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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.

I would look for fish to be holding near spawning gravel or up on the gravel spawning. Using 8mm and 10mm beads should be good this time of year. I would try chartruse or brighter orange to start; but if that does not work, then try more of a natural orange. Lemon Roe, Atomic Yellow, Super UV Orange, and Atomic Orange are some of my favorites this time of year.

Stone flies, fry pattern, caddis, and wolleybuggers should all be working right now to if that is how you like to fish.

Hopefully we can get back out on the water before the steelhead are gone; but if not, then there will be some good trout fishing coming up.

September 18, 2023
Having Fun Chasing Salmon on the Big Manistee River:

Over the course of this past week, water conditions changed due to water levels dropping and clearing. There are definitely some sections of the river that could use some rain. Fishing pressure increased over the weekend from everyone coming out to enjoy time on the Big Manistee River but are still getting good fishing results. […]

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September 13, 2023
Fall Salmon Fishing in Full Swing as Cooler Temps Move into Northern Michigan:

Fall salmon fishing is in full swing as cooler temps settled into northern Michigan. Salmon can be found throughout the whole Big Manistee River system. We are seeing fresh pushes of fish daily. The skein bite has been good throughout the entire day. The crankbait bite, on the other hand, has been producing in the […]

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April 11, 2022
Steelhead Fishing Still Steady on Big Manistee Despite Recent Rain and Cooler Temperatures:

Steelhead fishing has still been steady on the Big Manistee despite recent rain and cooler temperatures. The water is still high, but it is starting to clear up and temperature is on the rise. There is a lot of fresh fish in the top few miles but plenty of people fishing too. We are starting […]

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March 10, 2022
Big Manistee River Spring Steelhead Fishing:

Day 1 - March 9th: Steve and Dave came with me for a couple of days of filming. We got off to a good start hooking up in our first spot but lost that fish right away. After a few little moves, we had our first fish of the day in the net. Following another […]

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March 6, 2022
Spring Steelhead Fishing Begins on the Big Manistee River:

In between trips to Minnesota to ice fish, Mitch and I went out fishing in hopes of finding some late winter steelhead. It did not take us long before Mitch had our first fish in the boat. A few drifts later and I was on the board too. We fished for about 3 more hours […]

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March 29, 2021
Big Manistee River Spring Steelhead Fishing:

Cold wet weather and a big crowd did not slow Eric and his dad, Steve, down today. We bounced around wherever we could and hooked a steelhead or two in almost every spot. Steve got us started right away with a 13 pound chrome male that put up a great fight! It ended up being […]

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