Pere Marquette River Fishing Report

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September 1, 2019

September 1, 2019:

For the last two days, Eric and Jake had success landing kings during our guided fishing trips. Crankbaits were more enticing to the kinds earlier in the morning; but as the sun rose, the crank bite slowed. Eric had contacted me prior to their trip to inform me that Jake was interested in learning to center pin fish. . After a little practice, he was able to cast and make good floats. We probably should have continued using crankbaits a while longer since the skein bite was slow. However, we stuck with it and eventually were getting steady bites and hooking fish after we relocating to a different spot on the river. Congrats to Jake for having the hot hand and landing his first fish on a center pin!

Day 2 progressed about the same as the previous day except that Eric had the hot hand this time. We found a pod of active fish to end the day with a flurry of action.


September 8, 2020
September 8, 2020:

The lower Pere Marquette River has had a lot of fish push up river recently but some are starting to stay. Fishing is getting better every day. We will see what the rain does to the river but fishing should improve over the next week.

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July 30, 2020
July 30, 2020:

There have been a few King Salmon in Pere Marquette (PM) Lake recently but no big numbers reported yet. We are just waiting for Lake Michigan to flip. After the lake flips, we should see a good number of Kings in the lower PM River and PM Lake. I am planning to start my King […]

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March 3, 2020
March 3, 2020:

Before heading to my last ice fishing tournament of the season, I called my good friend, Dave Ellis, to see if he had time to fish before headed out of town to work. We hit the lower Pere Marquette River around 3:30p; and with Dave’s first drift, he hooked and lost one. I got on […]

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October 20, 2019
October 20, 2019:

With fall colors on display and enjoyable weather, Eric, Elena, and I headed to the lower Pere Marquette River after fall steelhead. We got to the river shortly after sunrise and headed to our first spot of the morning. With no luck and a few other boats around, we decided to take a little boat […]

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September 29, 2019
September 29, 2019:

Zach fished the lower Pere Marquette River today and said that the bite was good. With all of the rain coming, however, I think it is going to turn to mud. As a result, we probably will not be back until late October for steelhead season.

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September 12, 2019
September 12, 2019:

With all of the rain that we have gotten recently, I moved up to the Big Manistee River near Brethren. I am sure that we will be back before salmon season is over.

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