Pere Marquette River Report

January 11, 2021

The new year has started and the fishing is still steady!  We have a decent amount of fish throughout the entire system.  The water level remains good and fish are slowly making their way upstream.  Fishing pressure has remained steady and with the mild weather this will probably continue.  The winter is a great time to hit the river.  Although there are other anglers, this time of year you can still find peace, quite and solitude.

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 offer schools seasonally for the type of fishing we are currently doing.

This weekends school was a great time!

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.


We want to wish all of you a Happy New Year!!! I hope to see you out on the water.

Chris Raines – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972