Pere Marquette River Report

October 11th, 2019

The high water did its job and brought us the remainder of our chinook run as well as a few coho and steelhead. The river is about back to normal levels in the upper stretches with a little stain. The river is higher and heavier stained the further down you go and depending on how much rain we receive tomorrow and in the next few days, the river may swell again. For the time being, there’s still plenty of good looking salmon to last the remainder of the season and all this rain is setting us up nicely for a good fall run of steelhead! Get your dates booked for November and even better fishing in December in my opinion!

The boys from Indiana doing their thing!

Todd with a couple of good looking kings!


Fishing eggs in the pockets, holes and runs will give you a good shot at hooking up with a chrome steelie. Glo bugs, nuke eggs, rag clowns and any other yarn egg pattern you can imagine will tempt an egg drunk steelhead anywhere. As the water drops and clears, downsize your offerings and tippet sizes to increase your success rates. Looking forward to the change over to targeting these hot chrome fish!

Some fine examples of fall steelhead from last year:

The resident brown trout are very close to their spawning season as well so use gentle care when handling them. Rubber nets, keep ’em in the water, etc. We have a wonderful trout fishery here and obviously want that to continue. With the majority of our trout population being naturally reproduced within the PM River watershed, it is important to keep up with the catch and release efforts on these fish and taking care of them for the future. 

Now that we are outside of the regular trout season here in Michigan many streams are now closed until late next April. Consult a regulations manual if you’re unsure of the rules on where you plan on fishing. 

Kyle Hartman – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972

  • Flow
    1400 CFS
  • Visibility
    Slightly stained
  • Water Temperature
    48-50 degrees
  • Best time of day to fish
  • Indicator
  • Recommended Leader
  • Recommended Tippet
    12-10lb fluoro for kings 8-6lb fluoro for steelhead
  • Best Rod Outfit
    9' 10wt for salmon, 10-11'6" 7wt for steelhead
  • Best Techniques
  • Comments
  • 6 day outlook
    Grand Rapids
    Weather from OpenWeatherMap
  • Our thoughts on the outlook