Michigan Salmon Fishing Reports ~ Salmon Trips


We are now heading into peak week for salmon on the Big Manistee River. Lots and lots of salmon everywhere on the Big Manistee River. Good numbers of larger, King Salmon this season with a decent amount of Coho as well. . Much larger average size this year. We are also starting to land a few steelhead each day. Also hitting a few Lake Trout below the coffer at Tippy Dam.

Salmon fishing is going strong on the Big Manistee and Muskegon Rivers in Michigan. Good catches of Salmon, Trout, and Steelhead.

Good numbers of King Salmon on the Big Manistee River. Michigan King Salmon Guides.

Go big or go home!! John landed this beast – His first Michigan, Pere Marquette River Salmon!!

Floats & Skein on the Big Manistee River. Salmon fishing up North has been excellent! Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing – Guided Salmon.

Nothing beats working for it! In a sea full of salmon, nothing is better than finding the dime piece!! New Steelhead starting to show up!

Tippy Dam salmon are rockin in full tilt!! Good numbers of both King and Coho Salmon. Lots of fish with lots more coming.

We are starting to see big numbers of both King Salmon, and Coho Salmon on the Big Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers. Michigan Salmon Fishing is in full swing now!

King and Coho Salmon are excellent table fare. We allow our clients to keep a limit of salmon per day. (5) Salmon per angler on the Manistee River.

October 11th – Michigan Salmon Fishing Report – Big Manistee River & Muskegon River

Big Manistee River: Tippy Dam is now starting to have good numbers of both King and Coho Salmon. Big numbers of Coho above the coffer at Tippy. A few of the salmon are beginning to hit gravel and spawn. Things are running behind schedule with the heat last week. Look for peak salmon season in mid to late October this year. Fishing is now just starting to get good!

Some of the creek mouths have good numbers of Coho salmon. Manistee River has been hit or miss with big pushes of fish moving through at times. Water levels are great right now for good salmon movement. Crank bait fishing (Thunder sticks) has been consistently good during the mornings. Skein fishing behind log jams has been good during the day. Red and pink producing the most fish. Some Steelhead also beginning to come in near Insta Launch.

Pere Marquette River Salmon: Most of the numbers of King Salmon have moved into the Upper Pere Marquette River- “Flies Only” Section. Incredible numbers of fish in the holes, with spawning salmon on gravel. Taylor Road, Upper to Walhalla, Barothy’s, and Rainbow Rapids to Sulac is loaded with salmon. Upper and Lower flies only water is also fishing very well. Stone flies, eggs patterns, leeches, and fry patterns are all producing fish. White / Chartreuse streamers in the morning.

Muskegon River Salmon Fishing Report:(10/11) Cooler water temperatures and rain has helped bring in more salmon to the Muskegon River. Pods of fish are finally starting to move. A big push finally moved through Muskegon River and entered the river. There was a slight concentration above Thornapple in the “Pipe hole”, and a small pocket below the clay banks near Boat house. End of story, not much going on. Water temperature is still in the low 70’s. Too warm for salmon. Maybe a week or so and cold nights may bring up a few more Muskegon River salmon. I wouldn’t expect fishable numbers of salmon until mid October.

Here are our open Michigan Salmon Fishing Dates for the Manistee River (Below Tippy Dam) or the Muskegon River (Near Newaygo). Guided Salmon Trips are all Inclusive, Includes all the gear, tackle, rods, reels that you may need. Heck, We’ll even clean your salmon for you!

It’s should be an outstanding season with some really large fish this year. We are also expecting massive Coho Salmon migration later October, on the Big Manistee River – Fall Salmon Season.
Michigan Salmon Fishing Reports.

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Jigging. Casting. Float Fishing. We are gettin’ em!! Michigan Salmon Guides.

Good Numbers of Michigan King Salmon in the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and the Big Manistee River. Michigan Salmon Fishing.

Salmon trips have been going well. Good numbers of salmon so far and they are huge this year!! If you get one, it will be big!! Scattered shots of salmon pushing in from the Lake. Both Pere Marquette Lake and Manistee Lake are starting to fill in. We are doing both jigging trips, and floats and skein for King Salmon in Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s water temperature in Ludington last night was 47.6 degrees. Definitely a lake flip to bring in fresh salmon into the Pere Marquette River. This is our second big Push of Kings to happen before Labor Day.

Trickle charge of salmon entering Pere Marquette Lake and River. Manistee Lake is also starting to load up. Michigan Salmon are large this year, I’ve heard of several 30 lb King Salmon landed off Manistee. It’s about to bust lose! Here are our available Michigan salmon fishing dates listed below.

(8 hrs) $295 half day. (4.5hrs)

Thomas with a gorgeous salmon from the Pere Marquette River mouth in Ludington.

Starting to see good numbers of salmon in Pere Marquette Lake. Some salmon are entering the river. Early Season King Salmon.

Salmon are lots of fun! Good numbers starting to enter the rivers. Michigan Salmon Fishing. Pere Marquette Lake and Manistee Lake have good numbers of fresh King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Skamania Steelhead, Lake Trout, and Fall Steelhead. Fishing Should be excellent this fall.

This year class of Salmon are in very good condition. Fat and healthy. Great table fare for sure!

Michigan King Salmon on the brain!

Michigan Salmon Fishing Dates available for the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and Big Manistee Rivers. ($395 / 2 anglers) All inclusive guided Michigan Salmon Fishing River Trips.

Michigan Salmon Fishing Guides – We’re very excited about the up coming 2018 Fall Salmon Season on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee Rivers. We have a limited, 5 guide boats available for salmon fishing.

Guided Salmon Trips are $395. Half days are $295. Per two anglers.

** A third angler may be added to any trip for an additional $100. (Two angler fish at a time)

It’s should be an outstanding season with some really large fish this year. We are also expecting a massive Coho Salmon migration on the Big Manistee River – Fall Salmon Season. Michigan Salmon Fishing Reports.

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Bobbers & Skein on the Lower Pere Marquette River. Rockin those big Kings!

Skein Ballin’ the Lower Pere Marquette River.
One of our most popular guided fishing trips is fishing King Salmon on the Lower Pere Marquette River. Drifting Skein (Fresh Salmon Eggs) From Indian Bridge to Scottville is a very productive method of salmon fishing. Bait Casters, Center pinning, or spin fishing works very well. King Salmon actually BITE salmon eggs under a float!! (Yes, I said bite salmon eggs) Salmon bite skein like a blue gill, followed by a hook set that sounds like a Muzzy broad head through a rib cage. No holds barred – Hand to hand combat with Michigan’s King Salmon. The Woodland Chinook of the Pere Marquette River.

Manistee river – Tippy Day – Michigan Winter Steelhead Fishing Report ( 8/2/2023

Manistee River Coho Salmon - Tippy Dam Fishing Reports
Gorgeous Tippy Dam Recreational Area – Coho Salmon from the Manistee River.

~Michigan’s Manistee River Fishing Report below Tippy Dam.~
Winter Steelhead fishing on the Big Manistee has been improving with the recent warm snap. Steelhead have settled into their Winter holding lies. Slower, deeper runs have been holding good numbers of bright Winter Steelhead. Runs and holding areas with rocks and gravel tend to hold the most fish. drops offs and cuts with gravel transitioning to sand, with a few boulders mixed in.

Most productive Steelhead baits during the winter months are baits with scent. Fresh, small spawn sacks in natural colors, white, peach, or blue spawn sack netting. (Small, 4 salmon eggs) or 6-8 Steelhead eggs in the netting. One orange styrofoam floater, helps the Steelhead see the bait, especially in lower light levels. Float fishing with Trout beads has also been very productive. “Dead Eggs” or washed out tones of cream and orange colors, have been working the best. Steelhead Bead fishing with 8mm and 10mm beads have been getting bit the most. Fish your beads close to the bottom. Fishing tiny marabou jigs tipped with waxs worms, also helps keep the bait near the bottom. Wax worms represent Caddis Larvae, which is a major food source for Trout and Steelhead.

Mid day to later afternoon has been the best bite. Afternoon has the warmest water temperatures, and the most feeding activity.

Salmon fishing on the Big Manistee River has really been picking up! Starting to see good numbers of Coho Salmon, King Salmon, and the occasional fall Steelhead. Recent rains have bumped some new fish up into the upper Sections near Tippy Dam. morning and afternoon, seeing the most activity but numbers of Salmon throughout the day.

Casting Thundersticks in the morning hours has been very productive. mid day brings us into mid day flossing King Salmon on gravel. Kings have recently started spawning on gravel. Sight fishing them has been most productive. Bead fishing behind spawning salmon, for Rainbow and Brown Trout has been fun. Producing a few nice fish. Lake Trout have also started to enter the river, with a few of those starting to show up! Look for excellent fishing during the next three weeks. This is prime time, Fall Salmon fishing right now!

Fishing in itself is an absolute experience. And after a long day waiting for a Salmon to bite onto the bait, being rewarded feels extraordinary. However, for a beginner, the journey is much more complicated. But, when it comes to benefitting from the Manistee River Fishing Report, irrespective of your fishing experience level, you can make the most of it.

So, let’s get started by learning the importance of knowing how to prepare and read a fishing report.

What is a Fishing Report?

A fishing report comprises the things experienced by anglers during their fishing trips. Typically, a fishing report is like a diary or a journal, which states all the details about:

  • The direction of the wind’s flow
  • Weather conditions of the region
  • Depth of the water
  • How do the fishes react depending upon the time of the day
  • How is fish’s behavior manipulated according to seasonal change

By reading a fishing report, you can anticipate your next moves for fishing. And plan your trip ahead of time. For instance, when you read the Manistee fishing report, you will have an overall idea about the area’s weather conditions and what you can expect in your next fishing expedition. The 2021 fishing report of Manistee River recorded:

  • The flow of water in the Tippy Dam was below 1480 cubic foot
  • The temperature in the winters when King Salmon are found ranging between 68-70 degrees
  • The Suicide Bend region has been good for fishing –Summer Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout

This year, get set with all your gears, including – Streamers, tricks, beads, nymphs, wax worms, crankbaits, and jig baits that will serve best in catching the Brown Salmon.

Now you must be wondering how we can determine so much. Well, this is the secret that we wanted to reveal to you. By carefully reading and understanding the fishing reports, you will have an idea about most of the details and can easily plan your fishing trip.

Importance of preparing and reading fishing reports:

Anglers can gauge their future fishing expeditions by reading the fishing reports. Also, as stated by some of the experts in fishing, reading fishing reports will automatically enhance your experience in fishing, and the success rate will also be higher.

The weather conditions can greatly influence the fishing experiences in a location. However, when you read a fishing report, you will see how it will influence your judgment in spotting the right location to wait for King Salmon or any other fish of your choice. For example, if you plan your fishing trip to the Manistee River in November, we suggest you go through the previous year’s reports.

This way, you won’t be entirely clueless throughout your trip and will know what and what not to expect from your expedition.

Ways to read a Fishing report:

Just coming across a Manistee River Fishing Report is not enough; you will have to understand the various ways you must read it. Let us help you understand how to read between the lines and put the collected information to good use.

1. Guides and Tackle Shops are a good source:

In order to collect substantial information about a locality, there is no better option than relying on the local guides in the area. You can always get help from the tackle shop owners from whom you will purchase your fishing gear.

Also, to make a good impression with the shopkeepers and local guides, you must practice healthy interaction or hire their services and purchase goods from them.

2. Find out patterns to understand the reports better:

If you want to search for fishing reports, plenty is available online. However, how will you know which Manistee River Fishing Report you must trust and which to ignore? Again going back to our first point, finding readings and reports online is easy, but make sure to cross verify it with the information you have received from your professional guide or tackle shop owner.

Then it would help if you looked for certain signs:

  • How are the fish behaving
  • How is the weather influencing the fish
  • What do the fishes prefer to bite on – Beads, soft plastics, or live baits
  • Has the region recently experienced rain

Fishing reports will always help you differentiate a good fishing expedition from a bad one.

3. Know when to switch from online to offline mode:

Let’s be honest; not every time will the Internet be able to help you; in some cases, like obtaining the accurate Manistee fishing report, you will have to take instructions from someone who operates offline. Therefore, you must know when to rely on an online source and when to switch to offline mode.

4. Fishing report varies according to the species:

The behavior of fish varies greatly when saltwater and freshwater fish are compared. While the freshwater or river water fishes are stationary, saltwater fishes move around a lot. You cannot depend on the information that you find on online platforms. Getting the guidance of the local fishermen and anglers will provide you with the correct coordinate of the school of fish.


Now that you have reached so far, you must be well acquainted with the importance of a Manistee fishing report. And we also hope that you have an overall idea of how to read the fishing reports and use them in your arsenal. So what are you waiting for? Let us know when you plan your fishing trip to the Manistee River for some fish and game.

Having the guidance of a professional angler by your side is very important to have an unmatched fishing experience. So, why deprive yourself of a quality trip when Betts Guide Service is here? Reach out to us at (248) 210-0827 and learn more about what we offer you.