The PM is defrosting nicely, while the lower river is still locked solid in ice the upper half is mostly open. As of a few days ago, Gleason’s was still frozen over but it may be open now.
While there are lots of steelhead around, especially in the flies-only, the bite has been slow. The water is low, clear and cold with peak temps around 33. Everything will only get better as temps and river levels rise. Once it starts melting there is plenty of snow to keep the river high for a lot of weeks.
We still have openings for what is eventually going to be a great spring steelhead season. For more information, please visit our Pere Marquette Steelhead page.
The first pic is of Upper Branch Landing, the next at Lower Branch and then Scottville.
While I do need to put up a fishing report, at seventeen below this morning, I just can’t. There were unofficial reports of -40 in the AuSable Valley. I’ll make you a deal, when it gets warm enough to fish I’ll post a report.
Instead, here is a picture of the “Blue Ice Rocks” from Beaver Island taken by Joe Moore. You can find details and other cold winter shots over on the Friends of Beaver Island FaceBook page.
Austin Adduci of Grab Your Fly Charters in Chicago and a member of the summer and fall Indigo crew was also invited to take part in the Fly Swap over at Fly-Carpin.
Austin sent over a box of his Rock Hoppers, one his favorite patterns and one that I’ve even caught a couple fish on. Click HERE to see all the details and recipe over on the Fly-Carpin page.