Pere Marquette River Salmon Fishing Report


Pere Marquette River Salmon Fishing is now in full swing.  High Concentrations of King Salmon in the “Flies Only” Section of the Pere Marquette River.  Lots of fish are visible on gravel, spawning, with many fresh fish still in the holes and runs.  Many salmon continuing to move the the Lower, Custer to Indian Bridge.  Taylor Road continues to fish well with lots of fish on gravel.  High water has made wading difficult this year.  Please be careful and use a wading staff.    Best flies for salmon, Egg Sucking Leech, Black Stone Fly, Trout Beads, Snelled black yarn on Daichii Hooks. Deep Junior Thunder Sticks.  Skein under a float.   All of these are working for salmon. 

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Salmon fishing on the Lower Pere Marquette River has been excellent!! Good numbers of bring chrome King Salmon.

Possibly one of the best salmon runs of recent years!! Huge King Salmon this year, with decent numbers as well. It continues to improve. Michigan Salmon.

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Salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette River.
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Pere Marquette River is now fishing very well. Indian Bridge, Custer, Scottville, and Twin Bridges are all fishing well. Good numbers of salmon now traveling through the Pere Marquette River system. Main push of salmon in now in the system. Look for great salmon fishing over the next several weeks.  Betts Guide Service – We will hook you up!!

 

Manistee River Salmon Fishing
Nathan jigged up this beautiful Pere Marquette Lake King Salmon. Starting to see some really nice fish entering the river.
Manistee River Salmon Fishing
We're starting to see good numbers of King Salmon on Pere Marquette Lake. Custer - Scottville is also starting to have good salmon movement through the lower sections.
Manistee River Salmon Fishing

Strong North East winds have caused Lake Michigan to “Flip” brings cold water against the coast of Ludington and Manistee.  Good numbers of Michigan King Salmon are now beginning to move through the lower Pere Marquette River. Most fish should enter daily.  Casting Thunder sticks and skein fishing has been the most productive for early salmon. Salmon season is well on it’s way, the main migration of Pere Marquette Salmon has entered the harbors.

Pere Marquette River Salmon Fishing
King Salmon Jigging Trips have been producing some very nice fish. Starting to see Kings moving into the river mouth. Salmon Fishing is now starting to get good!
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Pere Marquette River Fishing Report – Fly Fishing trout on the Pere  Marquette River has been the name of the game!  We’re in a transition time between Steelhead and trophy Brown Trout. Steelhead numbers are starting to wane, while warmer weather is just starting to get the trout on the feed.  Good fishing ahead for May and June on the PM River.

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Trophy Brown Trout Fishing on the Pere Marquette River. May offers excellent trout fishing!

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Larger Streamers have been working well for us, especially after a rain with a little color in the water.Resident Brown trout feed heavily on Steelhead – Salmon fry during this time of year.  It’s still pretty early for hatches so eggs and steelhead fry are the main food sources. Stripping streamers against the bank or log jams have been the best.  Some chasers come over the sand from the depths, it just depends on the day.  We’ve also seen many drop back (post spawn steelhead)  These fish are biters and jump high, and fight hard! 

Casting Cranks for Steelhead – We have been doing very well casting 1/4oz Storm Hot-n-tot Crankbaits for Spring Steelhead. The hits from these fish are unreal!! Bone crushing hits while casting cranks for steelhead. Indian Bridge, Custer, and Scottville offer the best opportunities for casting cranks for Steelhead. Hot-n-tots in metallic colors seem to work best for steelhead. Gold body with orange back has been the most productive so far. Any metallic color seems to work well. Mag Lips have been good also.

Pere Marquette River Steelhead Fishing Report

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Casting Cranks For Steelhead has been going well. Chrome Bullets hammer a well placed plug! Bright lures – Bright Fish!

Pere Marquette River Steelhead Fishing _ Michigan

Andy with a very nice bead muncher. Beads have also been fishing well for Spring Steelhead on the Lower PM River.

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Match the hatch – King Salmon eggs provided food for trout and steelhead on the Pere Marquette River.

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Casting Hot-n-Tots definitely paid off big time today! Jim with a chrome to start us off.

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Bead fishing remains strong. Steelhead key on King Salmon eggs big time. Match the hatch.

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Good Numbers of Steelhead in the Pere Marquette River near Scottville. Bead Fishing Steelhead.

 

King Salmon Fly Fishing – Good numbers of King Salmon in the Upper Flies Only Section of the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin, Michigan. Both Trout and Steelhead have been feeding heavily on salmon spawn. Steelhead usually sit behind the spawning salmon in the deeper pockets. Holding in the dark water behind the gravel.

Best Fly patterns : Pere Marquette River Flies Only section have been natural colored nuke eggs, glo-bugs, Hexagenia nymphs, and green Caddis Larvae. Trout beads also work well but are prohibited in this section of the river. In the middle sections of the Pere Marquette, trout beads work very well and replicate salmon eggs perfectly.

Casting Cranks for Steelhead – We have been doing very well casting 1/4oz Storm Hot-n-tot Crankbaits for Spring Steelhead. The hits from these fish are unreal!! Bone crushing hits while casting cranks for steelhead. Indian Bridge, Custer, and Scottville offer the best opportunities for casting cranks for Steelhead. Hot-n-tots in metallic colors seem to work best for steelhead. Gold body with orange back has been the most productive so far. Any metallic color seems to work well. Mag Lips have been good also.

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Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports _ Muskegon River
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It’s hasn’t much felt like Fall the past few days. Fortunely for us, the Steelhead have not noticed that its been cold. Steelhead have been very aggressive and feeding well. It’s still November in Michigan. Water temperatures continue to hold in the high to mid 40’s.  Steelhead are feeding and jumping when hooked!  Look for good numbers of Steelhead in the Muskegon and Grand Rivers.  Trout beads and spawn are both fishing well.  Please CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW>   
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Michigan’s Best Kept Secret – Michigan Fall Steelhead Fishing on the Muskegon River.  Over the past several weeks, steelhead fishing on the Mighty Mo has been excellent. Good numbers of Fall Steelhead have ascended the river with the recent rains. King Salmon have just about finished their annual spawning migrations. Steelhead seek spawning gravel to feel on Chinook Salmon eggs deposited into the gravel shoals.  This makes for outstanding Fall trout bead fishing for Michigan Fall Steelhead.  Look for perfect Steelhead fishing conditions over the next several weeks.  

Late October and November offer the best Steelhead fishing in the Mid West Great Lakes area.  These rivers become packed with fall steelhead after the salmon die off. Bead fishing is excellent at this time.

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Giant Fall Steelhead _ Muskegon River. Jason displays a beast. 20 lb Fall Steelhead in Michigan. (10/21)
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Scott with a beautiful Muskegon River Steelhead. More bright fish to come. (10/19)
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Mason with a nice buck. November offers the best in Fall Steelhead.
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Aki from Toyko, Japan with a very respectable Steelhead.
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Jim with another very nice steelhead. Nice weather and great fishing. Muskegon River Fall Steelhead. (10/18)
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Garrett with a colored up Steelhead. Great fishing lasts all winter long on the Muskegon River.

Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing is in full swing. Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam is fishing well.  Muskegon River below the Croton Dam seems to be fishing the best with good concentrations of Spring Steelhead on spawning gravel. Steelhead fishing should continue well into mid to late may. (231) 519-7348

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Will displays a very nice Muskegon River Brown Trout. Michigan Fishing Reports saying Steelhead Fishing is excellent on the Muskegon and Manistee Rivers.

Michigan Fishing Reports Steelhead Fishing remains very good on the Muskegon and Big Manistee River below Tippy Dam. Both Steelhead and Trout catches are doing very well.  We have guide dates available. (231) 519-7348

Michigan Steelhead Fishing
Michigan Steelhead Fishing

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Tasha with an absolutely gorgeous Winter… I mean April Steelhead! Warmer weather ahead! Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports

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Scott with a chromer. Starting to see the main push of Spring Steelhead in the upper sections of the Muskegon River. Prime Time is here! Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports for Great Lakes Steelhead.

You definitely wouldn’t know it with the weather lately but, right now we are finally heading into the peak of the Michigan Spring Steelhead season on the Muskegon River. Both the Big Manistee River below Tippy, and the Muskegon River below Croton dam are fishing rock star now for steelhead. Good numbers of both winter and spring steelhead are spawning. Water temperatures have finally hit the magic 40 degree mark. We’re starting to see a lot of fish on gravel.

Best techniques right now are bobbers and beads, micro jigs tipped with wax worms (Water is low and gin clear so small is the key) Small spawn sacks in natural colors ( White, orange, peach netting) And of coarse, chuck and duck fly fishing. Sight fishing has been very good with the lower, clear water. Fish have been spooky so light tippet, and smaller, dark flies have been working best.  Michigan Fly Fishing Guides 

Look for a lot more spring steelhead to show up during our next significant rain fall. There’s a good number of steelhead still in the lower section that are ready to push into the upper river. Coming soon!

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Eric with a colorful buck. Fishing is on fire right now! Next week should be peak week!

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Bright Chrome hens! Lots of Steelhead starting to hit gravel and spawn! Spring Steelhead are here.

Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Muskegon River. Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River is now in full swing!! Good numbers of steelhead in the upper river with a fair number beginning to spawn. Water levels and temperatures are perfect for the bite, and I think the DNR is finished shocking walleye for this week.

River conditions look favorable over the next week or so. Fishing is phenomenal right now and it should stay that way for awhile.

Best Steelhead fishing techniques for Spring Steelhead: Float fishing (bobber) with trout beads or jigs tipped with wax worms. Fly fishing to fish on gravel is going strong. Dull colored flies, stone flies, hexes, and green caddis are all putting fish in the net. Casting small crank baits has also been working well.

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Emily with a gorgeous hen. Fishing is outstanding right now!

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Matt and Emily has some really good fishing. Afternoon’s are also fishing well.

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Spring Steelhead fishing is in full swing on the Muskegon River. Water levels have bumped up, making for excellent fishing. Grace with a gorgeous spring Steelhead from today. New fish moving in from Lake Michigan.

Longer daylight is really improving the Spring Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River. Longer days trigger the steelhead to migrate up river into the spawning sections near the Croton Dam. Water levels are perfect. We expect a large, early run of steelhead in later February, early March. Good water conditions help fish migrate and move freely through the Muskegon River system.
Best bites have been on small spawn sacks, trout beads in natural colors, and feather jigs tipped with wax worms. Fly Fishing has also been good, as steelhead key heavily on small black stone flies during early Spring. Text to Book >>> (231) 519-7348

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Eugene with a gorgeous Spring Steelhead from the Muskegon River. Steelhead fishing has been very good and continues to improve. Longer daylight brings new fish.

Spring Steelhead Fishing – Steve with a beast! New Bright Steelhead entering the river in good numbers. (1/24)

Kyle with his first Steelhead in Michigan. Warmer weather has improved fishing conditions. Spring is just around the corner.

Spring thaw is bringing more Steelhead into the upper river. Croton Dam Steelhead Fishing has been good. (1/24)

 

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There’s no question that the Muskegon river offers the best Steelhead fishing in the Great Lakes region. We have prime Spring Steelhead dates available for Steelhead during March, April, and May for the Muskegon and Big Manistee Rivers. Guided trips are all inclusive. (All gear, tackle, bait and flies provided) Fish cleaning is also included at no charge. We look forward to fishing with you this Spring season!!
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Michigan Winter Steelhead – The Muskegon River offers the best steelhead fishing in Michigan. Because the Muskegon River is a mid draw dam, the Muskegon River never freezes, allowing anglers an opportunity for good steelhead fishing throughout the winter months. Trout fishing is also excellent. Trophy Brown Trout spawn during December, offering shots and some very big trout. (231) 519-7348

It looks like we’re finally going to get a reprieve from these brutal cold temperatures. It’s finally tolerable to get out and fish! This weather feels a lot warmer, almost mild temperatures. The good news is, that nobody has been on the water bothering the fish! Steelhead and Trout should be unmolested and biting well.
The Muskegon River is a tail water fishery which means, Consumers Energy takes water from the river about ten feet below the ice on Croton Pond. The water for the river is several degrees warmer. This means that the Muskegon River never freezes below the Croton Dam. Warmer water temperatures allow us to fish – guide through out the winter months. Unlike the Pere Marquette, White, Rogue, and Grand Rivers, the Muskegon River Never freezes. Offering very good Trout and Steelhead fishing all winter long.
Steelhead and Trout fishing has been consistently good throughout the winter. Good numbers of Steelhead in the upper stretches of the main stream.
Best techniques during the winter months are presentations that slow the bait down a bit. Back bouncing spawn sacks, back trolling plugs, drifting trout beads under a float, or chuck and duck fly fishing are all productive methods that we use when the water is cold. Steelhead metabolism is slow this time of year, techniques that keep the bait in their face, are the best producers.

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Don landed this gorgeous West Michigan Muskegon River Brown Trout. Winter time can offer some outstanding Trout fishing. Trophy Browns spawn during December.

Casey with a gorgeous bullet hen. Recent rains helped shuffle the deck – Bring Chrome fish.

Top 5 Tips for Winter Steelhead.

Staying warm and comfortable is by far the most important thing while fishing during the winter and early spring. Basic components such as keeping the head and feet warm is key. Don’t skimp on a good hat. Insulated is the key. A hat that is insulated with a bill goes well with polarized sunglasses. You get twice the glare in the winter. (Sun & Snow) Another major wicking socks go on your feet first, then your heavy wool socks. These socks wick moisture away from your skin. If you haven’t tried them, they’re seriously a game changer. Part of staying warm is good boots. Muck Boot Artic, Sorrel Blizzard, and Mickey Mouse boots are some good ones, notice I did not say waders. Wicking socks (Polycapilene Socks) resemble woman nylons, usually black and thin, wicking socks go on your feet first, then your heavy wool socks. These socks wick moisture away from your skin. If you haven’t tried them, they’re seriously a game changer.
Gloves are another major deal with fishing steelhead in the winter. There are a million brands and styles out there. I’ve tried all of them and settled on old school military style fingerless rag wool gloves. These stay warm even when wet, and lead into another key. Hot Hands shakable hand warmers. There things are phenomenal!!
Rag wool gloves keep the hand warmers exposed to oxygen. I put hand warmers on the back side of my gloves (Not the palm side) This allows the hand warmers to warm the blood flow going into your finger tips, and stay out of your way while casting. Use the Hot Hands brand, the Grabber brand just plan suck, barely warm up and are dead in a few hours. Hot hands get very warm and last 10 plus hours.
For hardcore Winter – Spring Steelhead fishing I love to wear a water proof shell. Snow boarding pants or snow pants work exceptionally well for fishing. They repel some water and trap a lot of air to keep you warm. I wear heavy duty fleece pants under snow pants. I layer the hell out of my upper body. I want to stay warm but also need range of motion for fishing. I start with long sleeve under amour against my skin, then a synthetic thin hoodie, (Patagonia or Outdoor Research) with a regular cotton hoodie over everything. Last but not least, a down vest. Down keeps my core warm and I can cast and row well.
Guiding and being on the river every day, I get to watch clients not dress properly and freeze while they’re fishing. Most anglers or clients, don’t really understand that while steelhead fishing, you’re not super active, and the river always seems about 10 degree colder than the main land. Also the air above the river is very damp, making things feel colder . Before each guide trip, I text my clients a list of warm clothes to wear on their fishing adventure. People hook and land a lot more trout and steelhead when they’re warm.

Here ‘s a quick list of the best clothing for Winter – Spring Steelhead.
Warm Winter boots, Snow pants, Polycapilene socks. wool socks. Hot Hands hand warmers. Under armor shirt, quality synthetic hoodie, XL Regular hoodie, down west. Rag Wool fingerless gloves.
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I haven’t had too much time to update the report with the artic weather last week. I’ve been getting a lot of texts as to, How are the boat launches? I took a drive this morning, here’s what I found. Croton Dam Launch (Just below the dam) Croton Launch is plowed shut so it’s not usable. Pine St Launch is plowed completely for parking. The boat launch itself is clear but very icy. Salt, sand, or ash is a must for Pine St. but overall it looks good. Thornapple Launch is in excellent condition. Plowed with a bare spot to launch. Maybe a bit of salt. Henning Park launch is excellent. Plowed and sanded. Didn’t get a chance to hit Bridgeton but usually that is usable but shelf and pancake ice down there.

Chad Schaub and Zack are doing guided ice fishing trips for those who are interested. Ice conditions are excellent!! Clear blue ice. 4″ – 6″ in most areas. Ice fishing guides are doing very well on Blue gills, Specks, and Pike. Not much going so far for Walleye and Perch yet. Jake and I are still doing Steelhead and Trout Trips on the river. Text to Book >>> (231) 519-7348

Good numbers of fall – winter steelhead throughout the system on the Muskegon River. New fish coming in from Lake Michigan.

After a few days of some wild weather, steelhead fishing has returned to normal. There has been several decent pushes of steelhead moving in from Lake Michigan. The lower sections of river have been fishing well as steelhead move into the winter lies. Water temperatures are beginning to cool, so slower techniques have been fishing the best. Drifting spawn sacks along the bottom has been working well, along with back bouncing, drifting beads, and jigs tipped with wax worms.
There’s been a good mix of chrome and winter hold over steelhead in most of the sections. Lake Run Brown Trout are starting to become a big deal. Brown’s spawn during December so this is an excellent time to look for a trophy Brown Trout. Pine St to Henning park holds the best gravel (slower, deeper, and a bit more fine than steelhead prefer) for these beautiful fish. Streamer fishing has been best for big Brown Trout.

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Trophy Lake Run Brown Trout Spawn during December. Both the Big Manistee River (Above Pic) and the Muskegon River, get a decent migration of big Brown Trout through out December and early January.

 

MICHIGAN WEEKLY DNR FISHING REPORTS FOR STEELHEAD – MUSKEGON RIVER – GRAND RIVER – MANISTEE RIVER – (231) 519-7348


Welcome to the weekly Fishing Reports for the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, Grand, and Big Manistee River for Salmon, Trout, and Steelhead. Updated DNR fishing reports for Western Michigan rivers, including Manistee, Tippy Dam, and Pere Marquette River for Steelhead and Trout fishing.  We recommend booking Betts Guide Service for guided Steelhead fishing guides.

The best available Michigan Steelhead Fishing Dates are  February, March, April, and May. Best Steelhead fishing dates are November, March, April, and May.  We offer conventional tackle, spinning gear, and fly fishing techniques for Steelhead.

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Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports
Michigan Steelhead Fishing Reports _ Muskegon River

Michigan Steelhead Fishing has been excellent on most western rivers. Muskegon River, Grand, and Big Manistee River have been fishing exceptionally well for Steelhead.  Float fishing with beads or spawn has been best.  Casting small crank baits has also been good.  Tiny jigs tipped with two wax worms has also been producing fish. Steelhead and Trout both love a small jig tipped with wax worms. Back dropping plugs has also been doing well for Fall Steelhead.

Michigan Spring Steelhead Fishing
Michigan Steelhead Fishing

Great Success!  Michigan offers the best is Steelhead fishing. Good numbers of bright Fall, Winter, and Spring Steelhead. There’s no doubt the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, and Grand Rivers offer the best Steelhead fishing in the Mid West.   Lake Michigan has ample food and forage base for Salmon, Steelhead, Trout, Lake Trout, and King Salmon.  Extra food has made for some larger that average Steelhead and Salmon this fall.  We should have excellent Steelhead fishing throughout the late Fall and Winter

Muskegon River Steelhead Reports
The best available Michigan Steelhead Fishing Dates are  February, March, April, and May. Best Steelhead fishing dates are November, March, April, and May.  We offer conventional tackle, spinning gear, and fly fishing techniques for Steelhead. Make Fishing Reservations for Steelhead Fishing.   (231) 519-7348