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Manistee Salmon And Steelhead

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Manistee Salmon Slammin'

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Fishing in South Boardman

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Michigan Streamer/spin Trout Fishing

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Fishing in Traverse City

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Traverse City Smallie Special

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Fishing in Thompsonville

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Michigan Salmon Drift Fishing

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Lake Fishing Guides Near Manistee, Mi

Fishing in Manistee

Lake Fishing Trip in Manistee

Manistee Salmon Slam

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Fishing in Manistee

Lake Fishing Trip in Manistee

Manistee Salmon Slammin'

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Fishing in Algoma

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Cohos, Kings, And Lake Trout Trip

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Fishing in Whitehall

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Lake Michigan Charter Adventure

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Fishing in Ludington

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Luxury Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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Fishing in Manistee

Lake Fishing Trip in Manistee

Manistee Salmon And Steelhead

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Fishing in Thompsonville

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Spring Steelhead Slam

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Fishing in Newaygo

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Fishing in South Boardman

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Premier Nighttime Trout Fishing

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Fishing in Thompsonville

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Michigan Salmon Drift Fishing

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Fishing in South Boardman

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Fishing in Thompsonville
Fishing in Thompsonville
Fishing in Thompsonville
trip description for Spring Steelhead Slam in Thompsonville

From November to May large numbers of Steelhead migrate from Lake Michigan into a number of rivers along the west coast of Michigan. After spawning in the late spring these fish return to the big lake and repeat the process for 8-10 years. These chrome fish are very aggressive as they have to maintain their bodyweight, and are usually plenty willing to crush an egg fly or spawn sack! Alex and his guides target these magnificent fish on some of the most productive rivers south of Traverse City, Mi with both fly and spinning techniques. Once spring hits and the weather starts to warm we find fish in deep holes, on gravel, and in runs. Customers have success fly fishing with both nymphs and streamers, while spin fisherman use spawn bags and spinners. The weather can be variable this time of year but the exhilaration of landing a beautiful Steelhead makes it worth the effort! A hot lunch is served streamside on full day trips. Please inform your guide of any food allergies or requests. Read More

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Spring Steelhead Slam

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Fishing in Elk Rapids
Fishing in Elk Rapids
Fishing in Elk Rapids
trip description for Elk Rapids Ice Fishing Adventure in Elk Rapids

Can’t wait for the dog days of summer to start hauling in fish? Switch it up and join Jim on an ice fishing expedition! Out on one of many Michigan inland lakes, you will be dropping lines through holes in the ice and waiting for a bite. Your prey might include, Trout, Pike, Perch, Burbot, or Walleye. These fish are less active in the cold winter months, but still just as tasty! Jim will clean and bag your catch for you, which is lucky because these freshwater species are delicious! This trip can accommodate big groups, making this fun for family and friends. Make sure everyone on your trip is bundled up tight though—you don’t want to catch a chill. Jim will set up an shelter to keep you warm, but it is still important to have warm socks and several layers of thick clothing. Other than warm clothes, you don’t have to bring anything! Jim will provide all the rods, reels, bait, and tackle needed to bring up a big one. Feel free to bring some snacks and drinks though, so you don’t get hungry on the half-day trip. If you’ve never been ice fishing before, this trip is an incredible opportunity to learn a fun winter sport! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Manistee

Elk Rapids Ice Fishing Adventure

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Fishing in Ludington
Fishing in Ludington
Fishing in Ludington
trip description for Luxury Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon in Ludington

If you've been "feeling the itch" and wanting to go chase some monster fish on one of the world's biggest lakes, this trip has your name on it! Captain Steven is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and will put you on big Kings, Cohos, Lake Trout and morecome hell or high water. Captain Steve and his crew always strive to find fish and provide a fantastic charter fishing experience! You'll be going after the fish using mostly trolling techniques. Salmon and Lake Trout hunt at different depths, but both love to hit fast-moving baits and lures! These big fish are great fighters, so bring your strength and stamina on this trip! You'll be fishing off of Captain Steve's 43' Tiara 4300. She's powered by a pair of twin 550-horsepower Detroit diesels and outfitted with state-of-the-art Raymarine electronics. This includes radar, chart plotter, CHIRP down-imaging fish finder, two marine radios and autopilot. We use a combination of both Shimano and Okuma rod and reels, Magnum Metalz downriggers and holders, and a FishHawk speed/temp probe. On the day of your trip you will need to bring a valid Michigan Fishing Licence, a pair of sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen and soft-soled shoes. Captain Steve also recommends you bring any beverages and snacks you'd like to enjoy onboard (cans only), a cooler for your catch (fish cleaning is provided), and multiple layers of clothing (temperatures can fluctuate) as well as rain gear just in case! Get out there and have a blast. Read More

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Luxury Lake Michigan Trout & Salmon

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Fishing in Whitehall
Fishing in Whitehall
Fishing in Whitehall
trip description for Weeknight Sportsman Special in Whitehall

For some reason, many people don't seem to know that the Great Lakes are home to some of the biggest, baddest freshwater sportfish in the USA. The stocks include Chinook (King) Salmon, Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead, all of which are powerful fighters and excellent table fare. If you've been looking for a top-tier sportfishing trip on Lake Michigan—America's third-largest lake and the fifth-largest in the world—then you're in the right place. Captain Terry is a pro when it comes to fishing the lake, and has been running successful trips out of Whitehall, MI for many years. Captain Terry runs his trips aboard a 31' Tiara cuddy cabin. She has a spacious deck for fishing, and sports Crusader engines to get you out there fast. Plus, she has a full cabin to keep you out of the sun and the wind. This vessel is built to cut smoothly through choppy water, so you should be trolling with the utmost comfort. She also features a full kit of electronics, and an ice box for your keepers. You'll chase bites using a variety of baits and lures on trolling gear. All of the Salmonids—the family that includes Salmon and Trout—love to hit fast-moving targets, and when one of these fish takes the hook, you'll feel it! Salmon and Trout both have fast runs and big jumps, so these fights are nothing short of spectacular! After you pull in a monster, you can store it in the icebox so it stays fresh during the remainder of your voyage. Back at the dock, Captain Terry will clean and bag your catch, so you can take home a delicious dinner. Captain Terry provides all the equipment needed for a successful day of fishing, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. You should bring food and drinks so you don’t get worn-out, plus appropriate clothing, some sunglasses, and sunscreen. Other than that, your captain has got you covered! The only question is, when are you coming up? Read More

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Weeknight Sportsman Special

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $595
Fishing in Newaygo
Fishing in Newaygo
Fishing in Newaygo
trip description for Full Day Fishing in Newaygo

Please bring snacks and drinks. What truly distinguishes our service from other Michigan fishing charters is their unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and unwavering dedication to safety. They go the extra mile to ensure that every angler enjoys a safe and enjoyable experience on each outing. From cutting-edge equipment to expert advice, they leave no detail unattended to ensure that your day on the river is nothing less than extraordinary. Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip near Manistee

Full Day Fishing

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Fishing in Big Rapids
Fishing in Big Rapids
Fishing in Big Rapids
trip description for Half Day Fishing in Big Rapids

If you're in search of an expert Michigan fishing guide for your next fishing trip, our guide service is your ultimate destination. Captain Matt is a seasoned and enthusiastic fishing guide who promises an unforgettable adventure on Michigan's stunning waters. The anticipation builds the moment you step aboard one of their well-appointed charter boats, creating an exciting atmosphere. This company takes immense pride in delivering exceptional service to anglers of all levels of expertise. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a complete beginner, we have you well taken care of. The knowledgeable guide will not only lead you to the fish but also generously share his treasure trove of tips and techniques to elevate your skills, making your time on the water even more fulfilling. Read More

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Half Day Fishing

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Manistee

What are the best fishing trips in Manistee?

Why should I book a fishing trip in Manistee with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 6 trips in Manistee, and the most popular trips in the area are Manistee Salmon Slam guided by Fred, Manistee Salmon Slammin' guided by George, and Manistee Salmon and Steelhead guided by Lenny.

Our guides in Manistee are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3246 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Manistee? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Manistee.

What types of fishing trips are common in Manistee?

Lake fishing is the most popular type of fishing in Manistee as well as river fishing and nearshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Manistee are: 1. chinook salmon, 2. coho salmon, 3. steelhead, 4. brown trout, and 5. lake trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Manistee are light tackle fishing, artificial lure fishing, and trolling but live bait fishing and fly fishing are popular as well.

How much does a Manistee fishing trip cost?

Prices in Manistee can range anywhere from about $400 to $959, but the average price for a half day trip in Manistee is $545. The average price for a full day trip in Manistee is $763.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Manistee?

The most popular season for fishing in Manistee is fall, and most anglers book their trips 93 days in advance.

Do I need a Manistee fishing license and what are the bag limits in Manistee?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Manistee, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Manistee. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Manistee.

Popular Types of Fishing In Manistee

Manistee fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in Manistee are salmon and trout fishing charters, as well as walleye and perch fishing charters.

For those looking for a thrilling adventure, Manistee also offers charter options for steelhead and lake trout fishing.

The types of fish you can expect to catch on a Manistee fishing charter depend on the type of fishing you choose. For salmon and trout fishing, you can expect to catch Chinook, Coho, Steelhead, and Lake Trout.

If you opt for a walleye or perch fishing charter, you can expect to catch Walleye, Perch, and Smallmouth Bass.

Manistee fishing charters typically depart from the Manistee Municipal Marina or the First Street Beach Pier. These landmarks are popular among locals and visitors alike, and offer stunning views of Lake Michigan.

No matter what type of fishing charter you choose, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience on the beautiful waters of Manistee.

The Best Places To Fish In Manistee

Manistee, Michigan is a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its abundance of lakes, rivers, and streams, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of fish. Here are some of the best places to fish in Manistee, Michigan:

1. Manistee River: Known for its steelhead and salmon runs, the Manistee River is a popular spot for fishing charters.

2. Lake Michigan: With its deep waters and diverse fish population, Lake Michigan is a great place to charter a fishing trip and catch salmon, trout, and more.

3. Bear Creek: This small stream is a hidden gem for fly fishing enthusiasts, with its clear waters and plentiful trout.

4. Portage Lake: Located just south of Manistee, Portage Lake is a great spot for bass fishing and offers a peaceful setting for a day on the water.

5. Little Manistee River: This scenic river is home to brown trout, steelhead, and salmon, making it a popular spot for fishing charters.

6. Hamlin Lake: With its shallow waters and abundant panfish, Hamlin Lake is a great place for families to fish and enjoy a day on the water.

7. Pere Marquette River: This river is known for its steelhead and salmon runs, as well as its scenic beauty, making it a popular spot for fishing charters and fly fishing enthusiasts alike.

Other Things To Do In Manistee

While Manistee fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this charming Michigan city. Take a stroll through the historic downtown area and visit the Manistee County Historical Museum or the Vogue Theatre. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Manistee National Forest offers hiking trails, camping, and scenic drives. If you're looking for a little excitement, head to Little River Casino Resort for gaming and entertainment. And don't forget to check out the Manistee Riverwalk, a scenic pathway along the Manistee River that offers stunning views and access to local shops and restaurants.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Casey is an amazing guide! Very personable, knowledgeable and patient. He taught us the skills we needed to catch fish. It was a spectacular day. I would highly recommend to first timers and experienced alike.

    Brian C. with Casey R. of South Boardman, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time found fish for us

    Alfred J. with Butch D. of Traverse City, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    Casey was an awesome guide!

    Rodney A. with Casey R. of South Boardman, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    My daughter and I had a great time fishing with Butch. She had never caught a smallmouth before. Not only did she catch more than me she caught the biggest (4.40 lbs). Weather wasn't ideal with slick water and overcast most of the time but he still managed to put on some good fish. Our best 5 went a little over 16.5lbs. Was a good trip and I would recommend Butch as he has a lot of guide/tournament experience in the area. We went in the West Bay out of Traverse City.

    Terry K. with Butch D. of Traverse City, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    Mate Jeremy and Captain Issac were an awesome team. My son, grandson and I caught 9 fish....7 kings and 2 rainbows. Biggest king was 41.5 inches long. Great trip!!

    Skip T. with Dan S. of Whitehall, Michigan

  • ★★★★★
    It was a great trip Captain Jim really knew what he was doing. We limited out in about 3 hours.

    Michael L. with Jim C. of Elk Rapids, Michigan

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