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Fresh Michigan steelhead with the Thanksgiving rain!

West Michigan Fishing Report for November 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 "Streamer Fishing for Steelhead on the PM River is OK" it was updated on November 21st, 2009.

Pere Marquette River
Temps – low 40’s          Water Conditions – perfect
>>>The steelhead fishing was on a steady downslide until the nice rain around Thanksgiving.  The river got pretty dirty for a day or so but is now perfect.  A scouting trip to the lower river proved that a fresh batch of fish are on the way up.  Kevin Morlock
USGS Real-Time Data for the Pere Marquette River at Scottville, Michigan

Big Manistee River
Temps – 43          Water Conditions – a bit high with color
>>>Consistent numbers of steelehad and lake run browns are being caught.  It looks like the rain has supplied the Manistee River with some fresh steelhead.
USGS Real-Time Data for the Manistee River near Wellston, Michigan

Muskegon River
Temps – 44          Water Conditions – slight stain, average level
>>>Recent high water has brought decent numbers of steelhead in the river.  Trout are beginning to put the fall feedbag on!  Try nymphing in and down from riffles as well as streamer fishing.  Phil Cusey
USGS Real-Time Data for the Muskegon River near Croton, Michigan



A couple of the fresh Pere Marquette steelhead from this morning.  Both of these took a Grau’s Tracer Bullet… a giant nuke egg (1 1/2 – 2 inches) tied on a tube.  I’ll put a better picture of a Grau’s Tracer Bullet on the flies page this week.


Mystery Fish.  This fish took a 4 inch streamer and weighted about 5 pounds, caught in the PM River this morning.  The first person to email me the correct species wins a free guided trip!   <<< FREE GUIDED TRIP >>>

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.