Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports



April 5th

Prayers for good health to you and your families. PRAY For RAIN!!!! Things have been busy here on the Big Manistee the past couple of weeks. Fishing has been ok and it doesn’t really matter what section your in. The weather has been awesome maybe a little to nice actually. Temperatures have been in the upper 50’s to 60’s and supposed to be warmer all week. Water temps are slowing rising, flows have been dropping and are a little low for this time of the year and the water clarity is very clear we can definitely use some rain!!! Our Spring season has gotten off to a slow start with fish just trickling in. I think with a fair amount of rain it should help things get better, I hope! With everything being closed last year during our Spring season we should get a good run of fish but as of now it’s hard to read. The calls have been coming in for Spring and Summer trips but it’s not to late to call if you want to get out. As I said the fishing has been ok as of last week and should only continue to get better as we get into April. Seems to be a handful of fish around now, new and old 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 with a occasional fish or 2 on bugs. We have been mainly on the Big Manistee and the Steelhead fishing has been ok!! The Brown Trout fishing has been ok as well 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 with a trout trip here and there 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 or Pere Marquette please give us a shout. We are taking bookings for Spring Steelhead and Summer Trout trips at this time. We will be at it pretty much everyday from here on out  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 of 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 1720 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  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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