Pere Marquette River Report

December 10th, 2019

Quick update on the river conditions. A ton of trees fell in/across the river last week after we received high winds and heavy/wet snow. M-37 to Bowman’s and MacDougal’s to Walhalla are all floatable with some skill and strength to push over a few giant pines that were a bit too big to cut. Use caution when floating and at the launches and take-outs as snow and ice have made things tricky. 

As far as fishing goes, the bite has really slowed down since my last report (on flies anyways). But even the guys taking the easy way out with plugs, spawn, beads and pins are still working hard to get it done. Guys fishing swung flies around the wood are getting some action but it is work to find a player and your gear needs to be just right for the run you’re fishing. Intermediate Skagit heads, Scandi Extremes, T-14 or even T-18 sink tips in certain instances are required. Flies with a little weight near the head to get it down quickly have been helpful. Swing flies in orange, black/blue and olive and copper got tugged on this past week but no adult fish to the net unfortunately.

The egging has been tough for my boat but some buddies sticking with the floating lines and yarn have been picking up a fish or two. However, it’s still been a grind and capitalizing on the 1 or 2 shots you get a day have been crucial. Rarely is fly fishing about going out and hooking a butt ton of fish. We fly fish for the challenge and gratification of beating a fish at their own game. It’s a much different ballgame than spring fishing. Prospecting every good looking run waiting to stumble across a fish that isn’t too cold to eat is the name of the game. If fishing hard all day for little to no action is not your cup of tea, you might want to rethink your pursuits!

There’s still a few decent weather days in the forecast but hopefully some of the angling pressure dies off and the fish get a little rest. It’s been a busy year thanks to you fine folks coming up to fish with us, stay with us and shop with us. Every little store in town appreciates the business and I have no problem steering people to other shops if we don’t carry something particular. 

The lodge is perfectly set up for all you sled heads that love snowmobiling the plethora of trails we have around here. The ice fishing is great on many of the local lakes. And of course, we have a decent amount of steelhead in right now (though you might not think that based on how your fishing went) to target throughout the remainder of the winter season. If you need accommodations, look no further!

The shop has gift cards and actual gifts too for those looking to shop for a fishy person in their life. Take care this holiday season and I’ll see you out there!

Kyle Hartman – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972

  • Flow
    1290 CFS @ Scottville
  • Visibility
    Good upriver, a little more stain the further downstream you go
  • Water Temperature
  • Best time of day to fish
  • Indicator
    Blackbird 6 gram
  • Recommended Leader
    9' 0x Mirage
  • Recommended Tippet
    1-2x Mirage
  • Best Rod Outfit
    11' 7wt Clearwater Switch Rod
  • Best Techniques
  • Comments
  • 6 day outlook
    Grand Rapids
    Weather from OpenWeatherMap
  • Our thoughts on the outlook