Pere Marquette Fishing Report
Cold cold and cold!!!! It was 9 degrees when we got to the ramp the other morning. With the clear skies over night the temp really dropped hard. That being said the clear morning was beautiful. Sun shining birds waking up and even a couple whitetails enjoying the brisk morning. Frosty for sure but that didn’t last long.
By 10am we were off and floating. The river is very low but has a light stain to it. I think this is the lowest I’ve seen the PM in years. Having said that, the fishing did not disappoint. We had a couple of great chances with Steelhead and the browns even woke up for a mid day feed.
As far as the how and why. Float fishing was the method of choice. With the temps below freezing it made sense to fish the float rigs. Most of our bites came in slow winter water with 4-6 feet of depth. Beads and Nymphs both got bit. Small Stoneflies nymphs and a light colored caddis style bug worked also. The beads that worked had a very quiet dull look to them. 8 and 10mm beads both got interest.
The day was great and much needed. The bite window seemed to be a mid day to afternoon bite. This is a classic winter time bite pattern.
Looks like we have a freeze on the way so when the weather permits get out there and enjoy the fresh air. With the snow on the banks it’s a beautiful day on the river.
Booking Spring Steelhead Trips
Drop us an email if your thinking about booking a spring steelhead trips on the Pere Marquette or Lower Manistee River. You can also give us a call at (231-631-5701) and we will get you on the water! Our calendars have opened up and February can be just as good as any month if you’re looking to get out on the water. Also not too early to think about Spring Dates for March and April.