Michigan Guided Salmon Fishing 2017

Jon's Guide Service

Northern Michigan's Premiere

Guided Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Fishing Service 


Michigan Guided Salmon Fishing 2015

The michigan 2015 Salmon has just started on the little Manistee River and a few fish are starting to hang in the lakes and harbors (but only a few.) Once September hits, it's game on for early Kings. Streamer fishing  and  crank bait fishing in the lakes and lower rivers will heat up! September will bring good numbers of Kings into the Manistee River System. Salmon fishing will remain good till early October both on fly gear and light tackle.

Still a few prime open dates for Salmon

in September, and Fall Steelhead

Call Today!


Jon's Guide Service

(231) 590 -3483



Michigan Guided Summer Special 

Upper Manistee  / Betsie River

Now - Aug 20, 2015

5-6 hrs of fishing, all gear, flies, and tackle provided, soft drinks, coffee, snacks

$275.00         1 or 2 anglers

*Add a 3rd angler for an extra $75.00*


(231) 590 3483

Code# 2015MGSTBS


Located in South Boardman, Michigan and having remote locations in Baldwin, Michigan and Newaygo, Michigan gives us access to dozens of the Midwest's finest "Blue Ribbon Trout Streams." Many of these Blue Ribbon Trout Streams offer year round opportunities for the fly fishing angler. Fly fishing for salmon, trout, and steelhead on Michigan's famous tributaries , and smallmouth bass & carp on the flats of Grand Traverse Bay is what we do best. Jon's Guide Service is a full service, year round fly fishing guide service. Our Michigan fly fishing guide service offers instruction and guided fishing on Michigan's Manistee River, Pere Marquette River, Muskegon River & more such as the Betsie River and Platte river as well as the AuSable River! Jon's Guide Service provides fly fishing gear for trips and instruction on many of the major rivers in the State of Michigan, such as Winston, Sage, Simms, Cortland, Rio, SA. With a diverse set of guides located all over the state of Michigan, finding a guide for Western Michigan, Northern Michigan, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, or guided fly fishing on Michigan's Lake Huron and Michigan's Lake Michigan is not a problem, if booked in advance. Our fly fishing guide service and instruction are provided by FFF certified casting instructors, and guides who offer years of experience guiding Michigan rivers. Jon's Guide Service does everything it can to make your trip a fishing trip of a lifetime!




 Michigan Salmon Fishing  



Michigan Guided Salmon Fishing 



1).  Fishing for Late Summer Salmon in michigan.

2).   How we fish for Michigan Salmon.

3).  What flies should I fish for Salmon?. 

4).  When & Where to fish for Salmon in Michigan.


About the Guide 

I have been a fishing guide in Michigan for over 30 years. Rivers such as the Pere Marquette, Manistee, AuSable and Betsie have been playgrounds and my office for many seasons.  FFF certified casting instructor, Orvis endorsed guide and school instructor, Head Guide of the largest outfitter east of the Rocky Mountains, and  fly shop owner have built years of experience in fishing & fly fishing Michigan waters and around the world. Join me and explore the great fishery and experience that Michigan rivers have to offer. My guide service is about providing a safe, educational experience that will be remembered for years to come. Our goal is to put you on the best fishing your day has to offer!

Guide / Owner  Capt Jon Kestner

Now booking trips for the 2017 season 

How to Book A Guide Trip

Give a call ,e-mail or text. We would be happy to talk to you about guide trip options, rivers options, fishing experience, and what experience your looking for in a guided fishing trip. Let us make your next trip one to remember for a lifetime!

Jon Kestner - Guide / Owner
5421 E. Main St.
South Boardman, MI 49680


 (231) 590 -3483



What Is The Cost?

Full Day: Cost $395.00  Guide trip for 1 or 2 people
                        8 Hrs (Meal Included - Gear Included) 


Half Day: Cost $295.00  Guide trip for 1 or 2 people
                        5 Hrs (No Meal - Gear Included)

Extra Person Rate: Extra person charge $100.00 

Summer Special: Cost $275.00  Guide trip for 1 or 2 people
                                       5 Hrs (No Meal - Gear Included) 


Michigan Fishing & River Reports:

River information


Water flow


Fishing Reports   

(Current local reports on water conditions and fishing) 

  • Manistee River -  Large tailwater river system offering Northern Michigan's largest run of Lake Michigan Steelhead.
  • Pere Marquette River - Famous midwest steelhead stream, freestone river offering great wading for spring steelhead.
  • Betsie River - Less traffic than most rivers!
  • Boardman River - walk-in trips, Urban fishery, Traverse City, MI.
  • White River - Freestone river, great spring steelhead fishing!
  • Muskegon River  - Largest steelhead run in the state, and offers great fishing well into May!

 Steelhead / Trout / Salmon / Bass / Carp

Peak Times to fish Michigan 

- Upper Manistee River Early Trout Fishing

- May & June Drake hatches on the Upper Manistee, Pere Marquette, and Muskegon Rivers

- Grand Traverse Bay Smallmouth Fishing

- Carp on the Flats of Grand Traverse Bay

- June Hex & July Mouse Fishing

- September Salmon Fishing Manistee River

- Early Oct Fall Steelhead Manistee River

- Manistee, Pere Marquette & Muskegon Rivers fall & Winter Steelhead Fishing in Nov & Dec

Michigan Guided Fishing

Drift Boat & Jet Sled Trips

-Great Lunches
-Great Fish
-Great Fishing
-Great Experience



How to Rig for Trout & Steelhead

Drift Fishing / Float Fishing / Swinging Flies

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Destination Travel

All Inclusive 7 day Fishing package

Non Fishing All Inclusive


All Inclusive Fishing 7 Days 



Contact us for preferred group pricing!

Jon Kestner

5421 E. Main St.

South Boardman, MI 49680

 (231) 590-3483


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Peak Salmon Season

Aug 20 - Oct 10, 2014

Early July starts the salmon season in Michigan with the first King Salmon or Chinooks entering the Little Manistee River. Early Aug brings good to great numbers of fish into the Little Manistee River, and good to great numbers of fish into the Betsie River. Late Aug brings good numbers of fish into the Pere Marquette and Big Manistee Rivers. September brings waves of Chinook into our local rivers into early Oct. Coho Salmon or Silver Salmon enter The Manistee, Betsie, Pere Marquette and Platte rivers. The Platte River near Honor, MI, gets a great run of Coho. These fish can be fished in the surf, and take much better than Chinooks.

Michigan Guided

Salmon Fishing


Over 30 years guiding

Michigan Salmon


  • Manistee River
  • Pere marquette River
  • Betsie River
Taking bookings for Fall 2015 - 2016 Salmon fishing and
Fall Steelhead!
Have a large group? Jon's Guide Service also books 7 other guides! 

Betsie River

Salmon Fishing

Newaygo, MI 

Pere Marquette River

Salmon Fishing

Baldwin, MI

Fishing for Late Summer Salmon in michigan

Michigan starts to see salmon in the rivers as soon as early July on the Little Manistee river. The Betsie river starts to see fishable numbers by early August. The Pere marquette river and Big Manistee river will see good numbers of fish late August. Walking in trips and floats in the drift boat are how we cover the smaller rivers. This can be some great Michigan Guided Salmon Fishing, less crowds, and the fish are hot!!

How we fish for Michigan Salmon

Early season we offer Michigan Guided Fishing for salmon on flies and light tackle. Spinners, crank baits, flashy streamers. We use drift boats and jet sleds to cover many Michigan rivers for salmon fishing.


What flies should I fish for Salmon

Early season Chinook Salmon will take flashy flies well such as flash clousers and bright Decievers.

As fish pool and hold for the spawn, the use of natural looking nymphs and eggs work better. Once the fish spawn it is hard to beat leech patterns, spey flies, and egg patterns.


Gear Fishing or Light Spin Tackle for Trout

The use of spinning gear can be very effective for Salmon. We offer guided fishing using the following techniques.

- Crank Baits

- Center pin Fishing

- Float Fishing

- Cast and retrieve

- Drift Fishing

Flies for Salmon

Flies for spring Steelhead can be described in four catagories:

  • Eggs - Flies that look or imitate fish eggs.
  • Nymphs - Local aquatic insects. (Mayflies, Stone Flies, Caddis)
  • Streamers - Bait fish imitations, Salmon fry, Leeches.
  • Attractors - Bright flies, flashy, can be hot colored patterns of the above mentioned.




When & Where to fish for Salmon in Michigan






Northern Michigan Fishing Info for Local Rivers