Manistee River

31 Fishing Charters

Manistee River Fishing Charters

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Manistee River: 31 fishing charters available

Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Manistee
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(120 reviews)
Manistee
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Due North Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Brethren
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Jerryriggin Sport Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Manistee
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Silver Lining Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(20 reviews)
Manistee
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650

CRC River Guide – Big Manistee

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Brethren
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(64 reviews)
Manistee
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $525

Class Act Charters – Manistee

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Manistee
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $700

Manistee River Fishing Company

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(57 reviews)
Brethren
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Keepin’ It Reel Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Manistee
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Manistee River

The average price for a private 4 hour Manistee River fishing trip is $515, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $604 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters, Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan, and Due North Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Manistee River. Full list of top fishing charters in Manistee River.

Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters and Elsie K Charters – Lake Michigan received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Manistee River.

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

Countless rivers in the US offer great fall fishing experiences but Manistee River fishing has to be up there with the best of them. Located in northern Michigan, the river passes through many villages and great fishing spots, before finally flowing into Lake Michigan. The Manistee River is rich with strong currents, calm pools, rocky bottoms, and cool waters that move swiftly. This means it's the perfect habitat for a whole variety of famous freshwater fish.
 

Where to Go

Even though the river is around 230 miles long, the most popular fishing spots are in its lower part. Only 25 miles long, between the Tippy Dam (close to Brethren) and Lake Michigan, this part of the river doesn’t freeze during winter, which makes it a year-round getaway for fishing. The local fishing guides take pride in these “Gold Medal” waters, which means you can find huge Rainbow and Brown Trout here. Trout are a part of everyday fishing trips and a fantastic species for novices to target. More experienced anglers catch them too, but they make the pursuit more challenging by using fly fishing equipment.
 
The Manistee River is wadeable in most parts, so check if your fishing guide runs these trips as well. Use this as a chance to explore the river’s creeks, especially Bear Creek around Brethren. You only need a pair of reliable chest waders and you’re ready to go.
 
Full day trips are the safest way to reach your catch maximum but you can also take a half day trip and use the rest of the day to hike on the Manistee River Trail.
 

When to Go

Trout fishing is persistent year round and you can always count on Rainbow, Brown, and Lake Trout action. But the target list doesn’t end there – the Manistee Rivers also holds Chinook and Coho Salmon. Giant Salmon start their annual spawn run in September, when they move upstream from Lake Michigan to Manistee.
 

Need to Know

  • Every angler over 16 years of age needs to purchase a Michigan All Species fishing license (daily or annual). You can purchase it online or at any sports shop and license retail center.

  • Depending on the section of the Manistee River you’ll be fishing, there are different regulations when it comes to catch size and number of fish you can keep.

 
When your fishing trip ends, it doesn’t mean the fun is over. All fishing guides in the area let you keep your catch, so you’re bound to have a tasty lunch once you return to land. With so many species on offer, it’s easy to see why fishing the Manistee River is one of the best river angling experiences you can have!
 
Manistee River
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 25014 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
The beginning of the year is best for Rainbow Trout. Parts of the river downstream do not freeze during winter and you can target this species here on a fly or using live bait.
 
February
Rainbows and Browns are still your best shot at this time of the year. Find a fishing guide that will take you anywhere between Lake Michigan and the Tippy Dam.
 
March
Different types of Trout still rule these waters, so you only need to choose which fishing technique you’re going to use to catch them.
 
April
Trolling close to Lake Michigan is popular, as well as pier fishing. Upstream, wade fishing is a better option. Trouts are the main targets. 
 
May
As the water gets warmer, Chinook and Coho Salmon are on their way to the lake. Fishing the river just got that much more exciting!
 
June
This is often considered to be the Manistee River’s peak fishing season. Both Trout and Salmon can be found here in huge numbers, so you just need to choose what you want to catch.
 
July
If you’re fishing in the area close to Lake Michigan, head out to the lake and target Walleye. You can’t find them in the river.
 
August
Salmon are still in the deeper water of the lake, looking for colder spots. Trolling for them should do the trick. Trout are in the Manistee River, as always.
 
September
Chinook and Coho start their autumn run, so the best places you can fish for them are at the mouth of the river. 
 
October
As it gets colder, the main action moves from the lake to the river. Salmon are still present in good numbers, so catch them while they’re still here.
 
November
Once again, Steelhead and Brown Trout reign supreme! Explore the Manistee River but don’t forget to check the creeks. Challenge yourself with a fly rod!
 
December
Downstream, the river isn’t frozen and you can catch fish the usual way. If you want to try ice fishing, make sure to go with an experienced fishing guide.
 

Manistee River Fishing Calendar

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Manistee not only offers some great fishing . The scenery is beautiful too !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Manistee not only offers some great fishing . The scenery is beautiful too !
Gerald  A.
Gerald A. Northwood, OH
Yes. Get the best charter Captain and boat. Our Captain, Al, was great as was his boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. Get the best charter Captain and boat. Our Captain, Al, was great as was his boat.
MICHAEL  M.
MICHAEL M. Benton Harbor, MI
While we had great weather, I'd recommend that you watch the forecast and come prepared.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
While we had great weather, I'd recommend that you watch the forecast and come prepared.
Jim  C.
Jim C. Tipp City, OH
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Take your picture camera. If not nobody will believe how big of a fish u catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Be prepared to catch a monster fish. Your arms will get a great workout realing monster king salmon in
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be prepared to catch a monster fish. Your arms will get a great workout realing monster king salmon in
Gavin  J.
Gavin J. South Lyon, MI
It can be quite cold out there even in the middle of summer - like 50F. Dress appropriately.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It can be quite cold out there even in the middle of summer - like 50F. Dress appropriately.
Donald  O.
Donald O. Irons, MI
There’s quite a few charters, do your homework and pick a decent size boat with experienced crew.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There’s quite a few charters, do your homework and pick a decent size boat with experienced crew.
Marc  P.
Marc P. Novi, 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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

CRC River Guide – Big Manistee
CRC River Guide – Big Manistee
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Eric is a helpful and knowledgeable charter captain. He has a good boat and equipment. I would recommend a charter with CRC river guide.
Jeffrey  G.
Jeffrey G. Chelsea, MI
Due North Guide Service
Due North Guide Service
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Had a great time with Brian as our guide. He’s a great guide who has a ton of knowledge of river fishing. Brian made it super easy and fun. matter of fact I had such a good time I’m already booked again for October. 😎
Mary  D.
Mary D. Muskegon, MI
Silver Lining Charters
Silver Lining Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
The crew worked as one fluid team, I have been on several other charters, But I will come back to them for years to come.
Mickey  A.
Mickey A. White Lake Charter Townsh, MI
Pro Fish 'n Sea Charters
Pro Fish 'n Sea Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Was a great birthday trip for my husband and his friend. Will be doing it again. Josh is a great captain and fisherman.
Heather  W.
Heather W. Ludington, MI
Silver Lining Charters
Silver Lining Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had great weather and as above title says it all. Very good crew and clean safe boat. The fish were not cooperative today but weren’t for any other boat out this morning either. Overall highly recommend. Bill
William  B.
William B. Mason, MI
Due North Guide Service
Due North Guide Service
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Great day with Brian. He had great knowledge of the river and also great techniques. Highly recommend and will book again with him in future.
Jonathan  P.
Jonathan P. Fort Wayne, IN
Due North Guide Service
Due North Guide Service
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
This guy knows what he’s doing. Landed fish at every spot he took us to. we had to work for them but He knew what to fish, how to fish it and where to find them. Gave us a lot of helpful information from flies, bait casters and open reel lures. He went above and beyond any other guide I’ve had. Will be returning to soon!
Andrew  D.
Andrew D. Saint CLR SHORES, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
We had a blast Gabe is a very nice and friendly captain although the fish gave us a problem we still got into them Captain Gabe/1st mate lost broke backs fish for me (Amateur) 🤣 we will be back again and I promise not to touch the red button again Sorry Gabe I had to lol take care my friend
Marshall  C.
Marshall C. Clayton, MI
Silver Lining Charters
Silver Lining Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Had a great time, we were warned that it could be a little rough. Oh boy was it but boat and crew handled it like Champs. Can't wait to go back in the spring.
Sonja  C.
Sonja C. Lum, MI
Jerryriggin Sport Fishing Charters
Jerryriggin Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Captain Terry , has a great set up and is very knowledgeable of his trade . Captain Terry puts his experience and knowledge of the area to put you on fish. As we’re fishing there’s no guarantee but Captain Terry put us on eight fish and it was up to us to bring them in we were successful with six always a great time out on the lake Captain Terry did not disappoint. His first mate which is also his wife was a great host. Captain Terry‘s boat is top notch comfortable and clean.
Gerald  A.
Gerald A. Northwood, OH
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(64 reviews)
Had an amazing experience with Captain Gabe this morning! It was our first time salmon fishing and he shared his knowledge and helped us reel in some real nice fish! He made sure the experience was fun and safe. Just listen to what Captain says, accept the mission of catching fish and you will have a successful mission! Looking forward to next time.
Johnny  Z.
Johnny Z. Detroit, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(64 reviews)
Captain was knowledgeable set his system up fast. Got out early caught 1 outta 4 early in the am. Overall good experience.
Branden  B.
Branden B. New Baltimore, Michigan
Freddie B Sport Fishing Charters
Freddie B Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
A one man crew but he works hard to get you to the fish. Very knowledgeable, open, and kind. Great in conversation. Boat is very comfortable and spacious. Title said 5 hours but it was infact 6 hours. I would gladly fish with him again.
Jacob  R.
Jacob R. Clinton Township, MI
Mainstream Guides - Wellston
Mainstream Guides - Wellston
Fishing charter in Brethren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
My wife insisted on walleye for supper....Aaron came thru ! Wonderful experience! Capt.Rick Thrift
Rick  T.
Rick T. United States
Offshore A-count Sportfishing LLC – Manistee
Offshore A-count Sportfishing LLC – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Very fun trip! Mike is knowledgeable of his craft and shared it throughout the day. Came back with 52 lbs of fish. I would definitely use him again for another trip!
Ryder  S.
Ryder S. Chicago, IL
Silver Lining Charters
Silver Lining Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Second trip with Alan, what a great team! Had another awesome trip! I’ll be back for Steelies in the river. Thanks for hooking me that monster.
Timothy  C.
Timothy C. Parker, CO
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Captain Gabe did a great job on our charter today. We would recommend him to anyone.
Scott  C.
Scott C. Sheridan, MI
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
We had zero experience big lake fishing. Captain Gabe taught us the ropes, he got us to good spots with many hits. We caught a couple beautiful salmon, and had a great experience!
Deb  P.
Deb P. Troy, MI
Silver Lining Charters
Silver Lining Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had a great trip! Captain and first mate were very knowledgeable and fun. The boat was very clean and comfortable. The captain and crew even stayed out a little bit longer so we could catch a few more fish. We will definitely use this Captain and boat again. The boat was large enough to get through a bit of rough waves at the end of the trip. We had a slow morning and the captain had tubs upon tubs of lures that we tried and we ended up getting a good amount of fish in the end.
Nathan  A.
Nathan A. Bexley, OH
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Brownbear Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manistee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Great Captain and crew. Got a hit right away. Three big Chinooks. Jeff established a great rapport with all the guests. He had my grandson Frank help real some in and help with the storage box. Good stories and music when fishing action subsided.
Don  K.
Don K. Holly, MI