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Good west Michigan steelhead numbers but tough conditions, a new steelhead fly pattern

West Michigan Fishing Report for October 30th, 2009

Click here for a good looking single page pdf version of this west Michigan guide report… perfect for a counter top or bulletin board.

For a more detailed report on the Pere Marquette River visit Pere Marquette River Fishing Report site.  The latest update is "Solid steelhead numbers but the PM River has high water" it was updated on October 30th, 2009.
Pere Marquette River
Temps – 40’s          Water Conditions – high and dirty
>>>PM River Steelhead numbers are solid but high dirty water and lots of leaves are going to make things tough for the next few days.  Kevin Morlock
USGS Real-Time Data for the Pere Marquette River at Scottville, Michigan

Big Manistee River
Temps – 47          Water Conditions – high
>>>Few spawning salmon and dropping water temps are moving the Manistee steelhead into slower holding waters.  Large streamers swung seems to be the best bet… something that stands-out against the gobs of leaves drifting downstream.
USGS Real-Time Data for the Manistee River near Wellston, Michigan

Muskegon River
Temps – 51          Water Conditions – slightly stained, rising
>>>Some salmon are in the Muskegon River.  Spawning has reached its peak.  Try eggs and caddis larva making sure to cover the dark water behind salmon beds searching for a nice Muskegon River trout or steelhead!  Some larger trout have been caught on streamers in the deeper runs.  Phil Cusey
USGS Real-Time Data for the Muskegon River near Croton, Michigan


Ethan and his first steelhead with Grandpa holding, caught yesterday on the PM River!


Martinez’s Halloween Caveman
***Materials in tying order
Tube… Eumer, small
Cone… bronze, medium
Tail… barred rabbit strip
Body… Hareline Dubbin, uv polar chenille, silver
Tinsel… pearl crinkle
Collar… barred rabbit strip

See other fly patterns on our west Michigan fly pattern index page.

Barothy Lodge in Walhalla, Michigan is the perfect place for your next Pere Marquette River vacation. For more information on what to do and see in West Michigan visit the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Ludington CVB) web site.