Pere Marquette River

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The Pere Marquette River, the birthplace of brown trout in the United States, is one of the Great Lakes area’s best rivers for trout, steelhead, and salmon fishing. Named after French explorer Jacques Marquette, this river flows nearly 64 miles on Michigan’s western shore to feed into Lake Michigan.

As a National Scenic River, sections of the Pere Marquette have specific regulations set in place. One spot is the upper portion of the river. This area, about 8 miles of river stretching from M-37 to Gleason’s Landing, is designated for catch-and-release. For more details, check the special regulations for information on this section and others located on the Pere Marquette.

Access Points and Productive Fishing Spots

Access

The river is fairly easy to get to because of the large amount of access points. Upstream there are some fly fishing access points, like Route 10 north of Baldwin and other side roads around Branch and Wahalla, Michigan. There are also spots farther downstream,  such as Indian Bridge, Custer, and Scottville, that provide great access to the lower river.

Pere Marquette River Map

Productive Fishing Spots

Depending on where you are on the Pere Marquette, your chances of catching steelhead, trout, or salmon can vary. For example, the Middle Branch and upper main stream of the Pere Marquette are perfect spots for trout fishing. Also, from Gleason’s Landing to the mouth is a long and extremely productive section. Here, the deep pools and powerful runs are great places for steelhead and large resident trout.

Fishing

When it comes to trout, steelhead, and salmon fishing, the Pere Marquette is one of the best rivers for catching huge fish of these types. Anglers visit this river each season to try for either its first class trout fishing during the spring and summer or its steelhead fishing during the fall, winter, and early spring.

Although the wade fishing and access are good on the Pere Marquette, the use of a guide will always provide a safe, educational experience, and put you on the best fishing the river has to offer at that time of the year.

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Special Regulations, Pere Marquette

Pere marquette – From M-37 downstream to Gleason’s Landing:
Type 7 – All year. No-kill, catch and release only.** Artificial flies only. 0 (zero) daily possesion limit.

**Trout may not be possessed on type 7 streams regardless of where caught.

Mason county: Pere Marquette River within 300 feet above and below lamprey barrier (T18N, R16W, Sec. 21):
Closed to fishing all year

Pere marquette – From Indian Bridge (Reek Rd.) downstream to Old U.S. 31: Type 3

  • Open season – All year
  • Possesion season – All year.
  • Tackle – All
  • Daily Harevst Limit – 5/3* * 5 fish, with no more than 3 fish 15 inches or larger, and no more than 1 atlantic salmon.
  • All grayling must be released immediately.
  • Brook Trout 15″, Brown Trout 15″, Rainbow Trout 15″, Splake 15″, Lake Trout 24″, Coho, Chinook, & Pink Salmon 10″, Atlantic Salmon 15″

Pere Marquette River- From Gleason’s Landing downstream to Indian Bridge (Reek Rd.): Type 4

  • Open season – All year
  • Possession Season – Last Saturday In April – September
  • Tackle – All
  • Daily Harvest Limit – 5/3* * 5 fish, with no more than 3 fish 15 inches or larger, and no more than 1 atlantic salmon.
  • All grayling must be released immediately.
  • Brook Trout 8″, Brown Trout 10″, Rainbow Trout 10″, Splake 10″, Lake Trout 24″, Coho, Chinook, & Pink Salmon 10″, Atlantic Salmon 15″

Note: All stretches of water not listed are Type 1 Regulations

  • Open Season – Last Saturday In April – September 30th
  • Possession Season – Last Saturday In April – September 30th
  • Tackle – All
  • Daily Harvest limit – 5/3* * 5 fish, with no more than 3 fish 15 inches or larger, and no more than 1 atlantic salmon.
  • All grayling must be released immediately.
  • Brook Trout – 8″ Lower Peninsula 7″ Upper Peninsula
  • Brown Trout – 8″ Lower Peninsula 7″ Upper Peninsula
  • Rainbow Trout – 10″
  • Splake – 8″
  • Lake Trout – 24″
  • Coho, Chinook, & Pink Salmon -10″
  • Atlantic Salmon – 15″