Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports


November 15th

Prayers for good health to you and your families and hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Well the weather is finally back to the way it should be but everything else is still about the same. Things have been very busy here in our area and it’s been all about the Steelhead. Seems to be a fair number of fish around you just have to cover plenty of water to find them. The boys and I have been fishing in every section for the past couple of weeks and it is the same story where ever we are, no matter if you are fishing floats or bottom bouncing. It’s no surprise but it has been pretty much all about the Bead, natural to washed out colors have been best in both 8 and 10MM. We have been on the Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee and the Brown Trout and Steelhead fishing has been fair to good! Water clarity and flows are good and temps are cooling a bit on all of the rivers we have been fishing on but should continue to drop now that the weather is back to normal. The Brown Trout fishing has been good on the Pere Marquette, crank baits and spinners for the gear guys and streamers, eggs and nymphs in the runs for the fly anglers. The Brown Trout fishing has been ok on the Manistee below Tippy so streamers fished slow, twitching rubber legs will help the fly angler bring some fish to hand and jerk baits and spinners will help the gear guys, the bead and nymph program has been working well for both types of anglers. Well it’s going to be all about the Steelhead for now until May 2021 so keep in mind the later months of Fall and Winter when 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 or Pere Marquette please give us a shout. We are taking bookings for Fall and Winter Steelhead trips at this time. We have some scattered openings in November and December the enclosures are on the boats and the heaters will be on so if you have a date or dates in mind give me a call so we can get you on the calendar. 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 2070 cfs and the water temps are 45-46 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, Coho’s and 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 and spinners for the Steelhead and Salmon 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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