Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports

October 19th

It’s all about the Steelhead here on the Big Manistee. We have all been busy, the Steelhead are here, air and water temps have been cool and the fall colors are just about at their peak so what’s not to like. The Steelhead fishing has been good throughout the system. There are plenty of fish in the upper river behind the spawningKings at this time which has made for some good fishing. RJ and Nick have been up there playing with the Kings a bit but mainly fishing Steelhead and trout on floats and have been doing pretty well!!! I have been sticking to the lower river program mainly focusing on Steelhead so all is good!!!! As far as the Steelhead it’s been all about a bead, natural to milked out colors have been best. The water temps have been cooling so the trout fishing has been getting better on the Manistee below Tippy if you are not into fishing Kings. Streamers and swinging wet flies will help the fly angler bring a few fish to hand and jerk baits along with spinners will help the gear guys get it done. Things are good so if you are looking to get out for a full or half day on the Big Manistee or Pere Marquette we are taking bookings for Steelhead and Pheasant hunts at Thundering Aspens at this time so if you have a day or days in mind give us a shout!!! Steelhead time is here and dates are filling fast so don’t miss out. We have 1 more days open in October and a hand full in November so give us a call so we can get you on the books!!!! 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 1810 cfs and the water temps are 52-53 degrees. 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 and there are some Coho and King Salmon around to play with also. 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 Trout and Salmon. Spawn, beads and nymphs as well as jigs and wax worms for the Coho and Steelhead will all 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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