In the highly competitive west Michigan fishing guide business Indigo Guide Service has not only survived but has thrived for over fifteen years. Everyone on the Indigo team is a full time fly fishing guide. Our team of dedicated guides are on the water day after day keeping on top of the latest trends and hottest bites.
Every guided trip includes all of the fishing gear you need for a great day on the water. Rod, reels, leader, tippet and flies are all provided at no additional cost to you. If you wish to bring your own gear, that is just fine. We have recommended gear on each species specific page and go into more detail on what to expect.
Steelhead are the perfect river fish, being both beautiful, aggressing and tremendous fighters. They hit the Pere Marquette, Manistee, Muskegon and White Rivers in mid October, stay throughout the winter and spawning in the spring with the season wrapping up in May.
As the winter snows melt and spring arrives in west Michigan the steelhead season starts to heat up. Steelhead are the perfect river fish, being both beautiful, aggressing and tremendous fighters. If there was one river born fish to ruin you for the rest of them, this is the one. Their acrobatic jumps and tenacity can be addicting. Your spring steelhead are in our rivers until about May for their annual spawn. The Pere Marquette River is a river whose steelhead naturally reproduce (meaning no stocking on steelhead). These wild steelhead are a handful one hooked up, if you haven’t experienced it, it should be on your fishing bucket list.
As steelhead season winds down, our crew heads north to Beaver Island. Located just 25 miles off Charlevoix, Beaver Island
They hit the Pere Marquette, Manistee, Muskegon and White Rivers in mid October, stay throughout the winter and spawning in the spring with the season wrapping up in May.
Salmon leaver Lake Michigan and begin entering our rivers in late summer with numbers peaking in late September to early October. Averaging 14 to 18 pounds they have the power and size to wreck your rigging and gear. The salmon run is often impressively large with opportunities everywhere.
We have both brown and rainbow trout and both can be successfully fished year round on many of our area rivers. A wide variety of methods are used depending on the time of year, current conditions and the skills and preferences of the anglers. Stripping large streamers, mousing at night and matching the hatch are some of the more popular methods used. As a note the Pere Marquette River was the first river to be planted with brown trout in North America, brought from Germany in the late 1800’s.
We are blessed with an abundance of smallmouth bass in Michigan. In west Michigan both the Manistee and Muskegon Rivers, as well as many other area lakes, have good smallmouth populations. Our team very lucky to spend their summers guiding the world famous smallmouth on Beaver Island, where a 5 pound bass is common. Think summer for smallmouth.
The carp fishing on Beaver Island is considered by many to be the best in North America. With hundreds of miles of crystal clear shorelines and an average fish size of 20 pounds, fishing the flats of Beaver Island is really something special. Like the smallmouth, the carp season goes from late May until August.