BIG MANISTEE RIVER FISHING REPORT

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October 2, 2019

October 2, 2019:

King salmon fishing is going well with fish in the holes and runs near their spawning grounds and a lot of fish on redds. If you like sight fishing for kings, the next couple of weeks are going to be good! There is probably about a week’s worth of skein fishing for kings left.

Eric and his dad, Steve, wanted to try for a mixed bag of fish today so we began with boondoggling for steelhead (my favorite time to be on the river). It did not take long until we got a few trout to go and lost a decent steelhead. Before we could land a steelhead, Eric got a play with a lively king salmon that made him work since he was using steelhead tackle. He brought her to the net after a good fight. We had a few on and off before landing our first fall steelhead of the day.

Steve wanted to get a few fish for his smoker so we switched gear and went skein fishing. Eric had our first fish that came off at the boat, but Steve showed him how to land a fish a little later on so we had two for the smoker. Back after steelhead, we went and found a few to play with us and there was a fair amount of dark water kings. We had four passes through a stretch where we hooked a king every time. With our final float of the day, we hit a king and steelhead double. No better way to end a great day on the river!


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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