Betsie, Manistee & Platte River fly fishing report - September 20th
Been a different kind of late summer/early fall so far here in NW Michigan! Sure not all bad and we have been landing some awesome fresh run Kings of late. As most have heard run did start late this year with very few fish coming into the river in August. With all the cold water in Lake Michigan this summer it just seemed like the Kings were more in the eating mode in the late summer than the spawning mode in the rivers. Starting around Labor Day the Betsie River did start receiving a few big pushes of King Salmon from Lake Michigan. Currently after a very rainy early September the Betsie River is in great shape. Water is up just a touch and temps are in the lower 50's. Most years you see some very large pushes of salmon a few times in September but this year just a nice steady flow of new fish coming in from Lake Michigan. Right now there are fish throughout the entire river from top to bottom and hopefully a lot more to come. The positive right now is the nice silver Kings that keep coming almost every day. There are plenty of Kings spawn in the upper river but not my favorite place to fish this time in September. At the current rate should have plenty of fish well into the middle of October. Coho run is in full swing on the Platte and good numbers of fish have been released from the lower weir. With most of them pushing fast to upper hatchery above Honor. As river temps cool look for fish to hold better in the lower river and up off of Loon and Platte Lake. Lately still getting our best fish from sand holes and deep runs. For those looking to streamer fish best to stay in lower sections of the river. Last week we had a good streamer bite on the Betsie River after big north winds and some rain. This time of year look for Kings to be hold in the deep slow sand holes and deep runs. Top flies - all types of leeches can be very productive - hard to beat dark colors like black, olive and wine. Some with flash or not and some with an egg on front of it can produce well. Typically larger patterns will work on big pods of fish for a few good aggressive hits. When fish are spooky or small groups egg patterns, green caddis, stone flies and hex nymphs can all be productive. For those looking for river trips I do have dates open and will be floating the Betsie, Platte and Manistee Rivers thru October. September is month for Kings, late September and October for Coho and then mid October on for steelhead.
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September 20th - Blake and his buddies from St. Louis with a beautiful King in the Betsie River! Still some nice chrome fish entering the river everyday now.
September 19th - Bruce with some nice fresh run Kings on the Betsie River! Decent fishing today but not as good as it has been of late.
September 18th - Dan and Dan with a huge day on the Betsie! Over 20 in the net and found some big pods of Kings.
September 17th - Greg and Ryan with some nice fresh run Kings today on the Betsie River.
September 16th - Lots of bright chrome Kings today!!
September 15th - Phil with some awesome Kings today on the Betsie River!
September 14th - Tom mint chrome King today. Fresh push of salmon from Lake Michigan today and the big stuff was producing! Great Lakes Deceivers and Fire Tiger.
September 13th - Bonnie with her first King Salmon!
September 13th - John with bright chrome Coho on the Platte River.
September 12th - Rod with one of most beautiful Rainbow I have seen on the Betsie River!
September 11th - Rick with first ever Salmon!
September 4th - Lou and Andy with awesome Kings today on the Betsie River!
September 3rd - Kevin and Jack Taylor with beautiful early run Kings on the Betsie River!
Sept 3rd - New Winston Nexus rod series is out now and we are starting to stock them. Used the 9' 9wt today and just loved it. Fast action rod with lots of power and handled Kings just fine. Looking forward to using these as streamer rods this fall!
August 31st - Jim and Scott with some nice Kings on the Betsie River! Recent rains and finally a nice fresh run in the Betsie river the last few days.
Aug 22nd - Early Kings love leeches! Currently numbers are very low in the river but this can change quickly. We have been pushing back some trips and re scheduling of late. Forecast is looking good for late this week. We do have some dates open in September for those looking for float trips and this year September will be the month!
Here are a couple photos from last year and salmon fishing is just a few weeks off now! I will be spending a couple months in NW Michigan again this fall and will be doing guided float trips on the Betsie, Manistee and Platte Rivers.
Photo From Salmon Season 2013 On The Betsie & Platte Rivers
October 29th & 30th - Had a great time steelhead fishing with Bruce the last two days on the Manistee River! Some awesome bright chrome steelhead are in the river now. Of late the egg bite has been excellent but yesterday it was not so good. After a few hours of no action yesterday Bruce put on one of his favorite nymphs called the "Party Stone" and it sure worked with hooking around 10 in the next few hours! Pattern was a black flash back type stone and flash back was from a party ribbon.
Oct 17th - A little change of pace today and we duck hunted the rivers instead of fly fishing! Currently there are lots of wood ducks around and jump shooting them is a great time. Abbe is turning into a very good hunter! She did well on grouse/woodcock a few days ago and today she did awesome retrieving our ducks.
Oct 15th - A big King being released on the Platte River today! Still some very nice salmon around on this river.
Oct 13th - Had very enjoyable day with Bill and his son Preston on the Betsie and Platte Rivers today! They both hooked some nice Kings and love watching kids truly enjoy the outdoors.
October 11th - A big pod of Kings above and Bill with nice Coho below on the Platte River
Oct 11th - Dave put a few nice Kings in the net today on the Platte River!
September 22nd - The Chief with a true 30lb King on the Betsie River. Recent rains bought in some great salmon this past weekend!
September 20th - Bruce and Marv found some very nice Kings today and our first steelhead of the year. Been a few steelhead caught of late on the Betsie & Platte Rivers. October is coming soon and look for steelhead numbers to increase. Best place to find them in October is behind old spawning Kings eating eggs.
September 16-18 - Had a great time with Bobby, Dave, Greg and Steve and always look forward to seeing them in the fall! We got some nice Kings on the Betsie and one killer evening on the Platte River where Bobby had the hot rod on Coho. Greg got the big fish of trip - a 23lb King while float with river guide Ted Kraimer!
September 15th - Dan and Dan with some great Kings on the Betsie River!
September 14th - Jim and Rod with a couple of nice Kings on the Betsie River today! Lots of action today with a 3 boat trips but landing was tough with the salmon running very big this year.
September 13th - Jerry and his son landed some nice Kings on the Betsie and some Coho action on the Platte River!
September 9th - Paul and his son with some huge Kings on the Betsie River!!
September 8th - Bonnie and Santiago with some wonderful Kings on the Betsie River today!!
September 6th - Wayne and Mark with some great action today on the Betsie River!
September 5th - Andy and Bill with silver Kings on the Betsie River today!
September 1st - Bill with just a beautiful silver King on the Betsie River!
August 29-30th - Greg, Bodie, Ralph and Gary caught some awesome Kings. It sure does not get any better than the one above that Greg is holding!!
August 25th - Mark and Larry with some awesome Kings on the Betsie River today!
August 22-23rd - Marty with a beautiful King on the Betsie River!
August 21st - Bob and Mike floated with river guide Chris Lessway today and landed some great Kings on the Betsie. Landing has been the tough part of late with the salmon running very large this year!
August 21st - Mike with a beautiful silver King Salmon. These salmon are running big this year and are fighting so hard. We put a bunch in the net today!!
August 20th - Chris and Mike with awesome silver Kings today. Huge day with double digits in the net!!
August 15th - Trevor with a huge Betsie River King. It was his first time out salmon fishing and put a few nice Kings into the net!!
August 14th - Jordan from Michigan Out-of-Doors TV came today and got a bunch of nice video for there Aug 29th TV show.
August 13th - Jamie with just an awesome silver King Salmon today!!
August 10th - Jerry and Ray with some awesome fresh run King Salmon on the Betsie River today! These fish are sure running bigger than the last year coming from Lake Michigan. Sure are not fish everywhere now but a few nice pods of them and put 7 in the net today.
Photo From Salmon Season 2012 On The Betsie & Platte Rivers
Rick and Lew catching some bright silver Coho Salmon!!
Sept 26th - Greg and his nephew Bodie floated with Erik today and had some excellent salmon fishing. So nice to see kids getting out and enjoying the outdoors! Double digits in the net today!
Sept 25th - Brian with beautiful Betsie River Chinook! Floated the upper river today and had some good action with low fishing pressure.
Sept 23rd - Kellie with a giant Chinook Salmon on the Platte River!
Sept 23rd - Still some bright silver salmon coming in from Lake Michigan. Excellent fishing and sure enjoyed the day!
Sept 22nd - Kellie with a beautiful Chinook!
Sept 22nd - Kellie fighting and landing a silver Coho!
Sept 19-21st - Rick and Lew with awesome fresh run salmon!
Sept 17th - Dan with a great looking Chinook in the upper Betsie River!
Sept 17th - Dan and Jack with wonderful fresh run salmon on the Platte River!
Sept 16th - Doak and Dennis with some beautiful Betsie River Chinooks. Excellent fishing today with some nice pods of fresh fish and very low fishing pressure.
September 14th - Greg and Bobby with some nice Chinooks on the Betsie River! We did cover a lot of water today and some sections are still pretty empty. But then some holes are really full!!
September 13th - Greg with real nice Coho on the Platte River!
September 13th - Lots bright silver Coho today on the Platte River!!
September 10th - Love the bright silver Kings this time of year! Fished the new ONE switch rod today 11' 6" 8wt and this could be my new favorite steelhead and salmon rod! We do have a good stock of these and they can be shipped right out.
September 9th - Swinging some big leeches and looking for those bright silver Coho!
September 8th - Fish on in the lower Betsie River!
September 7th - Rod with a very nice Betsie River King!
August 28th - Wayne with very nice fresh run King Salmon on the Betsie River.
August 27th - Mark with A bright silver Betsie River King Salmon!
August 25th - Finally a few more salmon in the Betsie River today. Not a major but good to see some fresh pods of salmon coming in from Lake Michigan.
Photo From Salmon Season 2011 On The Betsie & Platte Rivers
September 30th - Bruce and Marv with very nice Chinook and Coho salmon on the Platte River. Had some excellent fishing today in the high winds and rain. Fresh fish continue to come from Lake Michigan!
September 26th - Chris with just a giant Chinook on the Betsie River. Had good fishing today and this one topped it off! Heavy rains today and more new fish were really on the move today.
September 22nd - Bob fighting a nice salmon on the Betsie River.
September 18 & 19 - Both Ed's landed some nice salmon the last two days. Finally some rain today!
September 18th - Jeff and Dave had excellent fishing on the Betsie River while floating with guide Erik Peterson.
September 17th - Cara and Joe with some nice Chinooks on the Betsie today while floating with Erik. Excellent fishing with a bunch of nice fish in the net!
September 17th - Bob & Greg with some beautiful Coho Salmon on the Platte River! The past week big numbers have been passed thru the lower weir and are on the way up to Honor. Excellent fishing today!
September 15-17th - Had a great time with Steve, Greg, Dave and Bob the last three days. We floated a few different sections on the Betsie and Platte Rivers along with guide Ted Kraimer and got some very nice Chinooks and Coho in both rivers.
September 14th - Erik and I got to fish this evening for a couple hours and sure found some bright silver Coho and Chinooks!
September 12th - Paul and Dan with a couple of huge Chinooks on the Betsie River. Lots of fish in the river today!
Michigan Out Of Doors TV came and shot some great video of our salmon fishing on the Betsie River. It was on there weekly TV show last week and can be watched online at: http://www.michiganoutofdoorstv.com/shows.cfm?VideoID=149
September 9th & 10th - Bruce and John with some great looking Kings from the Betsie River. Just excellent fishing the last few days! Leeches in black and purple were the hot fly the last couple days.
September 8th - Ross with just cool looking Coho above and Jim below with a nice fresh run Chinook on the Betsie.
September 7th - Rod, Gary, Jim and Dave had some excellent salmon fishing on the Betsie River today!
September 6th - Chad and Cyn with some excellent fishing on the Betsie!
September 4th - Blake and son with a nice Chinook on the Betsie River. Lots of salmon on the move today.
September 2nd - Tom and John with some silver Chinooks just in from Lake Michigan. Excellent fishing today!
August 30th & 31st - Chris, Mike, Dan, Mike and Bob with lots of Salmon on the Betsie River the last two days!
August 29th - Greg with just a beautiful fresh run Chinook on the Betsie River. Excellent fishing today!
August 28th - Tom and Kris with some big Kings today! Excellent fishing!
August 27th - Brian and Dave with some very nice salmon today while floating with Erik. Excellent salmon fishing today!!
August 27th - Kris and Tom with just a huge day on the river! Excellent fishing today.
August 26th - Wayne and Mark with some great salmon today! Excellent fishing with lots of fresh fish in the river.
August 25th - Bill with just a cool looking fresh run Chinook Salmon above! Some excellent fishing today with huge numbers of salmon on the move upstream. Had great two boat float trip today and Bill, Tim, Chris and Kyle all put some nice salmon in the net!
August 24th - Adam and Albert floated with Erik today and excellent fishing! Big numbers of fresh run Chinooks on the move up from Lake Michigan.
August 24th - Dennis with just a great fresh run Chinook! Lots of fish on the move today and some pretty good fishing for these early run salmon.
August 23rd - Meredith and Kevin with a couple of real nice salmon on today's float! Lots of fresh run fish on the move today.
August 18th - Some good salmon fishing today! Took Jordan Browne from Michigan Out-of-Doors today and he shot some video for one of there upcoming TV shows in mid September. It was the prefect day for this with lots of action and some beautiful river Kings! Muddlers and Leeches were our top patterns today.
August 18th - The best to way to check out a new rod is to fish it! Had new Sage ONE 9' 9wt out today and it was just a great rod. Extremely light weight with lots of power. Casted a heavy streamer extremely well and fished a floating line just as well. Had plenty of power to land some big river Kings and such good feel! Will be in my boat all of salmon season for anyone that wants to cast one. We do have a number of the models of this series in stock now!
August 17th - River guide Erik Peterson with a great looking early Chinook Salmon on the Betsie River. Erik will be doing trips for us on the Betsie River this August and September. We do have some dates open for those interested in float trips!
August 14th - Dave with a very nice fresh run Chinook Salmon!
August 14th - Alex with a very cool looking Chinook while floating with Erik on the Betsie!
August 11th - Mario with a nice fresh run Chinook Salmon! Covered lots of water today and many holes were empty but did find a few very nice pods of bright fish. Pretty typically for this time of year: many holes empty and then we find them and very hard to land! Had a good day with Mario putting 4 in the net.
August 11th - Just loved my new Hyde Skiff on the Betsie River! Being slightly narrower, lighter, lower sides and shallower draft all just seem ideal for these smaller rivers.
Aug 1st - It is not streamer time yet in the rivers but coming very soon. Typically by mid August there are some bright silver Kings in the river. Here are some of our top August salmon streamers. Our Great Lakes Deceiver & Murdich Minnows are two of our top streamers for trophy trout and salmon. These colors are very effective on early run Kings - Chart/White Glow, Green/White and Fire Tiger. This time of year is just a great time for river and shoreline streamer action! I have put a lot of time the last few years into targeting fresh King Salmon and the streamer we sell are the proven patterns that are in my boat. These and some of our other top salmon streamers are now in stock and can be purchased online at Great Lakes Deceivers.
August - This is the month for those looking for fresh run bright silver Chinooks!!
Photo From Salmon Season 2010 On The Betsie & Platte Rivers
October 1st - A nice Coho on the Platte River. These fish typically continue to run much later in the fall than Chinook and can produce some good fishing in October. Coho are great river fish as they are more aggressive than the Chinooks and will smash small streamers.
September 29th - Steve with a big Chinook Salmon on the Betsie River! Had a real nice float today - very low angling pressure and some good salmon.
September 27-28 - Greg and Ralph with some nice fresh run Chinooks on the Platte River. We floated a couple different sections on this river and found a few big pods the last couple days.
Sand Hill Cranes are kind of a strange bird and been seeing a lot of them this year!
September 26th - Dave with a nice Chinook on the Betsie River. It was a little tough fishing today with numbers being fairly low.
September 25th - Dennis a cool looking Chinook on the Betsie River. Found a couple real good spots today!
September 24th - Bob and Jim with some Betsie River Chinooks. High dirty water today after heavy rains. It was tough finding fish all day but finally came across a spot that was really full of them.
September 22nd - Chris with some nice Betsie River Chinooks! Sure had nice float today with beautiful weather and hardly any fishing pressure.
September 20th - Pat and Tom with some Betsie River Chinooks. Found a couple good holes today!
September 17-19th - Chinooks on the Betsie River!
September 16th - Sean with a beautiful bright silver Coho Salmon on the Platte River. Lots of rain this morning should bring some good numbers of fresh fish in from Lake Michigan
September 13-16 - Jeff and Sean with a bunch of great looking Chinook Salmon from the Betsie River the last four days.
September 11th - Doak and Dennis with some nice silver Chinook Salmon on the Betsie. Got a little wet today but there were good numbers of fresh fish on the move.
September 10th - Mike and Chuck with a huge day on the Betsie River. 22 in net and our best day so far this fall.
September 9th - Tom and Ben with some bright silver fish from the lower Betsie River. Had the river to ourselves today and found some very nice fish.
September 8th - Brad and Lindsey put a few nice Chinook Salmon in the net today. Looking forward to floating with them again on Friday. It sure felt like fall out today with lots of wind and cool weather. Should be ideal for bringing more fresh fish into river.
September 8th - More of guys from Alabama coming down the river with guide Ted Kraimer.
September 7th - Tim and Bob with some very nice silver Chinook Salmon on the Betsie River. Found some good numbers and had some good fishing today!
September 5th - Tom and Jim found some nice fresh salmon on the Betsie today!
September 3rd - Finally some cool weather and new fresh run salmon are on the move from Lake Michigan.
September 1st - Betsie Harbor is just full of fish. Water temps are very warm but just a great place to streamer fish.
August 27th - Had a nice float trip with the Denny family today on the Betsie River. Hot weather sure did not help the fishing today and pretty much has stopped to push of new salmon coming into the river. We did find one deep hole that was full of fish but just could not get one of those silver Chinooks into the net.
A great new Salmon streamer the Spin Psyco that was design by Eli Berant. The casting squid (in the middle) has always been one of top lures for fresh run Kings and this streamer was designed after it. It does have weight to it but casts very nice on a 9wt with either a Rio 24' DC Sink Tip (250gr is typically ideal on Betsie) or for longer casts in the lower lakes a Rio OutBound. We do have all of these in stock and they will be added to our online sales section (hopefully tonight).
August 24-25th - Mike with a couple of real nice early run salmon on the Betsie River. The last two days we floated a number of different sections and did find some nice Chinook Salmon. Hooked about 25 fish in the 2 days. It took covering lots of water to find a few nice pods and many sections of river are empty. These early fish do really fight and putting them in the net is sure not the easiest right now.
Sage came out with the new TCX switch rod and like all new rods we had to go give it a try! The 11' 9" 8wt is my new favorite switch rod. Rod is so light in hand and balanced just perfect with Sage 6010 reel on it. Was just the ideal rod with a floating line for fishing nymphs and eggs down deep with an indictor rig. For swinging flies this rod is just perfect with a Rio Skagit lines & the Rio new MOW tips. We do have 7wt and 8wt in this series in stock.
August 23rd - Susan and Merritt both put some just beautiful silver Chinook Salmon into the net! That rain a couple days ago was just perfect timing and brought some pods of salmon up the river. Did not even see an angler and sure enjoyed the day with these two!
August 20th - Some fresh run Chinook Salmon on the Betsie River! August has been very warm and low numbers of fish in the river. Of late a few are finally start to come but numbers were still very low today!
Michigan fly fishing opportunities this season include:
Au Sable River at Mio / Au Sable River at Alcona / AuSable River at Oscoda
Betsie River / Rifle River