BIG MANISTEE RIVER FISHING REPORT

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September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019:

With all of the rain the Pere Marquette River has had this week, I called Jim, Hunter, and Glen (some of my ice fishing buddies) to head up to the Big Manistee River. After a slow first hour, I was beginning to second guess my decision but then Glen got us started on hooking fish. A few more fish soon followed but they decided that they did not want to play any longer.

We, then, made a long boat ride to fish the middle part of the river. After landing one more fish and losing five to six, we made the move back up to the fish we had found earlier in the day. Those fish had not moved but were now ready to play. Jim hooked three in three drifts, landing two of them along with one more to end the day. In total for the day, Glen got us started with three, Hunter got one that was the biggest, and Jim boated five. We definitely had a good day on the water!


September 8, 2020
September 8, 2020:

Fishing is getting better near Tippy Dam every day. While most of the fish are still in the middle to lower parts of the river, there are groups of fish every day showing up in the normal holes on their way to the dam. Most days we are fishing the middle sections of the river […]

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August 27, 2020
April 15, 2020:

As a result of being unable to guide or fish out of a motorized boat due to COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been on the Big Manistee River since April 8th when I had my son out for a few hours. The colder weather that we have been having has the river temps in the mid-40s. […]

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July 30, 2020
July 30, 2020:

The Big Manistee River is running warm just like the Muskegon River is currently. If we get a little cold spell, we might be able to get out after some trout; but if not, there are smallmouth bass around and biting. King Salmon season is just around the corner starting next month so don't wait […]

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March 17, 2020
March 17, 2020:

Water temperatures are on the rise and water levels are coming back down to normal. This is a fun time to be on the river as there are fishing staging near spawning flats and fish in the holes with new fish moving up. The cold mornings have been a little slow; however, after it warms […]

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March 1, 2020
March 1, 2020:

With the warm weather that we have been having, I took a break from ice fishing and spent the day with good friend, Mitch, on the Big Manistee chasing steelhead. Being 50 degrees out and a Sunday, there were a few other boats and shore fishermen out. We fished around a little bit up by […]

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October 17, 2019
October 17, 2019:

Fishing has been good for both steelhead and salmon, with steelhead on the up-swing and kings on the down-swing but still a lot around. The best steelhead fishing seems to be the middle section of the river (Rainbow to High Bridge) with some fishing moving in behind the spawning salmon. Bob and Jim fished with […]

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