Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports


April 15th

Not much has changed in the past week here on the Manistee but I’m thinking it will in the next couple of days. Fishing has been fair and there are some new fish around to play with!  But we are in for a big weather change the next couple of days and I would think it is gonna help things out. All of the fish that we have been catching have still been in the runs and holes!!! Haven’t had much spawning activity here due to cold water temps being way below normal. This crazy spring weather should prolong the spring run well into May I would think. We have been catching a mixture of Steelhead- blushed up males, chrome hens and a few skippers also. We have been fishing floats and bottom bouncing bright to natural colored 8mm and 10mm beads as well as stone flies, caddis and hex nymphs to help get it done. Trout fishing has picked back up due to water temps rising a bit, stripping streamers slow or nymphing for the fly fishermen and small jerk baits fished slow as well as bottom bouncing egg patterns and small minnow patterns for the gear junkies. If you would like to get out and enjoy a full day or 1/2 day of fishing on the Big Manistee or Pere Marquette give us a call and come on up. The enclosures are on the boats and heaters are on so don’t let the weather be a factor. We are taking bookings for Spring Steelhead and Summer Trout trips at this time and things are starting to fill so if you have a day or days in mind give me a call so we can get you on the water. 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 2150 cfs and the water temps are 40-41 degrees. Water temps are rising, flows are up a bit and the clarity is clear throughout the system at this time. 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, Steelhead. 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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