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If you want to wet a line in Michigan all year round, hop aboard one of the many Manistee fishing charters on offer! This city is located on the western shoreline of mighty Lake Michigan, which has a seasonal fishery, but also provides access to the Manistee River and Manistee Lake, which can be fished year-round. With three fantastic spots to choose from, you’ll be able to fish the “Great Lakes State” your way.
 
Lake Michigan’s fishing season kicks off in spring, when Manistee’s fishing charters get ready to chase huge Brown Trout along the shoreline. Early summer sees feisty Steelhead enter the mix, and the first few Salmon start to show up. Come late summer and fall, the angling action is all about gigantic Chinook Salmon, Cohos, and Lake Trout. You’ll find captains running trips anywhere from a few hours on the water, perfect for beginners, to a full day of chasing trophies. 
 
The Manistee River winds 230 miles through Michigan before emptying into Lake Michigan at Manistee. You couldn’t wish for a better Trout fishery! As well as huge Brown and Rainbow varieties, you’ll also be able to target Chinook and Coho Salmon, as well as Steelhead. The river also flows into Manistee Lake, which is your best bet for Walleye and various Panfish. Again, captains offer trips running from a half day to a full day or longer.
 

Rules & Regulations

Any angler over the age of 16 wishing to cast a line in Manistee will need a valid Michigan fishing license. Some species, such as Salmon and Trout varieties, require an additional Great Lakes stamp. Your local captain will be able to tell you more about this. 
 
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January

The temperatures may be seriously low, but head to Manistee in January, and you could be casting a line for Steelhead. Book a local guide and get ready to explore the area’s river systems.

February

You can join a local, experienced angler and get your hands on Steelhead during February. Get your tackle ready, find a suitable guide, and plan your fishing trip!

March

Trollers and pier anglers have the chance to hook some numbers of Brown Trout this time of year. Manistee River has good Steelhead fishing, and Lake Michigan is usually starting to open up. 

April

Head to Manistee's north pier for Perch in the early hours of the morning. Steelhead and Brown Trout can also be caught along the lake, especially when trolling the shoreline. The Manistee River is also plentiful!

May

Bait fish are hanging out in the harbor right now, and so are Salmon. Chinook can be found in 140 to 220 feet of water. Large numbers of Lake Trout are also around. The fishing is really heating up!

June

Fish from a boat, a pier, or from the shore in June, and you'll be rewarded. You'll find anything from gigantic Chinook Salmon, to Coho, to Lake Trout biting. Catch them all if you can!

July

Trolling with spoons and flies from a boat during this time of year is especially productive. Get your hands on Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead. Lake Trout can also be caught in 180 to 300 feet of water. 

August

In August, fish with flies, meat rigs, and plugs for Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon. Head to Lake Michigan's bustling fishery, or explore the bite in the Manistee River. Salmon will be moving upstream soon. 

September

If you head north of the port, you can explore the waters up to 150-foot deep for Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon. The Manistee River and Lake Michigan are also bustling with plenty of fishing action. 

October

The rivers hold good numbers of Steelhead and the occasional Brown Trout in October, especially the Manistee River. Head to Lake Michigan before the season closes to target a variety of fish. 

November

The Manistee River holds good numbers of acrobatic Steelhead in November, which you can target if the weather allows. Pier fishing is also strong until the waters start to ice over!

December

The Manistee River is the place to be right now if you feel like fishing for Trout. The locals use jigs tipped with worms. Want to try ice fishing around the harbors? Make sure you step out with a local guide!

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Manistee is a good place to base a fishing charter. The town offers everything you need but still has a "small town" atmosphere. The Manistee Hotel is a good place to overnight before a morning charter.
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Manistee is a good place to base a fishing charter. The town offers everything you need but still has a "small town" atmosphere. The Manistee Hotel is a good place to overnight before a morning charter.
Bill  N.
Bill N. Richland, MI
Contact Dog Bone Charter. They are true professionals and want you to catch fish!
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Contact Dog Bone Charter. They are true professionals and want you to catch fish!
Tiffany  H.
Tiffany H. St. Louis, MI
Lake fishing was great, did a river fishing trip, not much fish caught, but scenery was more than great. Would do again.
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Lake fishing was great, did a river fishing trip, not much fish caught, but scenery was more than great. Would do again.
Gary  K.
Gary K. Hudsonville, MI
Fishing Lake Michigan for the first time was fun and I would do it again.
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Fishing Lake Michigan for the first time was fun and I would do it again.
Robert  A.
Robert A. Lapeer, MI
Take your picture camera. If not nobody will believe how big of a fish u catch.
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Take your picture camera. If not nobody will believe how big of a fish u catch.
Ilie  A.
Ilie A. Clarkston, Michigan
Contact Captain Lenny and be ready to be ready to crank away bringing in your own monsters of Lake Michigan. Worth every penny.
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Contact Captain Lenny and be ready to be ready to crank away bringing in your own monsters of Lake Michigan. Worth every penny.
Jim/jan  K.
Jim/jan K. Bakersfield, CA
It can be quite cold out there even in the middle of summer - like 50F. Dress appropriately.
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It can be quite cold out there even in the middle of summer - like 50F. Dress appropriately.
Donald  O.
Donald O. Irons, MI
We ended up having to reschedule due to weather. May is a better month if planning on catching Salmon as they are just coming out and weather is a little warmer. Just dress for the weather in layers because you can always shred the layers to stay comfortable.
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We ended up having to reschedule due to weather. May is a better month if planning on catching Salmon as they are just coming out and weather is a little warmer. Just dress for the weather in layers because you can always shred the layers to stay comfortable.
Peggy  L.
Peggy L. Stillman Valley, IL
Do your research and book a Charter with an experienced, knowledgeable, Capt. who has lots of good reviews. These are the pros and know where the fish are and how to get them. Bring light jacket as temps on water can be quite cooler than on shore. Although charters can take up to 6 people, 3-4 people is best as you get optimum rotation on the "hot" rods without crowding. Have fun.
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Do your research and book a Charter with an experienced, knowledgeable, Capt. who has lots of good reviews. These are the pros and know where the fish are and how to get them. Bring light jacket as temps on water can be quite cooler than on shore. Although charters can take up to 6 people, 3-4 people is best as you get optimum rotation on the "hot" rods without crowding. Have fun.
Dennis  G.
Dennis G. Jackson, Michigan

Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River
Slipknot Steelhead Charters – River
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Caught big king salmon and lake trout, captain worked hard to make sure we had a good time
Michael  C.
Michael C. Hillsdale, MI
Fishin' Finn-Atics
Fishin' Finn-Atics
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
Weather kept us from filling the cooler, but this professional crew kept throwing everything they had at em. Got some good memories with my dad and friends. Will definitely be back to have another go.
Jason  N.
Jason N. Walled Lake, MI
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
Jeff and Cain were awesome! Very knowledgeable and adapted fishing techniques to the ever changing waters and weather. Jeff tries every Avenue possible to ensure the whole crew gets a chance at a fish. Cain works his tail off setting up the tackle, netting fish and making your experience extra great. I was beyond impressed and will DEFINITELY be booking again. Thanks again guys!
Mark  M.
Mark M. Beaverton, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
This was our first charter great experience. Captain Gabe was patient with us and guided us to bring in some really nice salmon
Cletis  L.
Cletis L. Garden City, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
My and last charter was a bust not even a bite. Booked with Captain Gabe giving it another shot. It was just me and my wife ( she's handicapped ). They went out of there way to make sure she got on board safe and was comfortable. Not even had half the rods out and had a fish on. landed it my first king salmon. Then the second came same rod right after it was out. Then came the third biggest one ever. And the fourth. What an amazing day. best day ever gonna book with him again for next year
Frank  C.
Frank C. Brown City, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
The trip started promptly and on time. Captain Gabe and Dave were eager to put us on fish. The weather was excellent and the boat was comfortable for our party of four. We landed three King Salmon and a Steelhead. All big. One King was pushing 25 lbs. A great day on the water. Hope to book with Captain Gabe again.
Angela  P.
Angela P. United States
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
five fish on first thing then a little slow time so captain tried something different deeper water different baits then 3 more fish overall great day on lake
Byron  G.
Byron G. Swanton, OH
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
From start to finish couldn’t have asked for more beautiful day on Lake Michigan! We would highly recommend the full day outing with Captain Gabe and First Mate Dave.
Jeff  R.
Jeff R. Breckenridge, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
Group of six Ohio residents enjoy their first time chartering in Michigan. Gabe has a splendid amount of quality equipment to make for an easy and fun charter experience!
Wesley  D.
Wesley D. Royal Oak, Michigan
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
Great day! Captain and Mate professional and very knowledgeable. Took extra time to help my 15 year old with his first time Salmon fishing. He will be telling stories for long time. Highly recommend.
Tim  H.
Tim H. Stronach, MI
Freddie B Sport Fishing Charters
Freddie B Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
Captain Fred worked hard to get us in spots to catch fish. We got some great ones. Beautiful day of fishing!
Dan  H.
Dan H. Mount Pleasant, MI
Fishin' Finn-Atics
Fishin' Finn-Atics
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
Captain Mike was an excellent Captain and will definitely go again. We were a family of 4 with a 9 and 13 year old and he made it a GREAT experience for them. Came home with a cooler full of fillets.
Ryan  W.
Ryan W. Millington, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
Great day on the lake, even when the fish weren’t abundant, Captain Gabe still knew where to find them! Wonderful trip, would definitely book again.
Amanda  G.
Amanda G. Red Lodge, MT
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
Capt. Gabe and first mate Dave did an excellent job, very professional and made sure we were catching fish !! Would recommend highly !!!
Lee  P.
Lee P. Wellston, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
Gabe's boat is equipped with everything you will need to get the big catch of your dreams. We had are limit by the end of the trip. Gabe and Lou even cleaned and bagged are fish at the end. Gabe and Lou answered all of our questions we had while on the trip. Had good communications with Gabe before the trip, such as weather updates and suggestions on what to bring along.
Don  P.
Don P. Lewiston, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
We had a fantastic trip with a little luck on our side. We landed every fish that captain Gabe and first mate Dave put on the hook!! Highlight for me was definitely the first time Great Lakes fishing with my daughters and of course reeling in a near 30 pound King! Thanks for an amazing day and experience.
Marty  D.
Marty D. DeWitt, MI
Silver Lining Charters
Silver Lining Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
The captain Alan and Chris were awesome team I would highly recommend this charger we had a great time thank you very much see you in August
Lisa  R.
Lisa R. Marne, MI
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
We have a very good time. The captain and first mate was awesome. I would recommend using brown bear charter to anyone. We will book again. Thanks.
John  P.
John P. Waynesfield, OH
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
We got off to a rough start but started to pick up shortly after. Unfortunately one of are friends got a little sea sick but managed to hang on through the day. All and all it was very fun and did catch some really good size fish and had an amazing time doing so and would definitely do it again.
Ritchie  J.
Ritchie J. Jackson, Michigan
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 49 reviews
We had a good time. Captain Gabe and first mate were very helpful and friendly
Maureen  I.
Maureen I. Hoxeyville, MI

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Manistee

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Manistee costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $594, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $616. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Manistee is 27 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters, Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan, and Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee are some of the most popular fishing charters in Manistee, Michigan. Full list of top fishing charters in Manistee.

Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters, Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan, and Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Manistee.

The best way to experience fishing in Manistee is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Manistee, Michigan.

The most popular fish species you can target are Salmon (Chinook), Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), and Salmon (Coho). Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and heavy tackle. Lake fishing, river fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The Manistee River is the place to be right now if you feel like fishing for Trout. The locals use jigs tipped with worms. Want to try ice fishing around the harbors? Make sure you step out with a local guide! Check availability for local fishing charters in Manistee.

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