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MI
United States
43° 51' 26.9712" N, 85° 51' 5.1012" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Pere Marquette River Lodge - Chris Raines
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December 11, 2014

Steelhead School

 Water levels are up and fresh fish have moved into the river. fishing has been hit or miss depending on the weather. Cold days=slow bite. Keeping an eye on the forecast is probably the single best thing this time of year. If you simply must fish and can't wait, then be prepared to have your patience tested.

 With good numbers of steelhead in the fly water and lower pressure many anglers are scoring at least a few regardless of the conditions. The mid river has some fish and the lower sections have some new ones, but many have pushed upstream.

 Eggs and nymphs are the ticket still. Bigger and brighter ones are working with the current conditions. Swinging or stripping streamer will produce some hit's here and there. The old chuck rig is probably as effective as any other technique this time of year. Slow and low.

 We will be hosting another of our extremely popular and very informative Steelhead Schools next weekend. This is a great way to get all the in's and out's on steelhead. These classes are held on and off the river. You are given the information and tips to make your time on the water more productive.

 

 Dress warm and ask your guide to bring a heater in the boat. Staying warm and keeping your guides free of ice are the hardest things to deal with. Remember to release all wild fish...they are our future.

 That's it for the soap box. Hope to see you out on the water. Chris Uber Raines.

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Fishing Report Provided by Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Michigan Department of Natural Resources
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December 11, 2014

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers are ice fishing on some lakes. Those heading out are reminded to use extreme caution and be sure to use a spud to check the ice as you go. The rivers are open at fishable levels and have steelhead just not many anglers are fishing for them.

Torch Lake: Those spear fishing did well for whitefish.

Elk River: Was producing steelhead at the dam.

Manistee Lake: In Kalkaska County had ice anglers. Foot travel was best as the ice was not safe for machines. Most of the fish caught were on the small side.

Betsie River: Is producing some steelhead.

Lake Cadillac: Has ice. Anglers have done well when spearing for pike. Try jigs and wax worms for panfish. Bring your cleats and be sure to check the ice first.

Lake Mitchell: Ice fishing has started. Those heading out caught mostly small pike and panfish. The ice had no snow so be sure to bring your cleats.

Lake Missaukee: Ice fishing has started but not all the ice is safe. Most anglers were seen on the northeast side of the lake.

Manistee River: Water levels were fishable once again. The river still has a good number of steelhead and other trout.

Ludington: Pier and surf anglers were still catching steelhead.

Pere Marquette River: Water levels were good and the river still has a fair to good number of steelhead.

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