13 February

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River – February 13, 2024

Steelhead fishing on Big Manistee river has started to pick up recently. With above normal temps and a good push of water, its kicked the steelhead into high gear. I’m seeing a mix bag of 3 to 6 lb fish and some bigger adults recently. I have openings throughout February, March and April. Half-day and […]

6 November

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River – November 5th, 2023

We got some well needed rain this last week. The water came up and the weather blew in some new fish finally. October was a grind for me with the low water, I mostly saw few pushes of steelhead but now I’m seeing much better numbers and looking at the forecast I can imagine new […]

9 October

Fishing Report: Big Manistee – October 4th, 2023

It has been a fun start to fall with very good numbers of salmon this year. I imagine the river will see small pods come up the river for a few more weeks. Most of the kings will be going straight to the gravel to spawn. I’ve started to switch gears and fish for steelhead […]

23 August

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River (Tippy to the Lake) – August 22, 2023

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River (Tippy to the Lake) – August 22, 2023

Big Manistee river – “tippy to the lake” Salmon season is underway on the Big Manistee river! Favorable weather conditions have sent the first push of king salmon into the river system last week.  I was able to fish with family and we were successful.  I’ve primarily been out in the early a.m.  as salmon […]

17 July

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River (below Tippy Dam) – July 17th, 2023

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River (below Tippy Dam) – July 17th, 2023

Summer is flying by here in northern Michigan! I’ve been keeping busy on the river fishing for myself and with customers. I’ve primarily been smallmouth bass fishing and pike fishing. Warm water species are my favorite target this time of year. A variety of techniques have been effective for the bass. Top water, soft plastics […]

1 June

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River (Below Tippy Dam) – June 1, 2023

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River (Below Tippy Dam) – June 1, 2023

Well it’s been very warm and dry the last few weeks in Northern Michigan and we are in need of rain badly! All the local rivers are low and water temps are on the rise. With these conditions I’ve seen the best trout fishing either in the early mornings or before dark. Some of the […]

26 May

Fishing Report: Big Manistee & Area Rivers – May 17, 2023

Fishing Report: Big Manistee & Area Rivers – May 17, 2023

It’s spring time in Northern Michigan & my trout season is well underway! I had some very good trout fishing the last few weeks on a few of my local rivers, primarily using fishing lures the last few weeks. It has produced some very solid fish. We definitely could use some rain here in the […]

15 April

Fishing Report: Big Manistee & Area Rivers – April 15th, 2023

Fishing Report: Big Manistee & Area Rivers – April 15th, 2023

Well spring has officially sprung! We have had unseasonably warm weather the last week or so. Thats really started kicking things on in the river. I’d say we are in the tail end if the spring steelhead season. Most are spawning and making there way back to the lake. I have decided to start targeting […]

3 April

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River – April 1, 2023

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River – April 1, 2023

The river is currently at 2300 cfs and around 41 degrees. We received some much need rain and have warmer weather in the forecast. With more rain on the way the along with some strong west winds this weekend, we will see a good of push of steelhead from lake Michigan. We are currently catching […]

29 March

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River – March 29th, 2023

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River – March 29th, 2023

It’s looking like spring here in northern Michigan…well, with the occasional snow storm! In the meantime, the Spring steelhead season is well underway! A good mix of winter and spring run fish are in the system. The water is still cold so the fish are still being caught in the runs and pools. Warm weather […]