The Pere Marquette River system includes some of the finest trout waters in the nation. The spring and fall spawning runs of steelhead and salmon, the resident brown trout and “brookies” make this river extremely popular with the fishermen. Typically, depending upon weather conditions, October through December is the prime season for fall steelhead on the Pere Marquette River. There are fewer people along the river, but the fish are crowding the river making for some stellar catches!
The Middle Branch contains a sizable brown trout population. The bottom is generally gravelly and from the last weekend of April through May, steelhead are the number one target.
The Little South Branch is another excellent trout stream along with its two major tributaries, McDuffee Creek and Pease Creek.
The Big South Branch generally is of a different character than the other streams in the Pere Marquette system. Considered only a “fair” trout stream, the waters are usually warmer and slower. Ruby Creek enters the Big South in northeastern Oceana County and provides an excellent nursery stream and offers a good brook trout fishery.