Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports


August 7th

Not much has changed in the past week it is still all about the Smallmouth and Pike here on the Manistee!!! We have been catching some trout but with the water temps being in the 70’s it has been a little tough on the Big Man. The cool nights we have had has helped water temps to drop a bit, only a degree or two but little is better than none when they are as warm as they have been. If  you are wanting to trout fish it is best to go the first 3-4 hours of the morning while things are still cool. The Smallmouth and Pike fishing has been good both with Fly gear and with spinning tackle. Streamers and top water baits have been the ticket for the Pike and Bass with our fly anglers and small to medium crankbaits for the gear junkies. We still have some good trout fishing opportunities on some of our colder rivers such as the Pine and Pere Marquette and it is Hopper time so if you are looking for that explosive bite we can help you get it done! There is still plenty to do even in the hot weather so don’t let the heat get you down. If your looking to get out for a full or half day on the Big Manistee, Pine, Little Manistee or Pere Marquette give us a call and we can get you out on the water. We are also taking bookings for fall Salmon and Steelhead charters at this time and the calendar is filling fast so if you have a day or days in mind don’t wait long to call!!! 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 1500 cfs and the water temps are 71-72 degrees. Water temps are rising, flows are normal for this time of the year and the clarity is clear throughout the system at this time. 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, dry flies, beads and various nymphs for the fly angler and Jerk baits and spinners for the spin fisherman for Trout. Spawn, shrimp, beads and nymphs for the 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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