Pere Marquette River Report

November 26th, 2017

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last Thursday. Whether you were at home eating dinner and watching football with the family or enjoying a quiet afternoon float down the river with friends, it was a good day on both ends of the spectrum. The fishing has been pretty solid lately even with a fair number of anglers out there also trying to feed the addiction. We received another push of fish with yet another spike in water flows last week. We were already working with a good number of fish throughout the system and then reinforcements arrived. If the weather allows, we are going to have a fun winter of steelheading here on the Pere Marquette and surrounding rivers!

Steelhead are still being fooled with various blends of yarn tied in every egg fashion: glo-bugs, nukes and rag clowns all still taking fish. Nymphs have been working well lately in the clearing/cooling water. Small pheasant tails, hare’s ears and hex wigglers will make things happen when eggs won’t. There has definitely been a noticeable bite window on certain days. Afternoons seem to yield the best chances for hook ups maybe because of a spike in water temp after these chilly mornings burn off.

The weather forecast looks great and the river looks even better. Still a few inches high with great visibility downriver and dropping and clearing the further upriver you go. There are good numbers of fish throughout but some days are better than others depending on a variety of factors: temps, traffic, sun, barometric pressure, ect. It’s still steelhead fishing! You’ve got to pay your dues and make every cast count. It only takes one of these silver missiles to change your life, especially this year! There are some very big fish seen recently and I have a feeling someone is going to tame a beast this winter on a fly rod, I’m talking a legitimate fish over 15lbs!

Remember to practice catch and release on wild steelhead! Our steelhead fishery on the PM depends on successful natural reproduction that happens within the Pere Marquette River watershed. We want as many as possible to stay alive so they can thrive! Try to use a net with a rubber or cotton bag which are much easier on trout and steelhead to prevent them from damaging their gills when thrashing about. Barbless hooks are also not a bad idea. The Flies Only water is FLIES ONLY! Seeing bead rigs, spawn bags and even hot’n tots in trees throughout that stretch is pretty lame. The future of our steelhead fishery is in OUR hands! Seems like a good idea to take care of it…

Kyle Hartman -Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972

  • Flow
    882 CFS @ Scottville
  • Visibility
  • Water Temperature
    41-43 degrees
  • Best time of day to fish
    Mid day
  • Indicator
  • Recommended Leader
    9' Mirage leader
  • Recommended Tippet
    2-3x Mirage
  • Best Rod Outfit
    10'7wt Clearwater
  • Best Techniques
  • Comments
    Make your casts count! Show the fish your best presentations right off the bat.
  • 6 day outlook
    Grand Rapids
    Weather from OpenWeatherMap
  • Our thoughts on the outlook
    Weather looks comfortable, highs in the low to mid 40's with chilly overnight temps. Bundle up in the morning!