Pere Marquette River Report

July 19th, 2018

Things have finally started to cool down after that spell of hot weather. The daytime river temps have dropped, making it possible to target trout in the afternoons and have a shot at them actually reviving and being released properly. Both Uber and Devon put their clients on some dandies in the daylight this week fishing hoppers along the log jams and bubble lines. I’d say undercuts too but with the low water, the majority of the undercuts are exposed right now. There is some rain in the forecast for this weekend and we could really use it. If the water does come up and get stained, you can expect some good streamer fishing to follow as the water rises.

The night fishing has started to slow down with moon growing larger but there are still some opportunities at some great fish under a starlit sky. Downsizing your fly, tippet, lengthening your leader, and fishing offbeat spots will all increase your chances at going tight on a big one when the conditions are against you.

Had a chance to get back out on my old stomping grounds around Lake St. Clair last week with the family and had a blast pulling baits for one of LSC’s iconic residents. Such an awesome body of water so close to a major metropolitan area and it’s a fish factory!

I can’t believe it’s almost August. Seems like it was just the other day we were stripping streamers through the stained water of May or staring at the sky waiting for drakes. Still a lot of fun to be had before the leaves start turning. Don’t let summer slip by without taking advantage of some of the outdoor activities that makes this state so amazing to be in this time of year. Get up north and enjoy!

Kyle Hartman – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

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  • Flow
    438 CFS @ Scottville
  • Visibility
  • Water Temperature
    63-66 degrees
  • Best time of day to fish
    Mornings and evenings
  • Indicator
  • Recommended Leader
    9' Superstrong 0x (mice), 9' Superstrong 2x (hoppers)
  • Recommended Tippet
    0x for mice, 1-3x Superstrong for dries
  • Best Rod Outfit
    9' 5wt for day 9' 7wt for night
  • Best Techniques
    Pounding the banks with attractor dries in the early mornings/evenings or mousing after dark
  • Comments
  • 6 day outlook
    Grand Rapids
    Weather from OpenWeatherMap
  • Our thoughts on the outlook