September 13, 2012
Not much new here. It is trying to muster up a rain as I write. I hope we get inches out of the system but it hasn't been raining hard. Just a slow steady rain so far. We are still catching fish every outing just not ton's yet. River is still low and clear. Salmon and Trout are trickling up from the big lake. The fish are spread out from top to bottom. I have noticed traffic getting heavier up in the top end of the river after the last 1/2 " of rain we got last Friday. The last trip out I saw around 7-10 dead female Salmon. So some reds are going and the egg bite has started.
The Pictures: Last Friday we were mid-river fly fishing and Dave landed a 4.5 lb. Lake Run Brown on a nymph, a king and some small trout. That day we were 3 for 15. On Thursday his son Nathan landed a few on stick baits in the morning down in the lower river, we had 7 on for the day. Those are good days for the amount of fish in the system. On Monday this last week took out John and daughter Maggie for a fly fishing trip. They hooked over a dozen Salmon but we only landed the 2 small rainbows around 10". The Kings just didn't want a picture. We still had fun getting our buts kicked and getting them on there first King Salmon battles..
We have 2 or 3 rooms open, oddly enough, for some Sundays and Mondays in September. They are Sept. 16th &17th, 23rd & 24th, 30th & Oct 1st. Most other days, until October 7th are really busy with only fill in the blanks 1 night here or there rooms available. So if you need a room please call we have some limited openings....Salmon bite on Sundays and Mondays too..Ha ha..
On guided trips.. My next day open is October 8th..It looks like October will be great fishing this year with the way the run has been going on the slow trickle program, 180 deg. Opposite of last years fast and furious run that was 80-90% over by early October in 2011..
My Open October guide dates are 8,9,11,12,15-18,21-26 Steelhead trips start up after October 15 th.
Salmon season 2012 is here. I'll see you around the Red Moose Lodge or on the river hopefully this Fall..
August 31 2012
I'll keep this one short. Report is the same as below. Here are the new pictures..Keep casting and you will find some enjoyment, pease,quiet, and happiness along with the pure chaos and all heck breaking loose on the end of the line. Have a fun Salmon season..See you around the Lodge or on the Water.
Open guide dates: September 3,4,5,11,12,13,27
October 7,8,9,11,12,15-18,21-27 From October 15 th. on we can do Fall Steelhead hint hint..
August 24, 2012
Just thought I'd write a quick report since mine is pretty stale from my trip to the Big D going to the Tigers Game and catching Musky's on Lake St. Clare. I've been holding off waiting for something really good to talk about like some extra water in the river. We'll here it goes.. The 2" of rain last Sunday that fell 20 miles south of us would have been a game changer for the fishing this week on the Pere Marquette River. So that being said I would have loved to have wrote a report Monday taking about how great the Salmon run will improve with all this awesome rain but I can't. Conditions are slow. Salmon are running up the river at a trickle, the water is low ,clear, bright and sunny. So basically it's as tough as it gets..
Here's the good news, we Are Catching Fish Still and they are FRESH CHROME..The numbers aren't great and you have to work hard for them but if you keep the faith and keep casting and washing stick baits and spinners they will bite at times. The numbers are like 2 for 6 on good days, 0 for 5, 1 for 6, 2 for 4 stuff like that..The best ratio I have heard of lure fishing was 4 for 5 from a guide fishing/scouting one morning. Some other guide was trying to bs me saying he was 7 for 17 a few days back, yea right, maybe on the big lake or fly fishing in a hole with 30 fish but not casting lures, not in these conditions anyway's. You can go 7 for 17 in great water conditions heck my record day was 18 for 25 so it can be done just not as of lately..
Pike have been getting caught too around 10" to 30" and we have also been catching a couple small, small mouth 10" to 12". The Smallies are a surprise those are the first 3 I have ever caught down there in 8 years of fishing the lower PM river. I have caught a Largemouth Bass around Rainbow Rapids and 2 Blue Gills out of my back yard hole. So I guess the point is you never know what you could tie into next. Just a few years back a angler on the Manistee River was casting for kings with stick baits and next thing you know he's holding the world record Brown Trout at 41.7 lbs. Tomorrow it could be a Great Lakes Musky or a huge Walleye or a 20 lb Steelhead. You just never know. I do know this, I have the line, the net and know how to land it.
Big Laken ( trolling) has been good this year with fish #'s but the larger fish have been hanging out somewhere other than in Ludington. Our big fish in John Robinson's boat so far was 25lb.s and 23lbs not in a tournament of course. My friend Captain Sean McDonald did win big fish with a 24.24 lb. Brown Trout that was caught in the Ludington Tournament and helped him win the 333 and big fish category. A few more Trout to finish off his box and he would have won the whole darn tournament in Ludington .Proud of you Sean way to get them..Second biggest fish was a 23lb. King for the tournament. John Robinson had a great Ladies Tournament Friday and came in second place and us guys me, included, stunk up the place not even bothering to weigh in our box knowing we weren't even close to and prize money. We just couldn't find them and it's a big lake..
Trout fishing has been ok at times. When we had a 1.5" shower a couple 2-3 weeks back and I was lucky enough to have a trip the next day and we did well with small streamers and hoppers. We had gotten just enough water to where you didn't have to row into the holes and runs to get the boat down the river and you could cast to the pockets and holding water. Chris & George landed over a dozen including 3 in the 16-17" class which are nice fish in the day time. That is how fish respond to some fresh water in the system.The last few trips prior to that rain and after it got low again was poor fishing mostly due to conditions. It's very tough to catch fish when every single watercraft in the fly water has to row into the only holding water to navigate the water way and the shallow gravel bars are exposed and almost dry.
Gotta get off to bed. I've been real busy on the water and it's great to be a fishing guide even with tough conditions. COME ON AND RAIN PLEASE!!!
Some open guide dates are August 27,28,29
October 7-18, 21-27
Let's go catch some fish...Be cool out there to your fellow anglers !! It's Salmon Season !! Next report will be after a good hard rain, till then this report will due only the pictures will change....