Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports

August 21st

The weather here has been in the low 50’s at night and mid 70’s during the day which is starting to help the river cool. Along with the weather being good the Bass and Pike fishing has been right there with it!!! WE have also been seeing a few King Salmon in the mornings so it won’t be long and it will be game on!!!! I will keep you posted as the King fishing progresses. The water temps on a lot (but not all) of the rivers have reached a critical level for the trout but with the cool nights we have had things should be getting back to normal. Below Tippy and down to the lake we have switched our gears to Smallmouth and Pike fishing. Streamers and poppers have been getting it done for the fly guys and for our gear junkies, crank baits, spinners and top water poppers have been producing well. Targeting slower water with a bunch of structure has been key but as I said not all rivers have reached the critical temps for trout. The Pere Marquette and the little Manistee are still fishable for trout right now. A good assortment of streamers and terrestrial patterns along with some stimulaters are going to have to be in your bag. Twitching terrestrial patterns around log jams and banks will produce some explosive takes from these big browns. There’s a lot to do this time of the year so give us a call if your looking to get out and enjoy a full or half day on the Big Manistee, Pere Marquette, Little Manistee, Upper Manistee or some of the areas Lakes. We are taking bookings for Summer Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Pike trips at this time so if you have a day or days give us a shout!!!  Salmon and Steelhead fishing is right around the corner and dates are filling fast so don’t miss out, give us a call so we can get you on the books!!!! 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 1540 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 Summer run Steelhead. Load your vest with all the tricks, Streamers, beads and various nymphs for the fly angler and Jerk baits and spinners for the spin fisherman for Trout. Spawn, beads and nymphs as well as jigs and wax worms 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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