Baitman Fishing report 10/27/16

skegemog perch from fred fields
skegemog perch from fred fields


These perch are from Lake Skegemog as there is a bite but few fishing.

Smallmouths are also on the bite as they feed heavy before ice

Smallmouths are also on the bite
Smallmouths are also on the bite




The perch are on the bite with Portage Lake and Burt Lake the hot spots. Long Lake and Crystal Lake have a bite but lots of sorting. Mullet Lake has been fair with perch shiners working best.


Lake Leelanau has been good for perch by the Cedar River also a few walleye have been caught in the smaller water as they are chasing minnows.

Lake Margrethe and Manistee Lake have been fair but few are fishing now,  Skegemog has been fair but few are fishing right nowsame could be said about Higgins as they are catching a few rainbows from shore with blues also perch fishing has been good but there are very few taking advantage, Lake trout fishing is good when vertical jigging in 100 feet.

Steelhead are finally showing up in most the rivers that have fall runs with spawn and waxworms woking best. Salmon seem to be on there last leg with a few coho showing up.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: Had no boat anglers. Rumor has it a couple steelhead and lake trout were caught off the end of the piers. Lake trout season on Lake Michigan is closed.

Bear River: Still had higher water levels and a few chinook but they are pretty dark. A couple coho and small steelhead were caught at the mouth. Lake trout were caught near the mouth and up near the dam with fresh skein, spawn bags, artificial eggs or flies.

Charlevoix: A few perch were caught by those jigging around the cement plant but the fish are moving around quite a bit. Angler effort on the pier was low. It appears the smallmouth bass have moved out as none have been caught in the last couple weeks. There is still a possibility of catching steelhead and walleye this time of year.

Traverse City: The East Bay continues to have good fishing for lake herring north of the M-36 launch and off Acme. Those targeting smallmouth bass did not have much luck south of Elk Rapids and along the southwest end of the bay. The Elk River had some nice steelhead along with a few lake trout and coho taken. Some managed to find a few perch. The West Bay had very little fishing activity.

Boardman River: Fishing has slowed with only a few salmon, steelhead and brown trout caught. There were not many lake trout in the river yet.

Frankfort: Shore and pier anglers at both Frankfort and Elberta were landing some steelhead on spawn. Pier anglers hooked fish on both the inside and the outside of the walls. There were several reports of fish 10 pounds or more.

Portage Lake: Perch were still hitting on the west end in 10 to 16 feet. Most are smaller but sifting through the small ones can be entertaining if you don’t mind using a number of minnows.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were still about 56 degrees. Boat and shore activity were slow. Steelhead were caught by pier and shore anglers in the early morning. The fish cleaning station and the restrooms are closed for the season.

Manistee Lake: Fishing activity continues to decline. There were a small number of steelhead staging up near the mouth of the Little Manistee River but anglers were having a hard time getting them to hit. Deep diving crank baits in bright colors or jigs have taken a few fish.

Big Manistee River: A good number of steelhead were moving up into the river and were being caught from Rainbow Bend all the up to Tippy Dam. Spawn, beads and flies were all working well when drifting through the holes. While the chinook are near the end of their run anglers reported a decent number of coho up near Tippy Dam. A few lake trout and even pink salmon have been caught.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures were at 54 degrees. Boat anglers have caught steelhead in 40 to 70 feet. Pier fishing was slow. The fish cleaning station and the restrooms were still open.

Pere Marquette River: Is producing some steelhead on spawn and beads.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: There was no fishing activity on Lake Huron over the last week. The fish cleaning station was still open but will close soon.

Cheboygan River: Is still producing a few chinook for those drifting spawn or casting crank baits. Most of the fish are very dark and will not last much longer. A light number of small steelhead moved into the river and were caught when drifting spawn. Steelhead fishing should pick up as the weather turns colder. For smallmouth bass, those that did best were fishing the mouth of the river and near the Hack-Ma-Tack Inn. Only a few walleye were caught.

Burt Lake: Was producing some walleye.

Mullett Lake: Perch fishing was hit-or-miss in front of Indian River. When the fishing is good anglers were catching 30 to 50 fish per trip with most over 9 inches. Both walleye and bass fishing pressure were light.

Rogers City: The weather has not been angler friendly because of high winds and rough water. The Rogers City Marina and the restrooms are now closed for the season. The launch ramps and the all the docks were still in.

Presque Isle: The few boats able to get out did manage to find a couple young chinook salmon when they located baitfish in shallower waters south towards Stone Port. The restrooms here are closed for the season.

Grand Lake: Was producing perch for those using minnows.

Oscoda: Boat anglers fishing both inside and immediately outside the pier heads were taking walleyes on spoons and body baits. Likewise, pier anglers casting the same were also taking some fish. Boat and shore anglers were starting to catch a few steelhead.

Au Sable River: Steelhead were reported as far upstream as Foote Dam and were hitting on spawn.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout fishing was good when vertical jigging in 100 feet.

Houghton Lake: Walleye fishing picked up with the cooler weather. Anglers were fishing the canals and along the shoreline at night with crank baits.

Lake St. Helen: Was producing panfish and the occasional walleye.

Tawas: Shiners are moving into the state harbor and some perch are moving in with them. It takes a lot of sorting to get a mess of keepers, but it can be done. Pier anglers casting at night are starting to pick up some walleye and a few pike during the day.

Tawas River: The chinook salmon run seems to be over.

Au Gres: Had very good perch fishing for boat anglers in 40 to 50 feet near the end of the shipping channel, off the Gravelly Shoals and down near the NOAA weather buoy. Lots of limit catches were taken by boat anglers launching from Eagle Bay Marina and fishing in 6 to 10 feet between the Saganing and the Pinconning Bars. Some were 12 to 13 inches with the occasional 14 inch fish reported.

Pine River: Perch are biting from shore in the lower river near Standish but they run small and a lot of sorting is necessary.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Had three gates open on the Wisconsin side of the Hattie Street Dam because of high water and repairs being made at the power house. The latest shocking survey showed walleye, brown trout, rainbow trout and some whitefish in the river. The upstream area of Stephenson Island held many fish.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers had fair catches between the Second and the Third Reefs when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 10 to 26 feet. Evenings were best. Fair to good perch fishing along the north end with minnows in 10 to 20 feet. Good pike action along the south end of the “Black Bottom” when trolling spoons, crank baits or spinners in 10 to 20 feet. A few smallmouth bass were caught from Garth Point south to the Vagabond Resort.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth anglers caught fish on minnows or plastics along the break between Fayette and Garden Bluff. The fish were 15 to 25 feet down. Many were undersize but some managed to catch a couple keepers.

Marquette: After flooding last week, the water has receded from the parking lots to the rivers but the water levels are still high. Fishing pressure is low in the harbor but those heading out did find some steelhead and lake trout when trolling spoons around the lower breakwall. Pier anglers caught steelhead on spoons and natural baits. Those fishing the Chocolay River caught a couple steelhead on spinners, spawn and even worms. There are no reports of fish harvested from the Carp or the Dead River.

Munising: A few boat anglers were out for salmon but had no luck. Surface water temperatures were right around 55 degrees. Water levels were still high and close to bankfull. Rain and gusty winds this week have limited angler activity on the Anna River dock but a few splake were caught on spawn bags.

Grand Marais: : Had no boat anglers due to strong winds in the area. Because of the wind, early morning was the best time for surf casting. Surface water temperatures were about 55 degrees. Water levels at the river receded but anglers may still want to bring waders to get out to the mouth. Shore anglers fishing the mouth of the Sucker River caught a couple steelhead. Anglers are using spawn bags or casting Cleo’s. Orange, gold and silver were good colors. Most of the hits were on spawn bags.

Two Hearted River: Water levels are above normal for this time of year and the higher levels have certainly impacted angler success for salmon and steelhead. A big run of steelhead moved into the river and anglers were hooking more fish. The menominee catch is very good this year near the mouth and the State Forest Campground.

St. Marys River: Had no reports. With fall settling in, most anglers have switched to bow hunting or duck hunting in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Drummond Island: Those targeting yellow perch caught some fish on the north side of Peck Island which is on the northwest corner of Scott Bay. Try 8 to 13 feet with spreaders, red beads and shiners. The south side of Rutland Island had reports of perch taken in 8 to 10 feet with small worms or shiners. In Maxton Bay, a few perch were taken by those drifting minnows in 8 to 10 feet along the south end of James Island.

Detour: Walleye 17 to 19 inches were caught two miles upstream of Detour Village near Swedes Point when trolling planer boards with crank baits. For the fish that are suspended, try blue and chrome crank baits about 6 to 8 feet down in 14 feet and deeper near the points and underwater humps. Walleye were caught near Pipe Island which is one mile north of the Detour Ferry Boat lane that runs to Drummond Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing was slow throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. The fish are there but they keep moving around so try drifting a crawler harness. Pike fishing was a little better than the perch fishing. Try the Middle Entrance, Snows Channel, the Viking Channel or the marina pier at Hessel. Steelhead and a few late salmon were reported in Bush Creek.

St. Ignace: Had little fishing activity as most were duck hunting. The Carp River had few anglers and only a couple dying salmon left. The few fishing were trying for steelhead but catch rates were slow. The salmon at Nunns Creek are pretty dark.



Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing was decent but walleye fishing was still very slow. Perch were found in good numbers in 13 to 17 feet off the Toledo Beach Marina, the mansion and the Erie Consumers Plant or in 20 to 23 feet off Stony Point. Perch rigs and shiners worked best. Those fishing for largemouth bass did well with spinners and soft plastics in Plum Creek. Those fishing the Hoffman access site caught a good number of panfish from La Plaisance Creek with shiners and crawlers on crappie rigs or under a bobber. The lagoons at Sterling State Park were producing largemouth bass and bluegills and shore anglers at Pointe Mouillee caught perch and bluegills.

Detroit River: Those using perch rigs and spreaders with minnows in 10 to 14 feet were still getting some yellow perch even though catch rates slowed a bit. Walleye were caught in the channels.

Oakland County: Both Cass and Union Lake were slow over the last week. Bass anglers were having a difficult time even though fish were seen cruising the sand flats. Bluegill and crappie fishing was hit-or-miss. Those doing best were floating wax worms in 5 to 12 feet around the shallow coves and basins.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth fishing was slow in the south end of the lake. Largemouth bass were caught in the canals at Metro in 4 to 6 feet when casting a purple tube bait of a green pumpkin wacky worm. Yellow perch were caught on emerald shiners when anchored in 16 or 17 feet around the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club or with perch rigs and minnows in 14 to 16 feet off the 400 Club. Muskie were caught under the 16 Mile Bridge when casting crank baits or about a mile out from the Clinton River Cut-Off Launch in 9 to 11 feet with spinners and crank baits. On the north end, yellow perch were caught in Bouvier Bay in 8 feet. Nice panfish including perch were taken by shore anglers floating a crawler at Selfridge. The mouth of the North Channel was another hot spot for perch for those still-fishing or drifting minnows in 9 to 11 feet. Anglers continued to catch bluegill and crappie in the canals. Smallmouth bass fishing was basically non-existent. A few largemouth bass were caught along the shoreline. Pike were caught along the weed beds in Anchor Bay.

St. Clair River: Was producing some walleye for those using rapalas.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Most of the activity was at Lexington where Atlantic salmon were seen in the harbor. The bite was best at night. Anglers may want to try fishing outside the breakwall as the fish there seem a bit less skittish. Small orange or chartreuse spoons seem to catch fish. Steelhead are also in the harbor and may hit better than the Atlantics. Some perch were caught on minnows. Port Sanilac had a few Atlantics, some steelhead and the odd chinook in the harbor.

Harbor Beach: One boat caught a steelhead when out trolling. Pier anglers were still getting a few walleye after dark.

Port Austin: A few perch were caught at the mouth of Bird Creek.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing at most locations along the west and the south end of the bay was slower over the last week. The fish are still there, but they weren’t biting as well. Most of the fishing pressure was concentrated around Spoils Island and along the lower shipping channel because that’s about as far out as anglers wanted to go. There was some perch activity in the cut at the end of Finn Road, but a lot of sorting is necessary. Some boats were fishing in 6 to 10 feet straight out of Quanicassee but fishing was slow with only one limit catch in 6 hours. Small perch were caught at the Thomas Cut. Shore anglers caught a few fish in the lower Sebewaing River. Sebewaing to Caseville had duck hunters.

Saginaw River: Had a fair amount of fishing activity in the lower river as boat anglers could fish there and were not bothered as much by the wind and waves. Some walleye and perch were caught from the Independence Bridge downstream.

Quanicassee River: Anglers were getting quite a few perch but again they are sorting out all the small ones. Anglers are encouraged by the number of smaller perch and are looking forward to November when the bigger fish usually come in.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake trout and splake fishing in the waters of Lake Michigan will close on October 31st.

St. Joseph: Very few boats were able to fish and the waves have kept many off the piers. The few able to get out reported decent fishing in 100 feet. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple steelhead taken on spawn.

St. Joseph River: Was producing a few walleye.

South Haven: Had slow fishing for all species. A few young salmon were caught on spoons in 70 feet. Pier fishing for steelhead and whitefish was very slow.

Kalamazoo River: Anglers have caught a couple steelhead. Most were caught by boat anglers trolling spoons and body baits.

Lake Macatawa: Anglers have caught a few perch.

Grand Haven: Pier and shore anglers are starting to catch steelhead on spawn. When the weather allows, lake trout were caught in the bottom 15 feet of waters 90 to 130 feet deep. Green or yellow spin-glo’s worked well.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a few salmon and some steelhead up near the 6th Street Dam. The occasional steelhead was caught near the mouth of the Rogue when casting spinners.

Rogue River: Fishing has slowed but there was still a number of salmon up near the dam and steelhead in the river.

Maple River: Is under a flood advisory and is expected to exceed its banks. Caution should be used when walking near the riverbank.

Muskegon: Steelhead action was slow for both pier and shore anglers. The south pier is closed for repairs.

Muskegon River: The remaining salmon were quite dark as they near the end of their journey. Those fly fishing have done well as more steelhead and brown trout move in. Spawn, spinners and small spoons can also take fish.

White River: Salmon fishing has slowed in the lower river.

Armstrong’s Bait and Sport Shop has new Owners and are open


armstongs bait and tackle
armstongs bait and tackle


They have cleaned the store and are in the process of putting cooler and a beer cave to be a party store also with a full line sporting goods dealer

WHITEHALL, MI – A day after officials condemned and shut down Armstrong’s Bait and Sport Shop on White Lake, a fourth-generation member of the Armstrong family purchased it and plans to spruce up and reopen the historic shop and marina.

The shop at 200 S. Lake St. in Whitehall was closed by the White Lake Fire Authority on Tuesday, Aug. 9, said Fire Chief Gregory M. Holman.

A sign on the door said the building had been condemned and was “unsanitary and unfit for human habitation or occupancy.” The closure order followed “several attempts” to correct fire code violations that weren’t successful, Holman said.

Following that action, owner Don Armstrong contacted Matt and Vicky Dalrymple and asked if they’d be willing to take over the business, Matt Dalrymple said. The couple purchased the business on Wednesday, he said.

“Don came to the conclusion that it was time to pass it on because he didn’t have the energy to keep it going,” Dalrymple said.

Vicky Dalrymple is a fourth-generation Armstrong, and Matt Dalrymple is the manager of the White Lake Moorings marina next door to Armstrong’s.

The shop, which has been in operation for 102 years, includes a marina with about 20 boat slips that were unaffected by the closure order, Dalrymple said.

The new owners have empty out the store’s inventory, clean up the building and replace the roof and electrical, Dalrymple said. They are now open for business

“We’re working with the fire inspector and local officials to bring it back up to code,” Dalrymple said.

The closure order followed “several attempts” to correct fire code violations that weren’t successful, Holman said.

“We’ve been attempting to work with Mr. Armstrong for several years on correcting those code deficiencies,” he said. “We did have a citizen complaint last week that unfortunately prompted us to go in there again.”

Officials found that progress in addressing the fire department’s concerns had halted and that the condition of the shop had “regressed back to worse than what it was originally,” Holman said.

The fire chief declined to provide specifics about the code violations, saying “it’s just general housekeeping” and that the issues are fixable.

Armstrong’s marina was the first marina on White Lake, which is an inlet of Lake Michigan, and the shop is a legend among anglers, Dalrymple said.

“If you’re across the state and you’re on the water, chances are somebody’s been to Armstrong’s,” he said.

But the structural troubles have been mounting over the years and Armstrong had been served several notices to fix them, he said. Armstrong, who is age 73, was “stubborn enough not to hire anyone to help him,” Dalrymple said.

“We appreciate all the support from customers and the community,” he said. “Everyone’s been pretty sympathetic. It’s been a long time coming.”

Perch are biting


Portage Lake Perch
Portage Lake Perch



Perch have been biting the last two weeks and many lakes have been good.

Portage Lake and Manistee lake have had good action with Portage being the go to lake. Perch shiner and wigglers have been working best

Crystal Lake and Platte Lake have had a bite with Crystal Lake more perch but smaller fish.

Long Lake, Lake Leelanau, Green Lake, Big Glen Lake have been good when the wind. Perch shiner and wigglers have been working best

Manistee Lake, Skegemog and Lake Margrethe have been fair with some nice size perch.

Mullet, Crooked,Lake Charlevoix, and Burt have been good with Burt Lake at Maple bay has been hot.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: Boats were not able to get out. A few salmon and lake trout were caught off the end of the piers however anglers are reminded that lake trout season in the waters of Lake Michigan is closed.

Bear River: Water levels were fairly high. Rain usually brings the salmon in but the last couple events have not resulted in any big pushes of fish. There are still a few chinook and coho around but many are turning dark. A few more lake trout were in the river and caught between the mouth and the dam when using fresh skein, spawn bags, artificial eggs and flies.

Charlevoix: Had light fishing activity for salmon near the cement plant. Those trying were lucky to get one fish when casting spoons or crank baits in the slip. Pier anglers fishing the channel were targeting smallmouth bass with both real and artificial crawlers. Angler pressure and catch rates have dropped. The last harvest of the season at the Medusa Weir will most likely take place the end of this week.

Traverse City: The lake herring bite continues to be good at the south end of East Bay when jigging 80 to 90 feet down in 100 to 130 feet. Although slow, smallmouth anglers caught some nice fish at various depths. On the Elk River, anglers have caught a mix of salmon and steelhead on spawn at the dam. Bass and the odd perch were also caught.

Boardman River: Chinook salmon are still being caught along with the occasional brown trout and coho. Only a few lake trout were caught but the fish are starting to make their way into the river.

Frankfort: Anglers fishing the north breakwall and the south pier in Elberta have caught several steelhead but most were undersize. Fish were hitting on fresh spawn near the elbow in the early morning and at dusk.

Betsie River: Anglers continue to pick up a few chinook near the Homestead Dam.

Portage Lake: Anglers are still picking up perch and bluegills in decent numbers however they are also sorting through several small ones to find the keepers. Most are using minnows and worms.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers caught largemouth bass and pike on Lake Cadillac. The bass were hitting top-water lures in the early morning. Pike were hitting on crank baits or large minnows. Lake Mitchell was producing panfish.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were 56 degrees. Very few boats have been out. Pier anglers have caught steelhead.

Manistee Lake: The buoys were removed from the lake on Friday October 14th so the entire lake is now open to fishing. Angling pressure was light but some have caught a couple steelhead.

Big Manistee River: Anglers are starting to see more chinook that are spawned out. Most were taking a mixed bag of chinook, coho and steelhead up near Tippy Dam. The lower stretch between High Bridge and the lake was producing fewer chinook and coho but more steelhead. Salmon skein was producing more steelhead than crank baits or spinners. Salmon were hitting on skein, crank baits and flies.

Ludington: Pier anglers are catching steelhead on fresh spawn. Those surfcasting have also caught fish.

Pere Marquette River: Anglers are catching steelhead and brown trout between Custer and the twin bridges at US-31. Most are using spawn and beads.

Pentwater: Anglers drifting minnows between the piers caught northern pike and smallmouth bass.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing from Longbridge Road caught northern pike on crankbaits and yellow perch on crawlers.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Had a lot of anglers fishing for salmon. Some did very well; some caught nothing while others were taking 1 to 3 fish per trip. Fresh caught skein or spawn drifted under a bobber or bottom bouncing caught the most fish but those casting bright colored or glow stick baits managed to take a couple as well. Best times were early morning, after sundown or on cloudy days. A few pike, perch, smallmouth bass and walleye were also caught. No steelhead reports.

Mullett Lake: Water temperatures were still up around 59 degrees which is warm for this time of year. Perch fishing is holding steady in front of the Indian River. Most were 9 to 12 inches but some caught a few up to 14 inches. Smallmouth bass fishing is slow; most anglers are only getting 5 fish for 8 hours of fishing. The few boats out walleye fishing caught a couple fish. Fishing pressure for steelhead was light.

Rogers City: Had little fishing effort and those heading out had a hard time finding baitfish. Rain and windy conditions have the lake stirred up. Try waters 70 feet and deeper and look for a scum line on the surface. For steelhead, run lines with orange spoons throughout the water column.

Presque Isle: Weather has been a real issue. The fish are there if anglers can get out. Try north between the two lighthouses and run lines up and down the water column in 50 to 130 feet. Look for bug slicks on the surface to find steelhead and Atlantic salmon.

Thunder Bay River: A couple salmon were caught up near the Ninth Street Dam.

Oscoda: Chinook salmon fishing was slow off the piers. Fish can be seen jumping, but they won’t strike. Walleye are being taken on spoons and body baits after dark. A couple steelhead were also caught.

Houghton Lake: Anglers were getting bluegills and rock bass. The walleye action was slow but a few were caught in shallow waters.

Tawas: A few perch are starting to show up in the state harbor but anglers are doing a lot of sorting to find some keepers. Boats fishing near and inside Jerry’s Marina took some decent catches of perch last week.

Tawas River: A couple chinook salmon were caught but the action was slow.

Au Gres: Had good perch fishing in 50 feet near the Gravelly Shoals and out near the NOAA Weather Buoy. At Eagle Bay Marina, boats fishing for perch did very well in 7 to 10 feet between the Saganing and the Pinconning Bars. Shore anglers caught some nice bluegills inside the marina. The Pine River has started producing some perch for shore anglers but they are sorting out the small ones. Keepers were 7 to 8 inches.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Had a run of walleye from Stephenson Island to the Hattie Street Dam. Anglers are using stick baits, fishing the current and drifting a minnow or crawler. A few brown trout and steelhead along with a couple chinook salmon were caught on spoons and stick baits below the Hattie Street Dam.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers have marked and reported a few catches of walleye in the southern bay from Breezy Point south to Round Island when trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits in 10 to 18 feet. Good pike action in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor or the south end of the “Black Bottom” in 10 to 20 feet when trolling spoons, crank baits or spinners. The best perch fishing was between the Second and Third Reefs and up near the Day’s River with minnows in 10 to 18 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had few anglers but those targeting smallmouth bass did best using minnows or plastics in and around 22 feet off Garden Bluff. A few were looking for perch in Garden Bay but no reports yet.

Marquette: Had no reports from boat anglers as many have pulled their boats or windy conditions have made it difficult to get out. Steelhead up to 6 pounds were running in the Carp River. The Chocolay River has given up a few coho for those using spinners and spawn.

Munising: Very few coho salmon have been caught in the area and those boats fishing off the river caught mainly splake. A few in Bay Furnace caught some steelhead but no coho. Surface water temperatures are now in the upper 50’s. The main activity has been at the Anna River Dock where anglers were doing better catching splake 18 to 21 inches and a few up to 22 but many were undersize. The Anna River was very high and stained which makes fishing more difficult. The males are quite vibrant and have the pronounced hooked jaws. Anglers were using spawn bags off the dock. Those hoping for a salmon caught the occasional splake when casting florescent spoons. Fall colors here have peaked with vibrant colors.

Grand Marais: Most anglers are shore fishing or in small boats within the harbor and near the mouth of the Sucker River. Surface water temperatures were in the upper 50’s and catch rates for steelhead picked up with fish up to 9 pounds but no reports of any coho. Most are using spawn bags but a few had luck when trolling or casting spoons. Orange and chartreuse were the hot colors. Water levels on the Sucker River were high after all the rain so be sure to bring waders.

Two Hearted River: The salmon run is still on the light side but some anglers have caught silver fish. Steelhead are moving into the river. Expect higher than normal water levels and water clarity will be an issue after the recent heavy rains.

St. Marys River: A few walleye and lake trout were caught at the mouth when the weather stabilized. Two miles up from Detour Village, two different boats caught walleye at Swedes Pointe when trolling blue and chrome or fire-tiger reef runners with planer boards set at 8 feet in 14 feet of water. Others used crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers with red and white beads in 12 feet over the humps at Swedes Pointe. Near Drummond Island, yellow perch were caught off the weed beds in 8 to 13 feet at Arrow Island which is due east of Fair Banks Pointe. Try shiners or popcorn shrimp. If the mild north winds continue the rest of this week, baitfish could move into the area around Pigeon Cove and Fair Banks.

Detour: Light north winds at the Detour Lighthouse allowed one angler to troll for salmon and trout in and around Detour Reef. A few lake trout were caught by those trolling from Fry Pan Island to just south of the ferry boat dock in Detour Village and out to the green buoy. The fish were hitting on chrome and black spoons about 60 feet down in 80 feet. The thermocline was 55 degrees at 60 feet down.

Cedarville and Hessel: The Les Cheneaux Islands are producing perch but anglers have to work at it and keep moving around to locate schools of fish. The best places to try are the north end of Snows Channel, behind Dollar Island, Muskie Bay at Rice Point, Middle Entrance and along the south shore. Perch may also be found around Little Joe and the west end of Government Bay just as you are entering the bay. Pike fishing is also good in these areas along with Urie Bay and the Viking Channel. Pike and splake were caught in the marina in the early morning.

St. Ignace: Had little to no fishing activity on Lake Huron. The salmon run on the Carp River appears to be winding down. There are few pink salmon left and only a couple chinook that are near the end of their cycle. There have been no signs of any steelhead showing up yet. A few chinook were seen off the mouth of Nunn’s Creek.


Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing was hot. When anglers were able to find a good school they caught more and bigger fish. Most are using shiners on perch rigs in 15 to 19 feet straight out of Bolles Harbor and around the E-Buoy, 19 to 23 feet near the River Raisin Buoys, and 20 to 24 feet off Stony Point. Good numbers of fish were also found in 14 to 18 feet off the Erie Consumers Plant, Toledo Beach Marina and the mansion. Anglers also caught white perch and white bass. Shore anglers fishing the lagoons at Sterling State Park caught bluegills and largemouth bass on crawlers. Shore anglers at Pointe Mouillee caught yellow perch and a couple largemouth bass on perch or crappie rigs with shiners.

Huron River: A couple small steelhead were caught up near Flat Rock.

Detroit River: Yellow perch reports keep getting better. Fish were hitting on perch rigs and spreaders with minnows in 10 to 14 feet. Orange was the hot color. Those fishing the deepest waters in the channels are still taking walleye on a jig tipped with a minnow or wax worm. Dark colored Wyandotte worms were also taking fish. Shore anglers are starting to catch bluegills and perch.

Oakland County: Panfish anglers on Cass and Union Lake were taking good numbers of bluegill and the occasional crappie. While some found fish around the weedy flats, others were suspended in 20 feet. Waxworms, crawlers or minnows under a bobber worked best. Bass anglers were not doing as well but fish were caught on top-water lures in the morning and along the flats in evening. Those drifting or trolling for pike and walleye are marking good numbers on the deep side of the drop-offs but catching them was not easy.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass were caught around 12 Mile Road in 8 feet while drop-shotting a rubber worm and around Fords Cove in 7 feet while casting crankbaits. Muskie were caught around the Clinton River Cut-Off launch in 10 feet while casting medusas. Good yellow perch catches out from the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in 15 feet, out from the 400 Club in 12 to 14 feet and three miles out from the Clinton River Cut-Off when still-fishing or drifting emerald shiners on perch rigs. On the north end, anglers fishing near Harley Ensign and Fairhaven moved into the canals and caught a good number of bluegills and crappie when still-fishing and drifting live bait. A decent number of walleye were taken by those drifting minnows near the mouth of the North Channel. Smallmouth fishing was slow with only a couple fish found in 8 to 10 feet between Harley Ensign and Selfridge. A couple legal size muskies were also caught. Perch fishing was decent near the channel when using minnows.

St. Clair River: Anglers were still taking some walleye near Algonac. Those fishing up near Port Huron have caught a couple steelhead.

Lexington and Port Sanilac: Atlantic salmon continue to converge on Lexington Harbor, but they can be hard to catch. Night fishing was more productive. Most are casting spoons, body baits, or spinners but others were floating spawn under a bobber. There are Atlantics up to 10 pounds in the harbor right now. Steelhead, walleye and pike were also showing up. A few perch were caught off the docks in the morning. At Port Sanilac, walleye and a couple steelhead were caught off the north pier after dark.

Harbor Beach: Some walleye were caught off the north pier after dark.

Port Austin: Some walleye were caught off the north pier when casting spoons and body baits at night. A few perch were taken on minnows at the mouth of Bird Creek.

Saginaw Bay: Perch continue to be caught between the Pinconning and Saganing Bars, out of Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning, in 16 feet off Linwood, near the sailboat buoys, 14 feet off the Bay City State Park, near Spoils Island and at various places along the shipping channel. Moving east, some perch were taken out of the mouth of the drain at Finn Road. Perch fishing was spotty in 7 to 12 feet off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. Early morning until about 11AM was best. Shore anglers caught mostly small fish. Fishing in the Sebewaing River will pick up again after the river is flushed by rain and fish move back in from Saginaw Bay. At Geiger Road, boat anglers reported good catches off the mouth of Dutcher’s Cut in 7 feet. Bay Port had some excellent smallmouth bass fishing in Wildfowl Bay with fish up to 5 pounds taken on tube jigs in 4 to 8 feet. A few shore anglers targeting perch at the mouth of Mud Creek were not getting any keepers.

Saginaw River: Perch are being caught at the mouth, off Bay Harbor Marina, and near the train bridge. Walleye are also starting to show up near the train bridge, across from the U.S.S. Edson, and under the Independence Bridge.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Inland lakes in this area of the state are producing perch, bluegills and crappie. Anglers were using minnows and worms 10 to 12 feet down.

St. Joseph: Had few anglers because of the strong winds. No boat anglers were out. Pier fishing for salmon and steelhead was slow. Most anglers caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum when casting spoons. No perch to report.

St. Joseph River: Still had no big reports on salmon. Many are targeting walleye which have been caught in fair to good numbers.

South Haven: Had no boats out and no perch reports. Pier fishing was slow except for freshwater drum hitting on crawlers. Those using spawn on the bottom caught catfish.

Kalamazoo River: Anglers continue to take lake trout and salmon all the way up to the Allegan Dam. Some were caught on bright colored spinners and small spoons while others were caught on flies or fresh spawn.

Grand Haven: When the weather allowed, steelhead and young salmon were caught 20 to 100 feet down in 120 to 180 feet. Orange spoons have done well along with white paddles and white flies. Pier and shore fishing were slow with only a couple steelhead taken on salmon spawn. The south pier is closed to the public and will reopen the summer of 2017.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing some steelhead. Anglers are using salmon spawn, Hot-n-Tots, spoons and flies.

Rogue River: Has salmon up near the dam. Steelhead can be found throughout the river between the mouth and Rockford.

Grand River at Lansing: Pike and smallmouth bass are there for the taking. Good pike action has been cited at the North Lansing Dam and around Old Town. Anglers are using golden shiners and sucker minnows. Smallmouth bass are being caught throughout the area. No salmon or steelhead reports.

Muskegon: A couple pier anglers tried catching steelhead but no fish were reported. The south breakwall is closed for repairs.

Muskegon River: Salmon fishing improved with the higher water levels and more fish moving in after the last rain. Anglers reported brown trout and a few more steelhead in the river. Anglers are using spawn, spinners and flies.

Whitehall: Anglers casting crankbaits and drifting minnows caught northern pike in the channel. Steelhead and brown trout fishing remain slow.

White Lake: Perch and bluegills were caught on dropper rigs tipped with wax worms in 8 to 20 feet.

White River: Anglers caught some salmon all the way up to the Hesperia Dam while drifting spawn or egg flies.