Pere Marquette Fishing Report

Pere Marquette Fishing Report

Pere Marquette Fishing Report

Pere Marquette Fishing Report
Pere Marquette Steelhead Fishing


The Pere Marquette Fishing Report for the latest part of December. The water is cold and so are the fish. They are for sure in the winter water. Slow water, straight runs and lumber are the focal points for this time of year. With the river back to its normal winter flows and clearing up fast its time to size down the presentation. Lighter, longer leaders are a must. Also smaller hooks will help the bite. The stealth approach. As the river is clear and running at normal levels  .

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!!! Time with family and friends and lots of laughs.

The Steelhead fishing on the PM has picked up significantly. The fish that had been living in the lower river have seemed to move up into the mid to upper stretches. It feels to me like the fall run had finally showed up. Better late than never I guess.

Float Fishing

The float fishing game has been the technique that has been paying off as the river temps drop. Small floats, light lead and beads in the peach and yellow world are strong right now. Also Rag style flies, and small glo bugs are good choices. Fish them slow and in the quiet water. I have had to make more cast in each spot to get the float to drop. This time of the year the steelhead don’t want to move far for the bait. Finding the bottom and then raising the float just a touch is key. Putting the bead on the fishes nose is a must.

Lure and Swing

The lure and swing bite has been a bit slow as of late. If this is your preferred method the perch colors and earth tone color baits are working. Olives, black and blues are working. Getting the lure/fly down in the bottom third of the water column and fishing it slow. Be ready to loose some gear to get the bite. Check out our youtube video on the perch streamer we just added that video this week. 

Booking a Trip

With this mild weather we have been having now is the time to get out and enjoy a day on the water. Booking a trip is easy, feel free to give us a call (231-631-5701) or use the contact page.  We have open boats every week the next few months until the spring itch happens.  We are fun fishing a few times a week so make sure to check back for an updated report page for the Pere Marquette or Lower Manistee River.

Good Luck out there! Stay safe and enjoy the beauty of the PM.

Tight lines!

Jeff Topp