Pere Marquette River, Michigan Steelhead

It is among the most famous and productive steelhead rivers in Michigan, a smaller water winding west toward the Great Lakes port of Lundington from interior northern Michigan. Michigan steelhead fishing peaks from mid-October through November, with steelhead fresh from the big lake. Most of the fish stay in the river during winter, providing compelling fishing in a bank setting that often includes softly settled snow.

By sunrise you're in your transport for the day, a drift boat piloted by Capt. Kevin Morlock, or his equally famous counterpart Capt. Steve Martinez. Both have seen dozens of years on the river and love teaching about the nuanced fishing, which might include drifting flies, bait, or beads, or casting crankbaits, spinners, or jigs for acrobatic fish that often surpass 10 pounds.

Settling into a rhythm as you drift, you stop to work pools and runs. A morning of fishing under your belt, burgers, pork loin, or some other delectable hits the grill at noon to create one of the best shore lunches ever on the water. It's a soul-settling option that includes exciting fishing for beautiful and feisty fish.

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Michigan steelhead contact: Capt. Kevin Morlock indigoguideservice.com


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