FILTER MANISTEE FISHING REPORTS:
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.
ALL AREA FISHING REPORTS:
Hamlin Lake - Pentwater - Manistee - Ludington - Pere Marquette River
The Fishing is Great in Manistee County!
Those braving the cold have caught some nice steelhead below Tippy Dam. The lower part of the river near M-55 is iced over so anglers will have to fish further upstream.
Artic conditions have pretty much shut down the steelhead fishing. The fish are still there for those brave enough to try.
Water levels were dropping and clarity was improving. Steelhead are being caught in both the Big Manistee and the Little Manistee.
Pier and surf anglers are taking steelhead. Some are casting small spoons and spinners while others are floating spawn.
Has a good number of steelhead. The water is high and dark but as it comes down fishing will be good. Anglers will need to watch for debris coming down the river.
Pier and surf anglers continue to catch steelhead when the weather permits.
Is producing a good number of salmon.
Boats heading out to deeper waters caught salmon and steelhead in the top 60 feet. Salmon fishing was slow around the piers.
Had a big push of fish. Anglers are catching some large fish when casting flies, crank baits and thundersticks. There is still a good number of fish staging in Manistee Lake.
Salmon fishing improves as more fish have entered the river. Chinook and coho have been caught up near Tippy Dam.
Boat anglers were still taking a few salmon around the piers. Early morning is best with white and glow plugs. Pier anglers caught a few fish when casting green, glow or white spoons.
Has a fair to good number of salmon.
Boat anglers are catching salmon between the piers and 60 feet of water. Chrome, green and glow J-plugs worked well. Glow spoons were best in the early morning. Pier anglers casting spoons also caught fish.
Anglers have caught a few salmon in the lower river. Try fishing the deeper holes as the fish will seek out colder water. Bass fishing slowed a bit but those fishing near the brush piles in the early morning or late evening should find some fish.
Salmon have been caught 40 to 80 feet down in 80 to 200 feet of water off the Shelf. Glow spoons and plugs worked well in low light, standard size spoons and meat rigs have produced during mid-day. Pier and harbor fishing was slow.
Was producing a decent number of summer steelhead up near Tippy Dam but warmer temperatures this week will once again slow catch rates.
Fishing was slow but some large salmon over 25 pounds have been caught on glow spoons or plugs in the early morning. Salmon and steelhead were also caught 40 to 90 feet down in 80 to 200 feet. Try green flies and meat rigs as well as orange or green spoons. Pier anglers caught a couple salmon on spoons.
Continues to provide very good smallmouth bass fishing. A light number of salmon were reported in the lower river.
Boat anglers found trout and salmon 40 to 90 feet down in 60 to 220 feet of water with glow spoons, plugs or meat rigs. Hot colors were green, red or purple.
Even though it is a bit early, a light number of salmon have started to move up into the river. The Little Manistee is getting an early run of salmon.
Catch rates for salmon were slow but still improving. Try 25 to 60 feet down in 50 to 120 feet with glow spoons and plugs or green and orange spoons.
With cooler temperatures, a light number of salmon moved up into the river. No big numbers yet, it still too early. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have caught some nice smallmouth bass. Try crawlers, tube baits or plastics.
Salmon fishing is slowly picking up with fish caught 25 to 60 feet down in 60 to 120 feet of water. Glow plugs and orange or green spoons worked best in the morning. Even with the rough weather, boat anglers have caught a mixed bag of chinook, lake trout and steelhead. The chinook are much bigger this year with many over 20 pounds and a few over 30 pounds.
Anglers are now catching a good number of smallmouth bass. Try crawlers, crayfish, plastics or poppers.
A few chinook salmon were caught 40 to 100 down in 120 to 200 feet of water. Try running glow spoons in the early morning or meat rigs down deeper later in the day. Boats heading out to 300 feet caught steelhead and coho 30 to 60 feet down with orange and green spoons.
Salmon fishing is slowly picking up with a few fish taken 50 to 110 feet down in 100 to 160 feet of water. Glow spoons were best in the morning but switch to green and orange later in the day. Green meat rigs and flies have worked deeper in the water column.
Fishing continues to be tough. Salmon and trout have been caught 40 to 80 feet down in 120-240 feet of water. Try running green or orange spoons. Freshwater drum have been caught off the pier.
A few summer-run steelhead have been caught below Tippy Dam. Small brown trout were caught between M-72 and the CCC Bridge. Salmon were reported as far up as the Nine Mile Bridge in the Little Manistee.
Fishing has not been easy. A few chinook were caught 45 to 100 feet down in 100 to 200 feet of water with orange spoons and meat rigs. A couple steelhead and lake trout were also caught.
Salmon fishing has been difficult. Steelhead and lake trout have been caught in the top 80 feet of water with orange or yellow spoons. Pier fishing is slow.
Catch rates were difficult as the fish are scattered. A few salmon were caught 45 to 110 feet down in 100 to 250 feet. Try UV paddles and dolphin colored spoons. A few fish were caught really deep on meat rigs.
Salmon have been caught 50 to 120 feet down in 100 to 200 feet of water. Anglers are using green and blue dolphins or green and blue meat rigs. Pier anglers casting spoons caught a few brown trout.
Salmon fishing was starting to pick up. Try 70 to 180 feet down in 200 to 300 feet of water. Meat rigs with green or blue flies worked best. Pier anglers caught a few brown trout on spoons or alewife.
Those casting or slow trolling spoons, crank baits or flies are still taking walleye and the occasional steelhead.
Boat anglers are starting to catch salmon 100 to 200 feet down in waters 200 to 300 feet deep. Meat rigs worked best. Those trolling along the shoreline for brown trout only caught a few fish. Try black and silver or black and gold body baits.
Is still producing some steelhead and walleye. Try small spoons, crank baits and flies. Orange and chartreuse were good colors.
Brown trout fishing continues to be slow for boat and pier anglers. A couple were caught by those trolling around the piers with gold and black or silver and black body baits. Perch fishing slowed.
Anglers continue to take good numbers of steelhead and walleye. They are using spoons, crank baits and flies.
Pier anglers have caught perch on wigglers. Brown trout action was slow for those trolling around the piers.
Was a hot spot for walleye. Steelhead are still present in the river and in the local streams as the run is not through yet but it will start winding down as water temperatures rise and the fish prepare to spawn.
Boat anglers trolling along the shoreline caught a few brown trout and lake trout. Orange or green body baits worked well. Pier fishing was slow.
Steelhead were caught up near Tippy Dam. High water levels make fishing a little more difficult.
All the docks are in at the First Street launch and the new fish cleaning station is under construction. Boats trolling along the shoreline caught brown trout on body baits. Orange and yellow were good colors. Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on spawn. Fishing was better when there was a good chop on the lake.
Has steelhead however it appears the run will be more drawn out this year as we wait for a good spring push. Water temperatures were not getting out of the 30's so fish the deeper holes.
Boat anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on orange body baits. Catch rates for pier anglers were hit-or-miss. They are using orange or chartreuse spawn bags.
More anglers are turning their attention to steelhead fishing. The better action was near the mouth. Water temperatures are still on the cold side so anglers were fishing the deeper holes.
Steelhead fishing is in a bit of a holding pattern right now. Plenty of fish around, but water temperatures are cold and water levels are back down to normal. The next thaw should really get it fired up!
The Big Manistee is currently still cold. 37 degrees and has both its Winter fish and a fair amount of Spring Steelies. The fish seem to be spread out between the Mouth and Tippy Dam. Float fishing with Spawn has been good. Concentrate on the soft current seams, Spring Steelhead do not like the fast water until temperatures rise. The best fly patterns have been clown eggs, nuke eggs and hex nymps. The Manistee is behind schedule due to the cold temperature and should peak about the 3rd week in April and last well into May.
Steelhead fishing was decent. Bright chrome fish have been caught in the deeper holes.
Look for fresh steelhead after the rain and snowmelt.
Steelhead fishing has been decent, but not great since the 1st of the year. We have to put time in in order to do well at this time of the year, the afternoons have been better. Fresh Fish will normally enter the Lower River during any type of snowmelt or rise in water levels. We have a few fish trickling into the system. Our Spring Fish should be in the system by Mid March. Small Nymphs, Egg Flies, Spawn Bags and Plugs will continue to produce fish throughout the Winter Months.
Big Manistee River: Is fishable and should have a fair to good number of steelhead including some fresh fish. Many are fly fishing below Tippy Dam.
Little Manistee River: Is producing steelhead and the occasional brown trout however the river will close to fishing on January 1st and will reopen on April 1st.
MANISTEE FISHING REPORTS:
2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013
ALL AREA FISHING REPORTS:
Hamlin Lake - Pentwater - Manistee - Ludington - Pere Marquette River