Manistee River Fishing Company

Are you in the mood for memorable Salmon and Trout fishing? Manistee River Fishing Company makes it their mission to put you on exciting fishing action on the productive waters of Manistee River! Captain Brad, who will be your guide, is equally passionate about finding the best available bite for his customers as he is about enjoying the great outdoors.

Manistee River is known for its superb Salmon and Trout fishing and depending on the time of the year, you can target Brown Trout, Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho Salmon. Your guide will be with you every step of the way, helping you get your next trophy into the boat. He’ll provide quality tackle for you to use, and what’s more, he’ll show you how to use it to get the best results.

If fly fishing is your preferred technique, Brad will prepare the fly fishing equipment so that you don’t have to lug your own, just let him know in advance. Your captain will do his best to tailor the trip to your preferences so that you have a memorable expedition with him.

Your ride and fishing platform is an 18’ Stealthcraft jet boat, outfitted with an 80 HP Mercury Jet engine that will ensure you get to the best fishing holes in no time. There’s room on board for up to 3 anglers to fish comfortably and enjoy the stunning views in between bites.

The vessel is well-suited for river fishing and you’ll have reliable navigational electronics to lead the way to your catch. After the trip, Capt. Brad can clean everything you decided to keep, which means only one thing – a delicious fish fillet dinner is one meal away.

Kids are welcome on the boat, but if they’re under 12, you should bring their life jackets. You’ll also need a valid fishing license, and a supply of your favorite drinks and snacks to keep you fighting your prey with vigor.

Manistee River Fishing Company is dedicated to showing you the best time on the water and organizing an experience you’ll want to brag about and repeat!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Morning Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $300
    Half day trips with Capt. Brad are great for first-time fishermen and children. You'll go over the basic gear and knowledge that you'll need to hook your first fish. You'll fish the upper parts of the rivers for beauties like Brown Trout, Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho Salmon are all in the cards. Bring your fishing license with you, as well as drinks and snacks.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $400
    This is a great trip to go on if you're a first-time angler or you're looking for a family trip in the afternoon. Guide Brad will go over the basic gear and knowledge that you'll need to hook your first fish, and then you'll go fishing the upper parts of the river. Beauties like Brown Trout, Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho Salmon are all in the cards. Bring your fishing license with you, as well as drinks and snacks.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $500
    If the thought of chasing sizeable Trout and Salmon for 8 hours makes you happy, then this is the expedition for you! You'll have more opportunities to cast your line further down the Manistee River and spend more time working with you on your preferred techniques. Steelhead and Brown Trout, as well as Coho and Chinook Salmon, are all there for the taking. All you need for this trip is drinks, food, snacks, and a valid fishing license.
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About the Charter Operator

Manistee River Fishing Company
Wellston, Michigan, United States
105 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2019
Guiding to me is more than just putting people on the fish. At an early age, I realized that I had a true passion for the water and nature. I knew that I wanted to do a job that I would love going to every day. When I looked further into becoming a fishing guide I knew this was what I was meant to do. Waking up every day to take people fishing is the greatest thing ever. I get to enjoy the great outdoors with so many wonderful people day after day. I get to help them make sense of this crazy thing called fishing. Nothing makes me happier than seeing people smile because they either just caught a fish of a lifetime or they're simply enjoying their time on the water. That's why I do what I do. I have an extensive background in all fishing areas, from fly fishing to spin and drift. Knowing all of these different techniques helps me in helping you to become a better angler.

About this listing

Targeted species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat specs

Alumaweld (Jet boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 225HP Mercury Verado Jet engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 44 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Big Manistee River ( upper/ lower)

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Left and Right hand available
Drift Fishing
Bobber/Float fishing

Amenities

GPS
Garmin
Fishfinder
Garmin
Live Bait Well
Livewell/ kill box
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minn Kota Terrova 112

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lamiglass, Quantum, Diawa, Pflueger, Trout Beads
Live Bait
Waxworm, minnows, nightcrawlers, leeches, crickets
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Bottled water.

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 69 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (19)
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
91%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
70%
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Gary M.
Allen Park, MI
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Half day evening trip with captian Brian

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on September 3, 2022
amazing captian! very knowledgeable and willing to pass on his knowledgeable to others.. His equipment and boat were to notch...
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Emory L.
Ludington, MI
Excellent
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Fishing with Brad

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Morning Trip on January 14, 2023
Brad’s a great captain,very knowledgeable and knows the river.We were very happy with our experience.
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Sean K.
St. Louis, MI
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5 hour mid-day trip with Captain Brian

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on December 10, 2022
Communication was excellent prior to the trip. Captain Brian knows the river well. He has the right boat and equipment for...
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Dan G.
Warren, MI
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Got One!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Morning Trip on September 9, 2022
Fishing was tough, a few on never lost one because Brad tied a bad knot. Weather was good for the beach not salmon fishing....
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John D.
Linden, MI
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6 hrs Trip w Captain Brad

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip on January 25, 2023
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FAQs about Manistee River Fishing Company

Manistee River Fishing Company offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Morning Trip (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Manistee River Fishing Company, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Garmin
  • Fishfinder Garmin
  • Live Bait Well Livewell/ kill box
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minn Kota Terrova 112

Trips booked with Manistee River Fishing Company include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Lamiglass, Quantum, Diawa, Pflueger, Trout Beads)
  • Live Bait (Waxworm, minnows, nightcrawlers, leeches, crickets)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottled water.)

Manistee River Fishing Company offers the following type of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Big Manistee River ( upper/ lower) )

Manistee River Fishing Company offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning (Left and Right hand available )
  • Drift Fishing (Bobber/Float fishing )

Top targeted fish species with Manistee River Fishing Company include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)