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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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Ice Safety Report December 20, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on December 20th, 2017
Ice conditions in the area are NOT great right now

There have been a few people fishing on Upper Hamlin off of Wilson Hill, as well as off by Buttersville on PM Lake.
We do not encourage anyone to go on the ice yet, but of you do take a Spud.

Temps are supposed to drop all through the weekend, until after Christmas with highs in the teens and single digits. Most places should be ready to fish by next weekend!!!

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Big Manistee River Fishing Report December 14, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on December 14th, 2017
Was producing trout for those using jigs tipped with a wax worm and beads.

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Ice Safety Report December 13, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on December 13th, 2017
Things are starting to freeze over, but no reports of safe ice yet
Conditions for ice should improve by the weekend, but we HIGHLY DISCOURAGE anyone from going on the ice until then at least

When we get a report for safe ice, we will be more than happy to post it

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Manistee Fishing Report December 7, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on December 7th, 2017
Surf fishing and pier fishing for steelhead should remain good if the weather allows anglers to get out.

Big Manistee River: Was producing steelhead. Many are hold-overs but rain by the end of the week should bring in some fresh fish.

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Manistee Fishing Report December 6, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on December 6th, 2017
A few reports for Perch in the lake, as well as some Steelhead moving up stream

Manistee Fishing Report November 30, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 30th, 2017
Surf fishing and pier fishing for steelhead should remain good if the weather allows anglers to get out.

Big Manistee River: Was producing steelhead. Many are hold-overs but rain by the end of the week should bring in some fresh fish.

Manistee Fishing Report November 23, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 23rd, 2017
Strong winds have hampered both pier and surf fishing but when anglers can get out they have caught a few.

Big Manistee River: Water levels are high and the water temperatures are cold. Fishing was very slow with only a couple steelhead taken.

Manistee Fishing Report November 9, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 9th, 2017
Pier and surf-fishing for steelhead should be good from now until freeze up.

Big Manistee River: Had good steelhead action up near Tippy Dam.

Manistee Fishing Report November 2, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 2nd, 2017
Strong north winds cooled the surface water to 52 degrees. Angler activity is slow. Small numbers of steelhead were caught off the north pier when using fresh spawn. The fish cleaning station is closed but the restrooms were still open. The docks were still in at the launch.

Big Manistee River: Had good reports of steelhead being caught.

Manistee Fishing Report October 26, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 26th, 2017
A handful of steelhead were caught off the north pier and the shore. Spawn was the best bait.

Big Manistee River: Had reports of steelhead.

Manistee Fishing Report October 25, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on October 25th, 2017
Tippy Dam- Fair report for Steelhead as well as the occasional Brown being taken

Manistee Fishing Report October 19, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 19th, 2017
Surface temperature readings were about 60 degrees. The dock is still in at the ramp but the fish cleaning station is closed. A small number of coho and steelhead were caught on spawn by shore and pier anglers.

Big Manistee River: Had reports of steelhead being caught in the early morning.

Manistee Fishing Report October 12, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 12th, 2017
Boat fishing was slow. A small number of steelhead were caught off the north pier and by shore anglers using spawn. The fish cleaning station is closed however the restrooms and docks were still available.

Manistee River: Still had salmon including some large fish being caught on spoons or body baits. Anglers were still finding some fresh fish mixed in the darker ones.

Manistee Fishing Report October 5, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 5th, 2017
Surface temperature readings were around 58 degrees. Angler activity was very slow. The fish cleaning station is now closed.

Manistee Fishing Report September 28, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 28th, 2017
Surface water temperatures were about 68 degrees. Fishing continued to be slow but some anglers had success fishing as deep as 300 feet. Chinook, coho and lake trout were found at those depths. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Lots of coho were reported up near Tippy Dam.

Manistee Fishing Report September 21, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 21st, 2017
Surface water temperatures were about 65 degrees. Fishing remains slow with fewer anglers out. A small number of chinook and coho were caught in 120 to 160 feet when heading north of the port. A couple chinook were caught in the harbor and in Manistee Lake.

Manistee River: Still had decent fishing in the lower river. Coho have been caught up at Tippy Dam.

Manistee Fishing Report September 14, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 14th, 2017
Fishing slowed but a few boats did manage to catch a couple chinook, coho and steelhead in the harbor and around the piers. Some did better further out in 300 to 500 feet. Pier fishing was slow but a few trout and salmon were taken by those casting spoons. Try early morning or evening. Salmon are in Manistee Lake.

Manistee River: Anglers were starting to see fish in the lower river and some coho up at Tippy Dam.

Manistee Fishing Report September 7, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 7th, 2017
Surface temperature readings dropped to 62 degrees. Fishing slowed but chinook, coho and steelhead were caught around the pier heads and further out in 120 to 200 feet. J-plugs and spoons worked best 60 to 100 feet down.

Manistee River: Had a lot of salmon but there was not a lot of fish at Tippy Dam which means they must be further downstream.

Manistee Fishing Report August 31, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 31st, 2017
Surface water temperature was about 65 degrees. Southeast winds the last few weeks have slowed fishing. A few chinook and coho were caught 40 to 100 feet down in 100 to 180 feet with meat rigs, flies and plugs. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Salmon appear to be moving up into the river. Anglers have caught brown trout and some brook trout in the upper stretches. Water levels at the coffer dam near Tippy were coming back up.

Manistee Fishing Report August 30, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on August 30th, 2017
Tippy Dam- Fair report for Kings over the past week

Manistee Fishing Report August 24, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 24th, 2017
Surface temperature reading was 69 degrees. Chinook, coho and steelhead were caught on J-plugs, spoons and meat rigs in 140 to 200 feet. The thermocline was 95 to 110 feet down. The number of fish caught slowed but those taken were big healthy fish.

Manistee Fishing Report August 17, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 17th, 2017
Surface temperature readings were about 68 degrees. Fishing picked up and big healthy chinook salmon continue to come in. Most were taken 40 to 100 feet down in 90 to 160 feet. Good numbers of coho and steelhead were caught. Meat rigs, spoons and flies worked best. A few chinook were caught by pier anglers casting spoons or those trolling plugs in the harbor.

Manistee River: Had reports of a 25 pound chinook salmon caught above the coffer at Tippy Dam.

Manistee Fishing Report August 10, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 10th, 2017
Surface temperatures dropped to 64 degrees. Chinook fishing was starting to pick up again. A mixed bag of chinook, coho and steelhead were caught 15 to 80 feet down in 65 to 150 feet. A good number of chinook were over 20 pounds. Flies, spoons and meat rigs were the ticket. Pier fishing was slow with a small number of chinook caught on spoons.

Manistee Fishing Report August 3, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 3rd, 2017
Surface temperature readings were up near 68 degrees. Good numbers of chinook, coho, and steelhead were coming in by those trolling 50 to 90 feet down in 120 to 180 feet with spoons, flies and meat rigs. A small number of lake trout were also caught. Most of the chinook salmon were between 12 and 20 pounds.

Manistee Fishing Report July 27, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 27th, 2017
Surface water temperatures were 65 degrees. Chinook, coho and steelhead were caught 40 to 80 feet down in 100 to 140 feet when trolling straight out or south with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee Fishing Report July 20, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 20th, 2017
Surface water temperatures were near 50 degrees. Chinook salmon are starting to show up and were caught when trolling south in 100 to 150 feet. Lake trout were caught to the north in 120 to 180 feet. A small number of coho and steelhead were also caught. Spoons and cut bait were producing the best. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee Fishing Report July 13, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 13th, 2017
Surface water temperatures were about 65 degrees. Fishing picked up with a good number of lake trout taken in 100 to 180 feet. Chinook and steelhead were also caught. Pier fishing was slow

Manistee Fishing Report July 7, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 7th, 2017
Windy days have made fishing tough. Lake trout were being caught in 180 to 300 feet of water. A few nice Chinook and steelhead were also caught at those depths. Pier fishing has slowed with just a few steelhead caught off the north pier. Water temperatures were at about 65 degrees.

Manistee Fishing Report June 28, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by the friendly folks of Pere Marquette Expeditions on June 28th, 2017
Surface temperature readings were about 62 degrees and though fishing had slowed anglers did manage to catch a couple chinook, coho and steelhead 50 to 80 feet down in 120 to 150 feet. Some boats have traveled out to waters 600 feet deep and caught a few fish. The north pier was starting to produce some steelhead.

Manistee Fishing Report June 15, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 15th, 2017
Chinook and lake trout were found in 100 to 140 feet while others reported fish in 300 feet and deeper. Steelhead were caught off the north pier.

Manistee Fishing Report June 8, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 8th, 2017
Surface water temperatures were about 58 degrees. Steelhead and lake trout were caught on spoons and cut bait in 120 to 240 feet. Pier fishing was slow due to baitfish in the harbor.

Manistee Fishing Report May 25, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 25th, 2017
Surface temperatures were about 52 degrees. Boat anglers caught lake trout, brown trout, steelhead and a few Chinook. Lake and brown trout were outside the piers. Chinook were taken in 140 to 220 feet. Baitfish were in the harbor. Walleye were caught at night off the south pier. Perch fishing off the pier was slow.

Manistee Fishing Report May 18, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 18th, 2017
Surface temperature readings were 44 degrees. A few perch were caught on minnows off the piers. Chinook were caught on artificial baits in 150 to 200 feet. Large numbers of lake trout are still being caught off the projects.

Manistee Fishing Report May 4, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 4th, 2017
Surface temperatures were up near 52 degrees. The restrooms and the fish cleaning station are now open. Lake trout fishing continues to heat up. Those trolling caught a couple chinook or brown trout. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee Fishing Report April 20, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 20th, 2017
Surface temperatures reached 44 degrees. The restrooms will open the first week in May. A good number of perch were caught from the north pier when using minnows in the morning hours. A couple steelhead and brown trout were taken on spawn. Those trolling the shoreline caught steelhead, brown trout and lake trout.

Manistee River: Continues to have good steelhead fishing although by next weekend, it should start winding down.

Manistee Fishing Report April 13, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 13th, 2017
Surface temperatures were about 41 degrees. All the docks are in at the launches however the restrooms and fish cleaning station were still closed. Perch were caught off the north pier when using minnows and a couple steelhead were taken when using spawn bags. Those trolling along the shoreline were getting some brown trout.

Manistee Fishing Report March 30, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 30th, 2017
Those trolling and pier anglers are getting some brown trout. Catch rates seem to be better this year.

Manistee River: Still had good steelhead fishing.

Manistee River Fishing Report March 23, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 23rd, 2017
Anglers continue to catch steelhead. Fishing should be good by the weekend.

Manistee River Fishing Report March 16, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 16th, 2017
Manistee River: Steelhead are in the river however the cold weather was deterring many.

Manistee River Fishing Report March 9, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 9th, 2017
Manistee River: Had steelhead anglers all the way up to Tippy Dam. The bite was good during the warm spell but will surely decrease as cold temperatures move back in.

Little Manistee River: Anglers are reminded that the river from a point 300 feet upstream of the DNR weir to Spencer's Bridge and a point from 300 feet below the DNR weir to Manistee Lake remains closed to fishing until April 1st.

Manistee River Fishing Report January 26, 2017

Posted for Manistee County by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 26th, 2017
Anglers have caught some steelhead during the warm-up.



MANISTEE FISHING REPORTS:


2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013

ALL AREA FISHING REPORTS:


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




Last Updated: 08-31-2018 03:27 PM ID: 1679