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Hanmer's
Riverside Resort & Livery
Benzonia, Michigan
The fall brings the spawning season for
Chinook and Coho on area rivers and
creeks. Salmon were first planted in
the great lakes in 1967 to control the
exotic invive Alewife population.  Alewives,
which thrived astered after predators,are
now the salmon's primary food source.
The food base for these particular salmon
has really been good for the last three years. Chinook salmon have black
gums, are larger than Coho and have a completely spotted tail. They are
typically brownish black when they enter the river after maturing in the lake.
The Betsie River is 50 miles long with no fish weirs to stop the fish.  Chinook are harvested at the
Manistee weir and average 12 to 28 pounds. Coho are harvested at Platte weir and average 8 to
12 pounds. Weirs on the Platte, Boardman and Little Manistee rivers prevent salmon from going
up stream.  Fish from the Platte and Little Manistee are harvested for their eggs, which are taken
to Platte river hatchery. Platte River hatchery raises Coho and the Manistee Hatchery raises
Chinook.  
Fishing At Hanmer's Riverside Resort
Hanmer's Riverside Resort offers river access right outside your front
door.  Our cabins face the river and have direct access to the river.  
Hanmer's offers a full cleaning facility and freezer space for your catch.
Spring River Fishing is March through April
Summer Fishing on Lake Michigan is May Through September (weather permitting)
Fall River Fishing is late August through November
Salmon and Steelhead mid October through December (weather permitting)
Crystal Lake and other inland lakes, all year round.
Trout stamp required with Valid Fishing License.