The Thunderstick bite has been slowing down a bit with the clear water. First light has been the key with sticks. The skein bite, however, has been on fire, with a good bite going on all day long.
Also starting to see good numbers of coho and kings on the Big Manistee River. Coho salmon are wonderful salmon because they - Bite - Bite - Bite skein drifted under a float! Bear Creek has also been fishing well with a decent number of salmon, and a few Skamania steelhead in there as well. Look for the Big Manistee River to start turning on this week. Recent rains have bumped the water levels, bringing in more salmon. Casting natural colored Minnow Raps, and Thundersticks have been producing fish on the Big Manistee River.
Tippy Dam is starting to get a few fish. Numbers are not here yet but the stage is set. It should get cranking by next weekend. Casting Thundersticks in the morning, or drifting flies throughout the day, has been the best.
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Open Salmon Dates. September: 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28. 29, 30.
October: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. Fall Steelhead After October 20th.
We have 5 boats available for fall Salmon and Steelhead.
Floating big chunks of skein under a bobber has also been working well for silver fish. Lake Michigan has flipped bringing cold water against the shoreline, and salmon into the river, full force. Expect big numbers of salmon entering the rivers during the next week with cooler days, and cold nights. Pere Marquette & Big Manistee River should fish exceptionally well this fall for both salmon ( King & Coho) and steelhead.
Best techniques so far have been casting crank baits, (Thundersticks) and float fishing skein under a float. Both styles of fishing are producing salmon and steelhead. Upper to Walhalla - and Indian Bridge has had the most salmon but with higher than normal water levels, salmon have been moving through quickly.
We are very hopeful that we have a banner salmon season ahead of us this fall season.
Evening Hatch Specials. (4.5 Hrs of hatch fishing $250 / 2 ppl. Evening afternoon hatch fishing for Trout on the mighty Muskegon River. Good numbers of trout on evening caddis hatches. Ephrons, terestrials, and other late season hatches going on now. Trout fishing should remain strong with recent rains and colors nights. Some of our best trout fishing is in August. Sink - Tip soft hackles and small streamers also fishing well. All about Trout - Good stuff going on!
($350 / 8 hrs - $250 / 4 hrs) Smallmouth Bass fishing is also excellent during the dog days of summer. Top water fishing for bronzebacks is great in the afternoon. Poppers, buzz baits, and soft plastics all making for good days of smallie fishing in Michigan. Muskegon River and Manistee both offer great Smallmouth fishing.
We are planning starting salmon trips on the Pere Marquette and Manistee River on September 1st. We will be casting Thunderstick Crank baits for Kings, also fishing Bobbers and salmon skein for salmon on the lower PM. Drifting skein is a great way to catch big King salmon on light tackle. We will be fly fishing later in the season, towards the end of September, and October. Planning on fishing Steelhead on the Muskegon after October 20th. Send us a text (231) 519-7348 or book Now on the Rates Tab of this site.
Looking forward to Michigan King Salmon.