Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Manistee Fishing Information

Fishing Seasons

manistee fishing seasons

Manistee offers year round fishing whether on Lake Michigan,
surrounding rivers, and inland lakes.

Manistee holds three state records for Brown trout, and more "Master Angler Awards" than any other Lake Michigan port. Because of our river systems and our proximity to deepwater, we have a year-round steelhead fishery, both off-shore on the open lake and Spring and fall in our river systems. Manistee Chinook salmon are plentiful, these fish average 12-18lb class with an occassional 25-30lb class king. Lake trout average in the eating size of 6-10lbs. And our Fall coho run is one of the best in the world!

What We Catch

Chinook (King) Salmon

Chinook Salmon (known as King Salmon or Kings) will make up the bulk of your catch most of the year. They are an exciting fish to catch and are excellent eating. They average from 2-20# with 6-15# being the most common. No other Lake Michigan sport fish pulls like a King. A King typically matures in four years, and then returns to the river where it was born and prepares to spawn. The largest Kings are generally "4 year olds".

Steelhead (Rainbow) Trout

Steelhead (actually a Rainbow Trout) are genetically the same as stream trout, however, when they live in Lake Michigan they grow to a much larger size. One of the most exciting fish to catch in the Great Lakes, they can certainly be a challenge to get into the boat. They are the acrobats of the Lake, known for high flying jumps with lots of twists and backflips. Steelhead are often caught in the top 10-20 feet of water even though the water depth may be 300+ feet. Steelhead typically average 3-7#, however fish in the 10-15# range are common. Unlike Kings, steelhead do not die after spawning.

Lake Trout

Commonly referred to as lakers or just trout, lake trout are often found close to structure. Lakers are the home bodies of the Great Lakes. Often, when a school of lake trout is located, they can be caught in that same spot day after day. In the summer months, lakers are mostly caught at deeper depths near structure that holds baitfish. Although lakers don't fight like a King, they still put up a good fight and are often some of the bigger fish of the trip. Lakers mature more slowly than salmon, so they can only be kept from May 1 through September 30 of each year.

Coho Salmon

Often referred as silver salmon or just Cohos, they are similar in appearance to Kings, but quite different when it comes to the fight. Cohos like to roll, jump and do whatever they can to get off the hook. Their average size is smaller than Kings, but they are considered one of the tastiest fish. Cohos typically run between 1-6# but can sometimes get much larger. They travel in schools, so where you find one, there are usually many more.

Brown Trout

Browns are usually caught in the springtime. Although not as plentiful as they once were, the Brown population has been making a comeback in recent years.. Browns are typically caught in shallower water and can put up quite a fight. Typical Brown sizes range from 2-6#, but often larger 10-15# fish are caught.


Quick Hits

  • Multi-Boat Trips Available If you have a large group, contact our Captains to arrange a multi-boat Charter trip.
  • Beautiful Beaches While you are staying in Manistee, be sure to visit our beautiful beaches, some of the finest in the world!
  • Book a River Trip Today! Book a fantastic river trip on the Big or Little Manistee Rivers with one of our outstanding guides!  The Manistee River runs approximately 232 miles through Michigan's northern lower peninsula,...
  • Manistee Golfing Manistee County is quickly becoming well known for its golf menu! Not that long ago we were still unheard of in the golfing population of Michigan and beyond ours state's borders…but that has all changed...
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