Pere Marquette fishing report -July 16th

Truly hot weather has arrived and with it the canoes. Stay off the river in the middle of the day, particularly on weekends, to avoid them. Fishing in the middle of the day isn’t very good this time of year anyway.

The Pere Marquette Watershed Council’s Casting for Conservation tournament was this past Friday. My guys Dave and Paul almost had the big fish of the night, a nice 17.1″, err, 18″ brown taken on a hopper right at dark by Dave.

The middle river has been fishing a little better than the upper river. Both prospecting with hoppers and attractor dries and nymphing with basic attractor patterns like hares ears have been producing fish. Mousing after dark is probably the best way to get into big fish this time of year.

We’re expecting some very hot weather this week with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. This will bring the water temps up so be sure to fight your fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible. This time of year is also a great time to chase pike in the lower river and area lakes. Justin from Indiana and I got into a couple decent pike on PM lake last Thursday.

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