King Salmon from the Big Manistee River. September 2023
DNR fishing reports for the Manistee River. 2023

Michigan King Salmon fishing is in full swing now! Good numbers of Michigan Salmon, both Coho, and King Salmon, have entered Western Michigan rivers in good numbers,  Heavy North Western winds have put the salmon against the shorelines, and entering the rivers.  Pere Marquette River, and the Big Manistee River have consistently  produced good catches of salmon, both from the boats, and wading.   Text to book a Salmon fishing guide>> (231) 519-7348

We are open, and guiding now!! Trout  & Smallmouth Bass is very good on the Muskegon River at this time. Casting crank baits. streamers, or anything that resembles Salmon fry at this time. Salmon fry are the main food right now. Sucker Spawn is also going strong at this time. Excellent trout fishing coming up!! 

Michigan Trout Fishing - Trout Reports MI
Michigan Trout Fishing
Big Trout on the Muskegon River. Casting Crank baits and Streamers. Both techniques are effective now.
Welcome to the weekly Fishing Reports for the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, Grand, 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 Steelhead and Trout fishing.  We recommend booking Betts Guide Service for guided Steelhead fishing guides.

The best available Michigan Steelhead Fishing Dates are  February, March, April, and May. Best Steelhead fishing dates are November, March, April, and May.  We offer conventional tackle, spinning gear, and fly fishing techniques for Steelhead.

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Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports
Michigan Steelhead Fishing

Water levels are finally back to normal with very good Steelhead Fishing conditions on the Muskegon, Grand, and Big Manistee Rivers. Starting to more bright Spring Steelhead entering the lower river.   Float fishing with beads and spawn continues to produce the most fish. Brightly colored beads have been working well.  Fly Fishing with Black Stone flies, and Salmon Fry patterns are also producing. 

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Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports
Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports _ Muskegon River

Michigan Steelhead Fishing has been excellent on most western rivers. Muskegon River, Grand, and Big Manistee River have been fishing exceptionally well for Steelhead.  Float fishing with beads or spawn has been best.  Casting small crank baits has also been good.  Tiny jigs tipped with two wax worms has also been producing fish. Steelhead and Trout both love a small jig tipped with wax worms. Back dropping plugs has also been doing well for Fall Steelhead.

Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing
Muskegon River Spring Fishing Reports

Great Success!  Michigan offers the best is Steelhead fishing. Good numbers of bright Fall, Winter, and Spring Steelhead. There’s no doubt the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, and Grand Rivers offer the best Steelhead fishing in the Mid West.   Lake Michigan has ample food and forage base for Salmon, Steelhead, Trout, Lake Trout, and King Salmon.  Extra food has made for some larger that average Steelhead and Salmon this fall.  We should have excellent Steelhead fishing throughout the late Fall and Winter

Muskegon River Steelhead Reports
The best available Michigan Steelhead Fishing Dates are  February, March, April, and May. Best Steelhead fishing dates are November, March, April, and May.  We offer conventional tackle, spinning gear, and fly fishing techniques for Steelhead. Make Fishing Reservations for Steelhead Fishing.   (231) 519-7348

Manistee River Fishing Reports

Manistee River Fishing Report - Fall Steelhead
Manistee River Fishing Reports - Fall Steelhead Michigan
Manistee River Fishing Report - Fall Steelhead

Manistee River is fishing phenomenal Fishing has been excellent with good numbers Fall Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho.  Basically, just a lot of fish. It’s really really good!   

Fishing Reports for West Michigan, Steelhead & Salmon Reports.

Manistee River below Tippy Dam, has been fishing exceptionally well.   Good numbers of bright Clean King Salmon on the gravel.  Coho and Steelhead feeding on the salmon eggs.  Excellent fishing right now!  Recent rains have brought a lot of very nice fish into the river. Look for fishing to remain fantastic well into November, with the last part of October being the best.     Top notch Steelhead & Salmon fishing on the Manistee River.  

Steelhead and Trout fishing has been best with trout beads, natural colors, and washed out, dead eggs. 

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Manistee River - Salmon Steelhead Fishing

Muskegon River Salmon Fishing
Muskegon River King Salmon Fishing

Manistee River Salmon below Tippy Dam are now heading into peak week right now.  Huge numbers of King Salmon at Tippy Dam Recreational Area.  Both King salmon and Coho Salmon are now spawning heavily on the gravel.  Sight fishing for King Salmon is truly awesome!!  

Steelhead are a little behind so far this season, there seems to be some in the lower Manistee River near Matson’s or Bear Creek.  Not a ton yet in the upper river, below Tippy.  They’re coming but it may take until the next rain.   

King Salmon on Pere Marquette Lake
King Salmon Fishing Manistee River

Good numbers of King Salmon in Manistee Lake, and Pere Marquette Lake.  Both rivers are now in full swing. King Salmon Season 2020 is now going in full throttle!!  Fish are large this year, not the numbers yet but plenty of fishable amounts.  Cooler nights and recent rains in the north country have pushed Chinook and Coho Salmon into Michigan Rivers.   Casting Thunder Sticks has been productive.  Floats and Skein is also productive.  Great biters on skein!! 

Michigan Salmon Fishing - Manistee River
Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing Guides

NorthWest winds have brought cold water into Manistee Lake. Starting to see a decent amount of King Salmon in the main stream on the Manistee River. Alewives have been stacked in the harbors, Kings are sure to follow.   There is a fishable number of Michigan Salmon fishing below Tippy Dam on the Big Manistee River.
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Manistee River Tippy Dam Fall Steelhead
Manistee River Tippy Dam Steelhead Fishing
Anthony with a mint silver chrome Steelhead from the Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam. Lots of Steelhead on the Manistee River.

November continues to offer excellent Steelhead fishing on the Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam.   Big numbers of Fall King Salmon have brought plentiful amounts of Fall Steelhead.  Floats and bead fishing has been excellent. Offering lots of fishing opportunities  for Michigan Fall Steelhead.  Book Now for Fall Steelhead.  (231) 519-7348

Tippy Dam Fall Steelhead Fishing
Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports

There has been a big push of Fall Steelhead below Tippy Dam, on Michigan’s Big Manistee River. Good numbers of steelhead are feeding behind the spawning King Salmon, and Coho.  Steelhead are much larger this year, offering anglers a shot at a true trophy Fall Steelhead.  Steelhead approaching 20 lbs is a reality this year!    Bead fishing has been an excellent technique for Fall Steelhead.  Our guides wait the entire year for Fall Steehead at Tippy dam.  We excel a bead fishing and Fall Steelhead. We have the best fishing guides in Michigan for Fall Steelhead trips on the Manistee River, below Tippy Dam.   Text to Book>>
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Muskegon River King Salmon Fishing
Casting Thunder Sticks produces huge King Salmon.
Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing Guides

A Mixed bag of Salmon fishing below Tippy Dam.  A hodgepodge of excellent eating fish. King Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Walleye. All from a morning of casting Thunder Sticks.  Michigan Salmon Fishing. 

Starting to see a lot of activity in the upper sections of the Manistee River. High Bridge to Tippy Dam is starting to see a decent, fishable number of King Salmon, and Cohos.  A handful of Chinook have started to spawn just above Suicide. 
Spawning should continue in earnest once we get some cooler weather.   Book Now!!  

Manistee River Salmon Fishing
Lots of Salmon movement the past few days. Good numbers of salmon entering the Manistee River.
Michigan Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing
Good Numbers of KIng Salmon below the Tippy Dam on the Manistee River. Recent rains have brought a very nice batch of Salmon into the rivers. More fish are expected. We do have Manistee River Salmon Guide Dates Available.

Recent rains last night made for an excellent morning fish.  Good numbers of Manistee River King Salmon came into the river last night. Tippy Dam finally received a good push of fish.  Bear Creek also has a decent, fishable number of salmon. 9 mile to Johnson Rd.  Casting Thunder Sticks, Skein under a float, and fly fishing have all been productive.   BOOK NOW

Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing Manistee River
Hunter landing some beautiful King Salmon below the coffer at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River. New pushes of Kings entering the river daily.

We’re starting to see good numbers of Kings below the Tippy Dam – Manistee River.  The Salmon seem to be moving up river a little earlier this year.  Water levels are great for migration. It should be an excellent year at Tippy.     Casting Thunder sticks, Skein under Floats, and fly fishing are all producing nice fish at this time. 

Tippy Dam King Salmon - 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) 656-0673

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
Manistee River Fishing Reports - Steelhead Fishing Guides - Tippy Dam Steelhead Fishing - MI

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.

Tippy Dam Fall Steelhead - Guided Steelhead - Manistee River Fishing - Steelhead Fishing Tippy - MI
Big Manistee River Steelhead Fishing Reports - Tippy Dam Report - Steelhead Fishing Tippy Dam - MI

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

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.

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Michigan Fishing Reports – Updated Steelhead Fishing Reports for Michigan’s Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee. (231) 519-7348

Michigan Fishing Reports _ Steelhead

We are starting to see good numbers of Spring Steelhead throughout the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee, and Grand Rivers. Longer daylight, warmer weather, and perfect water levels, have all made for excellent steelhead fishing conditions. Spring Steelhead fishing should remain excellent for the next several weeks.

Michigan Fishing Reports - Steelhead
Both Fly Fishing and spinning gear have been very productive for Spring Steelhead. Fly Fishing with Stone flies, egg patterns, and green caddis have all be very productive. Float fishing with spinning tackle has also been excellent. Trout Beads and small, natural spawn sacks have all been working well, catching a good mix of steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout, and an occasional walleye.  Visit our Rates tab to Book an adventure now!  

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports - Tippy Dam Steelhead Fishing Reports

Prime Time Steelhead Fishing Now on the Muskegon & Manistee River.

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports - Tippy Dam Steelhead Fishing Reports

Chrome is here! Starting to see good numbers of Steelhead behind the spawning salmon.

Michigan Fishing Reports – Updated Steelhead Fishing Reports for Michigan’s Muskegon River, Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee. (231) 519-7348

Steelhead fishing is starting to kick into high gear! The Big Manistee and the Muskegon River are now both starting to get fishable numbers of Michigan Steelhead. King salmon are heavily spawning and salmon eggs make for easy meals for Fall Steelhead. Look for Steelhead to be most active behind the table top spawning flats with Kings on gravel. Both Trout and Steelhead actively feed on eggs and nymphs being spawning Chinook Salmon.

Most effective patterns for Steelhead have been Trout beads that resemble King Salmon eggs. Natural colored beads seem to be working the best lately with the clear water conditions. Spawn sacks, crank baits, and swung flies all work well for Steelhead during the fall months, Look for lots of chrome Steelhead entering the river during the next significate rain. The last week of October is always the best steelhead fishing of the year for the Muskegon River. Leaf season is also over so steelhead fishing is much easier now, most of the leaves have passed through.

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports - Tippy Dam Steelhead Fishing Reports

Fat and Sassy! Larger Steelhead this season. Big Kings and Big Steelhead. Looking forward to more silver fish.  Michigan Fishing Reports

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports - Tippy Dam Steelhead Fishing Reports

Bead fishing for Michigan Fall Steelhead has been excellent! More Steelhead entering the river daily. Michigan Fishing Reports

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