Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports


September 20th

It’s been all about the Kings here lately on the Manistee!!! There are a fair amount of Kings and Coho’s around to play with but the bite changes day to day due to the warm clear water and summer like temps we are having. We have been out casting cranks in the mornings for them and hitting a few fish each morning along with a few on skein in the brighter times of the day, but it has not been easy. There is no change in the weather until the middle of next week but we will keep grinding it out until then. The trout fishing has been fair swinging soft hackles, stripping streamers and skittering attractor style dry flies for the fly fishermen. Small crank baits and spinners have still been the go to for gear junkies. Smallmouth and pike fishing has been fair for both fly and spin gear. Crankbaits and spinners are producing the best for the spin fisherman and stripping medium to large streamers have been the go to for the our fly guys but that usually will slow down as the migration of Kings gets bigger. As we move into September and early October it will be all about the Kings until we start seeing our early fall Steelhead. There have been new fish moving into the system everyday and things will only heat up more as we get more into September. We do have a couple available dates for King fishing, but don’t hesitate as dates are filling fast. If you would like to get out and enjoy a day on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette, or Boardman rivers give us a call and come on up. If you would like to view more pictures check us out on Facebook @ Premier Angling Guide Service. Tight Lines & High Fives!!!


Manistee River Below Tippy Dam

The flows below Tippy are 1540 cfs and the water temps are 63-64 degrees. Water temps are dropping, flows are lower than normal and the clarity is super clear throughout the system. For the wade fisherman, the fishing above and below the coffer and down stream to the bottom of Suicide Bend has been good for Trout and there has been a few summer run Steelhead, Coho and Kings being caught. Load your vest with all the tricks, Beads, spawn, various nymphs, spinners, small crank baits also jigs and wax worms to help you get it done. Think about the future of our fishery guys if you don’t need them then put them back. Help protect the resource!! Have fun and be safe, Bent rods and tight lines!!!


To check flows and water temps on our local rivers, please click on the USGS links below:

Manistee River below Tippy Dam   

Manistee River below Hodenpyle Dam

Pine River

Pere Marquette

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