Pere Marquette River Report

September 11th, 2018

The high water did its job and brought a good push of kings into the river. The upper river is clearing and almost back to normal. The middle/lower river is quickly coming back into shape in terms of water conditions and being cleared of fallen trees thanks to the Forestry Service, Baldwin Canoe Rental and several local volunteer guides. The fish are big this year, averaging around 20lbs! We are encountering fish in the upper 20 to 30lb class daily. They are an impressive run of fish this year in terms of size and the amount of fight in them right now is flat out humbling! A few fish have started to spawn and the trout are just beginning to take notice but that should improve once the spawning activity increases. The streamer fishing for trout was decent with the higher water and is getting more challenging as the water drops and clears but you can still move some decent fish in the high sun as we did today if you have the right size/color fly with the right retrieve in the choppier, darker runs. It’s going to be a fun salmon season if things continue at this rate. Hopefully the fall steelhead run follows suit! Have fun and see you out there!

Kyle Hartman – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972

  • Flow
    732 CFS @ Scottville
  • Visibility
    Fairly clear/Clearing
  • Water Temperature
    55-57 degrees
  • Best time of day to fish
    Mornings and evenings
  • Indicator
  • Recommended Leader
    20lb Seaguar Fluoro
  • Recommended Tippet
    0x-1x Mirage
  • Best Rod Outfit
    9' 10wt Clearwater
  • Best Techniques
    Chuck 'n Ducking nymphs, streamers, thundersticks in the lower river
  • Comments
    Bring the big stick!
  • 6 day outlook
    Grand Rapids
    Weather from OpenWeatherMap
  • Our thoughts on the outlook
    Warmer weather