Pere Marquette River Report

October 11th, 2017

Rain! Finally, the much needed precipitation has brought the river up a little and given it a dash of color. It looks great on all fronts: streamers for trout, prospecting for steelhead or looking for that last batch of kings, there’s something for everyone on the Pere Marquette right now!

There was another push of kings in the lower river last week and new fish can be seen moving upriver daily. The rain also brought in some more steelhead with more of those being seen or hooked regularly. The trout fishing has been decent and egging the pockets and active gravels is still producing nice fish. Streamer fishing with black, olive and copper flies in the medium size range of 3-5″ will pull fish from the undercuts and many pieces of timber strewn about the river.

Get your fall steelhead dates booked for those wanting to ride the lightning! Late October, November and early December chrome is the best out there in my opinion. The fish are charged up and aggressive trying to obtain extra calories before their winter hold-over in the river. Give the lodge a call at (231) 745-3972 to check guide availability for whatever dates best suit your schedule.

Stop by the shop if you need any help with gear or have any questions. Keep in mind that trout season is closed to fishing on the Little South Branch, Baldwin River and Middle Branch upstream of M-37 bridge. It’s been chilly out there in the morning so be prepared if you’re hitting the river.

Thank you all for keeping us busy this salmon season! We look forward to seeing you for the fall/winter steelhead season which is shaping up quite nicely with this added water. Be safe driving up and we’ll see you around!

Kyle Hartman -Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972

  • Flow
    538 CFS @ Scottville
  • Visibility
    Slight stain
  • Water Temperature
    51 degrees
  • Best time of day to fish
    Early and late
  • Indicator
  • Recommended Leader
    9' Mirage leader
  • Recommended Tippet
    2x Mirage
  • Best Rod Outfit
    10'7wt Clearwater
  • Best Techniques
  • Comments
    Look for steelhead in the darker seams feeding on loose salmon eggs.
  • 6 day outlook
    Grand Rapids
    Weather from OpenWeatherMap
  • Our thoughts on the outlook
    With rain in the forecast on Saturday and Sunday, expect more steelhead!