Pere Marquette River Report

February 25, 2021

Well old man winter has loosened his grip on Northern Michigan. The 10 day forecast looks promising as well. Spring is right around the corner! Now is a great time to be on the water, the crowds still haven’t arrived and the fishing is good. We still have plenty of open dates for guide trips in the next two weeks.

Winter on the Pere Marquette River!


The fish are keying up on eggs and nymphs. Black stoneflies in size 8,10 and 12. Hexes in size 6, and 8. Egg patterns tied in size 10 or 12 are always a good choice. Try mixing up colors and sizes until you find what they want. Floating lines, running lines, Skagit tips or Scandi heads are the go to ways to present your flies. Does any of this sound like some complicated secret code? There is a lot to learn and one of the best ways to break down the learning curve is by attending one of our schools! We have another Steelhead School March 12-14.


If you haven’t attended one yet, you are missing out. The weekend long school features lodging, classes, rigging demonstrations, on the water teaching, entomology as well as a guided float down the Pere Marquette river. Check the website for upcoming schools.

Big winter buck.

Hope to see you soon!

Chris Raines – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972