Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports



February 25th

Prayers for good health to you and your families and may you all have a Safe and Blessed 2024 Winter Steelhead season!!!! It is all about the Steelhead from now thru Spring with the occasional Brown Trout trip. The warm weather is back and we had a beautiful weekend to fish up here! It is looking like we have a couple of cooler days mid week but after that it is going to be pretty nice for a while so come on up and let’s fish!! We have had some pretty crazy weather this winter but it sure has been nice not fighting ice on the river and shoveling boats ramps. The fishing has been good this past week on the Manistee river and the Steelhead are out on the prowl!! The river temps have been rising a bit the flows are low for this time of the year and the water is clearing but all in all the Manistee river is good to go but a little rain wouldn’t hurt. There is a good number of Steelhead in the system with a mix of adults and skippers some new and some old. The boys and I have been fishing the Manistee River from top to bottom and it seems like there are about the same number of Steelhead no matter what section you fish so covering a lot of waters has been Key!!! We have been mainly float fishing with natural and brighter colored 8-10mm beads in the deeper slower winter stuff but some days finding the Steelhead in a variety of different water. The days are getting longer so the Winter-Spring Steelhead migration is in full swing we should have some new fish showing up everyday, especially on any water event. If your not into chasing Steelhead the Brown Trout fishing has been good on the Manistee River depending on where you go, Streamers, nymphs and beads will all help the fly angler bring some fish to hand and jerk baits and spinners will help the gear guys and gals. The Pere Marquette River is fishing good for Steelhead and there and some Brown Trout a being caught as well. The Trout fishing on the Upper Manistee river has been fair as well with both Fly or Spinning gear so choose your poison. It’s time to get out and enjoy what we have been given!!! We are taking bookings for 2024 Winter and Spring Steelhead trips at this time so keep us in mind when you are making your fishing plans. The enclosures are on our boats the heaters are running and we still have a plenty of days available in February and March so don’t miss out on the Winter and early Spring Steelhead action. We are Thankful to be doing what we Love and we will be at it everyday keeping up on what’s going on so if you have a date or dates in mind and would like to get out for a full or half day on the Big Manistee River, Pere Marquette River or Upper Manistee please give us a shout. Real quick I would like to put out a Big Thank You to all of you that fished with us in 2023 and looking forward to seeing you in 2024!!! 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 Dam are 1460 cfs and the water temps are in the 37-38 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 Steelhead and Brown Trout. 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 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

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