 300 to 400 feet deep caught a mixed bag of younger salmon, coho and steelhead. Spoons and J-plugs worked well.

Manistee River: The better salmon fishing has been in the early morning. Some of the fish were still in good shape but some were dark.

Manistee Fishing Report for Sept. 24, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 24th, 2015
Fishing off the pier and in the channel has been extremely slow. Those fishing out on the Shelf did manage to catch a small mix of chinook and steelhead when trolling spoons and J-plugs. Surface water temperatures were in the mid 60's. No word on the thermocline but most are fishing 40 to 60 feet down beyond the pier.

Manistee River: Has salmon but the warm water temperatures are not helping. Try early morning when floating spawn or artificial eggs. During the day, fish the deeper holes.

Manistee Fishing Report for Sept. 17, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 17th, 2015
Had salmon in the lower stretches including Tippy Dam. While fish are there, we still need rain and cooler temperatures to bring additional fish in. Anglers are drifting spawn under a bobber or casting crank baits.

Manistee Fishing Report for Sept. 10, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 10th, 2015
Fishing here had good days and bad days. Boat anglers were heading in all directions but those heading south about halfway to Ludington caught more fish. Surface water temperatures were 69 degrees. Anglers caught mainly chinook but coho, steelhead and lake trout were also taken 80 to 130 feet down in 100 to 300 feet. Most are running a mix of cut bait, spoons, and J-plugs.

Manistee Fishing Report for Sept. 3, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 3rd, 2015
Catch rates were up and down. Warm water was pushed in and surface water temperatures were 69 degrees. The better fishing was south of the piers where anglers caught mainly chinook followed by coho, lake trout and steelhead 80 to 130 feet down in 100 to 300 feet. Boats are running a mix of J-plugs, spoons and cut bait. The good days were producing 6 to 8 fish or more and the slow days were maybe 2 fish.

Manistee River: Few salmon have appeared up near Tippy Dam however fish were in the middle sections. Try the deeper holes. The Little Manistee is now closed to fishing downstream of the weir however anglers can view fish from the platform. Not many there yet but some.

Manistee Fishing Report for August 27, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 27th, 2015
Had some decent reports. With the strong winds, most were fishing in 130 feet straight out from the pier. Chinook were the main catch along with the occasional coho, steelhead or lake trout 80 to 130 feet down in 120 to 200 feet. Only a couple fish were caught off the piers.

Manistee Fishing Report for August 13, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 13th, 2015
Boats are everywhere but the common fishing was 60 to 130 feet down in 80 to 200 feet. The average was between 1 and 3 fish for a few hours on the lake.

Manistee Fishing Report for August 6, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 6th, 2015
Is producing smaller brown trout, smallmouth bass and the odd pike. The trout are hitting on dry flies. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have caught summer run steelhead

Manistee Fishing Report for July 30 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 30th, 2015
Salmon fishing remains fair. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of chinook, lake trout and steelhead. No large numbers of fish but enough to produce some decent catches.

Manistee Fishing Report for July 23, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 23rd, 2015
Boat anglers are catching a mix of chinook, lake trout and steelhead.

Manistee River: A fair number of salmon are making their way into the Little Manistee and the Big Manistee is producing some steelhead.

Manistee Fishing Report for July 16, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 16th, 2015
Those fishing the temperature breaks are doing well for steelhead and lake trout. Try the top 30 feet with orange spoons. A couple salmon were caught 30 to 90 feet down in 120 to 240 feet. Pier anglers caught brown trout when using alewife or casting spoons.

Manistee River: Anglers are catching steelhead and brown trout.

Manistee Fishing Report for July 9, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 9th, 2015
Anglers venturing offshore looking for temperature breaks are finding steelhead along with a few lake trout and coho salmon. Try the top 30 feet with orange spoons. A few salmon were caught 20 to 80 feet down in 120 to 240 feet with green and blue spoons or green and red meat rigs.

Manistee River: A fair number of salmon were already making their way up the Little Manistee. Anglers are getting a couple steelhead mixed in with some planted trout on the Big Manistee.

Manistee Fishing Report for July 3, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 3rd, 2015
Boats going offshore looking for the temperature breaks are doing well on steelhead along with a few lake trout. Orange, chartreuse, and purple spoons have worked best in the top 25 feet of water. A few salmon have been caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Meat rigs have been working deeper in the water column.

Manistee Fishing Report for June 25, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 25th, 2015
Fishing was decent with chinook up to 17 pounds caught 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 250 feet. There were some good thermal breaks offshore that were producing steelhead in the top 20 feet. A few brown trout were caught off the piers when using alewife or casting spoons.

Manistee Fishing Report for June 18, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 18th, 2015
Boats are catching trout and salmon in the top 80 feet of waters 100 to 200 feet with orange and green spoons. Pier anglers caught brown trout on alewife.

Manistee Fishing Report for May 28, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 28th, 2015
Boat anglers caught a few trout and salmon in 80 to 160 feet with orange or green spoons. Pier anglers caught a few brown trout while casting spoons or still-fishing with alewife.

Manistee Fishing Report for May 21, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 21st, 2015
Boats anglers reported spotty trout and salmon action. A few brown trout were caught by those trolling along the shoreline. Some are starting to head out further for salmon but catch rates were minimal. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Still has steelhead and brown trout for the taking. Check the deeper holes during the cold spells. Walleye and smallmouth bass have been caught.

Manistee Fishing Report for May 14, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 14th, 2015
Anglers are catching a few brown trout, lake trout, and chinook salmon when trolling orange spoons along the shoreline. Pier fishing is slow for perch and brown trout.

Manistee River: Steelhead are still being caught but in lower numbers. Anglers are getting brown trout and a couple walleye.

Manistee Fishing Report for May 7, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 7th, 2015
Boats trolling the shoreline with orange body baits and spoons are catching brown trout and lake trout. Pier anglers caught a few perch on wigglers. Those casting spoons or floating minnows caught the occasional brown trout.

Manistee Fishing Report for April 16, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 16th, 2015
Boats trolling the shoreline are finding steelhead, brown trout and lake trout. Bright colored spoons and body baits have been working. Pier anglers have caught steelhead and brown trout. Try casting orange spoons or floating spawn.

Manistee River: Steelhead are being caught below Tippy Dam including a fair number of fresh fish. The DNR will be conducting the annual steelhead egg take on the Little Manistee River starting this week and will be passing some fish upstream.

Manistee Fishing Report for April 2, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 2nd, 2015
Pier anglers are catching a few brown trout on spawn.

Manistee River: Water levels were back up below Tippy Dam. The bite was slow due to cold water temperatures. Try a slow presentation in the deeper holes. Look for the bite to increase with warmer weather and rain in the extended forecast.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Mar 19, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 19th, 2015
Anglers are starting to catch more steelhead and the catch rates will only improve as the water temperatures rise. Melting snow has the water levels up.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Mar 12, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 12th, 2015
Is producing some steelhead for those using wax worms and beads.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Feb 26, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on February 26th, 2015
The water is cold and clear. Those using spawn, jigs and flies are still catching fish as the river continues to hold a good number of steelhead.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Feb 19, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on February 19th, 2015
Those braving the cold and putting in the time have caught steelhead. The water is cold so use a slow presentation in the deeper holes. Fishing should be good by the weekend.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Feb 5, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on February 5th, 2015
Steelhead are in the river however few anglers were out targeting them. Shelf ice could make fishing a little more difficult. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have caught fish. Manistee Lake was producing some limit catches of yellow perch. A couple steelhead were taken through the ice.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Jan. 29, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 29th, 2015
Steelhead fishing is doable but few anglers have been out. This is a good time of year to get away from the crowded lakes and fish the river.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Jan. 22, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 22nd, 2015
Continues to produce steelhead and brown trout. Fish have been caught below Tippy Dam and by those wading above or below the coffer dam.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Jan. 15, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 15th, 2015
Has steelhead but the bite has slowed with the cold weather and fishing was a little more difficult because of ice flow.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Jan. 8, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 8th, 2015
Still has steelhead for the taking. With the cold weather, fish the slow water with spawn, jigs and wax worms, plugs or flies.

Manistee River Fishing Report for Jan. 1, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 1st, 2015
Steelhead are still available in both the Big and Little Manistee even though it has not been a banner fall run. Try spawn, wax worms or plugs.

Lake Michigan Manistee Fishing Report for Jan. 1, 2015

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 1st, 2015
Pier anglers and those surfcasting are getting a few fish.



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Last Updated: 08-31-2018 03:28 PM ID: 1692