Manistee & Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports



May 21st

Prayers for good health to you and your families and may you all have a Safe and Blessed 2022!!!  Its Trout Time!!! There are some Steelhead around but we are pretty much leaving them alone until Fall. It’s been a good Spring season so hopefully it stays that way for the years to come!!! If you are fishing for them it’s all about Beads, beads and more beads in natural to brighter colors along with the occasional rag egg or nymph. With water temps warming with the warm days we have been having they could be there one day and gone the next so keep that in mind. On another note we have been mixing it up quite a bit between Trout, Bass and Pike and that has been fun getting out and fishing different places and rivers and it has been pretty good. The Brown Trout fishing has been pretty good on the Manistee system depending where you go! With the flows dropping and water temps warming the Browns and Rainbows have been out on the prowl!!! Streamers, dry flies and Nymphing will all help the fly angler bring some fish to hand and jerk baits and spinners will help the gear guys. The Pere Marquette is fishing good for Trout either with Fly or Spinning gear and have noticed some bugs starting to show themselves through out the day so make sure you have Caddis and various May flies with you if you plan on fishing there. The Trout fishing on the Little Manistee and Upper Manistee has been fair as well with both Fly or Spin so choose your poison.  It’s time to get out and enjoy what we have been given!!! We are taking bookings for late Spring and Summer Trout trips as well as Pike and Bass 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, Little Manistee 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 the last couple of years!!! But because of all of you it will be another Great year on the river 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 1680 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 fair 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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