Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports


August 9th

Prayers for good health to you and your families and hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Things have been good here in our area and we have been mixing it up quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. Pretty much chasing everything that swims just about anytime of the day! We have been on the Pere Marquette, Little man, and the Big man and the Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Pike fishing has been pretty good!!!! Water clarity and flows are good and temps are cooling on the smaller rivers we have been Trout fishing on but the water temps on the Big river are still warm for this time of the year so use some caution if you are releasing your catch!!! It’s been good on the Pere Marquette, crank baits and spinners for the gear guys and small rubber legged streamers, golden stones or other attractor style flies for the fly anglers. The Little river has been pretty much the same thing. The Brown Trout fishing has slowed down due to warm water temps on the Manistee below Tippy but streamers fished slow as well as swinging soft hackles, dry flies and twitching rubber legs will help the fly angler bring some fish to hand and jerk baits along with spinners will help the gear guys get it done. The Bass and Pike fishing below both Tippy and Hodenpyle Dams has also been good so that will provide good times the rest of the summer. The Back waters have been pretty much about foam body poppers and the occasional streamer with fly gear and Jerk baits, soft plastics and small surface baits with gear but has also slowed down due to warm water temps and summer weed growth. RJ and Nick have been out mousing at night and have had some pretty good success tromping around some of the small rivers at night. If that sounds interesting to anyone the boys can make that happen for you, we are just doing 4 hour trips and usually starting them around 10pm. We are in full Trout, Bass and Pike mode and 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 are taking bookings for Summer Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Pike trips at this time. King Salmon and Steelhead fishing will be here before you know it and we are getting full 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 1680 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 ok for Trout and Summer run 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 and nymphs as well as jigs and wax worms for 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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