No Good Ice Reports Yet

Happy Thanksgiving






There was good ice on Indian Lake by Manistique by Mondays rain took care of that. Lots of lakes are starting to ice over again and it will not be long before we are ice fishing. There was some ice fishing on bays, canals  before the rains and really caught fish

Kyle from Chrome Chasing Says “Hard times in high water! Struggling for a few bites!” in the rivers, photo above is a nice fish he caught

This will be a tough week for fishing especially after all the rain and snowmelt. Water levels are up on many rivers and streams. Those wading or shore fishing will need to be extra careful.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fishing reports were consistent on the Big Manistee, Little Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers with water temperatures falling and good fishing success for steelhead.

Betsie River: Can be a good steelhead fishery during the months of November and December. Try casting spinners, Wiggle Warts and Hot-n-Tot’s or float small spawn bags, a single egg or wax worms.

Manistee River: Has high water levels. No doubt fresh fish did come in but the river is now way up and will be difficult to fish until the levels come back down. Shore anglers will need to use caution as the banks may be unstable.

Ludington: When they can get out, pier anglers and those surfcasting should still find some steelhead or even the odd brown trout when casting spoons or plugs.

Pere Marquette River: Has high water levels. Shore anglers targeting steelhead and brown trout will need to use caution. Try casting plugs, spoons and spinners or floating spawn bags and wax worms.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Most of the inland lakes had ice starting to form but no safe ice especially with the high volume of snow. Access sites on the Great Lakes are iced up and ice was forming along the shorelines making it impossible to get a boat out.

Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters: Anglers are reminded that the season to take large or smallmouth bass and muskellunge on all the boundary waters will close on November 30th.

Menominee River: Had open water below the Dam at Hattie Street. When the weather permits, anglers still caught some very nice whitefish. Most were using small jigs tipped with a minnow head or piece of crawler. Those fishing from the cement platform on the Wisconsin side caught whitefish, walleye and the occasional brown trout. Try small spoons or jigs with crawlers or minnows.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Thunder Bay River: Those fishing off the 9th Street Bridge are getting some whitefish.

Oscoda: Pier anglers continue to catch steelhead, whitefish and a few walleye.

Au Sable River: Anglers are catching steelhead and whitefish. Water levels were up some after the rain and snow melt.

Tawas: Is producing whitefish for those fishing off the State Dock. Evening and night fishing is usually better and you might even hook a walleye.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: When the weather permits, anglers will wade in at Luna Pier and Sterling State Park and use shiners or cast bombers at night for walleye. For perch, try off Luna Pier and the Metro Park Marina.

Huron River: Continues to produce some steelhead. Try a jig and wax worm, crank baits, spoons or even a big minnow. No particular color for the spoons and crank baits.

Lake St. Clair: Although much of the ice has melted, some of the ramps were still iced in. The docks have been pulled from the water at the DNR boat launches so anglers will find it much easier to launch and retrieve boats if they bring waders. There is no fishable ice and based on the forecast it’s going to be while.

St. Clair River: Had a lot of boats and it looked like most were muskie fishing. Still getting reports of good shore fishing at Port Huron with steelhead and walleye caught along the wall.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Fishing activity has been slow to non-existent since deer season opened. Windy conditions have the water stirred up.

Harbor Beach: Still had two docks in at the boat launch.

Saginaw Bay: Anglers caught a few perch but the weather has made it too difficult for anyone to go out.

Saginaw River: Is producing some perch. Walleye tag returns indicate anglers are catching fish.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Windy conditions have kept anglers off the piers.

St. Joseph River: The online fish cam at the Berrien Springs fish ladder has been shut down for the winter. Past monitoring has shown that very few fish move through the ladder when the water temperature is below 40 degrees. When the camera was turned off last Friday, the water temperature was 36 degrees. It may have been slightly higher with the warm weather but will drop again soon. The fish that already moved upstream will remain in the river throughout the winter and new fish will not move in until March.

Kalamazoo River: Has high water levels so fishing will be difficult.

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Those wading went 5 for 7 on steelhead when casting small plugs however rain and snowmelt have caused high water levels and strong flows. This should bring more fish in and move those already in the river further up the system. Fishing without a boat is going to be difficult and dangerous until the water levels recede, which could take a couple weeks.

Grand River at Lansing: High waters levels should bring some steelhead up to the Lansing area. Anglers will want to try small spoons, plugs or a jig and wax worm.

Muskegon River: Has high water levels and will be difficult to fish. Anglers should still find a fair to good number of steelhead. Water temperatures were near 40 degrees.

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We Were Almost Ice Fishing


A few danced on the ice last week on some of the shallow lakes, Houghton Lake, Wixom Lake Coves, a cove or two on Mitchell, and canals on Manistee Lake near Kalkaska.

Maybe next week things will start as cold weather returning.

There are new owners at Lyman’s on The Lake so stop in and say hello to Kurt, they will have ice shanty rentals this year along with Angelo’s Party Store on Houghton Lake.


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Have a Safe Firearm Season





From Buc’s Fishing Report have a safe Firearm season and will start having weekly fishing updates starting Thanksgiving.

Perch and steelhead are biting this week but nobody fishing perch and some are steelhead fishing with great results this week.

Deer are in the rut so bucks are moving during the day and cars have done a job on the herd.


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Michigan Fishing Report

girl with fish she caught out of lake cadillac

nice catch

Last week-end the fishing and weather was great on the inland lakes with good perch on Margrethe, Burt Lake, Mullet Lake, Long Lake, by Traverse City, South-end Of Lake Leelanau, Higgins Lake, and some reports of perch on East and West Grand Traverse Bay.

Salmon Fishing has been slow in the rivers but the cold front that came though tuesday and many salmon finally are in the rivers. Big Manistee and Betsie River report fish but numbers are down.

Fishing has been good for crappie on Wixom and Sanford Lake

Baldwin Area the salmon fishing has ben fair with spawn working best

Houghton Lake was great last weekend for panfish and walleye, also Reedsburg Dam has been fair for pike


Walleye catches on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell are improving. Trolling, casting and jigging are all working. Try crawlers or minnows on spinner rigs. Cast crankbaits for suspended fish. Bounce jigs tipped with live bait when they’re tight to the bottom. On the gray days, which are often, they can be caught in as little as five feet. Work the pockets near any green weeds.

Rain, rain. The salmon anglers want all they can get. Cool weather and high water levels is what brings salmon up the rivers to spawn. Many have already traveled the 32 miles to congregate at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River. Fish the gravels runs and deep pools.

The numbers are below expectations from past seasons, but it improves daily as more salmon travel up the river.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake trout season on northern Lake Michigan closed on September 30th. The salmon run is nearing its peak in most of the rivers in this region. Inland lakes were producing some decent catches of perch.

Petoskey: Boats are going out and casting inside the breakwall where the salmon are staging. A couple chinook and coho were picked up off the D Pier, the end of the clock dock, inside of the breakwall, and by those wading off the beach near the breakwall. Try spawn, crank baits or spoons. A lot of the salmon are ripe.

Bear River: A few salmon were still up near the dam. A couple small steelhead were also taken between the bridges below the dam. Spawn and artificial eggs worked best. There were reports of few lake trout running up to the dam. Lake trout season is still open in the river.

Charlevoix: The only boats having any luck were going out in the early morning and fishing in shallow waters 20 to 45 feet deep around the Cement Plant. Some fish are staging in the shallow waters 15 to 25 feet deep in front of Medusa Creek. Some are still catching some nice smallmouth bass when using crawlers or soft plastics on the bottom. Shore fishing in the slip slowed to a stop. All we need is some rain and windy conditions to get the fish moving again.

Traverse City: Lake trout season in both bays closed on September 30th. Those fishing the East Bay caught a few salmon when trolling 50 to 70 feet down. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair near the drop-offs. In the West Bay, salmon fishing was slow. Anglers are marking a decent number of fish but the bite was not there. Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair catches on brown and green tube baits in 8 to 25 feet.

Elk River: A few salmon have been caught on spawn near the power dam.

Boardman River: Salmon and the occasional lake trout have been caught by those drifting skein under a bobber.

Platte River: Fishing activity has increased. Those fishing the upper stretch reported slow catches when fish are allowed to pass through the lower weir. The gate on the lower weir access road is closed at 8pm every night with no exceptions. Some fish were caught by those trolling in Loon Lake and Big Lake.

Betsie River: Has a good number of salmon, many of which are actively spawning. Anglers on the lower river are still catching adult kings on skein under a bobber and stickbaits.

Manistee: Those able to fish offshore caught young chinook up to 12 pounds. Steelhead were caught on spoons in the top 50 to 80 feet in 150 to 300 feet. Green and orange spoons were best but a few were also caught on green flies or meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Has a good number of chinook and a few coho. The salmon run is nearing its peak as a good number of fish are actively spawning.

Ludington: Boats are catching decent numbers of young chinook, coho and steelhead. The best action was in the top 70 feet of waters 100 to 250 feet deep with orange or green spoons. No salmon for pier anglers.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing salmon but the run is nearing the end. Try floating skein under a bobber or casting stickbaits and small spoons.

Pentwater: Anglers found steelhead and coho in the shallows between the pier and the dunes. Those fishing 150 to 200 feet caught good numbers of steelhead in the top 50 feet and some nice coho. Try blue rotators and meat rigs, fireball orange lures or glow lures early and late.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Ontonagon: Fishing is good. Lake trout are showing up out in 50 to 60 feet and were caught throughout the water column. Good colors were green, silver, orange and yellow. Salmon fishing was slow.

Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow but a few chinook, coho and lake trout were caught by those willing to put in a lot of time while trolling spoons in 30 to 50 feet. Most were trolling the head of the bay, along the L’Anse and Baraga shoreline, up to Carla’s Restaurant and near Pequaming. Some coho were caught in the Falls River near L’Anse and at the head of the bay at the bridge. For the South Portage Entry, the bite was hit-or-miss. On the good days, anglers caught lake trout in 40 to 80 feet at Big, Newton’s and Farmers Reef. For Traverse Bay, fish were caught on Buffalo Reef or 5, 6 and 7 Reefs which are part of Big Reef.

Lake Antoine: Had more anglers out targeting panfish and they did well. Some nice bluegills and yellow perch were caught by those drifting or still-fishing with crawlers. Sunfish and rock bass were also caught. The fish were in close to shore. Bass were hitting on crank baits, rubber worms or crayfish when casting or trolling.

Marquette: Boat anglers did best when targeting lake trout. A few limit catches were reported but the bite did fluctuate. A few fish were caught near Granite Island and Granite Loma Farms in 120 to 150 feet. No salmon to report. Those fishing towards Shot Point and the Sand River caught brown trout and a couple coho with high-lines in 130 feet. Good colors were watermelon, silver and purple. Some were trolling from the mouth of the Carp River to the mouth of the Chocolay River but catch rates were poor.

Dead River: Had low angler pressure and poor catch rates. Water levels have dropped and flow from the power plant was lower. No chinook or pink salmon were spotted in the river.

Carp River: Had a few shore anglers but catch rates were poor. Watch for trucks coming to or leaving the construction area.

Chocolay River: Shore and boat anglers launching from the marina reported a slight increase in catch rates but still slow. Many are frustrated with the lack of coho being caught. No real pattern as far as baits or lures. Some caught fish on crawlers or spawn bags while others used small spinners in orange or chartreuse. A few nice brown trout were caught.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair walleye catches along the “Black Bottom”, Second Reef and Center Reef in 10 to 24 feet. Fair to good perch off the mouth of the Day’s River in 10 to 12 feet with minnows. Several pike were caught in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when trolling spoons, crank baits or buck tails along the channel. Salmon anglers are fishing the rivers but high water makes it difficult to spot fish.

Escanaba River: For walleye, the mouth was best when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 12 to 20 feet. Anglers did well near the 1st Dam when casting spoons, plugs or crank baits.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth anglers had fair catches off Garden Bluff and Snake Island. Water depths varied day to day. Some trolled but most were drifting or casting tube baits or minnows in 14 to 30 feet along the break. Fair perch fishing around Ansell’s Point and just inside the mouth of Garden Bay. Minnows worked best in 18 to 25 feet. No walleye reports.

Au Train: Lake trout anglers did well averaging five to ten fish from the Shelter Bay Flats. Most were caught right on the bottom in 130 to 160 feet. Those fishing towards Wood Island had fair success in 140 to 160 feet with spoons. Some are tipping them with sucker meat. Most fish averaged 3 to 4 pounds but a couple tipped the scales and were between 10 and 22 pounds. No chinook or coho to report. Those shore fishing at the Rock River caught one or two small coho.

Manistique River: Salmon were starting to run.

Big Manistique Lake: Was producing perch and walleye.

St. Mary’s River: Waters at the Clover Land Power Plant are still producing 4 to 7 pound Atlantic salmon. Anglers are drifting shallow running crank baits in 4 to 6 feet on the discharge side. Pink salmon are still being caught but the numbers are starting to decline. Perch were caught in the bays off Lake Nicolet. Try just off the weeds in 6 to 8 feet. In Lake George, try half a crawler in 8 to 10 feet. Raber Bay was slow for walleye. Fair pike action for those trolling chrome spoons with a red eye near Carlton Creek. Yellow perch were caught around James Island, off Maxton Bay, Scott Bay, Howard Island and Boulanger Island when using a pinch of crawler or minnows. Good pike action along the southeast side of Grape Island.

Detour: Those heading out are harvesting chinook, coho and pink salmon when trolling. Hot colors were orange, yellow, green and gold, red or pink.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing is fair in Middle Entrance, Musky Bay and off the pier in Hessel. Northern pike are hitting at the drop-off along the north shore of Government Bay. Try 8 to 15 feet with chubs.

Carp River: Anglers are spotting fresh fish but getting them to hit has been difficult. A limited number of pink and chinook salmon were caught on fresh spawn bags or spinners in yellow, green and gold, orange, pink or red.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Anglers are reminded that lake trout and splake season on the waters of Lake Huron closed on September 30th.

Rogers City: Had good catches but lake trout season is now closed. Anglers saw lots of baitfish in the area and are hoping they will draw in the younger chinook and steelhead. Those fishing high in the water column caught a couple steelhead with 5 color leadcore and orange spoons. The younger chinook salmon have not really shown up in any numbers yet which proves there is still plenty of fishing left.

Alpena: Had great fishing. Anglers caught a mix of trout, salmon and walleye out towards North Point and Thunder Bay Island. Target all depths and run lines throughout the water column. Spoons were the ticket and the hot colors were green, blue, black and white or glow early and late. Steelhead were caught up high on orange spoons.

Thunder Bay River: Has a few salmon but anglers had little success getting them to hit. Catch rates should improve once the water cools. Look for Atlantic salmon to show up soon.

Harrisville: Is finally showing signs of salmon in the area. Fish are jumping in the harbor but getting them to hit has not been easy. Spawn, spoons and body baits have produced catches while trolling and casting around the harbor. Steelhead did move in closer to shore but were in and out of the harbor. Walleye seem to be the most plentiful in the area. Anglers are doing well north, south and in front of the harbor in 12 to 30 feet with crawler harnesses and body baits.

Oscoda: Salmon are starting to show up at the pier and the fish are fresh from the lake. Spoons, stick baits, flies and spawn are working well. Steelhead are also coming in and were caught from the pier, in the river and just outside the piers. Those trolling on the lake are using spoons. Walleye were caught off the pier.

Au Sable River: Is producing some steelhead and walleye. Anglers are casting body baits or drifting crawlers. Anglers reported a good number of trout on the South Branch.

Higgins Lake: The perch and rock bass fishing slowed.

Houghton Lake: Had some walleye and panfish. Try crawlers and leeches along the edge of the weeds in 8 to 10 feet.

Tawas: Pier fishing was slow with only a few smallmouth bass and small perch taken. Some perch were caught in 15 to 20 feet off Jerry’s Marina but catch rates were still hit-or-miss and anglers had to do a lot of sorting.

Tawas River: Is giving up a few salmon in the early morning.

Au Gres: Perch fishing was spotty but some large fish 11 to 12 inches were caught. One hot spot was straight off the mouth of the river in 40 to 50 feet however boat anglers heading out of Eagle Bay Marina and fishing off the Saganing Bar did a little better. A few bass anglers fishing in 10 to 15 feet off the mouth of the river caught and released a good number rather large smallmouth bass.

Au Gres River: A couple steelhead were caught by those floating spawn bags at the Singing Bridge but catch rates were still pretty slow.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Perch fishing was good but the warm weather did slow the bite. The better fishing continues straight out from Stony Point in 24 to 26 feet. The fish are moving in slightly when the water cools and back out deeper by midday. The bite has been light and the fish are near the bottom especially where there are rocks. A small number of bigger fish were caught off the beach at Sterling State Park in 14 to 16 feet. Both large and small fish were taken near the E-Buoy, Turtle Island and the Raisin River Buoys 1 & 2. Anglers are still waiting for the walleye to move back into Michigan waters.

Huron River: Anglers are catching a steelhead or two near Labo Park.

Detroit River: Had good perch fishing around the islands. Walleye were still being caught on the front side of Sugar Island and near the Edison Plant. Most anglers were hand-lining.

Washtenaw County: Ford Lake was producing some bluegills. Devils Lake was producing a few crappies and some northern pike.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Bluegill fishing remains good. Anglers are doing well on the north end of Big Portage in 10 to 20 feet. Crickets and crawlers under a bobber worked best. Those getting limit catches were still sorting out the small ones. Bass fishing was hit-or-miss along the shallow flats. Pike fishing gets better as the water temperatures drop. Anglers trolling hard body crank baits are doing well on Strawberry and Portage Lakes. Try fire-tiger or white.

Lake St. Clair: Floating weeds have made it difficult for those out trolling for muskie but some nice fish have been caught. Good areas to try include the Dumping Grounds and along the shipping channel. Anglers reported good bass fishing in 12 to 15 feet. Perch fishing is improving with some decent catches taken along the Dumping Grounds and the shipping channel off Grosse Pointe. Look for perch and smallmouth bass to move into the shallows as water temperatures drop.

St. Clair River: The best walleye reports continue to come from the Bluewater Bridge area. Those trolling or jigging have taken limit catches after dark. Walleye fishing in the lower river continues to be slow. Sturgeon fishing was good but the harvest season closed on September 30th. The catch-and-release season continues until the end of November. Sturgeon anglers caught some big channel cats.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Those trolling were taking a good number of steelhead in the top 30 feet of waters 50 to 80 feet deep. Some were caught in over 100 feet but there is no need to go out that far. Pier anglers were catching a few walleye, pike, small perch and one chinook salmon. Lake trout fishing is closed.

Harbor Beach: Is producing steelhead and the odd walleye. Steelhead were hitting on orange and black spoons about 25 feet down in 80 to 90 feet. Pier anglers fishing the north gap were starting to get the odd steelhead or walleye in the evening. Brown trout were surfacing in the harbor but would not bite. Lake trout fishing is closed.

Port Austin: A few walleye were caught on spoons in 55 feet around the lighthouse and the Green Can. A few bass and perch were taken inside the harbor.

Saginaw Bay: Fair to good perch reports in 10 to 15 feet around the Saganing Bar and the Pinconning Bar but anglers were doing a lot of sorting. Fish were caught west of Buoy 16 and the Spark Plug, off Linwood in 14 feet, near the sailboat buoys off Linwood and in 8 to 10 feet and near the mouth of the Quanicassee River. On any given day, you may have to move around to find an active school of fish. Boats were staying out several hours. A few walleye were caught in 7 feet off the Hot Pond and by those trolling Hot-n-Tots behind Spoils Island. Channel catfish were caught in the Hot Pond and smallmouth bass were taken in the marina basins at the mouth of the Saginaw River.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The inland lakes are producing bluegill, perch and pike.

St. Joseph: Had good perch fishing with most anglers targeting 30 to 35 feet. Salmon anglers also had good success taking a mixed bag of trout and salmon in waters 150 feet or deeper. Pier fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Has a decent number of chinook and coho based on fish passage at the ladders but angler activity was light.

South Haven: Also had good perch fishing in 30 to 35 feet and good salmon fishing in 120 feet. Most of the salmon were caught on spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Kalamazoo River: A few coho and steelhead are being caught below the Allegan Dam.

Grand Haven: Steelhead and chinook salmon were caught 30 to 80 feet down in 120 to 200 feet. Use spoons high or a spinnie/fly combo down low. Hot colors were green for spoons and flies and white for spinnies and paddles. Meat rigs also caught fish, try yellow and white with spots. Pier action was slow for salmon and steelhead. Anglers were using alewife or spawn.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has a good run of coho. Anglers are doing well in Grand Rapids and Lyons.

Grand River near Lansing: Has reports of salmon up at the Webber Dam and even some at Moore’s Park and the North Lansing Dam.

Muskegon: Chinook and steelhead were taken by those trolling in 120 to 220 feet with spoons or a spin/fly combo. Meat rigs also caught fish.

Muskegon River: Has salmon and some steelhead for the taking. Try casting small spoons and spinners or drifting spawn bags.

Whitehall: Seems to still have a fair number of fresh chinook salmon in 60 to 80 feet. Boat anglers fishing the shallows ran into fresh salmon a couple miles to the north. Pier anglers are still catching a few fish. Northern pike were caught off the channel.

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The Deer you’ll never forget – You’re First while hunting with Dad.
Gracie Porter happily shows off the 6 point she harvested during
her first Youth Hunt.


Walleye catches on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell are improving. Trolling, casting and jigging are all working. Try crawlers or minnows on spinner rigs. Cast crankbaits for suspended fish. Bounce jigs tipped with live bait when they’re tight to the bottom. On the gray days, which are often, they can be caught in as little as five feet. Work the pockets near any green weeds.

Rain, rain. The salmon anglers want all they can get. Cool weather and high water levels is what brings salmon up the rivers to spawn. Many have already traveled the 32 miles to congregate at Tippy Dam on the Manistee River. Fish the gravels runs and deep pools.

The numbers are below expectations from past seasons, but it improves daily as more salmon travel up the river.

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Michigan Fishing Report

Perch fishing

The salmon are just starting too come up the rivers as it has been slow so far this fall as great lakes still have warm water and we need a north wind to change the water temp.

Perch are starting to bite on many inland lakes with Lake Margrethe, fife Lake, Lake Leelanau, long Lake by TC, Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, Mullet Lake and black lake having some success.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Most are still fishing the Petoskey side of the bay. The few boats that were out were focusing inside of the Bay, in front of Wequetonsing.

Petoskey: The water now has a temperature break around 75 feet down. Salmon were caught 90 feet down and lake trout were caught 130 to 150 feet down. Try spoons and spin glows for lake trout or spoons for salmon. A few boats casting crank baits inside the breakwall caught a couple fish including a smallmouth bass that was 80 feet down. A few salmon were caught spoons and crank baits off the breakwall and the city dock. Those surfcasting near the river caught a few fish.

Bear River: Had a good run of fish with the high winds and rain but has since slowed. Anglers caught mainly chinook followed by steelhead below the dam. Most were using flies and spawn.

Charlevoix: Salmon were caught on spoons 60 to 80 feet down around North Point but more boats were fishing shallower near the Cement Plant while casting glow lures. Those trolling did well in 20 to 30 feet and out deeper near the Can. Spoons, plugs and crank baits caught fish. Pier anglers had limited success after dark and before sunrise at the end of the pier. Those wading were using spoons and crank baits. Anglers trolling for salmon have done well where Round Lake and Lake Charlevoix meet, especially near the Coast Guard boat. Angling pressure for smallmouth bass was down but some fish are still being caught on worms and leeches. A few salmon were caught in the Boyne River.

Traverse City: The East Bay has good lake trout fishing in 80 to 110 feet. Some are suspended and some are near the bottom. Salmon fishing was slow. Smallmouth bass were taken in 15 to 50 feet. In the West Bay, fish are being marked in “the hole” and are staging to go up river but the bite was slow. Lake trout fishing was good in 80 to 120 feet to the north and smallmouth fishing was good near the drop-offs.

Elk River: A few chinook can be found below the power dam, but fishing was slow.

Boardman River: Is producing a few salmon for those drifting skein under a bobber. Both coho and chinook were caught, but the fishing is still pretty slow.

Platte Bay: Had a new batch of coho showing up in the surf. Anglers were casting green and white squid. Anglers in the East Bay were not having the same luck as anglers in the West Bay. When the big lake was too rough, boat anglers caught fish in both Platte Lake and Loon Lake when trolling spoons or wiggle warts.

Platte River: Fishing was slow even though there are salmon in the river. Chinook and coho were backed up by the lower weir. Those using stream flies and rubber eggs have caught a few fish.

Frankfort: No big numbers yet but chinook salmon were caught in the harbor, around the piers and out in 130 to 450 feet. Hot lures were green and white J-plugs and body baits. Coho are hitting in the same areas and were caught off the pier in the early morning. The run is not over as anglers are still catching silver kings in the big lake.

Onekama: Pier anglers have caught coho in the early morning. Boat anglers also caught fish in 75 to 120 feet. Orange Cleo’s worked best.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Are producing bass, bluegill, crappie, and pike.

Lake Missaukee: Anglers are catching panfish and smallmouth bass.

Manistee: Boats trolling around the harbor reported slow catch rates. A few trout and salmon were found in the top 80 feet of waters 100 to 200 feet deep and were hitting on bright colored spoons or green flies. Pier anglers casting spoons also caught a few salmon.

Manistee River: Salmon runs are ongoing but not on fire by any means. Very few fish were reported at Tippy Dam. Pier fishing has also been hit or miss. A few kings are being caught, but it has not been on fire by any stretch.

Ludington: Fishing has been difficult because of the wind. Anglers caught salmon in the harbor when trolling chrome or glow plugs. Steelhead and salmon were caught in the top 60 feet of waters 150 to 300 feet deep on orange or green spoons. Those surfcasting at the State Park reported slow catch rates.

Pere Marquette River: Salmon are being caught but not in large numbers yet. Those fly fishing have caught brown trout.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: A few more salmon are beginning to show up around Swan Bay but they are coming in slow. Anglers are trolling shallow in 8 to 20 feet and high-lining with bombers and spoons. Those fishing out deeper caught a mix of young salmon, steelhead, lake trout, a few pink salmon and the occasional walleye. The key is to find baitfish. Best depths were 40 to 120 feet while fishing up and down the entire water column between Calcite Harbor and Adams Point, straight out of the marina or west towards the State Park and Forty Mile Point.

Alpena: Walleye were caught straight out from the marina in 30 to 35 feet and towards Sulphur Island. North Shore and North Point were also producing fish. Most are using crank baits. Lake trout can still be caught along the “Humps”. Look for young salmon and steelhead up high when fishing for lake trout.

Thunder Bay River: The salmon run hasn’t really started yet. Some fish were jumping but few were caught. Atlantic salmon should start showing up soon.

Harrisville: Dredging is still going on in the harbor. Anglers should have no problem launching boats and fishing from shore. Water temperatures have been up and down and even though fish are being marked they are not taking the bait. Stick with it as salmon, steelhead, lake trout and walleye will be moving into shallow waters soon. Try early morning or evening with lead core, long lines and downriggers with spoons, body baits or live bait in shallow waters.

Oscoda: Salmon are slowly starting to come in and around the mouth of the river. Steelhead were caught in 20 to 40 feet. Lake trout are moving in closer to shore. They are hitting on spoons and body baits in 30 to 80 feet. Hot colors were orange, black and silver or blue and silver. Walleye were caught off the pier.

Au Sable River: No reports yet of salmon in the river but walleye were caught on crawlers and body baits.

Lake Margrethe: Had a few 8 to 10 inch perch but catch rates were spotty.

Higgins Lake: Is producing good catches of rock bass. Perch were caught in 25 to 30 feet.

Houghton Lake: Was giving up some walleye and panfish.

Tawas River: A few anglers were casting for salmon and trout. None were caught however a few walleye were taken in the lower river.

Au Gres: Perch anglers caught a few fish in 15 to 25 feet off Pointe Au Gres. They caught some big perch up to 14 inches. Walleye anglers caught fish straight out from the mouth of the river and off Point Au Gres in 25 to 35 feet. Most are using crawler harnesses.

Au Gres River: At the Singing Bridge, anglers caught a couple steelhead when casting or still-fishing with spawn bags.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Ontonagon: The last storm pushed mud from the river all the way out to 140 feet of water and there was a lot of debris in the harbor. The river still had a fast current.

Keweenaw Bay: The few anglers able to get out picked up a few lake trout from the South Portage Entry and a couple lake trout, splake and salmon in Keweenaw Bay. A few pink salmon and brown trout were spotted in the Fall’s River.

Lake Antoine: Was still producing a good number of perch, rock bass and bluegills but the fish were smaller. Anglers are drifting crawlers. A fair to good number of smallmouth bass were caught by those casting crank baits in the weeds.

Marquette: Those able to get out had poor results for salmon and lake trout. Surface water temperatures near shore were in the 50’s. One boater found a warm pocket of water about 20 feet down. Boat anglers need to watch for floating logs and debris when heading out.

Dead River: Had low angler pressure and no luck. The gates were open with all the rain but are now closed. No pink salmon were observed and they normally come in before the chinook and coho.

Carp River: Had a few shore anglers but no luck. Water levels are bank high with poor clarity. There will be ongoing construction on a city sewer project at the parking lot near the mouth for the next two months. Anglers will need to watch for construction equipment when using the parking lot.

Chocolay River: Angler pressure increased this past week. Water levels were bank high with a strong current. Boat and shore anglers fishing the mouth did catch a few brown trout but were frustrated because no coho were caught. Most are using crawlers or casting small spinners. With the higher water levels, boat anglers had a much easier time launching at the Chocolay Township Marina.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers had fair catches along the Second Reef, Third Reef and the Center Reed with crawler harnesses in 14 to 26 feet. Northern pike were caught throughout the Bay but Kipling was the hot spot. Try 8 to 14 feet with crawlers, crank baits, spinners or spoons. Catch rates for perch were slow with only a few fish taken in 8 to 10 feet near Garth Point or in 10 to 17 feet just west of the Center Reef with minnows and crawlers. Salmon are showing signs of staging at the rivers mouths but no significant numbers as of yet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no walleye reports but a few perch were caught in 18 to 23 feet off Ansell’s Point with minnows or crawlers. Smallmouth bass anglers are starting to concentrate on fall fishing. Most are targeting 15 to 25 feet along the drop-off near Garden Bluff with minnows, crawlers or plastics. Large rock bass were caught by those drifting crawlers in 6 to 12 feet in Garden Bay.

Au Train: Gusty winds and several inches of rain hampered fishing efforts. Waves averaged 10 to 20 feet. Lake trout were suspended in 80 to 160 feet. Debris and water fleas were clogging lines and reels. A few small lake trout were taken on spoons out near Big Reef were surface temperatures were 48 degrees. The fish were still deep in 170 to 180 feet. Water levels were very high at the Rock River. A few shore anglers were out but had no luck. A strong current below the spillway is making fishing difficult. Boat anglers need to watch for floating logs and other debris.

Munising: Had an increase in fishing effort. Severe storms destroyed the Anna River fishing pier so anglers may want to consider shore fishing or bringing a small boat. Catch rates were slow. More anglers are trolling for coho within the bay or heading out to Trout Bay. Lake trout fishing was poor after the storms. Surface water temperatures dropped to the mid 50’s. Pier and shore anglers caught a fair number of splake but no coho.

Grand Marais: Lake trout anglers are fishing to the north and out to the shipping channel and 200 feet of water. Some are targeting coho but none were caught. A couple shore anglers caught the occasional coho.

St. Mary’s River: Atlantic and pink salmon are still being caught at the Glover Land Electric Power Plant on Portage Street. Atlantics can be caught on the discharge side using 3 to 4 inch crank baits drifted or trolled 4 to 6 feet below the surface. Best colors are black backs with a grey or chrome belly. On Lake George, catch rates for walleye were very good off Hay Point. Anglers have switched from bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses to perch colored crank baits. Most are trolling just off the weeds in 8 to 12 feet. Gem Island is producing some nice northern pike in the 26 to 30 inch range. Try chrome spoons with a red eye or black and yellow bucktail spinners in 6 to 12 feet. Yellow perch fishing was fair to good across from the Neebish Island Ferry Dock in 12 feet with worms and minnows. Target the weed beds near the shipping channel. Musky have started to bite around Tea Pot Island which is upstream and across from Conley’s Point. Try black and grey rubber bodied shad baits or black and white spotted bucktail spinners. Off Drummond, yellow perch were caught in 12 to 15 feet near Howard Island which is northeast of Yacht Haven Marina. Perch were also found along the south end of Grape Island and the west end of Maxton Bay. The better bite was early afternoon.

Detour: Is producing pink salmon, lake trout and chinook salmon. Walleye were harvested in Maud Bay, Raber Bay and Dix Point off Drummond Island. Combinations of green were popular colors. A few chinook salmon were reported by those trolling J-plugs out from the old coal dock about 3 miles from Detour Village.

Cedarville and Hessel: The Moscoe Channel, Middle Entrance and Musky Bay were fair for perch but excellent pike fishing continues in Hessel Bay, Middle Entrance, Musky Bay and Government Bay when still-fishing with chubs.

Carp River: Anglers are trying several locations but chinook were hard to catch. Some pink salmon were harvested on fresh spawn bags, or multi colored lures.

St. Ignace: Catch rates slowed but pier anglers have caught some yellow perch.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Surface water temperatures dropped to the 60’s which contributes to a more consistent perch bite. Some nice fish were caught straight out from Fermi and just south of Stony Point in 26 feet. Perch are starting to move into shallower waters and can be found about a mile and a half straight out from Toledo Beach as well as the E-Buoy. Both large and smallmouth bass were moving in and were caught near Bolles Harbor and the Dumping Grounds. Many are still waiting for the walleye to return to Michigan waters in good numbers.

Detroit River: Most anglers are targeting yellow perch. The south end of Grosse Ile has been a hot spot with 7 and 8 inch fish taken.

Washtenaw County: Fishing was slow. A few panfish were taken on Ford Lake and Belleville Lake.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Bluegill fishing improves each week. A few limit catches of 7 to 9 inch fish were taken in Strawberry Lake and good catches were reported in Little Portage Lake. Anglers are fishing both deep and shallow as the bigger panfish seem to be suspended about 10 feet down in 20 feet. Bass fishing has also improved in the canals and near the river mouths.

Lake St. Clair: Perch fishing remains spotty. Schools of fish seem to be scattered and on the move. Weed beds that produce a good catch one day seem to be vacant the next. Some good reports came from the Grosse Point Yacht Club and the shipping channel. Smallmouth bass fishing remains very good across the lake. Water temperatures are cooling down, so look for bigger fish to start moving into shallower waters.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing remains slow for most of the river, but excellent reports continue to come in from Port Huron. Water temperature was 64 degrees at Algonac. Sturgeon fishing will continue to improve as temperatures drop. The harvest season ends on September 30th but the catch and immediate release season extends through November 30th.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: There was more fishing activity off Port Sanilac. Those trolling caught steelhead and lake trout 50 to 60 feet down in 60 to 90 feet. Pike, catfish and a few white bass were caught inside the harbor at Lexington.

Harbor Beach: Salmon and steelhead were caught north of the harbor in 70 to 100 feet. Try spoons off downriggers and also 2, 3, 5 and 10 color lines and offshore boards. Bright orange and black, silver and blue, black and white or green were good colors. It’s time to start putting out a few J-plugs for fall salmon. The fish are scattered so keep trolling until you find them. Lake trout were taken north and straight out of the harbor 90 to 120 feet down. Try dodgers with spin glows or clean spoons. For walleye, try crawler harnesses, small spoons or Hot-n-Tots in 70 to 100 feet. Hot colors were lime green, copper, mixed veggie, black and white, black and orange or glow. Shore anglers are casting off the north wall.

Port Austin: Had little activity. Pier anglers were taking a few walleye at night. Boat anglers were still getting some lake trout in 135 feet north of the Port Austin Reef.

Saginaw Bay: Not much was happening on the west side. Perch anglers going out of the Saginaw River mouth reported slow fishing. On the east side, perch anglers out of Quanicassee caught a few in 8 to 10 feet off the weed beds, in the Slot and in 16 feet off Sunset Bay Marina. Catch rates were still hit-or-miss. Anglers had trouble finding an active school of fish so it pays to move around. Fair walleye catches from the deep side of the Bar, the west side of the Slot off the islands and in 20 feet off Caseville. They are using mainly Hot-n-Tots in gold, orange and purple.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Pier fishing was slow. A few salmon were caught when casting spoons or spinners but overall the action was slow. Boat anglers caught salmon and lake trout in 80 to 100 feet. Perch fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Cooler weather and cold water near the piers pushed salmon and steelhead into the river system. The occasional salmon was caught in the lower river.

South Haven: Had good pier fishing for chinook and the occasional steelhead. Boat anglers had good success trolling spoons in waters up to 50 feet deep. Perch fishing was slow.

Kalamazoo River: Salmon and steelhead were caught near Calkins Dam.

Grand Haven: The salmon are scattered because of water temperatures. Boat anglers had better luck out deeper between 90 and 200 feet deep. The only consistency seems to be most fish were caught 30 to 45 feet down on spoons, flies or meat rigs. Try green spoons and flies with white or UV spinnies and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing some chinook, coho, brown trout and even a few lake trout. Anglers are using spawn bags, Cleo’s, fire-tiger thundersticks and spinners. Walleye have also been caught. Those fishing near the Fulton Street Bridge are back bouncing spawn or using Hot-n-Tots.

Grand River near Lansing: Anglers have caught suckers. No word yet on salmon this far up. A few pike were caught in the early morning near Jackson.

Maple River: Is producing some bass.

Muskegon: The fish are scattered. A few chinook and coho were caught when trolling around the piers with green, yellow or chrome J-plugs. Those fishing deeper did better. Try waters up to 200 feet deep with green spoons and flies or UV spinnies and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Muskegon Lake: Anglers are trolling and jigging but catch rates were slow.

Muskegon River: Has salmon but no big numbers yet. Those fly fishing caught trout. There is currently an ongoing blue winged olive and caddis hatch.

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report


Perch fishing has been slow with no good reports from Glen Lake or Grand Traverse Bay.

Harbor Springs: Those fishing the Petoskey side of the bay did poorly with only one lake trout caught.

Petoskey: Had no thermocline. Fishing was better before the storms rolled in. Fish were being marked but none were caught. Earlier, salmon were caught 50 to 65 feet down in 90 to 115 feet and lake trout were 90 feet down in 130 to 150 feet. Boats were trolling fairly close to the breakwall with meat rigs and squid. Smallmouth bass were caught outside the breakwall during the day. Those casting off the end of the breakwall and the end of the clock dock after dark did manage to catch a few salmon on spoons or crank baits.

Bear River: Had more salmon and quite a few were caught at the dam. There was quite a bit of angling pressure but high water levels made landing any fish a challenge. Spawn and flies worked best. Anglers are reminded that there is a gear restriction of one single pointed, unweighted hook no larger than 3/8 inch from point to shank when fishing from the mouth to the Lake Street Dam.

Charlevoix: Lake trout fishing has dropped off. Most boats were still focusing on the area around the “Can” near the cement plant. Salmon were caught anywhere from 40 to 80 feet down in 75 to 130 feet. Meat rigs worked best but spoons also caught fish. Those moving in shallow were trying for the salmon staging near Medusa Creek. A few were caught 20 to 25 feet down. The weir in Medusa Creek is up and running. Fishing is closed in the creek as well as a radius of 100 feet off the mouth. Smallmouth bass are still being caught in the channel and some were keepers. A large northern pike was also caught in the channel. Pier anglers fishing after dark caught one or two salmon when casting spoons or crank baits.

Traverse City: The East Bay has good lake trout fishing 70 to 95 feet down in 90 to 120 feet. Salmon fishing was still hit-or-miss. Good smallmouth action in 10 to 30 feet. In the West Bay, lake trout were taken in 85 to 120 feet. Salmon anglers fishing near “the hole” had very limited success. Good smallmouth action for those using tube baits along the drop-offs.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass were caught on crawlers or tube baits. Salmon have not yet arrived in big numbers.

Boardman River: The weir is in place. A few chinook salmon were in the river and some actually jumped over the weir and continued upstream during high water. Those drifting skein under a bobber had limited success.

Platte Bay: The lake water is still cold and the river water at 70 degrees. Most fish are still in the East Bay off Peterson Road.

Platte River: Fishing was slow but should pick up soon. Coho were moving up into the river. The lower weir is in place and is holding back fish. There are fish all through the lower river.

Frankfort: Still has fresh chrome chinook and coho out front of the breakwalls. The better bite was in the early morning in 150 to 180 feet.

Betsie River: A large number of chinook salmon were heading upstream in a big rush. Very few were holding in the deeper holes along the way.

Onekama: Those fishing the “Barrel” caught coho and lake trout.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are having a good year on the lake and in the channel. Both large and smallmouth have been caught.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Cooler temperatures will bring the bluegill, crappie and perch back into shallow waters. Those targeting bass continue to do well with largemouth caught in the shallows early morning or evening.

Manistee: Boat anglers found trout and salmon 80 to 120 feet down in 120 to 200 feet. Most are using green flies or meat rigs and glow plugs. Those trolling around the piers had minimal success.

Manistee River: Anglers are catching salmon but some of the fish are dark. More anglers are showing up at Tippy Dam. With the cooler temperatures, look for more fish to move into the river system.

Ludington: Anglers found a decent number of salmon and trout 50 to 100 feet down in 200 to 400 feet. Most are using orange or green spoons along with green or yellow meat rigs. Fishing around the pier was slow but should improve soon.

Pentwater: Was producing salmon in 70 to 110 feet in the early morning. Spoons and flies were the ticket. A few salmon were caught from the pier, Long Bridge on Pentwater Lake and from the marsh beyond Long Bridge at the mouth of Pentwater River. No real numbers as most of the mature fish are still out in the big lake. Pier anglers caught a couple nice pike when salmon fishing.

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Crappie Angler, Doug Moore enjoys his time fishing Lake Cadillac,He’s holding a 13 1/2″, 1.12 pound Black Crappie.

The cool temperatures and rain bring some of the best fishing of the year. The fish are active and enjoy the falling water temperatures.

Bass fishing has been good. Many are fishing them for fun, but several boats are targeting them for that last tournament or coming championship. There’s plenty of large mouths in the 2/3 pound class. They’re also catching small mouths. They’ve been AWOL most of the Summer and have returned from their vacations. A few have been reported in the 4 pound plus range. The tournament Pro’s are searching for them.

Anyone fishing for bass will catch pike. It’s just automatic. If you lose a lure, it’s to a toothy critter. They’re hungry too.

The weeds have turned in many places on both lakes. Find patches of green, healthy weeds and you’ll find fish.

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Brock Safronoff I will never forget you


Our friends Joel and Debbie Safronoff lost their son in 9/11 in the world trade center and I know this is a very sad day for them. He was a great kid with a bright future to be cut short at such a young age and I will always remember taking him fishing and he lost a huge king on East Bay. Then giving him a hard time that he really screwed up and him defending himself that dull hooks was the problem.


There was one passion that consumed Brock and it was his devotion to the Detroit Lions, which stemmed from his upbringing in Traverse City, Mich., and which required the strength to withstand continual heartbreak of the lions and I hope this year maybe he can smile with a winning season. (GO Lions)

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Pilgrim Village 3rd Annual Free Fishing Contest ended

Pilgrim Village 3rd Annual Free Fishing Contest ended

Where has Summer gone? The Pilgrim Village 3rd Annual Free Fishing Contest ended September 8th. There were many entries. Often daily changes for the fish caught in all of the categories. All prizes will be awarded in the form of $50.00 Gift Certificates. Thank you to all that participated. It has been fun. Expect the 4th Summer Contest next year.

Large Mouth Bass 21 1/2″ 4.82 lb. Rich Ohlrich
Small Mouth Bass 20 1/4″ 4.60lb. Bob Whitaker
Northern Pike 39 1/2″ 12.78 lbs. Angela Parks
Walleye 27 1/4″ 5.73 lbs. Ryan Helmboldt
Bluegill 12″ 1.8 lb. Linda Hoesl
Sunfish 9 1/2″ .81 lb. Randy Johnson
Perch 12 1/8″ .63 Gordon Reed
Crappie 13 1/2″ 1.12lb. Doug Moore
Bullhead 14 1/2″ 1.56lb. Jim Gross
Dogfish 28 1/4″ 8.11lbs. David Bassett

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