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Kids and Kings What better experience could you have than to watch a young man or woman catch their first Salmon or Trout.        
Spring Kings Frequently overlooked in Manistee is the oportunity to catch beautiful King Salmon in the spring.    
Fun for the whole family! Fishing Lake Michigan from the port of Manistee is fun for kids of all ages...just ask these guys.
Beautiful Sunsets Beautiful Sunsets over Lake Michigan are one of the favorites of Manistee visitors.

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manistee pierheadsManistee is one of the most productive locations for salmon and trout fishing in the Great Lakes. During the past decade, Manistee has been ranked as the number one salmon and trout fishing destination on the Michigan shores of Lake Michigan, and can proudly boast "the best catch ratio" for salmon and trout over all other Lake Michigan fishing ports.

Bordering our area, the Manistee National Forest with beautiful scenery and world class rivers and streams; Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, and Little Manistee rivers. Wild salmon and trout habitat these rivers, folks travel from all of the world to hook a sky-rocketing steelhead, or line ripping wild chinook salmon or brown trout. You will find that peace and tranquility are natural features of our rivers, not to mention, world class angling.


World Record Brown Trout caught in Manistee!

world record brown troutThis HUGE brown trout was caught on a crankbait in the Manistee River by Tom Healy of Rockford. It is reported to weigh 41 pounds 7.25 oz which would make it not only a new State Record but also a potential World Record. Four of the last five State Record Browns have been caught in Manistee. 

Grand Rapids area resident Tom Healy caught the monster trout on a crankbait while fishing with Tim Roller's charter service. Michigan DNR fisheries biologists Mark Tonello and Todd Kalish weighed the fish after leveling the certified scales and determined the weight. It is the new record hold for Michigan. Upon the second weighing with the scales leveled, the weight was determined to be 1 pound, .75 ounces heavier than originally determined. The fish was 43.75 inches long.

The fish is 1 pound, 3.25 ounces heavier than the reigning world record German brown trout, a 40-pound, 4-ounce fish caught in Arkansas in 1992 by Howard "Rip" Collins who used an ultralight rod and 4-pound test line to catch that fish. Healy will have to apply for certification to be declared the world record holder.

The state record German brown trout until today weighed 36.81 pounds and was caught in Lake Michigan in Benzie County in 2007. The next three places in the state record books were held by Lake Michigan browns caught in Manistee.

- Photo by Robert Olsen


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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