Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports



October 17th

Prayers for good health to you and your families!!! Things are very busy up here but busy is a good thing!!! Well here we are another month behind us and you know what October brings, ya man the mighty Steelhead!!! We have been out everyday tangling with King Salmon and it has been a pretty good run this year with the last of them coming into the system. We are still running a few Salmon trips but for the most part it will be pretty much about the Steelhead from here on out. Most of the Kings that are in as of now are in the middle to upper section of the river doing their annual spawning thing. Crank baits and skein are on the Kings menu as well as bottom bouncing beads and nymphs with either Fly or Spinning gear. We have been seeing a few more Steelhead the last couple of days and the ones we have been catching are looking good, the lake has treated them well this summer. This is a fun time of the year chasing these Lake Michigan Monsters and adding the mighty Steelhead to the mix makes for even a better time!!!! Most of the Steelhead are snuggling in around the spawning Kings munching on eggs but you can also get them in the runs and tailouts. Beads, beads and more beads in natural colors around the spawners and lightly washed out in the sand will help you fool  them. There are a lot of skippers in the system rite now but no lack of adults to play with either. The Brown Trout fishing has been ok on the Manistee system so streamers fished slow and swinging soft hackles will help the fly angler bring some fish to hand and jerk baits and spinners will help the gear guys. Water temps are dropping a little each day, the flows are on the rise due to the rain we are getting and clarity is clear. It’s time to get out and enjoy what we have been given!!! We still have openings for October and November Steelhead trips so give us a shout. We are taking bookings for Fall and Winter Steelhead and  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  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 1650 cfs and the water temps are 59-60 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, Summer Steelhead and King Salmon. 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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