Enjoy Spring and Fall Fishing at Hanmer’s Riverside Resort
River access right outside your front door!
Our river facing cabins give you access to view and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Betsie River. Hanmer's offers a full cleaning facility and freezer space for your catch.
The fall brings the spawning season for Chinook and Coho on the surrounding rivers and creeks. Salmon were first planted in the great lakes in 1967 to control the exotic invive Alewife population. Alewives that thrived and astered after predators are now the salmon's primary food source.
Fishing for Chinook salmon
The food base for these particular salmon has really been good for the last five 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.
Fish in the Betsie River
The Betsie River is 50 miles long with many different places to stop the fish. An average of 12 to 28 pounds of Chinook is harvested at the Manistee Weir. Coho are harvested at Platte weir weigh 8 to 12 pounds on an average. Weirs on the Platte, Boardman and Little Manistee rivers prevent salmon from going upstream. Fish from the Platte and Little Manistee are harvested for their eggs, which are taken to Platte River hatchery. Platte River hatchery raises the Coho, and the Manistee Hatchery raises Chinook.
A trout stamp is required with a valid fishing license.