Pere Marquette River Report

March 12th, 2019

It feels like spring is finally upon us! The forecast is promising, the river looks great and the fish are responding! I can’t begin to tell you folks how great it feels to be on the river right now. Birds chirping, deer bounding through the woods, turkeys rooting around the spots with exposed ground, and then having a steelhead thrash its head wildly adding a moment of chaos to the serenity. A scenario we are so lucky to be apart of:

Fish are being caught on both eggs and nymphs, though lately a strong stonefly bite has been occurring. The warm sunshine has those little black bugs crawling all over the snow along the banks and even a couple adults skittering on the water. There is a slight stain to the water that should continue to grow with added melt/run-off. The more stain to the water, the bigger the fly! There are a couple fish starting to spawn so those steelhead orange glo-bugs and other egg patterns resembling natural steelhead eggs will start to produce good numbers of trout and steelhead. Streamer fishing has been slow lately but with more stain being added to the river, a bump in the levels and a slight warming trend, things should start to improve on the streamer front.

The launches are still very slick so use caution when walking or driving around these areas. We are setting up for a great spring season so if you don’t already have your spring dates booked, do it soon! There are fish of all stages in the river right now from fall hold-overs to fresh spring fish throughout the system. Give the shop a call and let us show you a great time on the famous Pere Marquette River!

Congrats to Dave Gawlak winning 1st place in the Shiver on the River Tournament! Couldn’t think of a better guy to take the gold. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event. The shop is now open from 7am-7pm all week so stop in and see all the goodies we are acquiring for upcoming season. Be safe and see you on the river!

Kyle Hartman – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972

  • Flow
  • Visibility
  • Water Temperature
    36 degrees
  • Best time of day to fish
  • Indicator
    Blackbird 4-6 gram
  • Recommended Leader
    9' Mirage leader
  • Recommended Tippet
    1-2x Mirage
  • Best Rod Outfit
    10'7wt Clearwater or H2
  • Best Techniques
  • Comments
    Use EXTREME caution at the accesses, things are slick!
  • 6 day outlook
    Grand Rapids
    Weather from OpenWeatherMap
  • Our thoughts on the outlook
    Tomorrow and Thursday look possible! Starting Sunday, things could also be fishable upstream if things don't ice up between Thursday night and Sunday morning.