Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports


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December 1st

Prayers for good health to you and your families and may you all have a Safe and Blessed 2022 Fall and Winter Steelhead season!!! Well it’s that time of the year again, yup it’s all about the Steelhead!!! With the King and early Steelhead season behind us and all the crowds that brings it is time to settle down put the tops on the boats throw the heaters in and enjoy some peaceful Winter Steelhead fishing!!!! The fishing has been pretty good all Fall and with the weather being warmer than normal for the most part this year, water temps are above normal but have just dropped below the 40 degree mark which will change the game a bit. The Steelhead out on the prowl and still as aggressive and acrobatic as they were in October so don’t be surprised for one to leave the water a few times during the fight. There are Steelhead scattered throughout the system at this time with a few new fish showing up everyday so we have been all over chasing them! We have been float fishing primarily and it has been pretty much all about a bead in natural to brighter colors in either 8 or 10mm. This is a great time of the year to get out and enjoy a day on the river. The fishing is just as good as any other time of the year only with less people. The weather can be a factor but by following the weather patterns and looking for warm ups it can be a very enjoyable day of fishing. Come on up and give it a try!! If your not into the Steelhead fishing the Brown Trout fishing has still been pretty good on the Manistee system depending where you go! Streamers, nymphs and beads will all help the fly angler bring some fish to hand and jerk baits and spinners will help the gear guys. The Pere Marquette is fishing good for Trout and Steelhead either with Fly or Spinning gear. The Trout fishing on the Upper Manistee has been ok as well with both Fly or Spinning gear so choose your poison. It’s time to get out and enjoy what we have been given!!! We are taking bookings for late Fall and Winter Steelhead fishing trips and do have some openings for December so keep us in mind when you are making your fishing plans. We are Thankful to be doing what we Love so if you would like to get out for a full or half day on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette or Upper Manistee please give us a shout. We will be at it everyday keeping up on what’s going on so if you have a date or dates in mind give me a call so we can get you out to enjoy a day on the river. Real quick I would like to put out a Big Thank You to all of you that have fished with us through all of the craziness that has been going on the last couple of years!!! But because of all of you it will be another Great year on the river and I’m sure it will be as mind cleansing for you as it is for us!!!! Thank You Very Much and God Bless!!!!!!! Stay safe and healthy!!!! 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 1690 cfs and the water temps are in the 38-39 degrees. For the wade fisherman, the fishing above and below the coffer and down stream to the bottom of Suicide Bend has been fair for Trout, Steelhead. Load your vest with all the tricks, Streamers, beads and various nymphs for the fly angler, crank baits and spinners for the spin fisherman for Brown Trout. Spawn, beads, nymphs along with jigs and wax worms will help the Steelhead anglers 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

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