Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Yes, more and more Salmon are coming up river to lay there eggs in the fertil Pere Marquette River. The Trout are enjoying the free meals as well as they fatten up for there up coming spawning season as well here in a few weeks. Caught a real nice 11 lb. Coho Salmon this past week nearly chrome and it smashed the fly second cast for Rick. Dave and son Nate caught some 24lb. and 25lb Kings. Dave also pulled off some nice doubles 2 weeks in a row. Week 1 he landed a King and a 10" Brown in one cast and week 2 it was a 12" and 16" brown on one cast. Well the river is fully joy right now with the air and water temps falling. Some breif showers and thunderstorms giving the river and the springs a little extra flow. Have had some women getting in on the action too. This sports great for all ages. Lots of fish and tons of oppertunity at catching these large fish in a small stream. Even if you don't land one it's still just a great experience to see all the fish in the system spawning, or even a hole thats stacked full heads and tails..It's just a spectical some days seeing how many fish can pack themselfs into a hole..Unreal if you get to fish a spot like that..
It's been real busy and has been nice seeing all the new and old clients around the lodge and on the river. We have about another month of Salmon season left then Fall Steelhead starts to take over and what Salmon are left are just bait piles and accidental catches as we target Trout and Steelhead behind them..
My open dates to guide are October 6 then the 11th.--31st.. After October 15th. I start to really look for Steelhead and will target them.. Between now and then they are jumped here and there. We have some good room openings after October 6 thru November. So if you want to miss the crowds there is plenty of time to enjoy some great fishing as the river emptys out and most of the fishermen take to the woods chasing bird dogs, Ducks or Deer.
Have A Great Salmon Season !
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
2013 Salmon season is in full swing. There is Salmon spawing activity in all sections of river from Custer to the upper head waters. There are staging fish moving up from the lake daily where they stop no body know's ( but I want to be there when they do). Some nights they move 2 miles some nights 30 miles. A few Steelhead are being jumped here and there, very few landed. Brown Trout are becoming active and biting better with the cooler water and little showers we are recieving. We haven't had high dirty water yet this Fall season but when we do the run will explode. Last really good heavy rain was back in June sometime. So the river is low and clear for the most part which makes fishing a little slower and boat travle slower and lots of rock and gravel grinding but there is plenty of fish in the system for everyone to play with. If you don't have a fish weight scale near buy you might want to bring one or buy one. There are some whoppers in the system this season.
I have a couple open date to guide trips September 22,23,24,25..
I,m also open in October 6, 10th.---31st. Which is great flyfishing for a real mixed bag Kings, Coho, Trout and Steelhead...
Monday, September 9, 2013
September 9 , 2013
The Salmon run has been going for a couple weeks. It has been a slow start for hardware with the very little rain we have had. We have had a couple trickles but no real big pushes yet. The best thing going right now is the flyfishing program in the holes for staging fish. Every section from the M-37 to Walhalla has a couple holes with some nice stacks of Salmon.
The Bait and tackle program has been tough in the lower river.. I haven"t had a great day yet down stream lots of 1 or 2 fish to the boat days.There have been lots of days lower river the fish are rolling around but won't bite because the water conditions are poor. The water has been warm and the fish have been going right by lower river headed for the Trout stream protions where the holes are deeper, cooler, and extra current for some extra oxygen in there gills..So fewer fish hanging around lower river and super clear water down there also has forced me move up stream to flyfish for them with better #'s to cast to. I have casted some lures for a couple hours mid stream and had just as many bites as if I had been down river casting. Then switching over to flies for the rest of the day in big deep holes.
The fish are a larger average and very hard to land. snaping line, straiting hooks, and many lures lost to log jams as the fish weaves his way thru. Picking areas with room to fight fish is key to landing them. They are hot and big Salmon...
Good Luck and hope to see you on the river or around the lodge.
I have a few open dates September 16,18,22,23,24,25,29 if intrested in guided trip..