A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.
Photo by Tom Gifford
Fishing in Manistee
Fishing in Manistee – What a Catch!
Manistee County in West Michigan has an abundance of places where anglers can catch a variety of fish. Numerous charter captains make Manistee their home port, and will happily take you out on Lake Michigan to fish for salmon and trout.
The Manistee River runs 190 miles through the northern Lower Peninsula, entering Lake Michigan along the city of Manistee in West Michigan. The Manistee River is considered to be one of the best steelhead, salmon, and trout rivers in Michigan and the Great Lakes.
Carved through deep glacial sands, the Manistee River has a remarkably stable flow of clean, cold water year-round. This makes it a tremendously popular river for fishing. Over the course of its 190-mile length, the river drops in elevation from around 1,250 to 579 feet, with an average stream gradient of about 2.9 feet per mile.
Manistee Fish Cleaning Station
“Designed by anglers for anglers” is how the Manistee Fish Cleaning Station is being described. Built in 2013 with funding support from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, it is located at the city’s First Street Beach and offers more than just fish cleaning stations. Full-color, educational signs are now in place — with information about Manistee’s historic prominence as a prime location for anglers, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to properly clean a trout or salmon. There’s also information about the Creel Census Clerks from the DNR Fisheries Division and their importance in letting anglers know where the fish are biting.
The city invited input for the fish cleaning station from those who catch salmon and even some of the top charter boat captains in the area.
Manistee has a rich history in sport fishing and the new cleaning station at First Street Beach is a great addition to the city and will help the thousands of anglers that enter tournaments along Lake Michigan.
Some of the Amenities Include:
- Fabricated trays that hold and drain fillets
- Splash guards around each of the six cleaning stations
- Retractable hoses
- Dedicated location for anglers to wash down their coolers
- Station is under cover and well lit
- One cleaning station that is accessible to accommodate people in wheelchairs
Charter Boat Fishing
Manistee is home to the finest charter captains anywhere, all eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Exciting charter boat fishing and an abundance of salmon and trout make fishing in Manistee a trip you’ll remember! Various fishing tournaments take place during the busy summer months, with the chance to win big money with that big catch. You can book a charter boat for half day or full day — so bring your sunscreen, cooler, and favorite beverage, and leave the rest to your Manistee charter boat captain!
Activities & Attractions in West Michigan
Find artifacts, photographs, and lots of information and stories about the rich history of Pentwater at this historic museum!
Created in 1980, this trail has 1,000 miles running through Michigan, which also runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Todd and Brad Reed offer Photography Workshops throughout the year. These classes are great for beginners as well as seasoned professionals.
Beautiful color emerges come Fall. Take it all in with an afternoon drive, or stroll, through the many forests of West Michigan.
Along the Lake Michigan shoreline between Ludington and Manistee, you’ll find natural splendor- the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness area.
The Pere Marquette River area is rich with wildlife, offering great outdoors hunting and fishing opportunities.
The West Michigan area, with many small lakes and rivers to explore, is a popular location for paddle sports.
Manistee is home to several fishing tournaments that you can participate in or be a spectator at when the big one is brought in!
Enjoy the happiest of holidays in West Michigan! From Manistee to Ludington and every city in-between, there is holiday cheer all around!