Pere Marquette River Fishing Report

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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 ride down river. After one more spot without a bite, we moved a little further down and found our first taker of the morning – a small but lively steelhead. Moving again, we hooked up with a good fish that, after a few minutes, found a log jam and broke us off. We tried that spot a little longer with no more bites.

Today was a one-and-done kind of day for us so we had to stay on the move. Eric hooked into our next fish and this one was a jumper. It bounced off the shore and then about jumped into the boat before it finally grew tired and let us net her. After a few pictures, we released her to fight another day.

We found a few more biters that did not go our way before Elena landed her first fall steelhead and the day was made with a beautiful 12-pound chrome bullet.
We almost had too nice of weather to be fishing in but it was a perfect fall day to be on the river.


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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