Pere Marquette Fishing Report

Pere Marquette Fishing Report

Pere Marquette Fishing Report

Pere Marquette Fishing Report
Steelhead fishing on the Pere Marquette


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.

Jeff Topp

Mangled Fly Guide Service is growing

Jeff Topp and Ed McCoy

First let me start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year from Mangled Fly! Secondly, I would like to take this opportunity to make an exciting new announcement. Mangled Fly would like to welcome two new members to the team! Allow me to introduce fellow guides and new team members; Capt. Ed McCoy and Capt. Jeff Topp. With the addition of Ed and Jeff, Mangled Fly will be expanding its guide services to include an expanded diversity of angling experiences, more capacity to facilitate multiple boat trips, and more importantly two additional guides with a wealth of experience and knowledge of our local waters.

These are exciting times for us with the New Year and a new outlook heading into 2020! We encourage everyone to continually check out the Mangled Fly website and especially the updated guide pages to familiarize yourselves with Ed and Jeff. We are very excited about the new additions to the team and we are looking forward to the upcoming fishing season. Follow the Mangled Fly fishing reports and our fellow team members on their social media platforms to stay up to date with all of the local fishing conditions in our area. Mangled Fly wishes everyone a Fishy 2020 and Tight Lines as we continue to pursue our passion for teaching the art of angling!