The Pere Marquette River is a world class river for trout and steelhead but, is
also our favorite river for early season king salmon on the fly rod. Late August
and September offer exceptional salmon fishing!
Trout fishing on the Pere Marquette River is outstanding year around. Trophy resident
brown trout haunt the log jams and gravel shoals, feeding behind the spawning
salmon and steelhead.
The Pere Marquette River offers some of the largest Salmon in the Great Lakes.
Salmon fishing in the lower Pere Marquette River is outstanding in late August
and September. (Aug. 20th - Oct. 10th)
Pere Marquette River Salmon guides available for the lower stretches of the PM
river. We prefer to guide fly fishermen for Salmon on the Pere Marquette River.
Scenic and majestic, the pere marquette river offers a relaxing day on the water
filled with fish and adventure.
The Pere Marquette "Flies Only" section has
good numbers of Pere Marquette River Steelhead on gravel shoals or "redds"
as they are called. Guided Fly Fishing on Michigan's Pere Marquette River.
Pere Marquette River Hatches
Guided Fly Fishing Adventures on Michigan's Pere Marquette River for Salmon, Steelhead
in Baldwin, Michigan, the
Pere Marquette River is known through-out the world as the premiere blue ribbon
The Pere Marquette River offers the finest in fly fishing for Spring Steelhead,
Summertime Trout, and incredible Fall Chinook and Coho Salmon. This peaceful and
scenic river winds through a canopy of towering jack pines, medows, and untouched
Manistee National forest.
to the largest migrations of naturally reproducing spring, fall, and Skamania
Steelhead ascend this river for quality spawning gravel. The Pere Marquette is
home to the largest natural occurring run of Chinook Salmon. Hard charging andromous
salmon that early take drifted skein under a float, or flies drifted along the
bottom. Big numbers of King salmon, Coho, lake run brown trout, lake trout, and
walleye on the Pere Marquette River.
The Pere Marquette River is best floated with
a drift boat or raft but is also easily waded. The bottom is a mixture of sand
and gravel. There is ample spawning area located in the "Flies Only "
section. This makes the river a perfect location for Michigan
Species in the Pere Marquette River
vary in the different sections of river. The "flies" water is loaded
with resident trout ranging from 8" to 12". The mid section from Gleason's
to Walhalla has a good mix of bigger Trout, Steelhead, and Salmon fly
fishing. The lower section, Walhalla to Scottville has the famed "Hex
Hatch" and is home to early "Kings" in late August. The number
of Chinook salmon the Pere Marquette river receives in late August and September
is truly amazing, with salmon reaching 30 pounds!!
Spawning Pere Marquette
here to contact us for more information about Pere
Marquette River guided fishing trips, rates or availability on the Muskegon
and White Rivers!
Hatches: on the Pere Marquette
River are prolific and offer some great trout fishing in May, June, July and August.
The most noted are the Sulfurs, Hexigenia, Gray Drake, and several types of Caddis.
It is also one of the best "hopper and dropper" rivers in July and August,
where large trout smash terrestrials against the bank. The PM also offers some
great streamer fishing.
Michigan's Pere Marquette River - Baldwin, MI
the past several weeks, Spring Steelhead fishing on the Pere Marquette River has
been excellent. There is nothing better than a peaceful float down the Pere Marquette
River in March in search of Spring Steelhead on the fly!
We have Pere
Marquette River guides available for Steelhead on the "Flies Only" section.
Upper to Walhalla has also been fishing well for Steelhead! Egg patterns for Steelhead
including nuke eggs, glo-bugs, and estaz eggs have been fishing well. (231)
Steelhead on the Pere Marquette River have been biting well on small black stone
flies, green caddis, and hex nymphs in the flies Only section.
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Pere Marquette, and Big Manistee Rivers offer World Class fishing opportunities
for Salmon and Steelhead during the Fall Months! Pere Marquette River Kings!
Michigan River Salmon Report: (9/5) Big Manistee River Salmon Report:
Hard Northeast winds across lake Michigan and Manistee Lake have brought cooler
water and chrome Chinook salmon into the mouth of both the Little Manistee below
the "Tubes" area, and the mouth of the Manistee River near Insta-Launch,
up to Coho bend campground. Salmon fishing should be very good over the next few
weeks with new fish entering the river daily! Back trolling pearl Flat fish and
back bouncing skein have both been producing well. Casting Thunderstick also doing
well early morning and afternoon.
Pere Marquette River
Salmon Report: (8/24) Salmon fishing over the last few days has been outstanding!
All of the lower sections, PM lake, Iris Road, Scottville, Custer, and Indian
Bridge, have all been producing nice catches of salmon on the Lower Pere Marquette
River. Cold Northeast winds from yesterday have brought cold water right up to
the mouth and lake shore of Ludington and Pere Marquette Lake, bringing both bait
fishing, and cold water, in return, big bright chrome chinoook salmon entering
the river, preparing to spawn.
Big Sable River has also had a nice push of
salmon along the shoreline, with fish pressing , and really wanting to enter the
river. Best choices have been casting Thundersticks in the lower rivers. Along
the Pier: KastMasters and Cleo spoons doing well along the piers and breakwalls
at the Lake mouths.
Wind direction means every thing to successful salmon
fishing in Michigan. Cold river water meets cold lake temperatures and salmon
fishing can be outstanding. Over the past few days, the morning bite have been
challenging to say the least. Finally, today we had the perfect conditions for
great salmon fishing! (8/22)
trip today, wind direct switched and the bite was on! Both Manistee and Ludington
have been fishing better each day as cooler water temps suck salmon into the rivers
like a vacuum! (8/22)
There are good numbers of king salmon
starting on the lower Manistee, Muskegon, and Pere Marquette Rivers. It is really
hit or miss so far at this time of year. Our fishing guides only landed a few
yesterday and hooked a couple more casting spinners and Thundersticks. Salmon
fishing should greatly improve over the next few days with the cooler air temperatures.
New fish entering the rivers.
The wind changed direction and we did well. They landed 7 today casting
spinners and thundersticks. The key to catching kings at the mouth of the Manistee,
White, and Pere Marquette is without question, wind direction. North Wind, East,
or Northeast winds are best. Any wind that blows the warm water to Wisconsin,
and allows the cold water to up well against the shoreline, or pier heads. Cold
water against the beach or pier heads is the magic light switch for Chinook salmon,
Coho, and Steelhead to enter the rivers. (231) 519-7348
Get CRANKED UP for casting Thunderstick for early season King Salmon
on the Muskegon, Big Manistee, and Pere Marquette rivers!
We are excited
to begin fishing early run king salmon on West Michigan rivers. Violent strikes,
and big chrome kings that jump and pull hard! ... Michigan Fall Steelhead and
Salmon are very acrobatic and take flies well!
Michigan's Hottest Steelhead
Fishery - Muskegon River Steelhead
the Grand River, White River, and Pere Marquette Rivers, the Muskegon is a tailwater
fishery, this means the Muskegon River never freezes! This allows us to guide
anglers throughout the winter months for Steelhead and Trout. Float fishing during
the Winter is a beautiful time to be on the water with good numbers of Steelhead
and lots of wildlife along the rivers banks. We are also now offering Centerpin
instructionals to learn Centerpin float fishing for Steelhead! Fishery - Muskegon
River Winter Steelhead!