Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports



August 3rd

Prayers for good health to you and your families!!! Things are good around here not quit as busy as normal but it is that time of the year. The calm before the Salmon storm!!! Man I can’t believe it’s August already. It won’t be long and we will be out chasing Kings everyday!! Probably start looking around for them here in the next week or two. The rivers are still in good shape a little warm on the Big Manistee but as long as we keep getting low temps at night things should start to cool. Cooler temps this time of the year are always welcome particularly when it comes to the Trout and early King fishing. On another note the Bass and Pike like it even if the water temps are warm. They are the go to when we have to leave the Trout alone due to the temps being to high, and not to mention they are fun and most days plentiful!!! We have been all over the place this summer, from the upper to the middle and lower stretches of the Manistee, down to the Pere Marquette and out on the Backwaters chasing everything that swims! This is a fun time of the year and the fishing can be diverse depending on what the weather is doing and technique you use for the fish you want to catch. Streamers, Dry flies, Crank baits and Spinners have all been on the fishes menu and it’s all good fun!!!! The Brown Trout fishing has been ok on the Manistee below Tippy so streamers fished slow, swinging Sucker fry, soft hackles and dry fly patterns 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. We have also been Trout fishing on the Pere Marquette and Upper Manistee and it has been good as well. Pike and Smallmouth fishing has been going good and we have been catching both on Spinning and Fly gear. Big crank baits and spinners for the Gear guys and Big streamers for the Fly guys have made for some good times! Water temps are steady for now, the flows are back to normal for this time of the year and clarity is clear at this time. It’s time to get out and enjoy what we have been given!!! We are taking bookings for Trout, Pike and Smallmouth Bass as well as Kings Salmon and Steelhead trips at this time 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, Pere Marquette or Upper Manistee please give us a shout. We will be at it pretty much everyday keeping up on what’s going 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 that has been going on!!!  But because of all of you it is going to be another Great year and I’m sure it will be as mind cleansing for you as it will 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 1520 cfs and the water temps are 68-69 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  it shouldn’t be long before you start seeing some Summer 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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