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 fishing guide and has often been featured on national television shows as well as many books and magazines on Great Lakes fly fishing.
While our crew calls the world famous Pere Marquette River home, we also frequent the Muskegon River, Manistee River and White River.
All of our guided fishing trips include everything you need for a successful day on the water. Rods, reels, leader, tippet and flies are all provided at no additional cost to you. Below is a listing of the species we fish and links to more detailed pages on steelhead, salmon, carp, smallmouth bass and trout.
Steelhead (Spring/Fall/Winter): Steelhead are the perfect river fish, being both beautiful, aggressive 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. Read more about fly fishing for Pere Marquette River Steelhead.
Salmon (Late Summer/Fall): Salmon leave 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. Read more about Pere Marquette River Salmon fishing.
Carp (Summer): The carp fishing on Beaver Island is considered by many to be the best in not only the Great Lakes, but also 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. Read more about fly fishing carp on Beaver Island.
Smallmouth Bass (Summer): 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. Read more about Michigan smallmouth bass.
Trout (Year Round): 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.