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Betts Guide Service Fish Report

Starting to see good numbers of King Salmon in the lower Pere Marquette River. Casting Thunderstick crank baits have been fishing well. Should be an excellent year for salmon with the number of fish that are already in the system. It's not even Labor Day yet and there's already a ton of salmon entering the river system.
Pere Marquette River Salmon fishing
We are finally starting to see good numbers of salmon in the lower Pere Marquette River. Casting crank baits, Thundersticks, are fishing well. This is the first batch. Lots more to come! (8/16)
Pere Marquette River Salmon Trips | MI River Salmon
Huge Michigan King Salmon this year! Thomas displays a 25 lber from yesterday. (8/13)
Pere Marquette River Salmon fishing
Mitch with a nice buck salmon. Fish are big this year! They're going to be tough to land. (8/16)
Pere Marquette River Salmon Charters | PM River Guide Trips
Things are looking good for Chinook & Coho Salmon this year. River fish are gonna be big and hard to handle this season! (8/13)
Salmon Fishing Forecast  - Manistee River 

As we enter mid September, the Pere Marquette River has received most of their Fall salmon for the main run.
Chinook salmon will continue to migrate the PM but the main push was around September 15th.  Those salmon are on a mission to hit gravel in the fly water near Baldwin. "Flies Only" section of the Pere Marquette should be in full swing during late September.  Kings are much later this season so they should be interesting to land on the fly. 

Big Manistee River is where it's at!  Big numbers of big fish this season!
The largest push of Kings on the Big Manistee River was in early September.  Nearly 20,000 adult Coho salmon entered the river and made their way to the coffer dam at Tippy.  There have been a lot of Coho and King Salmon above the coffer dam.  Limits have been pretty common with more fish on the way. 

Kings are a little behind this year so later September and October should offer some excellent salmon fishing well into late October. Gravel fly fishing should be excellent this fall season. 
Following on the shirt tails of the King, Steelhead are close behind! Late October and November should have us craving chrome with a vengeance. Water levels are up in Lake Michigan making for a good fall migration this Fall. 

What's Hot - Best Techniques.  

Casting Thundersticks has been the tried and true for the past decade. Fire Tiger and bright chartreuse colors get bit very well in the early morning fog. Bone crushing hits and fierce head shakes keep anglers coming back for this adrenaline rush!  Kings love Thundersticks and crank baits. Casting across and down has always worked best in my experience.

Pin to win!  During the mid day, floats and skein is always our best guide "Go to" technique when the sun is high and bright, Salmon, both King and Coho love to find deep pools or shady pockets.  Floating skein to these fish usually gets them fired up! Change your skein often and keep your bait fresh.

Chuck and Duck Fly Fishing.  When salmon go to the gravel, there's only one way that really gets 'em.   Long leaders with a trout bead, followed be a dark stone fly or hex nymph usually gets their attention.  Male salmon are designed to fight off predators and protect the nest.(Salmon redd)  So intruder patterns such as trhe "Egg Sucking Leech" get salmon to move when nothing else will.  Big nymphs or streamers can pay high dividends when you can get the flies directly in front of the spawning salmon.

     Main ports like Grand Haven, Muskegon, Ludington, and Manistee are starting to report good catches of King Salmon coming in close along the pier heads and along the beach.  It's unheard of but, our guides have already started catching Kings in Muskegon and Pere Marquette Lake.  It's been years sonce salmon have entered the river this early.    We will begin running Salmon trips on the Lower Pere Marquette River starting on August 20th. 

Shawn Babcock and Chad Schaub will start running Thunderstick - Skein fishing trips early this year. Guided Salmon Fishing Trips will be available for Aug. 20th - October 20th. These trips include use of our gear, tackle, rods, reels, fish cleaning, etc.  Everything is included in our Salmon Trips.  We offer both Spinning Gear, and Fly Fishing Tackle later in the season. 
Guided Salmon Fishing Trips for Michigan Rivers.  Full Day Trips ( 8 hours) $350
Half Day Guided Fishing Tours (4 hours) $250 

** All Gear, Tackle, Rods, Reels, Fishing Cleaning Provided**
Super Prime Salmon Dates Available.
October.3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23... ( Manistee River Salmon)  
Justin and Katie with Michigan King Salmona beautiful chrome Michigan King Salmon. (9/11)
Tippy Dam Salmon Fishing
Coming from New Zealand, these guys had some epic salmon fishing. We caught a bunch of salmon. (9/11)
Crankbait Salmon Michigan Fishing
Casting Thundersticks was on fire this morning. Bright salmon in the river big time! (9/10)
Salmon Fishing Manistee River Tippy Dam
Kelsey with a giant buck from the Manistee River. Beast mode - Tough to get the big ones to the net. (9/10)
King Salmon Pere Marquette River Fishing
Takuya with a gorgeous buck. We're hooking lots of salmon in the lower rivers right now. Good numbers of salmon but clients are having a lot of dificulty landing these beasts this year! (I guess that's a good problem to have?)


Text to Book >>>  (231) 519-7348
We are running (5) full time salmon fishing guides this season, and offering two guided trip choices. 
Full day Guided trips ($350) are 6:30 - 3pm  and Guided half day afternoon trips. ($250)
 Afternoon Trips begin at 3:30pm - 8pm.

**(Everything for fishing is included in all trips)**


We do not offer half days in the morning, and the guides may finish the trips a bit early to
clean your salmon for you. (You may keep 3 salmon per angler)


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