Michigan Fishing report very few salmon in the rivers

Some fish from Houghton Lake



Windy conditions on the Great Lakes are preventing boat anglers from heading out and this week has been no exception. Salmon runs are just getting started in the major river systems however it will take cooler temperatures and rain like last week to get more fish moving.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Catch rates were hit-or-miss. One angler did well fishing 80 feet down in 120 feet inside the bay toward Wequetonsing.

Petoskey: Salmon fishing was very slow but anglers did well with lake trout. They are fishing 80 to 120 feet down in 115 to 130 feet from the breakwall to Bay Harbor. Spoons, spin-n-glows and peanuts worked well. Some caught the odd Cisco and steelhead. A couple salmon were caught off the D Pier at the mouth of the river and by those surfcasting with spoons near the breakwall.

Bear River: The number of salmon caught was dwindling especially after the warmer weather returned. A couple small steelhead and brown trout were caught below the dam by those using spawn, flies and artificial eggs.

Charlevoix: Anglers are reminded that the weir in Medusa Creek is in operation so the creek is closed to fishing within 100 feet of the mouth. Fishing activity increased near the cement plant. Anglers are wading in the slip or trolling and casting from boats inside the breakwall.

Elk River: Anglers using spawn caught a few brown trout and salmon but overall fishing remains slow.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, anglers caught lake trout, cisco and the occasional salmon when trolling or jigging in 90 to 110 feet. A lot of fish were 65 to 75 feet down. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow in 20 to 30 feet. A few perch were found in 35 to 40 feet. In the West Bay, boats were trolling near the mouth of the Boardman but catch rates were slow. Lake trout were taken in 80 to 110 feet and a few perch were caught on wigglers or minnows in 30 to 40 feet.

Boardman River: A few salmon were caught on spawn, but numbers are still relatively low. The weir is in place.

Frankfort: North winds turned the lake over and anglers were having a hard time finding consistent temperatures. Those trolling in the bay and the harbor caught very few chinook salmon. Most are using J-plugs and flies.

Betsie River: Had good activity for those fishing spawn or a single pink egg in the early morning. The spawning closure in the lower portion of the river from Betsie Valley Trail Bridge west to a line in Betsie Bay between the westernmost dock of the Northstar Marina and the westernmost dock of the Eastshore Marina was lifted on Thursday, September 10th. Recent weather patterns have resulted in water levels returning to normal conditions, therefore the spawning closure placed on the Betsie River mouth is no longer necessary and the area is now open to fishing.

Onekama: Anglers were trolling 60 to 80 feet down in 100 to 120 feet straight out or north to the “Barrel”. Fish were hitting on J-plugs and flies.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers have been struggling to land fish in shallow waters and along the drop-offs. Water temperatures are still warm so even the panfish were slow to bite.

Manistee: Those fishing north about 8 miles were catching more fish. A north wind blew colder water back in and was recorded at 40 feet down. Most are catching mainly chinook followed by the occasional steelhead and lake trout. More coho were starting to be caught. Most are fishing 80 to 130 feet down in 100 to 300 feet with a mix of spoons, cut bait, and J-plugs. Pier anglers found fish just before daylight when using a size 6 Cleo off the south side of the south pier. A wide range of colors were working well including yellow and white.

Manistee River: Had salmon in the lower stretches including Tippy Dam. While fish are there, we still need rain and cooler temperatures to bring additional fish in. Anglers are drifting spawn under a bobber or casting crank baits.

Ludington: Catch rates were still hit-or-miss. The water were fairly warm with surface temperatures in the high 60’s and low 70’s but a north wind did turn the lake over. Anglers are still fishing about 6 miles south to the project at 80 to 100 feet down in 130 feet or off Big Sable Point in 120 to 300 feet. Most of the fish caught were taken about halfway between Ludington and Manistee when using J-plugs and cut bait. Anglers caught mostly chinook followed by coho, steelhead and lake trout.

Pere Marquette River: The fall like weather did push a fair to good number of salmon into the river. Anglers caught fish when drifting spawn under a bobber or when casting crank baits.

Pentwater: Pier anglers are catching salmon but the bite is slow. Try early morning with glow spoons or J-plugs or floating spawn under a bobber. Boat anglers found salmon in shallow waters 50 to 60 feet deep with blue spoons and body baits.

Pentwater Lake: Some brown trout were caught from the Long Bridge.

Pentwater River: Is producing some salmon.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt Lake: The DNR will be assisting with a lake sturgeon survey from September 14th through October 2nd with six large-mesh gillnets fished at short intervals throughout the lake each of the following days: Sept. 14-18, 22-24, 28-30 and Oct. 1-2. There will be no survey gear deployed at night, and nets will be pulled from the water by 6 p.m. each day. Each line will be marked with two staff buoys with an orange float, a staff and flag held in place by a large anchor. The buoys on a single gillnet are approximately 365 yards apart. The DNR recommends anglers avoid fishing between the floats, since they could potentially snag their hooks on the survey gear. All lines are fished in depths of 15 feet of water or more, so the survey gear poses little threat to boat activity.

Rogers City: Continues with a mixed bag fishery containing chinook, walleye, steelhead, lake trout and Atlantic salmon. As fall approaches, these younger fish start to feed heavily as they prepare for winter so this is an excellent time to fish. The key is to find structure and look for baitfish. Boats are fishing south towards Swan Bay or north towards Forty Mile Point. Fish the entire water column in 40 to 90 feet with spoons. Good colors are green, blue, black and white, purple, orange or glow early and late. Those caught were stuffed with young of the year smelt. There were no salmon at the weir as most fish were staging off Swan Bay. Try shallow water using bombers and J-plugs off boards.

Alpena: The bay cooled off and anglers were taking a mixed bag of lake trout, walleye, steelhead, Atlantic salmon and the occasional chinook off North Point, around Thunder Bay Island or 3 to 4 miles straight out of the harbor in 25 to 70 feet. Spoons are taking most of the trout and salmon. Good colors were green, blue, purple, black and white or glow early and late. Deep diving body baits were taking most of the walleye.

Thunder Bay River: Had reports of a couple salmon jumping however anglers fishing for them had no luck. Catch rates were still extremely slow as water temperatures were still too warm for any major run.

Harrisville: Fishing is starting to pick up with anglers reporting walleye, steelhead, lake trout, chinook, coho and Atlantic salmon. Most are fishing north of the harbor in 40 to 70 feet with spoons and body baits. Spread your baits out while using planer boards, long lines and downriggers to get them placed throughout the water column.

Oscoda: Pier anglers are fishing early morning and late evening with Cleo’s, wobblers and spoons. Popular colors were blue and silver, orange and silver or glow. Those able to get out on the lake were trolling around the mouth in 12 to 40 feet with spoons, wobble glows and body baits. They caught salmon, steelhead and walleye.

Au Sable River: Fishing was still on the slow side.

Houghton Lake: Was giving up some walleye and panfish. Most anglers were using crawlers and leeches. Crickets were also taking panfish.

Tawas: Pier fishing was very slow. A few walleye were caught near the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina and the odd salmon was caught near the buoys on the outside of the bay.

Au Gres: Had slow fishing however there were reports of better perch fishing down off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars. There were rumors of steelhead caught by those surfcasting.

Au Gres River: Construction on the boat launch at the mouth of the river is underway. There will be partial ramp closures until construction is completed sometime in November. The ramps will be reduced to one pier with two launch and retrieve lanes. Shore anglers took a mix of small perch, freshwater drum and some bluegills. On the East Branch, those fishing near the Singing Bridge caught a few smallmouth bass.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling reported a mix of coho, lake trout and brown trout. Five anglers jigging for lake trout out from the pine tree off Pequaming picked up 25 lake trout in 260 feet. At the South Portage Entry, those jigging caught lake trout in 150 to 280 feet off Newton’s and Farmers Reef or in 260 feet along the south end of Big Reef. Good lake trout fishing off Big Louie’s Pont when jigging in 240 to 260 feet. Of those trolling, some did well while others did not. They fished Hermits Cove, Gay Point, straight out from the Big Traverse Bay Pier, Big Louie’s Point, 6-Mile and 7-Mile Reefs in 100 to 150 feet. Those trolling north or south of the Big Traverse Bay Pier picked up a mix of coho, steelhead and lake trout in 30 to 60 feet.

Menominee River: Shore anglers caught some perch, bluegills, catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum when using minnows and crawlers on the bottom. Boat anglers caught walleye and smallmouth bass when trolling stick baits or when casting tube baits and jigs.

Little Bay De Noc: The walleye action was fair to good between Gladstone and the Third Reef when trolling stick baits or drifting crawlers in 14 to 30 feet. Catch rates were fair along the “Black Bottom” and off the mouth of the Escanaba River when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 12 to 25 feet. Several good perch reports just south of the Day’s River with minnows in about 10 feet and throughout the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when using worms or minnows. Good pike action in the Yacht Harbor when casting or trolling spoons, spinners and crank baits.

Big Bay De Noc: Had good smallmouth bass fishing from Puffy Bay to Garden Bluff. Use minnows, crawlers or plastics in 6 to 18 feet. The last report had some perch caught near the mouth of Garden Bay.

Marquette: Many anglers are successfully catching lake trout off Little Presque Isle when using spoons in 100 to 130 feet. The mouth of the Chocolay River is also a good spot to catch some lake trout with spoons and peanuts. No reports of salmon being caught.

Au Train Lake: Catch rates were moderate. Pike were taken by those casting natural baits or crank baits along the weed beds. Many were jigging natural baits in 10 feet for walleye and perch. Good smallmouth fishing along the west shoreline when using artificial baits.

Munising: Windy conditions on Lake Superior have limited boat access. Surface water temperatures dropped to the upper 50’s. A couple boats did fish Trout Bay however all they caught was one or two lake trout after a four to five hour trip. A few fish were caught around Wood Island. Shore fishing at the Anna River dock was limited due to high winds and white caps.

Grand Marais: Strong north winds have made fishing difficult for boat anglers. Water levels were high in the Sucker River. Local anglers started fishing the river and have caught a few chinook or coho when casting spoons. A few boats tried trolling the river but no fish were caught.

DeTour: When they can get out, boat anglers caught lake trout, coho and pink salmon near the DeTour Reef. The hot baits were black and gold spoons 60 feet down in 80 to 100 feet for lake trout. For coho and pink salmon, try green glow spoons or plugs behind flashers and sliders when trolling from Crab Island to the red buoy and west to the lighthouse. North of DeTour Village at the old coal dock, a couple nice pike were caught along the weed beds off the west bank when casting chrome spoons with a red eye or black and yellow bucktail spinners.

Drummond Island: Perch anglers are targeting the waters around all the islands of Maxton Bay and Scott Bay but there were no good reports. The only perch caught were very small 6 to 7 inches and were found in 12 to 14 feet on the south side of Ashman Island and the north side of James Island. Good walleye action for those trolling planer boards from Paw Point in Scott Bay to Peck Island in 5 to 6 feet and those trolling bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses in 10 to 12 feet between Ashman Island and Rutland Island in the early morning hours. A few perch 8 to 9 inches were caught on minnows and worms in 5 to 7 feet along the weed beds inside Harbor Island. This is a good place to fish when anglers want to get out of the wind.

Cedarville & Hessel: Pike fishing slowed a bit but was still good throughout the islands. Muskie Bay was producing the most pike. Perch fishing is good on the east end of Cedarville Bay, while Musky Bay, Middle Entrance, and Conner’s Point were fair. The north end of Snows Channel is producing some perch as well. Bass fishing is good from Cedarville to Hessel while casting. Some splake were seen inside the Hessel Marina.

St. Ignace: Those putting in the time have caught some chinook salmon. Those fishing the Carp River between the mouth and Mackinac Trail have seen some steelhead and more should be arriving soon.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had yellow perch fishing. Angler’s had luck using minnows on spreaders when anchored in 20 to 25 feet out of Brest Bay, off Stony Point, Fermi, Toledo Beach, around the E-Buoy, C-Buoy, and Buoys 1 and 2 at the mouth of the Raisin River. No walleye catches were reported.

Lenawee County: The bluegills were scattered on Devil’s Lake. Anglers were still targeting fish in waters 20 feet and deeper but fishing at different depths. Crickets and wax worms worked best. Pike fishing remains good for those trolling the drop-offs. Bass anglers are doing well. On Lake Hudson, water temperatures were starting to drop and that should help those targeting muskie. Panfish anglers did well for bluegill and crappie but keepers were hard to come by. Bass anglers did best along the deeper shorelines.

Detroit River: The majority of fishing activity continues to take place early to mid-day. Those targeting walleye are bottom-bouncing with crawler harnesses either trolling or drifting as well as hand-lining and jigging. A few reported very low catch rates on the north half of the river when bottom-bouncing with crawler harnesses. Those hand-lining at night caught fish but were putting in long hours to do so. Those jigging near the casino on the Canadian side had a fair amount of luck but most of the fish were small. Mid-river anglers had good success in the evening around Mud Island and Grassy Island. The fish caught averaged 20 inches. Success rates downriver were variable around the mouth and up along the east side of Grosse Ile. Boats seem to be averaging 0-2 walleye though a few limit or near-limit catches were reported. Bass anglers had better action with smallmouth up to 4 pounds caught when casting and drop-shotting. Good bass fishing in the Trenton Channel and in the upper river off Alter Road and around Belle Isle. A few bass anglers were running into the occasional walleye when casting lures in shallow water. Downriver most anglers are targeting the east side of Grosse Ile, around the smaller islands in that area and near the southern river mouth. Those targeting yellow perch caught fish 5 to 9 inches but still not much worth keeping yet. The better catches were 5 to 15 fish per angler in front of the Whittier Building and near Mud Island. Musky anglers caught a few fish in the 30 inch range.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: When they can get out, boat anglers have managed to catch a few trout in 80 to 110 feet. Pier fishing was tough with the wind.

Harbor Beach: Constant windy conditions are keeping boats on shore. The few that have been out caught a couple lake trout and some steelhead in 80 to 120 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Good perch fishing continues around the Sailboat Buoys off Linwood (specifically Buoys A, F, and H) with catches of 40 to 50 per boat and the size ranging 8 to 10 inches. Good perch fishing off both the Saganing and Pinconning Bars, in the Black Hole and near Spoils Island. Depths vary so look for other boats. Fishing on the east side of the bay was slower but some perch and a couple walleye were taken off Quanicassee and in the Slot. The best perch fishing was in the morning from dawn until about 11am.

Quanicassee River: Shore anglers took a few decent perch in the lower river.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Pier anglers caught coho and a few chinook salmon when casting spoons. Some caught the occasional steelhead when floating shrimp under a bobber. Boat anglers reported slow fishing due to rough lake conditions.

St. Joseph River: Had a fair number of steelhead moving through the Berrien Springs ladder.

South Haven: Pier fishing was slow. The occasional salmon was caught by those casting spoons.

Kalamazoo River: Was producing a few chinook and coho. Fish were caught on spoons; crank baits or spawn under a bobber. Good pike and bass fishing.

Grand Haven: Boats trolling in front of the piers and in the channel are catching salmon on chrome or glow plugs. Pier anglers caught salmon on alewife or when casting glow spoons.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Chinook, coho and steelhead continue to be caught by those using flies, spawn and yarn in the drift below the dam however the run has not picked up yet. Channel and flathead catfish were also caught below the dam and off the wall when using live bait. More suckers were starting to be caught which is similar to spring fishing.

Grand River at Lansing: Was slow except for the hot pike action that continues closer to Jackson near Rives Junction. Anglers are using artificial baits such as spoons and spinners.

Looking Glass River: Is producing some pike and bowfin.

Muskegon: Chinook and coho have been caught by those trolling the harbor and the channel. Glow and chrome plugs were the ticket. Pier anglers caught salmon when casting glow spoons.

Muskegon River: Has a few salmon being caught in the lower stretches. The odd walleye was found below the dams. Catch rates for smallmouth were good.

Whitehall: Pier anglers casting body baits caught salmon. The bite has slowed as the week has progressed.

Huge Smallmouth From Houghton Lake

Trent McCune caught this huge smallmouth on Houghton Lake over 8 lbs
Trent McCune caught this huge smallmouth on Houghton Lake over 8 lbs

Another Master Angler catch!!! Trent McCune from Fowler brought in this 24 1/4″, 8lb Smallie. He was fishing for Gills using worm-tipped teardrops on 4lb test line and managed to coax this lunker into the boat. As a show of good sportsmanship, Trent agreed to take 4 people from P/W and teach them how to fish.

Michigan Labor Day Fishing Report

Dan Dorherty with a nice lake trout from East Grand Traverse Bay.

Dan Dorherty with a nice lake trout from East Grand Traverse Bay.
Dan Dorherty with a nice lake trout from East Grand Traverse Bay.

The last big weekend of the summer is going to be a hot one! While light numbers of salmon did start to move into some of the river systems that will change with the warmer temperatures. Inland, there should be plenty of opportunities for panfish, pike, bass, and catfish.

The water started to cool and the fish were on the bite but the last two days of heat have slowed thing.Today we got a good rain and it stayed in the low 70’s so that will help.Last week a few salmon went up the rivers but nothing so far this week but todays rain might send more fish up.

Houghton Lake has still been good for walleye and panfish on leeches and crawlers.

We now have wigglers so guys around Traverse City are out on Crystal, Big Glenn, Elk, Lake Leelanau, Skegemog looking for perch

The is a huge perch bite on Saginaw Bay this week with jumbo perch being caught with many limit catches.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing is picking up as walleye fishing winds down at least along the inner bay. While not as good as in years past, it appears they are getting enough nice ones to get people out looking for them. The key to success is finding shiner minnows for bait. Unfortunately, this is the hardest time of year to get shiners as most wholesalers have run out and the emerald shiners don’t move inshore until the middle of October. Perch have been caught at many locations including west of the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 and 12) in 20 feet, the sailboat buoys A and H off Linwood, near Spoils Island and in 10 to 12 feet straight out or slightly west of Quanicassee. Lots of sorting is necessary at all locations. Most of the fish were 6 to 11 inches and twenty to thirty fish per boat is a good catch right now. A few bass were caught off Bay Port.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

No salmon to report in the Boyne River or the Jordan River.

Petoskey: Water temperatures were very warm in the 60’s over 100 feet down and no thermocline to report. Those heading out caught few or no salmon. Rumor has it a few salmon were caught 80 feet down in 120 feet around Bay Harbor and a couple lake trout were taken 160 feet down. Some good size smallmouth were caught in 10 to 15 feet in Little Traverse Bay. Pier anglers caught a couple salmon in the early morning and overnight.

Bear River: A few chinook, brown trout, and small steelhead were caught with spawn bags and flies at the dam and the mouth however with the warm weather not many fish were still around. Look for more fish when cooler temperatures and rain return.

Charlevoix: Salmon and trout fishing were slow as water temperatures were still in the upper 60’s with no thermocline. A couple chinook were caught near the cement plant. The fish were either shallow or 80 to 90 feet down near the red can. Flies worked best. Lake trout were hard to find as well but a couple were taken 110 to 200 feet down in 120 to 300 feet. Smallmouth fishing in the channel was slow and the few caught were sub-legal. Try worms, leeches of soft plastics on the bottom. Those casting from the pier managed to catch a few salmon.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass were caught on live bait however most were not keepers. Anglers were targeting brown trout at the dam but the bite was slow. A few chinook salmon were beginning to show up.

Traverse City: Catch rates for salmon were 0 to 3 fish per outing in the East Bay. Most are trolling 70 to 90 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with spoons, plugs, meat rigs rotators and flies. Lake trout were caught trolling or jigging in 90 to 100 feet. Salmon fishing was about the same in the West Bay. The few caught were hitting on plugs. Most were targeting the deep hole adjacent to the mouth of the Boardman or when trolling along the west side north of Elmwood Marina. Very few chinook over 15 pounds were caught.

Boardman River: Anglers are looking for salmon but few have entered the river so far. Anglers did catch steelhead, rock bass or undersize smallmouth when using live bait.

Frankfort: Chinook and the occasional coho were caught 100 to 130 feet down in 180 to 250 feet with J-plugs and meat rigs. Jigging and trolling in the harbor as well as Betsie Bay was producing good numbers of chinook. Most are using Swedish pimples or plugs.

Betsie River: Had a good number of fresh chinook. Most were hitting on skein.

Onekama: Those trolling in 180 to 220 feet caught chinook on plugs and meat rigs. No word on the hot colors. The Barrel is still producing good numbers of lake trout for those fishing off the bottom.

Portage Lake: Boat anglers trolling the west side caught a few coho on spoons and spinners. Bass anglers caught largemouth in deeper water.

Manistee: Catch rates were up and down. Warm water was pushed in and surface water temperatures were 69 degrees. The better fishing was south of the piers where anglers caught mainly chinook followed by coho, lake trout and steelhead 80 to 130 feet down in 100 to 300 feet. Boats are running a mix of J-plugs, spoons and cut bait. The good days were producing 6 to 8 fish or more and the slow days were maybe 2 fish.

Manistee River: Few salmon have appeared up near Tippy Dam however fish were in the middle sections. Try the deeper holes. The Little Manistee is now closed to fishing downstream of the weir however anglers can view fish from the platform. Not many there yet but some.

Ludington: The lake is finally starting to settle down but water temperatures are still fairly warm so catch rates were hit-or-miss. Boats are fishing about 6 miles south to the project and 60 to 80 feet down in 120 feet or north to Big Sable Point at 60 to 120 feet down in 80 to 200 feet. Cut bait was best with blue flies and flashers but a few were also taken on J-plugs and spoons. On the good days, anglers were averaging 5 fish per trip, on the bad days it was 0-2 fish. They caught mainly chinook but a few more coho were showing up. Some reported the occasional steelhead or lake trout.

Pere Marquette River: Had salmon near the Twin Bridges at US-31, Scottville and the Indian Bridge but no big numbers yet.

Pentwater: Boat anglers reported salmon stacked up in 60 to 70 feet and were caught 35 feet down. Those fishing close to the piers did just as good as those traveling north or south of the port. The bite was slow but most anglers were getting a couple fish when using primarily cut bait.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Is producing a mixed bag of salmon, steelhead, lake trout and walleye. Boats are heading south towards Swan Bay and trolling throughout the entire water column in 30 to 90 feet. Spoons, J-plugs, bombers, attractors with flies and squid were all working and the hot colors were greens, blues, yellows, gold, black and white and orange early or late. There are lots of baitfish mostly young of the year smelt that are present so go with lures that imitate them.

East and West Twin Lakes: Catch rates were slow on East Twin. Walleye anglers were trolling in 10 to 14 feet or jigging in 10 to 15 feet. Bass were caught along the shoreline and near the island in 4 to 8 feet. Perch and bluegill fishing were slow. On West Twin, walleye anglers were trolling in 6 to 8 feet or jigging in 8 feet. Fish were caught but many were small. The perch and bluegill action was starting to slow but some found fish near the weed beds in 6 feet.

Alpena: Lake trout are still being caught just off the bottom out near the “Humps”. A stray salmon or steelhead can be taken higher in water column. Not much to report on walleye except for a couple taken around Thunder Bay Island.

Thunder Bay River: Smallmouth bass fishing picked up but many were small. Try casting artificial baits or drifting leeches and crawlers.

Harrisville: Most were targeting walleye when heading north and fishing in 12 to 25 feet between Sturgeon Point and the Black River. Late evening and early morning were best with small spoons and body baits. Lake trout were scattered so few were caught. This is the time of year when these fish are usually working their way back to shallower waters.

Oscoda: Pier fishing was fair. Salmon anglers are starting to make their way out however there were no reports of any fish caught. Lake trout were scattered so boat anglers were having a hard time finding them. Walleye were north of the river and out from the Wurtsmith water tower in 15 to 25 feet.

Au Sable River: Steelhead should be starting to make their way up into the river but warmer temperatures this week will slow movement.

Higgins Lake: Perch anglers found fish around the Main Island and the Sunken Island, in front of the North State Park, off B&B Marina, Flag Point and along the drop-off on the west side. Use minnows and wax worms in 20 to 45 feet. For lake trout, anglers are trolling just off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet or jigging heavy spoons in 85 to 100 feet. Brown trout and rainbow trout were caught in the thermocline between 20 and 40 feet. Try black and silver, blue and silver or perch colored body baits and blue and silver or chrome colored spoons. Smallmouth bass were caught in 20 feet around the Main Island. Don’t forget the good rock bass fishing.

Houghton Lake: Is producing a few walleye. Anglers are still-fishing with leeches or trolling them over the top of the weed beds. Pike fishing was good but many were on the small side. Anglers were catching lots of bluegills about a foot off the bottom in 6 to 8 feet. The fish were running 8 to 10 inches but a few were up to 12.

Lake St. Helen: Fishing was slow but should pick up by the weekend. Look for panfish in 5 to 7 feet. Largemouth bass can be found in the shallows or lily pads.Walleye anglers will want to fish early morning or late evening. For pike, try spinners.

Tawas: Pier anglers walking the wall and trolling fire-tiger rapalas in the deeper water at night or casting rapalas at night did pick up some walleye. Boat anglers caught walleye along the weed beds off Jerry’s Marina and some reported limit catches. They are trolling or casting Lindy Rigs, crawler harnesses or crank baits. Those trolling deeper in 30 to 55 feet off Tawas Point caught steelhead and walleye.

Au Gres: Fishing was very slow with only a couple walleye taken from scattered locations. There were rumors of some perch taken off Pointe Au Gres in 25 feet and off the Saganing Bar and Pinconning Bar in 14 feet.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: Salmon fishing was slow but anglers did pick up some lake trout. Some reported finding baitfish with bigger fish mixed in however they would not bite. Those jigging in 180 to 240 feet off the Township Park caught lake trout. At the South Portage Entry, lake trout were caught by those jigging in 150 to 280 feet off Newton’s and Farmers Reef as well as off the south end of Big Reef in 260 feet. For Traverse Bay, those jigging in 240 to 260 feet off Big Louie’s Point had some good catches of lake trout. Those trolling had a tough time but did manage to get a few lake trout and the odd coho.

Ellen Lake: In Iron County had decent splake fishing. Bluegills were caught here and there.

Little Bay De Noc: The better walleye fishing was still down near Round Island where anglers were trolling stick baits in 10 to 20 feet. Several fair to good perch catches were taken between the First and Third Reefs when jigging minnows or crawlers in 8 to 22 feet. Some decent bluegills were caught in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when using worms next to the docks. Good northern pike action throughout but the better catches were coming from the Second Reef when casting or trolling crank baits, spoons or spinners in 10 to 12 feet along the west bank.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair catches between Ansell’s Point and Garden Bluff when using minnows in 14 to 28 feet. Off Fairport, the better salmon fishing was the southern end of the “Gap” which is closer to Big Summer Island. Try 90 to 110 feet down in 140 to 160 feet.

Munising: Surface water temperatures were in the upper 50’s. Anglers were fishing Trout Bay and the Wood Island Reef in 120 to 200 feet but the action was slow. Some were using high-lines for coho but no fish were caught. Those trolling in the bay caught a few small splake. No coho were caught at the Anna River dock but a couple small splake 14 to 20 inches were caught. No shore activity at Bay Furnace.

Grand Marais: Had good lake trout fishing 4 to 5 miles straight out from the harbor in 200 feet. Anglers reported limit catches in about a 3 hour period. The fish were averaging 19 to 22 inches with a few fish 4 to 5 pounds. Some did try for coho but had no luck.

Manistique Lake: Was producing walleye and a few perch.

Tahquamenon Falls: Had good walleye and muskie fishing.

DeTour: Pink salmon, lake trout and a few coho salmon were caught by those trolling from the lighthouse east to the first red buoy on the Drummond Island side. They were trolling 50 feet down in over 80 feet with three to four inch chrome or green and white spoons. Lake trout action was fair in waters over 90 feet deep between Fry Pan Island and the first green buoy west of the lighthouse. Silver hammered spoons were the ticket.

Drummond Island: The month of the September gets the attention of yellow perch anglers. A few 7 to 9 inches were caught on the south side of Ashman Island when using spreaders with shiners in 12 to 14 feet. A few small perch were caught on small worms and shiners off the Monahan Dock in Maxton Bay. Walleye fishing was fair around Picnic Island with shiners and a slip bobber along the weed beds in 12 to 14 feet.

Cedarville & Hessel: Pike fishing was good at both locations however Musky Bay was best when still-fishing with chubs. Casting and trolling were also taking fish. Excellent perch fishing continued in Moscoe Channel when using worms. Perch have started at Connors Point in Musky Bay. Smallmouth bass fishing was good off the Hessel Pier.

St. Ignace: Is producing a few salmon. Lake trout can be found on the east side of Mackinac Island, and Round Island. Those fishing the mouth of the Carp River have seen a couple salmon but it was walleye that were caught in the evening.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had a good number of anglers targeting yellow perch. Those anchored in 20 to 27 feet caught fish when using minnows on spreaders in Brest Bay, off Stony Point, Fermi, Bolles Harbor and around the E Buoy and the C Buoy. Most of the perch were still 7 to 8 inches. The bigger ones were few and far between. The walleye fishing pressure was the lowest it has been all summer.

Lenawee County: Anglers on Devils Lake were marking and catching a good number of bluegills in 20 to 35 feet with crickets and wax worms however they are sorting out the small ones. Bass and pike fishing were fair along the weed beds when casting or trolling deep divers and spinners. On Lake Hudson, bass were caught along the weed beds. Some reported a good number of crappie and bluegills. Shore anglers caught a few panfish, bass or catfish.

Detroit River: Walleye anglers were putting in long hours. Catch rates were very low in the northern half when bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses. Those fishing at night had fair to good success when hand-lining from the Renaissance Center all the way up to the mouth of Lake St. Clair. A few had luck in the Trenton Channel, near Mud Island and on the east side of Grosse Ile when bottom bouncing crawler harnesses, trolling, drifting, hand-lining or jigging. A few 6 to 9 inch perch were caught but not much worth keeping. Anglers are catching channel catfish and freshwater drum. Bass anglers are doing a little better with smallmouth up to 3 pounds taken around Belle Isle, Grassy Island and off Alter Road. Water temperatures were in the low 70’s.

Lake St. Clair: Walleye fishing was spotty but a few were caught by those trolling in 17 to 19 feet. Overall, perch fishing was slow but a couple decent reports did come from the Dumping Grounds and the channel area near the Grosse Point Yacht Club. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good. Target the deeper areas. Good numbers of largemouth bass can be found in the canals and the marinas.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing was slow with most anglers only catching 1 or 2 fish per trip. Even night fishing has slowed. Bass fishing was good. Some of the biggest fish caught were taken up near Port Huron or just above the Bluewater Bridge. Water clarity was very good and water temperatures were hovering around 70 degrees. Sturgeon fishing in the North Channel was fair.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Lake trout, coho, steelhead and the odd walleye were caught 40 feet down in 90 to 135 feet. Even the lake trout were suspended. The fish appear to be gorging themselves on young of the year emerald shiners. Anglers at Lexington are heading north to Port Sanilac and fishing straight east or northeast of the harbor. Pier fishing was slow.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout and steelhead are still being caught in 80 to 120 feet straight out and north of the harbor. Try spoons or some dodgers with spin-n-glows between 40 feet down and the bottom. Also try 3, 5, 7, and 10 color lines with bright colored spoons and offshore boards to get them out and away from the boat. Walleye were caught in 50 feet. Try small Hot-n-Tots or worm burners with crawlers. Pier anglers might want to try casting small body baits in the evening.

Grindstone City: Was producing trout and salmon including the occasional Atlantic.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Decent numbers of salmon and trout were caught in 100 feet when trolling J-plugs and spoons. Perch fishing slowed but a few were still being caught in 40 to 50 feet. Pier fishing is slow.

St. Joseph River: Had a light number of steelhead moving past the Berrien Springs Dam.

South Haven: Salmon fishing was slow with only a few caught on spoons in 80 to 100 feet. Perch anglers caught some fish in 45 feet but the fish seem to be scattered. Pier fishing is slow for all species.

Black River: Had reports of a couple salmon caught.

Kalamazoo River: Was producing smallmouth bass.

Grand Haven: Salmon fishing was tough with only a few caught 70 to 130 feet down in 100 to 160 feet. Anglers were using plugs, meat rigs and flies.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Cooler weather and rain last week did bring in some chinook and coho which were caught on spawn, flies, beads and yarn in the drift below the dam. Steelhead were also caught. The catfish action remains good for those using crawlers, liver and bluegills. Smallmouth bass were taken on crawlers.

Grand River at Lansing: A few smallmouth bass were caught by those drifting just above the weeds. Walleye action over at Moore’s Park was sporadic.

Muskegon: Boats were finding salmon 70 to 150 feet down in 110 to 160 feet. Glow plugs, green meat rigs, and green flies were producing fish. Freshwater drum were caught off the piers by those casting spoons.

Muskegon River: A good number of steelhead and brown trout were caught below Croton Dam.

Whitehall: Had salmon holding in 60 to 80 feet and most were caught about halfway down. Depending on water temperatures, fish may still continue to move in. We may have another week for boat anglers wanting to fish the shallows before the main run starts. Pier anglers may find some fish early morning or late evening. In the channel, anglers should find some northern pike when still-fishing with large minnows.