Manistee River Fishing Company

Check out what Manistee River is all about with Manistee River Fishing Company! This beautiful river is nestled in the natural world of Michigan, right in the heart of the Manistee / Huron National Forrest, and what better way to explore it than with an experienced fishing guide? Your guide will be Capt. Ken Morris, a serious angler with over 20 years of experience, who’ll take you to all the best places and make sure you have fun.

You’ll be fishing from his 18’ Stealthcraft Power Drifter Jet boat, perfect for accessing all the nooks and crannies of Manistee River. The boat can take up to 2 anglers, so grab a few friends and have a great time! There are navigational electronics on board to help put you on the fish, as well as an ice box for your catch.

Michigan has some of the most beautiful nature around, and the stunning views you’ll enjoy will add to your experience. Manistee River is teeming with wildlife, and it’s a great place to come and let your hair down, reeling in some prized freshwater fish. You can expect to target the likes of Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, as well as Brown Trout and Coho. From early May thru August is the best time to chase Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike on the Fly.

Ken will have all the fishing equipment you’ll need ready for you when you come on board, including rods, reels, and tackle. Ken’s happy to clean and fillet your catch at the end of the day, so you’ll get a nice meal out of your trip!

Kids (12+) are welcome to join in on the fun if you want to show them what fishing is all about. All you need to bring is a valid fishing license, as well as some snacks to keep you energized while you battle these trophy fish.

Book a trip with Manistee River Fishing Company, and come have a fishing adventure you’ll never forget!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    Half day trips with Ken 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 river for beauties like Brown Trout, Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho Salmon. 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 8:00 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. Guide Ken will go over the basic gear and knowledge that you'll need to hook your first fish, and then you'll go fishing and Check out what Manistee River is all about with Manistee River Fishing Company! This beautiful river is nestled in the natural world of Michigan, right in the heart of the Manistee / Huron National Forrest, and with 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 8:00 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 are drinks, food, snacks, and a valid fishing license.
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About the Charter Operator

Manistee River Fishing Company
Brethren, 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

Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Brown Trout Brown Trout
Pike (Northern) Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Boat specs

Stealthcraft Power Drifter (Jet boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 40HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Big Manistee River.
Lake Fishing
Tippy/Hodenpyl backwaters.

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing
For Smallmouth bass/Trout/Northern Pike
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Bottle Water supplied
Fly Fishing Equipment

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
12+ older
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
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 36 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
87%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
65%
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Ryan K.
Brighton, Michigan
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Full day with Captain Brad

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on October 14, 2022
Having spent the day on the river with Brad, I would never consider booking anyone else. The man is a wizard on the water,...
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Cynthia H.
Orion Township, MI
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5.0 / 5
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Full day with Brian

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on October 16, 2022
He was great!! It was our first time salmon fishing and Brian was very patient and knowledgeable. Shared his wisdom with us...
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James E.
Mason, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full Day Trio with Captn Brad

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on March 28, 2022
It was a tough day for everyone on the water but. Brad put us on the fish early and gave us both a chance to land one. All...
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Byron S.
Woodhaven, MI
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full day

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on March 22, 2022
Had a great time with captain Brad. We were able to get on some nice fish because of Brads knowledge and he’s also a great...
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Greg W.
Chesapeake, VA
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Full day with captain Brian

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on October 15, 2022
Great day. We were on the fish all day. Laid back and knowledgeable captain. Will definitely be booking with him again.
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FAQs about Manistee River Fishing Company

Manistee River Fishing Company offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $500 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Manistee River Fishing Company, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Manistee River Fishing Company include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottle Water supplied)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Manistee River Fishing Company offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Big Manistee River. )
  • Lake Fishing (Tippy/Hodenpyl backwaters.)

Manistee River Fishing Company offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing (For Smallmouth bass/Trout/Northern Pike )
  • Drift Fishing

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