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Michigan steelhead on ice. Jason Demeter wins the Mystery Fish Contest!

West Michigan Fishing Report for December 11th, 2009

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For a more detailed report on the Pere Marquette River visit Pere Marquette River Fishing Report site.  The latest update is "Icy steelhead in Michigan.  Jason Demeter wins the Mystery Fish Contest!" it was updated on December 11th, 2009.

Pere Marquette River
Temps – 30’s          Water Conditions – icy
>>>The PM River received a fresh batch of steelhead before winter hit.  The boat landings and river will be tough until the weather stabilizes.  Then I would expect good winter steelheading.  Kevin Morlock
USGS Real-Time Data for the Pere Marquette River at Scottville, Michigan

Big Manistee River
Temps – 37          Water Conditions – a little above average
>>>The weather will have to stabilize.  Steelhead fishing before the snow was fair but the trout fishing below Tippy Dam has been great.
USGS Real-Time Data for the Manistee River near Wellston, Michigan

Muskegon River
Temps – 38          Water Conditions – slight stain, average level
>>>Winter is upon west Michigan.  Nymphing for trout with scuds, pheasant tails and hare’s ear nymphs will produce the best results.  Steelhead will begin to move out of the runs into deep holding water.  Phil Cusey
USGS Real-Time Data for the Muskegon River near Croton, Michigan


A pre-strom PM steelhead from last week.


The wrong look for a flats skiff.


Results of the Mystery Fish Contest…

See 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.