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

Steelhead are in the river.

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Map of Little Manistee River

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Pere Marquette Lodge

5-Day Outlook as of 3/27/23

Mid 40's this week

Techniques & Tips as of 3/27/23

Egg flies and stone flies are the way to go when chucking and ducking but for swinging, big black intruder patterns are the way to go.

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):
Steelhead Hammer natural 8-12
Rubber Grub Nymph N/A 4-8
March Brown Wet N/A 4-8
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer black 2-6
Master Splinter Black/White 1-2
Guipsy King Natural/purple 6
Cone Head Muddler Minnow N/A 1-4
Mike's Meal Ticket White 4

Steelhead Hammer

Catch the attention of steelhead with these vibrant steelhead mayfly nymphs.

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 than 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 Stone Flies

Best Time to Fish:

Early morning and late at night during the wiching hour.

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