Pere Marquette River Report

June 9th, 2017

Where does time go!? If you blinked, you might have missed the limited windows we had here on the PM to witness a sizable spinnerfall that resulted in fish thrashing everywhere with a few nice targets to key in on. The month of May that was 4x tippets and size 12 drakes will give way to 0x tippets and gargantuan size 6 hex imitations. But we are still chasing the same critter! June is a favorite month for many fly anglers here in northern Michigan and for good reason. A chance at one of the biggest trout they’ve ever caught, on a dry fly, after dark…what’s not to love!?

But, just like the drakes, hexes have their on and off nights. They don’t always happen, but when they do, it’s usually a night that ranks higher than most in terms of fish catching. It is a very crowded couple of weeks at times having that many guys out there in search of a fish of a lifetime so we need to be understanding it’s not what it used to be. There has been an explosion in popularity with the sport as well as night fishing. Be kind to one another, refrain from using blinding lights when walking or floating while there are still fish rising and guys still casting at them. Ask which way you should pass if you come upon an anchored boat while floating. Try to give everyone a reasonable amount of space but on those busy nights, that line can get a little blurry. Relax, it’s just fishing. Too many guys get too worked up over the hex, having “their” water overrun by weekenders and alike…nobody owns the river. Though we should all still respect it and each other.

Day time fishing with stimulators, chubby chernobyl’s, and other attractor dries has raised some decent fish while the sun is high. There was a decent streamer bite earlier in the week after the rain that clouded the water slightly. Small white and black coneheaded streamers with minimal flash worked well for those 12-15″ class fish. We had some great chases and some awesome eats. It never ceases to amaze me at how a brown trout attacks a stripped fly. An animal at the height of it’s aggression and ambush is truly spectacular, no matter how big the trout is! Nymphing in the upper river has also been putting inches on the board consistently.

Mousing has been touch and go with the big moon lately. Cloud cover after dark and playing the shade will help for those surface wakers. Guys swinging muddlers, zoo cougars and other deer hair headed streamers and wets are doing well going just under the surface while the nights are bright. The giant Midwestern stones have been out every night in fair numbers so splattering one of those after dark on the major seams could work as well. Watched a fish chase fry/smolt around an entire corner in the moonlight the other night. Last night we watched a VERY big trout barrel roll across the surface in an attempt to devour a small trout splashing at dries just before dark, it’s wake spreading across the shallow sand bar as it retreated to the deeper run like a white shark. The trout are very well fed this season, that’s for sure!

Conditions are par for this time of year. Levels are fairly low, making for easy wading. The clarity is still crystal. Any amount of rain will change that slightly but not for long if the precipitation isn’t extraordinary. There is warmer weather predicted for the 7-day outlook, the big bugs could be here before you know it! Make sure your dates are booked and I’ll see you out there!

Kyle Hartman -Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972

  • Flow
    716 CFS @ Scottville
  • Visibility
    6 feet
  • Water Temperature
    56 degrees
  • Best time of day to fish
  • Indicator
  • Recommended Leader
    9' Mirage leader
  • Recommended Tippet
    0x for streamers, 3-4x Mirage for nymphs, 4-5x Super Strong for dries
  • Best Rod Outfit
    9' 6wt
  • Best Techniques
    Hatch match dry fly fishing
  • Comments
    Bring an array of set-ups, there's a lot of variety available in terms of techniques right now.
  • 6 day outlook
    Grand Rapids
    Weather from OpenWeatherMap
  • Our thoughts on the outlook
    Warmer weather on the horizon. Good news for hatches!