Manistee, Pine & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports



January 15th

Prayers for good health to you and your families and may you all have a Safe and Blessed 2022!!! Things have started to slowdown bit for the season as far as guide trips but the Steelhead fishing has not!!! This is an overlooked time of the year as far as fishing but can be just as good or better than peak seasons with a lot less people around. We all have enclosed boats that are heated for the winter months and by keeping an eye on the weather and looking for warm up’s and steady weather patterns it can be a very enjoyable day on the river!!!! The Steelhead fishing was pretty good as we ended 2021 and I’m sure it will continue into the New Year!!! We have been guiding just a couple of days a week and the boys have been out playing on their own making up for the days they were guiding and wishing they were fishing. Seems to be a fair amount of fish scattered around in every section but covering water has still been key!!! Beads, beads and more beads in natural to lightly washed out colors along with the occasional spawn bag will help you fool them. There are a mixture of Skippers and Adults new and old in the system and we have mainly been float fishing to get them. The Brown Trout fishing has been ok on the Manistee system so streamers fished slow and Nymphing will help the fly angler bring some fish to hand and jerk baits and spinners will help the gear guys. Water temps and flows are about average for this time of the year and clarity is good to go. It’s time to get out and enjoy what we have been given!!! We are taking bookings for Winter and Spring Steelhead as well as Trout 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 through all of the craziness that has been going on!!! But because of all of you it has been another Great year and I’m sure it has been as mind cleansing for you as it has 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 1770 cfs and the water temps are 33-34 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 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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