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Looking to find the perfect area for fishing?  Manistee County is home to three fantastic harbors and three rivers.  Looking for a stress free trip?  Contact one of our Charterboat Captains and have them to do the leg work for an unforgettable fishing weekend!  Or if you are more hands on, we have many public boat launch facilities that will give you access to our beautiful Lake Michigan coastal waters. View the current Fishing Guide  and check out the Weekly Fishing Report


GETTING HERE: Land in Manistee County with a quick 1 hour flight directly from Chicago Midway Int'l Airport.  Flights start at $129/per person,  round-trip!  For more details, visit the airline website at:

GET FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA: With over 200 miles of rivers and streams, 26 miles of sandy Lake Michigan Shoreline and over 10,000 acres of inland lakes , fishing isn't just a weekend activity, it is a culture in Manistee County. Year-Round World Class Charter fishing (deep lake and river) await you.  If you have your own gear, bring it, and  we can guide you to the public access locations. 

EXPLORE THE LITTLE MANISTEE RIVER WEIR:  The Little Manistee River weir is an egg-take and salmon harvest facility which is operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. The weir is used to block fish on the Little Manistee River in the spring and fall of the year. Steelhead eggs are taken in the spring and chinook salmon eggs are taken in the fall at the Little Manistee River weir. 

KNOW THE RULES & REGULATIONS IN OUR AREA: Access these great resources provided by the MDNR on identifying fish species, and how to properly land your catch.



LOCAL CATCH AND COOK PROGRAM: Did you know that the area has a local  "Catch and Cook Program" with many area restaurants.  Head out in the morning  with any of the areas great Charter Captains and return in the evening to enjoy your fresh catch.  Blue Fish Kitchen and the Wanagan Grill are just a couple participating restaurants.  Browse all of our dining establishments here and contact them directly to learn more.

Did you know you can purchase a fishing license online? Follow this link to the Department of Natural Resources.

FIND A PLACE TO STAY:  Vacation Rentals,  Hotel and Motel Properties are abundant and at all price points throughout the region.  Enjoy your stay.  Click here to view all lodging properties in the region.   | Click here to view the lodging specials currently available in the area.

FIND A CHARTER CAPTAIN: Browse the charter captains listed below and/or learn more about the fishing opportunities in the region.  Click one of the  listings below to learn more. 

GET OUT ON THE GREAT LAKES:  View this episode  of Big Lake Fishing  from Manistee courtesy of Fisherman's Digest.


World Record Brown Trout on the Big Manistee River
41 pounds 7 ounces - 43 3/4" with a 27" girth