Experience a Fall Fishing Adventure in Manistee County!

Fishing is a great way to spend time with family, friends or business acquaintances; the thrill of hearing the cry “FISH ON” provides a lifetime of memories. Whether it’s a line ripping salmon or a sky-rocketing steelhead jumping 6 feet in the air, you’re sure to catch on to the love of fishing while visiting Manistee County.

The Big Manistee River. Photo courtesy of 22North Photography, Brian Edward

The Big Manistee River. Photo courtesy of 22North Photography, Brian Edward

The Manistee River, which runs approximately 232 miles through the Northern Lower Peninsula, passes through several villages before reaching Lake Michigan at the City of Manistee. The river’s rocky bottom, fast moving cool water and vigorous currents with calm pools makes it a perfect habitat to hold and reproduce an abundance of fish. You can expect to catch steelhead as well as Chinook salmon and coho salmon on your fall fishing adventure. Steelhead (Rainbow) Trout Also known as rainbow trout, steelhead, are genetically the same as stream trout but can grow to a larger size if they live in Lake Michigan. One of the most exciting fish to catch, they can certainly be a challenge to get into the boat. Almost like acrobats of the lake, steelhead are known for high flying jumps with lots of twists and backflips. Chinook (King) Salmon Chinook Salmon are also called King Salmon or Kings. This species will make up the bulk of your catch most of the year. Chinook average from 2-20 pounds, with 6-15 pounds being the most common. No other Lake Michigan sport fish pulls like a king salmon. A king typically matures in four years, and then returns to the river where it was born and prepares to spawn. Some of the largest kings are as much as 4 year old.

Photo courtesy of the Manistee County Visitors Bureau

Photo courtesy of the Manistee County Visitors Bureau

Coho Salmon Sometimes  referred  to as silver salmon, or just cohos, Coho salmon are similar in appearance to kings, but quite different when it comes to the fight. Cohos like to roll, jump and do whatever they can to get off the hook. Their average size is smaller than kings, typically between 1-6 pounds, but they can sometimes get much larger. Coho tend to travel in schools, so where you find one, there are usually many more. Visitors to Manistee County can also book a fall fishing trip through several available charter companies, such as: Tilmann Outfitters: For river fishing, the Big Manistee is world renowned for its fresh, record setting Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout. Cruise down the Big Manistee with Captain Michael on either his roomy 18′ Sea Arc. We can fish the Big Manistee near the shoreline or in the deep holes for giant Salmon and Steelhead, or the near-shore coastal waters at the mouth of Lake Michigan. Also, we can simply spend some time exploring some of Manistee’s unspoiled wilderness areas and abundant wildlife along the river. River Haven Guide Service: Fall Steelhead is possibly the most exciting fishing experience on the Manistee River. These fish usually start to show up around the first week of October. Feeding on the eggs of the recent salmon run, they are very chrome in color, hungry, aggressive and put up a fight.

Photo courtesy of the Manistee County Visitors Bureau

Photo courtesy of the Manistee County Visitors Bureau

First Class Charters: Ideal for families or corporate groups, the charter is led by an experienced U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain with 25 years of experience. This charter is great for fishing Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout and Lake Trout. The tour is docked 10 minutes from Lake Michigan on the Manistee River Channel. Schmidt Outfitters: Schmidt Outfitters is a fly fishing outfitter that was established in 1976 in Wellston. They provide destination guide services on some of Michigan’s most famous trout, steelhead and salmon waters like the Manistee River, Bear Creek and Pine River. With professional fly fishing guides, a fully stocked fly shop, fly fishing schools, casting pond, it’s no wonder that anglers from around the world visit our waters and enjoy our services. You will, too. For more information about fishing in the Manistee area, go to www.visitmanisteecounty.com KathrynAbout the author: Growing up in Manistee, Kathryn Kenny spent her childhood fishing on the Manistee River systems and the Big Lake with her two older brothers; a family tradition that has been passed down to her daughters. Kathryn is the executive director of the Manistee County Visitors Bureau.

15 Photos to Inspire Your Next Trip to Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a true gem nestled in the heart of Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay region. From the quaint, German small-town feel to the abundance of things to see and do at the River Place shops, a trip to Michigan’s Little Bavaria never disappoints.

Read more on a few things to do in Frankenmuth this fall that makes for a perfect visit, courtesy of the Frankenmuth Convention and Visitors Bureau.

We just wrapped up our #SeeFrankenmuth summer photo contest and from the looks of things, we had plenty of visitors that could testify to the fact that 1-800-FUN-TOWN isn’t just our phone number. Take a look at some of our fan-submitted photos and start planning your next trip to Michigan’s Little Bavaria.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Nothing but blue skies over Zehnder’s Restaurant, one of Frankenmuth’s culinary gems since 1856. Want to try the World’s Famous Chicken Dinners for yourself? Taste the crispy goodness on your next trip!

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

An evening view like this can only come from the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth: featuring 4 indoor pools, 2 indoor water slides, 3 whirlpools, 360 unique guest rooms located on the Cass River, like this one.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

The gorgeous River Place Shops in Frankenmuth are all-aglow at night. With over 40 specialty shops, boutiques and attractions, it is easy to shop well into the evening.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Cozy up under the striped parasols and fire lamps at Prost! Wine Bar and Charcuterie.  Offering a full bar, craft beer and cocktails and six wines on tap centrally located in the heart of downtown.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

An incredible firework display celebrating Independence Day in Michigan’s Little Bavaria.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Two little visitors overlooking the Covered Bridge and gorgeous Cass River. Did you know that this is Michigan’s largest wooden covered bridge?

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Water like glass. The Cass River is great for kayaking and paddle boarding. For rentals, visit the Frankenmuth Outfitters.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

A whimsical moment captured from Frankenmuth’s Balloons Over Bavarian Inn Festival.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

A picturesque moment of Frankenmuth’s Covered Bridge overlooking the Cass River at sunset. The perfect place to cast a fishing pole, enjoy a picnic or simply rest and experience the natural beauty that can only be found here.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

A gorgeous sunrise illuminates the farm fields. When settlers came to the city in 1845, Frankenmuth was founded on flour, saw and woolen mills. They also produced beer, cheese and sausage. Agricultural and self-sustaining businesses were the norm. Check out the history here.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

The Bavarian Inn Castle Shops are a world of enchantment! Located in the lower level of Bavarian Inn Restaurant, you’ll find seven unique shops that have something for everyone.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

A nighttime view from inside Frankenmuth’s Covered Bridge, or as we say in German, the Holz Brucke.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

An iconic landmark of Frankenmuth will always create a fun photo shoot.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Frankenmuth’s  Cass River reflecting the beautiful Bavarian Inn Lodge. This shot was taken from Frankenmuth’s River Walk: a charming willow-lined path that is a great biking and walking trail.

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

Photo Courtesy of Frankenmuth CVB

When Frankenmuth celebrates the Balloons Over Bavarian Inn Festival, you don’t have to be on Main Street to enjoy the show.

 What do you love to do in the area? Share in the comments!

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ArtPrize Made Easy: 5 Steps to Enhance Your Visit

Whether you’re an ArtPrize regular or this will be your first trip to the world’s most radical art competition, you can follow these simple steps to make your experience more efficient, pleasant and fun.

The Art Newspaper has officially recognized ArtPrize as the most-attended public art event on the planet – about 400,000 people stream into downtown Grand Rapids during the 19-day festivities. That number is likely to swell this year, as the New York Times highlighted ArtPrize in naming Grand Rapids #20 on its list of 52 Places to Go Worldwide in 2016.

Photo Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

Photo Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

A little advance planning will help you manage the crowds and get the most out of your ArtPrize visit. Here are a few tips:

1. Ride the ArtPrize Shuttle

With nearly 1,500 works of art spread across three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, it’s flat-out impossible to see everything in a day. Extend your stay with a special ArtPrize Hotel Package that offers such perks as a free shuttle to downtown. Guests at 30 suburban hotels can make their way to the Park & Ride location within 10 minutes of their hotel and board the shuttle to avoid traffic and parking hassles. That gives you more time to focus on art!

2. Visit the Neighborhood HUBs

For the first time, you’ll find eight Neighborhood HUBs throughout the ArtPrize district. Located at major venues, each HUB serves as a great entry point to the event – providing you with the opportunity to register to vote, pick up an event guide and map, get information about neighborhood-specific events, browse ArtPrize merchandise and purchase a Metro Pass.

3. Pick up a Passport (or Two)

You can also pick up an ArtPrize Passport at any of the HUBs. Collect stamps from any five of the eight HUBs and you’ll be entered to win prizes from ArtPrize and Founders Brewing Co. Collect stamps from all eight HUBs plus the exclusive ArtPrize Medallion sticker available only at the Founders Brewing Co. tent at the October 7 ArtPrize Awards public viewing party at Rosa Parks Circle – and you’ll be entered to win a grand prize package. (While you’re here, you can also pick up a Beer City Passport and collect stamps at participating breweries to earn a collectible Brewsader t-shirt.)

4. Whet Your Appetite

You’re going to work up a hunger during your ArtPrize adventure – and you’ll save time by evaluating your dining options in advance. Visit ExperienceGR.com to search for restaurants by region and/or cuisine.

5. Explore All Your Options

Every day of ArtPrize is packed with fun, fascinating, art-focused events – but ArtPrize isn’t the only excitement on the Grand Rapids agenda during these 19 days. From a touring Broadway production of Cinderella, to concerts by Kanye West and Aretha Franklin, to a family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration, you’ll find plenty of ArtPrize “add-ons” to enhance your stay. Search the Events Calendar at ExperienceGR.com to find events that coincide with your stay dates.

Photo Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

Photo Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

What other tips do you have for attending this fun event? Let us know in the comments!