17 July

Fishing Report: Lower Big Manistee – July 17, 2024

Fishing Report: Lower Big Manistee – July 17, 2024

Summer fishing is in full swing here in northern lower Michigan. I’ve been spending most of my time concentrating on warm water species. Small mouth bass and pike. Primarily fishing on the lower Big Manistee river. Water temp is around 68 degrees. The best bites been in the hottest part of day for me. Using […]

27 April

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River & Surrounding Areas – April 23, 2024

Fishing Report: Big Manistee River & Surrounding Areas – April 23, 2024

Spring is here! Warm temperatures the last few weeks have really kicked things into high gear on the rivers and lakes. Steelhead fishing is winding down I expect a few more small pushes but for the most part they are done with their spawning run. I’ve been turning my attention to resident brown trout and […]

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 […]