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Manistee River Salmon Guide Service offers several options for fishing trips. We have trips lasting approximately 4, 6, or 8 hours for one or two anglers. A third angler can easily be accommodated for an additional fee. Larger parties can also be booked with multiple boats. We have several guides, so we can almost always arrange to get you out on the river around the timeframe that is most convenient for your trip. This also allows us to easily book multiple-boat trips. Our rates reflect the fact that we hold Federal permits for the Huron Manistee National Forest, allowing us to legally launch in areas along the entirety of the Big Manistee River that many other guides cannot utilize. Despite rising fuel costs, we keep our rates as competitive as possible with other outfitters and guides. We would love the opportunity to showcase this incredible multi-species fishery. A grilled lunch is included for our salmon, steelhead, trout, and smallmouth bass trips. Inquire about our non-fishing eco-tours.

Please contact us for our current seasonal rates.
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A $100 deposit is required to hold your guide trip date of choice. We reserve the right to retain your deposit should you cancel within 14 days without rescheduling at the time of a trip cancellation. Manistee River Salmon Guide Service also reserves the right to cancel or reschedule trips due to unsafe or unfishable conditions. We will make every effort to fish with you on your scheduled date of choice, but sometimes conditions are out of our control, and our customers’ safety is our top priority. Please contact Captain Ben for current rates either by phone or email. We would be happy to discuss our pricing with you, and answer any questions you may have.



The city of Manistee and the Manistee River are located on the western shores of Michigan, along a gorgeous stretch of Lake Michigan beaches and countryside. Almost directly across Lake Michigan from Green Bay, WI. the Big Manistee River is just about equidistant from Chicago and Detroit. 63 miles from Traverse City to the north and 120 miles from Grand Rapids to the south, the Manistee River is well worth the drive! The boat ramps we use are Federal or private launches, and will be determined prior to the trip to get us as close to the fishing holes as possible. Directions to the appropriate ramp will be discussed.


What to Bring

Michigan weather can be unpredictable, so it is always important to dress for the occasion. Fall mornings are often times pretty chilly, so jackets and or sweatshirts can be key. Winter steelhead trips are cold. Layers of appropriate clothing are a must.

Valid all-species Michigan fishing license
Polarized sunglasses

Bottles of water will be provided for the trip, but if there is something else you would like to drink, please bring it. No alcohol, please.

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