Pere Marquette Trout Fishing
Pere Marquette River Fishing Report for the first week in August is the river is in great shape for trout fishing. The dry fly game is still holding on and Foam Hopper Patterns have been pretty consistent throughout the day. The water is cool, low and clear, and the fish are hungry and sporting that cold water attitude. We had a fun couple of days plying the Pere Marquette for trout this week and the river didn’t disappoint.
The Pere Marquette River is flowing pretty low and clear which suits the late summer Hopper Game perfectly! Fishing the past few days on the Pere Marquette River was very productive using various hopper variations. The low clear water this time of year offers some pretty awesome visuals as the fish rise up to the fly. At times throughout the day more movement on the fly was key and during other periods of our float the fish wanted it presented with a dead drift. We had fish eat several patterns, but the most productive flies for us were smaller Chubby Chernobyl patterns in several color schemes.
Although we did not choose to fish the Hopper dropper setup, running a small dropper under a foam Hopper this time of year can pick up a fish or two during the slower times. There were a few Light Cahill spinners and a few White Millers in the evening that had the steelhead Smolts up and feeding, but it was mostly the smaller trout taking advantage. The foam bite still had the bigger trout’s attention at dusk.
If you are looking to capitalize on the streamer fishing right now it would be best to hit the water pretty early as the nights have been cooler and the river is currently running cold! Smaller streamers like the sparkle minnow or wet skunk would be your best bet at this point. The water is in great shape and with the nicer weather the Canoe and Kayak activity is pretty high, but just give it 10 minutes and the fish will move back into their feeding stations.
Booking Trout Trips
Drop us an email if your thinking about booking a trout fishing trip on the Pere Marquette or Upper Manistee. You can also give us a call at (231-631-5701) and we will get you on the water! Summer is slowly slipping away, but we still have a solid month left of some pretty fun angling opportuities before the colder North air begins to win the battle. The Pere Marquette is a great terrestrial stream and can provide some pretty good fishing opportunities during the mid and late summer.