Pere Marquette River Report

September 16th, 2020

It might not be like the previous couple years but we’re finding some fish and having fun every day! Water levels are low and the clarity is clearing/clear upriver. Fresher kings can be found in the deeper pools staging up before the spawn. Many fish have begun spawning and trout can be caught on small eggs and nymphs below the spawning salmon. Steelhead have been seen and hooked almost daily throughout the river and these skamania are a lot of fun!

Fresh kings continue to trickle into the system and migrate their way upstream. Traffic has been heavy, especially on weekends so be prepared! Extra traffic on a low numbers year can get some guys worked up and bent out of shape in a hurry. Chill out and enjoy time on the river. Everyone has had a rough year and deserves some “hydro therapy”.

Salmon fishing should remain well into October this year so for those of you who are hesitant on booking in early to mid October, don’t be this year! As long as fish continue to trickle in or we receive a solid blast of fish, things should be good here for another few weeks. Some rain would be very helpful in coaxing some more fish upstream!

The shop is open at 6am and is loaded with all your salmon, trout and steelhead fly fishing needs. Stop in for a report or if you’re in need of some new equipment. Be patient, be persistent, and be thankful. It’s hard to beat a beautiful fall day on a river like this with fish in the net or not but we’re gonna try our best to put some in there! Be safe and be polite. I’ll see you on the river!

Kyle Hartman – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972

  • Flow
  • Visibility
  • Water Temperature
    Low to mid 60's
  • Best time of day to fish
  • Indicator
    Blackbird 6 gram
  • Recommended Leader
  • Recommended Tippet
    2-3x for hoppers, 4-5x fluoro for nymphing
  • Best Rod Outfit
    9' 5wt for daytime dries, 9' 7wt for mousing
  • Best Techniques
    Nymphing or attractor dries
  • Comments
  • 6 day outlook
  • Our thoughts on the outlook