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~ Pere Marquette River & Manistee River Salmon ~

~ Casting Thundersticks for Salmon on the Pere Marquette River, Muskegon River,
& Big Manistee Rivers during late August and September ~
Early King Salmon taken on a thunderstick in August. Good numbers of chinook salmon starting to show!
No doubt our favorite guided trip of the year, Casting Thundersticks offers heart pounding action. Chinook Salmon ascend the Big Manistee River, Muskegon River, and Pere Marquette River in late August and September. Nearly forty thousand King Salmon enter the Pere Marquette annually creating one of the largest runs in the Great Lakes. Float fishing with bobbers and skein is another very effective method for salmon fishing. Bone crushing hits and a hard fight make salmon great sport for anglers. Guided Trips are available on both the the Pere Marquette River, Manistee River, and Muskegon River during the fall months. September and October being the prime-time for these brutes! Joins us for casting thundersticks on the lower Pere Marquette or Manistee River starting August 15th through October 25th. Fall Steelhead during November on the Muskegon River.

Manistee River Kings are some of the largest Salmon in Michigan. These fish are huge!
The chinook is a fairly new variety of salmon introduced into the Great Lakes in 1968. Sometimes called "King Salmon", In 1969, Great Lakes states Michigan, New York and Wisconsin, with the help of the province of Ontario reintroduced the Chinook. Great Lakes populations of Chinook are maintained by annual stream stocking programs.

Chinook live in Great Lakes shoals or near-shoal waters - less than 100 foot depth - as a rule. In the fall they move into the southern reaches of each of the great lakes., traveling 5-15 miles offshore as they go. In the spring they retrace their route and by the following fall, they congregate at the stream they began their journey at and begin their spawning runs upriver.

Late August, September, and October offer great numbers of Salmon.

Chinook spawn in streams over beds of large gravel, near riffles. Within two weeks after spawning, adult chinook die. Chinook compete with other salmon and trout for scarce spawning grounds. The following spring the eggs hatch, and the young usually remain in the river for one year before they migrate down to the lake.
Fly Fishing the Pere Marquette River is a challenge with these large fish.
Casting Thundersticks produces good numbers of Salmon and fierce strikes!

Once in the lake, males tend to remain for 1-2 years and females for 3-4 years. The King Salmon average a weight of 30 to 40 pounds and 38 inches in length.

Young chinook in rivers eat insects, insect larvae and crustaceans; adults in the lakes eat fish almost exclusively. In the Great Lakes, smelt and alewives make up their main diet.

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