Pere Marquette River Fishing Report Archives

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2020 Fishing Reports

March 12, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Steelhead fishing is improving. 

March 5, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Steelhead fishing only will get better as we move closer to spring. Water temperatures were still a bit cold, running in the mid to upper 30s. Those fly fishing are hooking some fish.

February 20, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Was also producing steelhead for those using spawn, beads and wax worms.

February 13, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Was also producing steelhead.

February 6, 2020

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Steelhead were caught by those fly fishing. Hot colors were pink, purple and blue.

2019 Fishing Reports

November 21, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan  – Continued to produce steelhead. The fish were bouncing back after the cold spell so the bite should be good for the next week or so.

November 14, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan – Also has steelhead, including some good size fish being caught. While the bite may have slowed with the cold weather, it should rebound once it warms back up. Try fishing the deeper holes.

November 7, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan – Water levels are up. Those targeting steelhead were getting a few, mainly on flies. Try an egg pattern or a bead.

October 31, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan  — was producing some steelhead.

October 24, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Salmon fishing is winding down.

October 17, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Water levels were receding in the upper stretches, but the lower stretches were still high. Anglers continue to catch some large Chinook. The rain will certainly help not only the salmon, but the fall steelhead runs as well.

September 26, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Salmon were still running and could be found in the South Branch in Oceana County.

September 19, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Water levels were up a bit and more fish were moving upriver, including some large salmon. Trout fishing in the upper river was good.

September 12, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —A good run of Chinooks had begun.

September 5, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Was starting to see more some salmon moving up into the river as water temperatures were favorable with the cooler weather. The better fishing was in the lower reaches.

August 29, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan —Salmon are slowly starting to push up into the river. A couple Chinook were seen in the South Branch.

May 30, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Also had some higher flows but anglers were still catching some trout. The river is starting to see some good fly hatches.

April 4, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Steelhead anglers are out but catch rates were slow.

March 28, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — Is producing steelhead.

February 28, 2019

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan — The bite was slow but those putting in the time were getting a couple steelhead. Most were found in the slow deep water. 

2016 Ludington Fishing Reports

January 7, 2016

Posted by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan  Steelhead fishing has been good despite the cold. Try fishing the deeper holes.

January 6, 2016

Advantage Marketing  — A local fisherman reports that the fish are in the Pere Marquette River flats, but the action is spotty. Some days are good, some not. There are lots of people fishing on the river today.

January 1, 2016

Advantage Marketing  — This report was submitted to us by a local fisherman. After a couple hours fishing on a very cold morning December 27, he landed a 30 inch, 10 pound steelhead. The fishing started at daybreak on the river flats near Pere Marquette Lake. The air temperature was around 25 degrees with a cold northwest wind 10-15mph. Flat fish lures were used with no luck, then put a spawn bag on a set line and got the only fish of the day.

 

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