Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall Colors and King Salmon on the Pere Marquette River

(beautiful fall colors on the banks of the river)

I recently fished the Pere Marquette river again with river guide Mike Marsh from Marsh Ridge River Guide Service .  I earned a few flies for my fishing hat on this trip for a few great catches!

(She's So Fly, Sherri Russell with her fishing buddy, Mike Marsh)

Current Water Conditions - Temps in the 50's, water a little stained and high.

Current Fishing Conditions - What a great time of year, the fall colors are starting to show and fishing on the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin, Michigan, is excellent.

(my first bite of the day)

The recent rains and fall like weather conditions have raised river levels and has brought a new crop of king and coho salmon into play as well as some beautiful fall steelhead. King salmon are still on the center stage but we are anticipating some excellent fall steelhead fishing.

(king salmon)
Nuke eggs in orange/chartreuse and peach/white have produced some great fish over the last weeks. Eggs and oversized caddis larva have accounted for some nice browns and steelhead that were holding behind the spawning salmon.

Salmon are currently all over the spawning gravel and stacking up nicely in the dark water behind the gravel. Don't be surprised when you hook into a feisty steelhead or brown trout gorging themselves on salmon eggs in the dark water behind the salmon.

(My big king salmon catch of the day - This She's So Fly girl
as come a long ways with her landing a catch technique!)


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