Pere Marquette River

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Being a designated National Scenic River since November 1978, the Pere Marquette River flows through beautiful rural areas from Ludington past Baldwin, Michigan. The sections of the river in Ludington, Scottville, and Custer are heavily traveled by anglers, canoers, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year.

As a designated Blue Ribbon fishery, various fish can be found in the 63.9 miles of the Pere Marquette River between Pere Marquette Lake in Ludington to the Baldwin River. Steelhead/Rainbow trout were stocked in the river in 1876, but king salmon were not introduced until the 1960s.
Guided salmon trips are available from August 20th thru end of September on the Pere Marquette River. We return to the Pere Marquette River in late October to chase the fall steelhead.
April 11, 2022
Fishing on the PM River Update:

Fish are spawning in the upper section of the river. The lower end is high and dirty. We won't be back guiding on the PM River until late August for salmon. Don't wait too long to book your fall salmon trip as we only have a few open dates left available.

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March 15, 2022
Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing on the PM River:

Spring steelhead are on the move through the whole system. The lower river was fishing good before the melt. It should improve when the water clears.

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March 29, 2021
Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing on the PM River:

Most of the fish are in the mid-to-upper part of the river. We will not be back to this river until mid-August for the King Salmon.

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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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September 9, 2019
September 9, 2019:

Steve, Angie, Steph, & I had a great day on the Pere Marquette River today! We headed down river to begin our morning and landed right on the fish. Normally Steph gets us started but today was Steve’s day. Steve landed our first two fish before Angie got onboard by boating her first one of […]

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