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Pere Marquette River Fishing Report – October 15th

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The salmon fishing remains as good as it has been all fall with spawners on many gravels. There were many rumors that the Big Manistee received a batch of steelhead after the last rain, I’m afraid that there are no such rumors floating down the PM yet.

Water conditions remain low and clear, certainly not the recipe to entice fall steelhead to head upstream. I’m doing my rain dance as I write this.

I’ve got the same low and clear water advice as I’ve had all fall: Stealth. A quiet, perfectly placed first cast puts the odd in your favor and increases your chance. Our good bites have been happening on the first couple drifts.

While warm and dry weather doesn’t make for great fishing is sure does make it pleasant to be on the water. The fall colors combined with the diffused low light we get this time of year makes Northern Michigan a great place to be.

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Pere Marquette River Fishing Report- Oct 8th

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Salmon fishing on the PM is now the best it has been for 2015. Is this the peak? Probably, but who knows. As is often the case in the fall, water conditions are low and clear. While clear skies don’t bring the rain we want it does make for great fall weather.

Approaching salmon within casting range without them changing their behavior has been our ticket for success. If the salmon start acting different than when you first saw them then your chances or getting a bite are about zero. Our fish in the net are most often the first good drift through.

Yesterday we had the biggest male salmon in the spot swing out after our big dark fly but refuse both times, probably because it was a foot or two too short and then he was done, no interest at all.

If you don’t get bit in the first couple good drifts, give the fish a break and try another fly. The 100th drift with the same flies is only going to get you a foul hooked fish.



Pere Marquette River Fishing Report – October 1st

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Summer had been lingering and following probably the longest run of perfectly comfortable weather I can remember yesterday’s first frosty morning put a chill into the fishermen of the PM, myself included. There was a good rush of fresh salmon at the beginning of the week but the older salmon seem to be dying at about the same rate as new arrivals.

A day of rain has the level up and has pushed in some color which is good as the low and clear water had been making for some challenging conditions. In the upper river it had been especially tough, leaving anglers struggling to get close enough to make a presentation without spooking the fish.

So that’s good.

Also good:
A few steelhead have arrived. Those spunky little 3 to 5 pounders that are always the first to make an appearance.

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Pere Marquette River Fishing Report – September 25th

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Salmon numbers on the PM have increased possibly tenfold over the past several days but before you grab your gear and make a rush for the river understand that this is still very low, but at least it is going in the right direction. The other side of this low-fish coin is that we have been seeing much lighter pressure compared to past years and even though the salmon numbers have not reached the level to which we are accustomed, we’ve been getting into enough fish to make for good days on the water.

Current conditions are low and clear, especially as you head upstream. My best fly lately has been a two inch black Wooly Bugger with a bit of flash.

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