Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports


January 15th

 Happy New Year with Prayers for good health to you and your families. Well the weather is still unseasonably warm but it has been pretty nice not to have to deal with Winter conditions at the boat ramps or while fishing! Things have slowed into winter mode in our area but it is that time of the year when we start to slow down a bit. But by no means does that mean there are no fish to play with. The Winter months can be some of the best fishing of the year. Most days you have the river to yourself and typically the Steelhead fishing is pretty good. Keep in mind the weather conditions play a big part of Winter fishing so keep an eye on it and fish on warm ups and before major cold fronts. Seems to be a fair number of fish around, you just have to cover plenty of water to find them. 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 mainly on the Big Manistee and the Brown Trout and Steelhead fishing have 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 and should continue to drop until it reaches the mid to lower 30’s. 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 from  now until May 2021 so keep us in mind for Winter and Spring 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 Winter and Spring Steelhead trips at this time. We will be at it all Winter and 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 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 this through all of the craziness 0f 2020!!! With everything that is going on in the world these days we really didn’t know what was going to happen. But because of all of you it was another Great year and I’m sure it was as mind cleansing for you as it was 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 1820 cfs and the water temps are 34-35 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 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

Pere Marquette



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