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Fishing Trip Reviews

Customer reviews of Manistee River Salmon’s fishing guide service: hear from our customers what it’s like to fish with us for salmon, trout, and steelhead in northern Michigan. We strive to give every customer a great fishing experience!

I want to send a special thanks to you for the part you played in a very special steelhead trip that I enjoyed on October 24th.   For several reasons, the trip we had together was the best trip I have ever enjoyed.   When you can hook 15 and land 12 beautiful steelhead, that alone makes it a great trip.   But so much more went into it.  The skills you come by, the boat handling, the excellent equipment, the knowledge of the river and your thoughtful assistance to me, all came together to make it my greatest trip.  I have been telling everyone that will listen about our trip, and I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to fish with you.
Dr. Howard A. Tanner, Ph.D  (fished October)
Haslett, MI 

I have fished with Captain Ben a few times in the past, and have had a great time fishing each time.   Captain Ben knows the waters he fishes intimately, and his expertise is what I expect from a guide.  Most importantly, we had a lot of fun each time, and I plan on fishing with him in the future.
Curtis R. (fished September & October)
Grove City, OH 

Went out with Captain Ben for my first time fishing in Michigan. I had an amazing time! Ben really knows the waters and was very patient with a novice. 🙂 Planning a trip back in the summer and definitely going to book a day (or two)! Thanks Captain Ben!
Jessica C. (fished July)
Brooklyn, NY

Myself and 2 friends were fortunate to book a trip with Capt. Ben.  What a hoot! We had a wonderful time, plenty of laughs, fish, and smiles the entire time we were out.  Capt. Ben has plenty of reviews about the fish that were caught, and there is no doubt that he WORKS to get you onto the fish, as we caught plenty of Salmon while out with him.  I’d like to shed a bit of light on the person that you will be actually fishing with when out with Capt. Ben.  The Captain (Ben) is truly an individual that I would be proud to go out with again.  He has a very calming demeanor about him, a great sense of humor, and an excellent way of conveying information (tips, tricks, and techniques) to help increase your odds of hooking into and landing the fish.  We were all very impressed with his knowledge of the river, and his ability to bring us to the fish.  Ben is a genuine individual, always a smile on his face, you will be able to recognize this from the first hand shake.  We will be making plans with Ben for years to come, as he instantly becomes another fishing buddy you will be happy to spend time with on the river.  His equipment/gear is second to none and what a sweet boat!  Ben, I thank you for the great time, great fishing and great comradery.  I can’t wait until next fall!
Brian S. Kelly (Fished September)
Troy, MI

My son Jake and I had a fantastic Salmon trip with you on the Manistee.  Your gear is second to none and your customer service is outstanding.  You put us on fish and worked hard to make our day a success.  Jake still talks about the three fish caught out of four casts that I made in the afternoon.  Wow, that was a memorable experience.  Rest assured we will be back for more action next year.  In the meantime, I have told my friends and fellow anglers about our trip.  Thank you for a great trip.  We look forward to fishing with you next year.
Lance S.  (Fished September & October)
Mishawaka, IN

I have been fishing for salmon and steelhead with Captain Ben for the past few years, usually a few different trips each year.  I can always count on lots of laughter while fishing with him, which means that we have a great time on the water. Captain Ben knows the Manistee River extremely well, and I feel confident in his abilities as a guide.    He always manages to get us on fish, which makes coming back each year that much more fun.   Looking forward to our next trip together.
Kyle B.  (fished September & October)
Muskegon, MI 

Normally, I bass fish with Captain Ben who owns Traverse City Bass Guide Service, but when he told me how good a salmon fishery there was on the Manistee River, and how much I would enjoy experiencing something new, I had to try.   Now I’m a total believer.    Captain Ben got me my biggest salmon ever—a bright silver 18 pounder.    He knows the river extremely well, and knew just what to do.   Believe me, I’ll be back.
Gundy L.  (fished September)
Orlando, FL 

Our morning began with hot coffee Captain Ben served using his own brand, and the day couldn’t have gone better after that despite pouring rain.   I wanted my wife to experience salmon fishing on a river instead of trolling.    Wow, what an experience.   Fishing was tough, but I’m convinced we had more success than other guides, boating several beautiful salmon.    And my wife was thrilled when she caught her very first salmon.   Actually she caught 3 to my 2.    Captain Ben coachured us through the catch, explaining how to fight the fish.    It’s a long drive from home, but well worth it.   Great captain and guide.
Dale & Sherry (fished September)
Oakville, MO 


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