River Results 2001
January, February, March & April
January Lunker 1/15/01 The Silers 1/28/01 2 Daves on 2/3/01 Bill C. 20 King on 3/2/01
Manistee River Results
This page contains the exact results from every charter with no embellishment. This is a "tell it like it is" standard of honesty that Capt. John King is known for. Proof can be found in the archived links to photos that accompany every charter. While other charter operations might give you a bunch of "pie in the sky" unfounded promises. Here, you can see and read the precise verification of the whole story when it comes to fishing with King's Charter Service, we serve the reel facts!
Had the father-son team of Travis, and dad, Tim Anthony as guests today
on the Manistee River. We hit 3 Steelhead and were fortunate to
boat 2 fish. The Anthony's are from Fairbanks, Alaska and are reel
fishermen, believe me. Travis unassisted hooked and landed a dandy
full colored buck in the 10 to 12 pound class. In the last hole of
the day I pulled a rabbit out of the hat and Tim caught a bright wild,
thrashing chrome hen in snag infested waters, I'd rather be lucky than
The river was a
whole lot better to Andy and Char Grendes than the previous two trips.
We hit 5 Steelhead, hooked up on 3 and boated 2 fish. Andy and
Char are long time favorites of Kings Charter and always do a fantastic
job on the rods. The high point of the day was the incredible
battle, a handsomely colored 12 pound male put on for us in very swift
current. Andy did a great job on that fish.
3/29/01 Fished today with Steve Bentley and his buddy, Brian. We hit 2 Steelhead in 6 hours of hard fishing and were fortunate enough to get off the river with one fish. Not many fish were available to us or anybody else. I reel tried of beating my head against the wall to produce fish when there just aren't many there. So far, this year is poorest season on the Big Manistee since I started guiding in 1985. Forecast rains next week should improve the fishing, or at least let's hope so.
The great couple Cindy
and Roger Hicks fished with me today on the Manistee River. Cindy
landed a 12 lb. hen after a extensive tussle in fast current with just
the right amount pressure. While we tried numerous prime areas, we
never located the mother lode of Steelies. In fact, we only seen
one other Steelhead landed during 6 hour trip. The company of today's
guests made an otherwise slow fishing day go by fast.
Incidentally, the large female Steelhead was released back to the river
I fished today
with Steve Orr and his gracious wife Angela on the Manistee River for
Steelhead. Fishing was fair and the catching was poor. We
had almost 3 fish hooked, one cut the line, another the hooks pulled out
and the third one didn't stay on long enough to worry about. Also,
there were two quick slaps that get hooked up either.
3/3/01 From a hero to a zero is what happened to me! I had Ed Anderson and Al Mackowiak aboard today. We fished about 4 hours with no strikes, because there was extremely heavy pressure on the river. We cut are loses and quit early. 100 boats were launched between Bear Creek and Rainbow Bend access ramps.
I fished today with Ed
Bratkowski and his long time friend Bill Chernenko. We had an
astonishing day boating a rare 20 plus King Salmon, a beautifully marked
Brown Trout and 2 scrappy Steelhead. Today's guests were
"World Class Anglers" and just plain wonderful folks to spend
an awesome day with on the Manistee River.
Randy Bass is going to caught some fish
today with Kings Charter. With a name like Bass, it was be a sure
thing! We had 8 strikes, 4 hooked up and landed 2 Steelhead in the
10 pound bracket, Also Randy was accompanied by Larry Burt.
2/25/01 Kevin Wolinski and I had miscommunication about today's trip. I'm glad things worked out as they did, because the wind was blowing at least 50 mph. It would have been miserable trying to control the boat in the gale force winds. I'll see Kevin this Sunday for some "reel fishing."
2/19/01 I was on the Manistee River today with Bob Ball and his son. From 10:00pm until 3:00pm we hit 2 fish and landed 1 small Steelhead. We fished from Bear Creek to the Mile Run for this lackluster outcome. We need a fresh run of fish! Not much more to add.
fished today with excellent fishermen, Pete Dwan and Mark Johnston.
We hit two Steelhead, a 12 hen and a 7 lb. buck and landed both fish.
The help of this duo made my job easy with the expertise of these
conditions on the Manistee River prevented Bob Ball and his buddy Tom
from work, to do much fishing today. It was decided to rebook for
this Monday, when temperatures are going to be more in our favor.
and his father Randall was my guest on the river today. In an
abbreviated trip because of frozen gas lines we fished about 4 hrs.
From about noon to 2pm we hit 3 Steelhead, but unfortunately none stayed
on the hook for long. Mechanical failure was the kiss of death,
causing a needless delay when the fish were willing to strike.
I was on the
river today with Dave Cunningham and his likeable boss, Dave. I
had a great time with two savvy fishermen who knew how to work as a
team. We hit 5 fish, boated 3 on a day when the it never broke 20
Fished with a great
couple today, Andrea and Vaughn Siler. We hit 2 decent Steelhead
and landed a 5 lb. male and a 8 lb. hen during the outing. Luck
and the talented persistence of the of the Siler's brought both
fish to the net.
1/27/01 I was supposed to be fishing with Bruce C. today. A last minute cancellation on his part left me "all dressed up with no place to go," but with temperatures in mid 20's and a driving wind, I'm sure I didn't miss a heavy bite.
1/20 & 21/01 Tried to get Jason Carlton and his fishing buddy Ted into some Steelhead on the Big Manistee River. Cold temperatures had the deck stacked against us with slush, ice and conditions not fit for man or beast. Jason's trip will be rescheduled to more favorable conditions when we don't have to fight the weather.
again was my esteemed guest today. We had 9 strikes and boated a 3
fish limit in 5 hours because we didn't hit the river until almost
11:30am. Rick did an extremely masterful job landing a wild,
trophy sized 12 to 14 lb. hen! After limiting out Rick said, "These
fish are feisty as hell! Click
for Rick's trophy
Today's trip on
the Big Manistee River included Capt. Bud Raskey and Rick Pritchard.
We hit 7 Steelhead, had 3 hooked up and landed 2 hard fighting fish.