Prayers for good health to you and your families and may you all have a Safe and Blessed 2022!!! Its Trout and Smallmouth Bass time of the year around here!!! This is a fun time of the year up here with all the different fishing opportunities we have to choose from. We have been mixing it up quite a bit between Trout, Bass and Pike and that has been fun getting out and fishing different places and rivers not to mention all the different techniques and it has all been pretty good. Some days it has been all about dry flies some have been getting after it with streamers and others have been all about getting the spinning gear out and getting jerky with it, sure is nice to be versatile!!! The Brown Trout and Smallmouth bass fishing has been pretty good on the Manistee system depending where you go! With the flows dropping and water temps warming we have been being pretty selective on where we have been fishing for the Brown Trout and Rainbows but still fishing Bass and Pike on all of our normal rivers. We really could use some rain and cool temps for a few days!!!! The Manistee river has reached the dreaded 70 degree mark so try to do most of your fishing in the early or late hours of the day!!! Streamers, dry flies and Nymphing 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 either with Fly or Spinning gear and have noticed a variety of different bugs through out the day so make sure you have Caddis, small Stone, various May flies and even a hopper pattern or 2 with you if you plan on fishing there. Water temps are still ok on the Pere Marquette so that is where we are doing most of our Trout fishing at this time. The Trout fishing on the Little Manistee and Upper Manistee has been ok as well with both Fly or Spinning gear so choose your poison and try to fish early or late there also. It’s time to get out and enjoy what we have been given!!! We are taking bookings for Summer Trout trips as well as Pike and Bass at this time and it’s never to early to think about your Fall Salmon and Steelhead fishing 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, Little Manistee 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 will 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 1421 cfs and the water temps are 70-71 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 and Summer 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:
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