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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 June 13, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 13th, 2018
Surface temperature readings were about 56 degrees. Anglers are reminded the south pier remains closed. Off shore, fishing slowed way down as the fish were scattered. A small number of Chinook and lake trout were caught on spoons in 120 to 300 feet. Baitfish are still in the harbor and anglers fishing off the north pier caught Chinook and steelhead. Those trolling in the channel caught a few fish.

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Manistee Fishing Report June 6, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 6th, 2018
Surface temperatures dropped to 50 degrees. Boat anglers were still getting a fair to good number of Chinook on spoons in 130 to 250 feet. A small number of steelhead and lake trout were also caught. Pier fishing was very slow because of the large number of baitfish in the harbor. The south pier remains closed.

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Manistee Fishing Report May 31, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 31st, 2018
Surface temperature readings were about 52 degrees. Pier fishing is slow. The Chinook salmon are finally here and some good size fish have been caught to the south in 120 to 200 feet with spoons. Coho, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead were also caught.

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Manistee Fishing Report May 24, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 24th, 2018
Surface water temperatures dropped to 41 degrees. The south pier remains closed. Those trolling caught a mix of Chinook, lake trout, steelhead and brown trout in less than 40 feet. Boats were fishing north, south and near the pier heads.

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Manistee Fishing Report May 17, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 17th, 2018
Surface temperature readings were about 47 degrees. The south pier remains closed. Those trolling caught lake trout in 40 to 60 feet. A couple brown trout were caught by those trolling around the pier heads. Perch fishing slowed and the majority of fish caught were throwbacks. Walleye fishing slowed so many were just fishing for them at night. They were casting artificial baits or jigging with artificial grubs.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is about done as most fish have spawned and are headed back to the big lake. Tippy Dam Pond was giving up some good catches of walleye and smallmouth bass.

Manistee Fishing Report May 10, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 10th, 2018
Manistee: Surface temperature readings were about 45 degrees. The fish cleaning station is open. The south pier is still closed until further notice. Walleye fishing slowed but some were caught off the piers and in the channel when jigging wax worms at night. Perch were caught off the north pier with minnows and wigglers. Those trolling caught lake trout, brown trout and coho in 30 to 50 feet with spoons, rapalas and spin-glo's.

Manistee Fishing Report May 3, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 3rd, 2018
Surface temperature readings are slowly climbing and were about 41 degrees. Lake trout and brown trout were still being caught in 9 to 15 feet along the shoreline. Perch and a few whitefish were starting to show up off the north pier. Walleye are being caught in the channel. The south pier, the fish cleaning station and the restrooms were still closed.

Big Manistee River: Was still producing steelhead. Fish were hitting on spawn, spinners, crank baits, flies and beads.

Manistee Fishing Report April 26, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 26th, 2018
Surface temperature readings were about 39 degrees. All docks are now in at the city launch, but the fish cleaning station was still closed. The south pier is still closed until further notice. Small numbers of brown trout and steelhead were caught off the north pier. Boat anglers picked up brown trout, lake trout, and the occasional steelhead when trolling rapalas in the basin and outside the piers in 9 to 14 feet.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing continues and the fish will run and spawn quickly now that it has warmed up. Fish should also be found in the Little Manistee. For the walleye opener, try Tippy Dam Pond and Hodenpyl Dam Pond.

Manistee Fishing Report April 11, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 11th, 2018
Surface temperature readings were holding around 36 degrees. Not many anglers had been out. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout on spawn bags. The south pier is closed because of a large hole.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead were caught up as far as Tippy Dam by those using beads and spawn bags. The rain should help bring more fish in.

Manistee Fishing Report March 15, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 15th, 2018
Coho salmon and brown trout fishing is picking up for those trolling along the beach. There is one dock in at the First Street launch. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead and brown trout.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is decent in the lower river.

Manistee Fishing Report March 8, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 8th, 2018
When they could get out, boat anglers trolling for trout and salmon caught brown trout. A few coho were also mixed in. Those vertical jigging in the channel caught a few walleye.

Big Manistee River: Some chrome colored steelhead were taken in the lower section of the river.

Manistee Fishing Report March 1, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 1st, 2018
Manistee Lake: The ice was pretty much done.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing picked up with the rain and warmer temperatures. Try spawn, beads and wax worms. Water levels were near normal.

Manistee Fishing Report February 15, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on February 15th, 2018
In Manistee County had a lot of anglers fishing out from Penny Park. Rumor has it they caught some nice pike on tip-ups or when spearing. Perch and crappie were also caught.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing should pick up with the warmer weather especially up around Tippy Dam. The river was frozen in the lower end.

Manistee River Fishing Report February 1, 2018

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on February 1st, 2018
Steelhead were caught during the warm spell but as we head back into a deep freeze, fishing might not be all that great by the weekend. Most were using spawn, jig and wax worm, beads and flies.



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2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013

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Hamlin Lake - Pentwater - Manistee - Ludington - Pere Marquette River


Last Updated: 08-04-2017 09:47 AM ID: 1678