View Full Version : Pere Marquette in Michigan

09-29-2012, 05:34 PM
Just got back from fishing the Pere Marquette near Baldwin, Michigan. The salmon run I understand has been slow this year but a recent rain did provide a meaningful rise in the water to cause some fish to push through. The catch and release and flys only section provided sufficient action. This is my first time fly fishing for King Salmon. I keep hearing they don't bite and most are caught by foul hooking. It is true a good many anglers try "lining them" . That is they try to get their leader near the fishes mouth and foul them them. I found with patience enough take a fly such as an egg pattern. I started with my eight weight rod and 2x (12 lb) tippet. It was difficult to land a fish. Next time I will take a large net. I did manage to land a couple. The next day I went with a nine weight rod and heavier tippet. The nine weight rod seemed the way to go.http://s1125.photohttp://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/i1125.photo

Cane Pole
09-29-2012, 08:04 PM
Were the fish in good shape? I've been grouse hunting near Baldwin and they always looked pretty ragged.

09-29-2012, 10:35 PM
A half dozen of us fished the PM and the Manistee in September 2003. PM is a pretty river. There were a lot of big kings coming through. I managed getting these two in the net.
Supposedly there are also some big browns and a good steelhead run. I wouldn't mind another trip up there.

09-30-2012, 11:19 AM
The fish overall were in good shape. While fishing I did catch one nice rainbow with good color and it went about 18 inches in length. I heard some guys talking who were on a float with a guide and they did not land any salmon but said they did land some nice browns which were taken on egg patterns. My friend I went with suggested next year we fish the morning and target salmon and go out in the afternoon with 5 wgt rods and small egg patterns and target browns. That could be interesting. I did try and post a couple of pictures with my original post but I'll be darned if I can get it done!