Michigan Weekly DNR Fishing Reports for Salmon and Steelhead – Manistee River – Muskegon River (231) 519-7348


Welcome to the weekly Fishing Reports for the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee River for Salmon, Trout, and Steelhead. Updated DNR fishing reports for Western Michigan rivers, including Manistee, Tippy Dam, and Pere Marquette River for Salmon fishing.  We recommend Betts Guide Service for guided salmon fishing. 

The best available Michigan Salmon Fishing Dates are from early September through late October.  
 King Salmon migrate into the rivers first, then Coho Salmon and Fall Steelhead.

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Michigan Salmon Fishing - Manistee River
Starting to see good numbers of Michgan King Salmon on the Lower Pere Marquette River. Salmon are going to be huge this fall with good numbers.
Manistee River King Salmon _ Tippy Dam
Casting Thundersticks for King Salmon in Michigan, Manistee River, Tippy Dam.

North West winds have dramatically changed the water temperatures along the lake shore making shore line temperatures along the coast line very cold.  This should bring Michigan King Salmon into the rivers early.  Cold shoreline temps kick off good fishing along the piers. Manistee River has a good number of Skamania Summer Run Steelhead below the coffer and Tippy Dam.  King Salmon have also entered the Manistee River. 

Manistee River King Salmon Fishing below Tippy Dam
Early Season King Salmon from the Manistee River.
Casting Thunder Sticks for Salmon in Manistee.
Casting Thunder Sticks for early season King Salmon on the Lower Pere Marquette River. Bone crushing hits on the crank baits . DNR Fishing Reports.

The best times for Michigan King Salmon is quickly approaching. Bright Chinook, Coho, and Summer Run Skamania Steelhead are now entering Lake Michigan rivers. Pere Marquette and the Big Manistee River have the best Salmon migrations right now.  The Muskegon River gets salmon later in the season. Best times for Salmon fishing in Michigan is late August, through early November.  September and October is prime. Coho Salmon also run later on the Manistee River below Tippy Dam.  Make Salmon Reservations >> Book Here. 

Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing - Manistee River Michigan
Fresh Coho Salmon below Tippy Dam.
Manistee River King Salmon
Starting to see good numbers of bright fresh King Salmon on the Manistee River.

The best salmon fishing in rivers takes place in September and October.  Prime salmon fishing is during the month of October for King and Coho Salmon.  Skamania Summer Run Steelhead, and early Fall Steelhead also enter the rivers in late October and November.  Tippy Dam area fishes very well during the fall months.  (231) 519-7348 

Manistee River Fishing Reports


Michigan Salmon Fishing - Manistee River
Manistee River King Salmon
Starting to see some fresh King Salmon in the lower river near the train trestle and Insta-Launch. Manistee River Salmon Fishing in Michigan.
Manistee River King Salmon Fishing below Tippy Dam
Casting Thundersticks for early season King Salmon on the Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam. Silver fish are entering the river daily, with new fish showing up!

Manistee River Fishing Reports below Tippy Dam – Manistee River Trout fishing has been the name of the game. Water levels are perfect. Clear, with summertime levels. Hot and humid weather has got the insects and the trout going big time!  Dry fly fishing has been excellent this week.  Best hatches right now for Tippy Dam have been Cinnamon Caddis and Jade Caddis.  #16’s have been fishing well. There has also been Brown Drakes, Hexes, and a few Isonychia Bicolor.  King Salmon and Steelhead fry patterns have also been producing a lot of quality Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.   Hot and humid weather has also been making for some very good Smallmouth Bass Fishing.  Summer is here, it’s a great time to  get on the water!   Text or Book online. Click here for availability.

Michigan Pan Fish Fishing
Guided Pan Fishing has been excellent. Limits of good sized Pan Fishing - Blue Gill and Crappie.
Manistee River Trout Fishing
Manistee River Trout Fishing - Numbers of quality resident Rainbow & Brown Trout below Tippy Dam. We offer both light tackle and fly fishing for trout in Michigan.

Manistee River Fishing Reports – Updated Fishing Reports for the Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam. 
Fishing Reports for Manistee River Salmon, Trout, Steelhead and Smallmouth Bass. (231) 519-7348

World Class Trout Fishing on the Big Manistee River.   Dry Fly Fishing Trophy Brown Trout. Free Style Nymphing for quality Rainbow and Brown Trout. Top Water Smallmouth Bass. and Skamania Summer Run Steelhead below
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Manistee River Spring Steelhead Tippy Dam
Manistee River Spring Steelhead Fishing Guides.
Manistee River Spring Steelhead below Tippy Dam
Lots of bright Spring Steelhead below Tippy Dam.

Manistee River Fishing Report – Updated Fishing Reports for the Big Manistee River for Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, and Smallmouth Bass below Tippy Dam.

Spring Steelhead Fishing on the Big Manistee River has been going well.  Lots of new Steelhead on gravel. Tippy to High Bridge has the most fish with bright silver fish showing up daily. Fly Fishing for Manistee River Spring Steelhead has been excellent!  (231) 519-7348

Our best techniques have been float fishing with trout beads, drifting  floats behind and around spawning gravel. This has definitely been the most productive.  Fly Fishing has also been excellent for Manistee River Spring Steelhead. Stone flies and tiny egg patterns have been fishing well.

Manistee River Fishing Reports - Tippy Dam Fishing - MI - Michigan Spring Steelhead
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Starting to see good numbers of Spring Steelhead below Tippy Dam. Water conditions are starting to improve and beginning to warm. Many Steelhead have pushed into the upper sections with some steelhead getting over the coffer at Tippy.  Bobber fishing above the coffer has been excellent!

Jigs tipped with wax worms have been fishing very well.  Trout beads, spawn sacks are also fishing well.  Bright colors like orange and  chartreuse are doing great. Water is stained right now so brighter colors are fishing the best.

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During the Fall months, the Muskegon River receives a large amount of Steelhead. Steelhead can be fished throughout the Winter and into Spring Months.

 

Steelhead Fishing is really starting to get good below Tippy Dam. Fresh Steelhead have ascended the river, feeding on the Chinook (King) Salmon eggs in the upper River. Spawning Salmon provide a good food scource for resident Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Steelhead. Good numbers of both Fall run steelhead, and Skamania Summer Run Steelhead.

There has been a large push of Coho and King Salmon above the coffer below Tippy Dam. Drift fishing with trout beads has been working well for us. Float fishing with small spawn sacks has also been good. We’re doing well on the Coho Salmon casting small Cleo spoons. Blue / silver has been the best.

Manistee River Fishing Report – Tippy Dam

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports (231) 519-7348


Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing is in full swing. Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam is fishing well.  Muskegon River below the Croton Dam seems to be fishing the best with good concentrations of Spring Steelhead on spawning gravel. Steelhead fishing should continue well into mid to late may. (231) 519-7348

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Will displays a very nice Muskegon River Brown Trout. Michigan Fishing Reports saying Steelhead Fishing is excellent on the Muskegon and Manistee Rivers.

Michigan Fishing Reports Steelhead Fishing remains very good on the Muskegon and Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam. Both Steelhead and Trout catches are doing very well.  We have guide dates available. (231) 519-7348

Michigan Steelhead Fishing
Michigan Steelhead Fishing

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Tasha with an absolutely gorgeous Winter… I mean April Steelhead! Warmer weather ahead! Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports

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Scott with a chromer. Starting to see the main push of Spring Steelhead in the upper sections of the Muskegon River. Prime Time is here! Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports for Great Lakes Steelhead.

You definitely wouldn’t know it with the weather lately but, right now we are finally heading into the peak of the Michigan Spring Steelhead season on the Muskegon River. Both the Big Manistee River below Tippy, and the Muskegon River below Croton dam are fishing rock star now for steelhead. Good numbers of both winter and spring steelhead are spawning. Water temperatures have finally hit the magic 40 degree mark. We’re starting to see a lot of fish on gravel.

Best techniques right now are bobbers and beads, micro jigs tipped with wax worms (Water is low and gin clear so small is the key) Small spawn sacks in natural colors ( White, orange, peach netting) And of coarse, chuck and duck fly fishing. Sight fishing has been very good with the lower, clear water. Fish have been spooky so light tippet, and smaller, dark flies have been working best.  Michigan Fly Fishing Guides 

Look for a lot more spring steelhead to show up during our next significant rain fall. There’s a good number of steelhead still in the lower section that are ready to push into the upper river. Coming soon!

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Eric with a colorful buck. Fishing is on fire right now! Next week should be peak week!

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Bright Chrome hens! Lots of Steelhead starting to hit gravel and spawn! Spring Steelhead are here.

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Muskegon River. Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River is now in full swing!! Good numbers of steelhead in the upper river with a fair number beginning to spawn. Water levels and temperatures are perfect for the bite, and I think the DNR is finished shocking walleye for this week.

River conditions look favorable over the next week or so. Fishing is phenomenal right now and it should stay that way for awhile.

Best Steelhead fishing techniques for Spring Steelhead: Float fishing (bobber) with trout beads or jigs tipped with wax worms. Fly fishing to fish on gravel is going strong. Dull colored flies, stone flies, hexes, and green caddis are all putting fish in the net. Casting small crank baits has also been working well.

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Emily with a gorgeous hen. Fishing is outstanding right now!

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Matt and Emily has some really good fishing. Afternoon’s are also fishing well.

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Spring Steelhead fishing is in full swing on the Muskegon River. Water levels have bumped up, making for excellent fishing. Grace with a gorgeous spring Steelhead from today. New fish moving in from Lake Michigan.

Longer daylight is really improving the Spring Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. Longer days trigger the steelhead to migrate up river into the spawning sections near the Croton Dam. Water levels are perfect. We expect a large, early run of steelhead in later February, early March. Good water conditions help fish migrate and move freely through the Muskegon River system.
Best bites have been on small spawn sacks, trout beads in natural colors, and feather jigs tipped with wax worms. Fly Fishing has also been good, as steelhead key heavily on small black stone flies during early Spring. Text to Book >>> (231) 519-7348

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Eugene with a gorgeous Spring Steelhead from the Muskegon River. Steelhead fishing has been very good and continues to improve. Longer daylight brings new fish.

Spring Steelhead Fishing – Steve with a beast! New Bright Steelhead entering the river in good numbers. (1/24)

Kyle with his first Steelhead in Michigan. Warmer weather has improved fishing conditions. Spring is just around the corner.

Spring thaw is bringing more Steelhead into the upper river. Croton Dam Steelhead Fishing has been good. (1/24)

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There’s no question that the Muskegon river offers the best Steelhead fishing in the Great Lakes region. We have prime Spring Steelhead dates available for Steelhead during March, April, and May for the Muskegon and Big Manistee Rivers. Guided trips are all inclusive. (All gear, tackle, bait and flies provided) Fish cleaning is also included at no charge. We look forward to fishing with you this Spring season!!
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Michigan Winter Steelhead – The Muskegon River offers the best steelhead fishing in Michigan. Because the Muskegon River is a mid draw dam, the Muskegon River never freezes, allowing anglers an opportunity for good steelhead fishing throughout the winter months. Trout fishing is also excellent. Trophy Brown Trout spawn during December, offering shots and some very big trout. (231) 519-7348

It looks like we’re finally going to get a reprieve from these brutal cold temperatures. It’s finally tolerable to get out and fish! This weather feels a lot warmer, almost mild temperatures. The good news is, that nobody has been on the water bothering the fish! Steelhead and Trout should be unmolested and biting well.
The Muskegon River is a tail water fishery which means, Consumers Energy takes water from the river about ten feet below the ice on Croton Pond. The water for the river is several degrees warmer. This means that the Muskegon River never freezes below the Croton Dam. Warmer water temperatures allow us to fish – guide through out the winter months. Unlike the Pere Marquette, White, Rogue, and Grand Rivers, the Muskegon River Never freezes. Offering very good Trout and Steelhead fishing all winter long.
Steelhead and Trout fishing has been consistently good throughout the winter. Good numbers of Steelhead in the upper stretches of the main stream.
Best techniques during the winter months are presentations that slow the bait down a bit. Back bouncing spawn sacks, back trolling plugs, drifting trout beads under a float, or chuck and duck fly fishing are all productive methods that we use when the water is cold. Steelhead metabolism is slow this time of year, techniques that keep the bait in their face, are the best producers.

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Don landed this gorgeous West Michigan Muskegon River Brown Trout. Winter time can offer some outstanding Trout fishing. Trophy Browns spawn during December.

Casey with a gorgeous bullet hen. Recent rains helped shuffle the deck – Bring Chrome fish.

Top 5 Tips for Winter Steelhead.

Staying warm and comfortable is by far the most important thing while fishing during the winter and early spring. Basic components such as keeping the head and feet warm is key. Don’t skimp on a good hat. Insulated is the key. A hat that is insulated with a bill goes well with polarized sunglasses. You get twice the glare in the winter. (Sun & Snow) Another major wicking socks go on your feet first, then your heavy wool socks. These socks wick moisture away from your skin. If you haven’t tried them, they’re seriously a game changer. Part of staying warm is good boots. Muck Boot Artic, Sorrel Blizzard, and Mickey Mouse boots are some good ones, notice I did not say waders. Wicking socks (Polycapilene Socks) resemble woman nylons, usually black and thin, wicking socks go on your feet first, then your heavy wool socks. These socks wick moisture away from your skin. If you haven’t tried them, they’re seriously a game changer.
Gloves are another major deal with fishing steelhead in the winter. There are a million brands and styles out there. I’ve tried all of them and settled on old school military style fingerless rag wool gloves. These stay warm even when wet, and lead into another key. Hot Hands shakable hand warmers. There things are phenomenal!!
Rag wool gloves keep the hand warmers exposed to oxygen. I put hand warmers on the back side of my gloves (Not the palm side) This allows the hand warmers to warm the blood flow going into your finger tips, and stay out of your way while casting. Use the Hot Hands brand, the Grabber brand just plan suck, barely warm up and are dead in a few hours. Hot hands get very warm and last 10 plus hours.
For hardcore Winter – Spring Steelhead fishing I love to wear a water proof shell. Snow boarding pants or snow pants work exceptionally well for fishing. They repel some water and trap a lot of air to keep you warm. I wear heavy duty fleece pants under snow pants. I layer the hell out of my upper body. I want to stay warm but also need range of motion for fishing. I start with long sleeve under amour against my skin, then a synthetic thin hoodie, (Patagonia or Outdoor Research) with a regular cotton hoodie over everything. Last but not least, a down vest. Down keeps my core warm and I can cast and row well.
Guiding and being on the river every day, I get to watch clients not dress properly and freeze while they’re fishing. Most anglers or clients, don’t really understand that while steelhead fishing, you’re not super active, and the river always seems about 10 degree colder than the main land. Also the air above the river is very damp, making things feel colder . Before each guide trip, I text my clients a list of warm clothes to wear on their fishing adventure. People hook and land a lot more trout and steelhead when they’re warm.

Here ‘s a quick list of the best clothing for Winter – Spring Steelhead.
Warm Winter boots, Snow pants, Polycapilene socks. wool socks. Hot Hands hand warmers. Under armor shirt, quality synthetic hoodie, XL Regular hoodie, down west. Rag Wool fingerless gloves.
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I haven’t had too much time to update the report with the artic weather last week. I’ve been getting a lot of texts as to, How are the boat launches? I took a drive this morning, here’s what I found. Croton Dam Launch (Just below the dam) Croton Launch is plowed shut so it’s not usable. Pine St Launch is plowed completely for parking. The boat launch itself is clear but very icy. Salt, sand, or ash is a must for Pine St. but overall it looks good. Thornapple Launch is in excellent condition. Plowed with a bare spot to launch. Maybe a bit of salt. Henning Park launch is excellent. Plowed and sanded. Didn’t get a chance to hit Bridgeton but usually that is usable but shelf and pancake ice down there.

Chad Schaub and Zack are doing guided ice fishing trips for those who are interested. Ice conditions are excellent!! Clear blue ice. 4″ – 6″ in most areas. Ice fishing guides are doing very well on Blue gills, Specks, and Pike. Not much going so far for Walleye and Perch yet. Jake and I are still doing Steelhead and Trout Trips on the river. Text to Book >>> (231) 519-7348

Good numbers of fall – winter steelhead throughout the system on the Muskegon River. New fish coming in from Lake Michigan.

After a few days of some wild weather, steelhead fishing has returned to normal. There has been several decent pushes of steelhead moving in from Lake Michigan. The lower sections of river have been fishing well as steelhead move into the winter lies. Water temperatures are beginning to cool, so slower techniques have been fishing the best. Drifting spawn sacks along the bottom has been working well, along with back bouncing, drifting beads, and jigs tipped with wax worms.
There’s been a good mix of chrome and winter hold over steelhead in most of the sections. Lake Run Brown Trout are starting to become a big deal. Brown’s spawn during December so this is an excellent time to look for a trophy Brown Trout. Pine St to Henning park holds the best gravel (slower, deeper, and a bit more fine than steelhead prefer) for these beautiful fish. Streamer fishing has been best for big Brown Trout.

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Trophy Lake Run Brown Trout Spawn during December. Both the Big Manistee River (Above Pic) and the Muskegon River, get a decent migration of big Brown Trout through out December and early January.