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Big Manistee and Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing

King Salmon fishing has been picking up on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee Rivers.  The run is not in full swing by any means but there have been enough fish around to keep it interesting.  We have been catching fish on crankbaits, bait, and plugs.  The Betsie river sounds like it has had the best numbers of fish around so far but the Betsie always recieves a good early run of Salmon.  The Pere Marquette and Big Manistee should pick up with more fish over the next couple of weeks.  At the moment I have September 4, 8, 9, 21, and 22 open and those are historically all great dates to get out.  I also have some October dates for the Muskegon and Grand RIvers for Salmon and Steelhead,  Late October, November, and December are excellent months for Steelhead so give me a call and book a great day of Steelhead fishing here in West Michigan.

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Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, and Muskegon River King Salmon River Fishing Coming Soon!

There are a few King Salmon filtering in rivers such as the Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, Betsie, and a few others. I was out on August 15th scouting with a couple of buddies and we put one in the boat and missed one bite as well but did not see much yet.  The numbers should start increasing over the next 2 weeks.  The one we did land weighed over 19lbs and the fish we are catching out on Lake Michigan are looking thick and they are eating well so we should have our hands full when fighting them in the rivers.  I still have some days left for King Salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee over the first 3 weeks of September as well as some days later on in the month and into October for the Muskegon, PM, and Grand Rivers.  If I am booked I have other guides that are available for some of the dates that I have filled as well.  We offer all different methods of catching King Salmon, whether you want to pitch crankbaits and hardware, float or bounce bait, jig for them in the lakes, toss streamers, we do it all.  If you would like to book a trip give me a call, text, or email 616-570-2946.

Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing Guide

The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been great here in West Michigan.  I have not been out in about a week for Smallmouth but this hot weather will have the Smallmouth biting on the Muskegon River, Grand River, Kalamazoo, and other area rivers.  If you want to get out and have an action packed day on the river I will be offering Smallmouth trips through the month of August on my off days from lake and river King Salmon fishing.

Muskegon River Smallmouth Bass fishing

Lake Michigan fishing has been picking up for big Kings.  We have been finding good numbers of Salmon on most of our charters out of Muskegon and I have been getting reports from Grand Haven north to Frankfort hearing good things.  We have been catching most of our Kings on meat rigs and plugs.  That 70 to 120 fow has been good with some fish taken inside of that early in the morning and at last light.  The next good cold front to move in should push a good number of Kings and Skamania Steelhead back into the piers and some more up into the rivers.

Lake Michigan King Salmon Fishing Charters   

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Grand River, Muskegon River, Lake Michigan, West Michigan Fishing Reports

It is hard to believe but July is already here and we are well into our Summer fishing.  There are lots of opportunities out there right now.  We have Smallmouth Bass and Trout fishing on the Muskegon River, Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Catfish, etc. on the Grand River.  The Skamania are hitting off from the piers and a few are filtering into the rivers.  There are some good sized King Salmon showing up in our catches on Lake Michigan along with Steelhead, Lake Trout, and the odd Coho and Brown Trout.  There seems to be a good amount of bait fish around this year in the lake and the Kings that are out there seem to be bulking up after the long Winter/Spring we had.  We are seeing good Kings over here but a lot of the larger 20 to 25 lb fish that I have heard about are still over in Wisconsin waters, some of those fish should start making there way over here as the summer goes on and the urge to head into their natal rivers kicks in.  

If you are looking to get out this Summer I will be offering Summer Run Steelhead fishing trips in the rivers over the next couple of months.  Skamania or Summer Run Steelhead are insane when you hook into them, they are one of the wildest fish around when hooked.  These fish can be caught using a variety of methods such as float fishing, drift fishing, fly fishing, casting hardware, plugging, etc..  

Skamania Steelhead Fishing

I will be up on the St. Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie fishing for Atlantic Salmon later in July and have a couple days open for that if you want to get out and catch some of these magnificent fish.  When hooked Atlantics are usually in the air showing off how high they can jump followed by long fast runs that will surely have your blood pumping.  These fish are one of the most prized game fish in the world and we have them right here in Michigan.  Float fishing, casting, fly fishing, and drift fishing are the most popular ways to fish for Atlantic Salmon.  

St. Mary's River Atlantic Salmon  

If you are looking to get out and catch some Smallmouth Bass we have a number of different trips for those.  The Muskegon River, Grand River, Thornapple River, Flat River, Rogue River, etc..  Some of the Smaller rivers I offer Kayak and Wade trips on if you are looking for a combo Kayak/Fishing Trip.  There is some excellent fishing on some of these smaller waters.  

Kayak Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Lake Michigan fishing is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon with with family.  There are some good sized Kings out there this year and as the lake sets up over the next few weeks we should see some better fishing for those as well as Steelhead, Trout, and Coho.

Lake Michigan King Salmon Fishing

Starting in late August thru October we will be chasing King Salmon in the rivers.  I will be up on the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee throwing crankbaits, fishing bobbers and skein, as well as some other techniques.  Later in the Salmon run I usually head south as the fresher fish enter the Muskegon and Grand River.  These fish are sure to get your heart racing when you hook into one of these river monsters.  If you are looking for a combo King Salmon and Steelhead fishing trip mid October is a great time for that.    

Big Manistee King Salmon Fishing

If you are looking to book a trip give me a call at 616-570-2946 or you can email me through my contact page.

Captain Greg Knapp

 

Pere Marquette River, Big Manistee River, Muskegon River, Grand River Salmon and Steelhead Fishing

Sorry for the lack of Salmon fishing reports but I have been busy on the rivers.  King Salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, Muskegon, and Grand had a slow start but are starting to pick up.  We have been catching a mix of darker fish and fresher fish everyday now.  The numbers of Salmon entering the rivers this year are down from years past but hopefully that means that there are a lot to come yet.  We boated our first fall run Steelhead of year today, that was a pleasant surprise after seeing nothing but Salmon lately.  I will be fishing Kings for a few more weeks and then will be doing Steelhead if anyone is looking to get out for those.  I have a few October dates left and some great November and December dates left for Steelhead.  I heard that the Grand River got a good push of Coho with some Kings, Steelhead, and Brown Trout mixed in.  The Muskegon River has a few Kings running around but the fishing has been spotty from what I have heard.  Get with me if you are looking to take a trip this fall or winter for Steelhead as we should see some good sized fish this year again.

Here are a few pics from the past few weeks.  I will get more up when I get some more free time.

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Pere Marquette River King Salmon Fishing

The Pere Marquette has a few King Salmon running around, not many as of today August the 27th but a few to play with.  We boated a couple of King Salmon today and lost a few more.  The few boats that we talked to sounded like they had zero to 3 hook ups but none had one to the boat so we are still waiting on a good push of fish in there.  With the rain and cooler weather hopefully this will happen over the next few days.  Yesterday I fished a Southwest Michigan river for Skamania and Smallmouth and we did decent landing some nice fish Centerpinning and tossing crankbaits.  I will be up north running around on the Pere Marquette River and Big Manistee River for the next month or more for King Salmon, then I will probably start fishing a few other rivers such as the Muskegon River when good numbers show up.  I still have some great dates in October for King Salmon and Steelhead as well as some 4 hour afternoons in September.  I have a couple other guides that I work with and I might have a cancelation here and there as well so give me a call if you have a day that you have in mind.   Crankbait and float fishing for Kings is some of the most exciting fishing of the year so don't miss out!  

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Pere Marquette River and Big Manistee River King Salmon Coming Soon! Lake Michigan King Salmon heating up!

Now that we are into August my King Salmon guided trips on the Pere Marquette River and Big Manistee River are less than a month away.  If you are looking to get out on a guided King trip get with me as soon as possible, I still have some late August, September, and October dates available.  October is a great month for big numbers of both King Salmon and Steelhead so if you would like to try your hands at both that is the time.  We offer the use of centerpin, spinning, or bait casting equipment and cater to all ages and skill levels.  If you have not done the King Salmon Crankbait fishing you have to try it.   

The Skamania Steelhead have been around the piers lately and with the colder river temps some of them have been flying up the rivers as well.  If you are into Skamania fishing contact the MDNR and ask them to start planting these in more of our Michigan rivers, maybe if they receive enough emails they will realize how popular this fish has become.

Smallmouth Bass action has been good on the Muskegon River, Grand River, and the Flat River.  Tubes, Senkos, Crankbaits, or live bait has been working good.

The King Salmon fishing out of the port of Muskegon has picked up.  It was a tuff go for Kings over the past month but the past couple of days have been good, hopefully they stick around for the rest of the month.  Steelhead fishing has been great out on the lake trolling, we have found some real hogs this summer.

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King Salmon Fishing out of Muskegon is good.

The Big Kings have shown up out of Muskegon in good numbers.  There are also a few fish starting to enter some of the rivers up north such as the Pere Marquette River, the Big Manistee River, the Little Manistee River, and Betsie River.  We will start up our river fishing guide trips on the Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, Muskegon, and other area rivers toward the end of August and if you want to get out give me a call asap as a lot of dates are already filled in.  I will be offering morning and afternoon thunderstick and bait fishing trips again this year so if you do not want to get up early then we can set you up for an afternoon trip.  The Smallmouth bass fishing on the Muskegon River and Grand River has been good and there are some Skamania being caught as well.  

The King Salmon are running bigger than they have in over a decade so give me a call and get in on some trophy sized King Salmon Fishing this Summer and Fall on Lake Michigan and or the rivers we guide on.

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King Salmon Fishing

9/23/12  Sorry for the lapse in reports but I have been away from my computer for the past few weeks and have not had time to put anything up other than on my facebook.  Fishing has been great overall, we have caught a ton of fish with lots of limit catches taken both in the mornings and afternoons.  Fishing is still good with fresh fish showing daily.  The Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, and Muskegon Rivers have all received a decent amount of fish and good numbers can be caught.  We have been doing the crankbait and bait deal everyday.  Steelhead season is right around the corner so give me a call to book your late October, November, December Steelhead dates.  I can't wait for fall Steelhead fishing!  I will get some more pics up when I get more time but below are a few.


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Skamania Steelhead and King Salmon River Fishing the Big Manistee and Pere Marquette River

8/18/12 We have been doing well on Skamania Steelhead and will be chasing King Salmon within the next few days.  There have been some decent trickles of King Salmon  in some of the rivers over the past week and also some fresh run summer run steelhead as well.  Over the past two days I have been on the river and we have taken easy limits of Skamania Steelhead.  Call now for your Big Manistee and Pere Marquette River fishing trips.

I still have a few  late August, September, and October King Salmon morning dates open as well as a bunch of afternoons available.  It is never too early to start booking your late October/November Steelhead trips, call now to make sure you get the day that you want.

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King Salmon River Guide Trips on the Pere Marquette River and Big Manistee River are coming up!

8/1/12  It is hard to believe that it is already August!  Pere Marquette and Big Manistee River Salmon fishing is near.  I can't wait to get back on the river casting thundersticks and fishing skein to these monster sized King Salmon.  It has been a great year for fishing on Lake Michigan and we are still seeing some of the best fishing that we have had in years.  It is looking like we will have another funfilled fall on the rivers with the amount of Salmon and Steelhead out there.  Lake Michigan fishing has been good everyday lately, we are catching mostly King Salmon with some Coho, Steelhead, Browns, and Lake Trout thrown in.  Today we had all species besides the Brown Trout in our cooler, last week we had an afternoon trip where we had all of the species.  If you are looking to get out on the rivers this year with me for King Salmon I still have a few days left in September and October for the 6-8 hour morning guide trips and I have most of my afternoons free for 4 hour trips.  Give me a call soon as the dates that I have left will be filling up fast.

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