Fishing Season: Year Round with seasonal periods around the fish weir.

Little Manistee River - MI

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Pere Marquette Lodge's Tip of the Week


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Map of Little Manistee River

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Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Pere Marquette Lodge

5-Day Outlook as of 5/19/22

Warm weather throughout the week. 80's

Techniques & Tips as of 5/19/22

Egg patterns & swing flies for Steelhead, Streamers and micro eggs for trout.

Local Species Available Year Round with seasonal periods around the fish weir.

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    and Salmon

Pere Marquette Lodge's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph pink 4-8
Rubber Grub Nymph N/A 4-8
Lynch's Double Dot Egg N/A 4-8
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer black 2-6
Cone Head Muddler Minnow N/A 1-4
Mike's Meal Ticket White 4

Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph

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Pere Marquette Lodge's Recommended Gear

Description: About Little Manistee River

The Little Manistee River is also one Michigan's blue ribbon claims to fame. Our migratory fish runs are earlier on this river from most. The mighty King Salmon start showing up around late August and take over the river by the tens of thousands until mid October. Fall Steelhead come up the river to feed on the King's caviar, these fish are explosive and acrobatic this time of year. March and April we are visited by thousands of spawning Steelhead. If you are not a migratory fisherman not to worry. But keep in mind this is also one of the best times to clean up on big trout. You see our trout grow to exponential size hanging out behind the spawning fish gorging on eggs four months out of the year. Prolific hatches and night time fishing produce life time achiever trout. If your not a night time fisherman the terrestrial hatches in July and August can produce some great fishing while you work on your tan wet wading. We have lodging available near the river.

Nearest Airport:

Grand Rapids Gearld R Ford, Michigan


Eggs Baitfish Sculpins

Best Time to Fish:

Mid mornings and early afternoon

Best Stretch:

Bear Trail

Best Access:

between 6mile & 9 mile