Pere Marquette River Report

June 2nd, 2020

The river is about normal levels right now, maybe a touch high. Still a little stain left to the water, but for the most part those great streamer conditions have come and gone. BUT! Not to worry, as now begins arguably the best month to target northern Michigan trout in a hatch-match, dry fly fishing scenario. The drakes have been going for a week now and a few of those evenings have been great fishing with rising trout and bugs aplenty. Other nights, when the weather has been cold and windy, the bugs have been almost nonexistent. Look for spent bugs in the slicks below hard riffles, along the banks and close to wood. If you’re floating, go slow and minimize oar strokes to better hear a fish rising at the next bend. If wading, stop and study those flats closely. Some of the rises that you’d surely bet are a dink can turn out to be a chunky teener that would be more than happy to put a solid bend in your 5 weight.¬†

Harold with a great drake sipper!

Nymphing in the riffles and pockets during the day with small beadhead nymphs in size 12-16 on 4-5x fluoro has been excellent. Euro or indicator, high stick or sight nymphing, they’ve all been working. Stoneflies are emerging in the evenings (little yellow 12-14’s), mahoganies, gray drakes, salmonflies, and probably only a couple weeks away, hexes. It’s better than Christmas up here during the month of June!

The greatest fly fishing blues guitarist around, Keith Scott, holding an awesome brown!

There’s been a little night fishing to be had. It’s been tough with high water and now a big, waxing moon. But with the water almost back to normal, water temps in the mid 50’s to low 60’s on the prolonged hot stints, the fish have been active right at and after dark. Waking and pushing flies are both working. Frogs are all along the mucky/weedy banks with slow to no current. There are still plenty of baitfish swimming along the slower edges and the trout have been well fed since March. They are scrappy and beautiful. It’s been great to see during a time of so much despair.

The shop is open, cabins are available and I believe the lodge is open for guests again (call the shop to verify). Guides are available and summer is practically here. Enjoy and stay safe!

Kyle Hartman – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

231 745 3972

  • Flow
    1130 CFS @ Scottville
  • Visibility
    Tiny stain but overall good visibility
  • Water Temperature
  • Best time of day to fish
  • Indicator
    Blackbird 6 gram
  • Recommended Leader
    9' 0x Mirage
  • Recommended Tippet
    2-3x Mirage
  • Best Rod Outfit
    11' 7wt Clearwater Switch Rod
  • Best Techniques
  • Comments
  • 6 day outlook
  • Our thoughts on the outlook