Flooded Fishing Report 10/27/2017



This week rain has  filled the rivers back up and this should make the steelhead fishing great in Nov. as the water was too  low, now it is high and we should get a good run.

Perch fishing has been good on East and West Grand Traverse Bay, Long Lake by Traverse, Portage Lake, PM Lake, Big Glen, Burt, Mullet and Skegemog. Not many out this week but a few got out yesterday with mixed success.

We will have Emeralds next  week as the cold weather finally cooled the water and  we can handle them now as they will live longer than a day.

Houghton Lake has been good for walleyes with crank baits and minnows working best.

Perch and walleye are still biting on Lake Margrethe.

Pappys at Welston reports the Tippy Dam is fishable with a good run of fish this week


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: Had no boat anglers. Catch rates on the Bear River were low over the last week up at the dam, although there were some Chinook and coho reported. A couple steelhead and lake trout were also caught. Anglers used spawn, flies and artificial eggs. The mouth of the river had better reports with a variety of species caught. Chinook, coho and lake trout were beginning to show up with most anglers using spawn.

Charlevoix: No boats were reported and channel fishing slowed down significantly. Medusa Weir is in operation so the creek is closed to fishing within 100 feet of the mouth.

Traverse City: Some coho, Chinook and steelhead were caught in the Elk River at the dam on the east side of the bay. Cisco were caught while jigging by Bear Center Road. In the west bay perch fishing was spotty. Some nice catches were found in Sutton’s Bay and around Marion Island. The Boardman River was slow but a few steelhead were caught during the morning hours.

Leland: Salmon fishing was still going on with a few brown and rainbow trout caught in the harbor and the river.

Platte River: Was producing a few steelhead along with some salmon. Spawn bags, beads and flies all produced a few fish.

Manistee: A handful of steelhead were caught off the north pier and the shore. Spawn was the best bait.

Big Manistee River: Had reports of steelhead.

Pentwater: Pier fishing was limited due to weather. Those who were able to fish caught the occasional steelhead while still-fishing with spawn in the surf or from the pier heads.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting body baits or jigging soft plastic minnows in the channel caught smallmouth bass.

Muskegon: Pier action for steelhead was slow.

Whitehall: Anglers still-fishing with spawn caught the occasional steelhead from the pier heads. Those fishing with nightcrawlers near the bottom caught largemouth bass and freshwater drum.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Anglers did well with Chinook at the lock and dam while using spawn, spinners, spoons, worms and crank baits.

Rogers City: There was plenty of action for those who wanted to pursue it. Mixed bags were reported with younger Chinook, steelhead and Atlantic salmon, plus the occasional walleye. The area was loaded with lots of bait fish, mostly in waters anywhere from 65 to 100 feet. Most were using orange and silver or brightly colored spoons.

Alpena: Anglers targeting walleye found a few fish inside of 20 feet when trolling harnesses or stick baits after dusk.

Thunder Bay River: Those targeting salmon and trout caught a few Atlantics, steelhead and brown trout at the 9th Street Dam when drifting spawn bags, stripping streamer flies or casting spinners, spoons and small cranks. A few walleye and smallmouth bass were reported by anglers trolling or casting stick and jerk baits.

Oscoda: Low numbers of walleye were reported by anglers fishing in the evening while casting stick baits from the pier. A couple smallmouth bass were taken from the mouth of the river by anglers casting cranks and jigs.

Au Sable River: A couple Atlantic salmon and steelhead continued to be caught in the lower river while drifting spawn bags and beads or casting spinners and spoons. Most fish were found by anglers targeting areas between Foote Dam and the Whirlpool Access Site. Smallmouth bass and northern pike were taken by anglers casting cranks, spoons and jigs around the weed lines and in the holes.

Tawas: High winds prevented most boats from getting out. Those on the pier picked up a few walleye while still-fishing with minnows. A few pike were caught there as well.

Au Gres: Boats that did get out caught some perch out by the NOAA weather buoy in 42 feet of water while walleye were caught off Point Au Gres in 30 to 35 feet. Bass anglers did well in shallower water between Point Lookout and Point Au Gres.

Saginaw Bay: Those trolling for walleye caught some off Linwood in 19 to 20 feet of water on crawler harnesses. Perch anglers did well in the Old Shipping Channel, as well as at the Spark Plug and an area about three to four miles northeast of Spoils Island. On the east side of the bay most perch activity was centered around Quanicassee.

Saginaw River: Walleye and small perch were caught in the lower river.



Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: A few walleye were caught by the Hattie Street Dam using plastics and jig heads tipped with minnows or crawlers.

Little Bay De Noc: This past week was much slower for anglers with the best walleye catches in Kipling and south into the “Narrows”. Most trolled crawlers with harnesses in and around 30 feet. The mouth of the Escanaba River produced walleye in 18 to 22 feet. Good perch catches were reported in Kipling with minnows in 25 to 32 feet. Several large northern pike were reported while trolling cranks and spoons in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor.

Manistique River: Good numbers of Chinook were reported but the season is definitely winding down. Fly anglers reported good catches of steelhead up river between the bridges. Only a few coho were caught but several brown trout were reported.

Marquette: During breaks from the weather anglers were able to get a few lake trout and a couple coho. Little activity was reported on the Dead River but a few coho and steelhead were caught on the Carp and Chocolay rivers.

Munising: Recent summer-like temperatures saw surface water temps at 55 degrees. Pier anglers were targeting splake and coho salmon with the occasional steelhead caught as well. Spawn did well with the splake, otherwise anglers were using assorted spoons and stick baits.

Grand Marais: Reports were limited, especially from boat anglers. Those surf fishing near the Sucker River saw little to no action. Only one or two steelhead were reported. Coho action in the area has been slow all fall.

Tahquamenon River: The occasional muskie and northern pike were caught while anglers trolled or casted. Those targeting perch saw some success when using minnows or worms.

St. Marys River: A few steelhead were caught in the upper river behind both the Federal and Cloverland powerhouses. A few walleye were caught near the north end of Lake George, while perch were found there in 50 feet of water. In the lower river very few walleye were caught near Sweet’s Point and Pipe and Twin Pipe Islands just north of Detour. Legal size fish were found in 28 to 35 feet of water while trolling stick baits or crawler harnesses behind bottom bouncers. Fair muskellunge fishing was reported in Munuscong Bay while trolling large stick baits behind planer boards.

Drummond Island: Weather was tricky but those who ventured out caught good numbers of yellow perch. Small minnows were the bait of choice while drifting close to the bottom of the water column. A few anglers reported success while using pieces of night crawler as well. Notable spots included Maxton Bay near Sportsmen’s Club Point; James, Grape and Ashman islands; and Scott Bay near Rutland and Peck islands.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing was slow and high winds kept effort down. Some perch were caught at Middle Entrance and on both sides of Little La Salle Island, using both shiners and worms in eight to 12 feet. Northern pike catch rates improved with fish caught throughout Musky Bay while trolling with chrome-colored spoons with red eyes in eight to 10 feet of water in early morning or late evening. In Hessel, northern pike were reported off the fishing pier. Chubs were used in six to eight feet of water.

Michigan Fishing Report 10-12-2017

Portage Lake Perch


Perch fishing has been fair on Lake Margrethe, Skegemog, Manistee Lake by Kakaska, Long and Green Lake by Traverse, Portage Lake, PM lake, Burt, Mullet Lake and Big Glenn. Have not heard much from Crystal or Lake Leelanau. The guys going out the last few days say West Grand Traverse Bay has  finally started to produce again at Lees Point, Suttons Bay, and Northport.




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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: No boat anglers were interviewed. The Bear River had high water levels and two really good runs of fish after the rain last weekend. A lot of coho were coming in with the Chinook which were getting ripe and turning quite dark. Most were using spawn, flies and artificial eggs. Fish were jumping at the mouth and beyond but only a couple small steelhead and salmon were caught as most fish were taken further up in the river.

Charlevoix: Had very few boat anglers. Smallmouth bass fishing in the channel was still good but the bite at times was still hit-or-miss. Anglers reported some good size fish caught on live or artificial crawlers. The Medusa Weir is still in operation so the creek is closed to fishing within 100 feet of the mouth. A couple anglers casting out past the mouth caught one small Chinook salmon. The Jordan River had more salmon than recent years. The Boyne River was active with salmon.

Traverse City: On the East Bay, the lake herring action was good out from the Center Road launch. Some big fish were suspended in 80 feet off Deepwater Point. A couple steelhead were caught by those trolling for lake herring. The Elk River was good in the early morning for coho, Chinook and the occasional steelhead. The kid’s pond was also good on certain days. Spawn worked best.A few perch were caught off Old Mission. The West Bay had spotty perch fishing at the north end but anglers did manage to catch a few fish in Suttons Bay. The fish were scattered at Northport and the action was hit-or-miss off Lee Point. Minnows worked best but some fish were taken on worms. Fishing in the Boardman River slowed but a few Chinook were caught in the early morning.

Leland: A few salmon and small perch were caught in the harbor. The salmon were hitting on spoons and body baits. The Leland River had a decent number of Chinook, coho and steelhead. Salmon were hitting on spoons and spawn bags.

Platte Bay: A few coho were caught near the mouth of the Platte River and some of the smaller rivers as well. Most were casting spoons or spinners but a few did well with spawn bags.

Platte River: Chinook and a good number of coho are still being caught in the lower river. Skein, spawn bags, flies and beads were all producing fish.

Betsie River: Still had salmon with many fishing below the Homestead Dam.

Manistee: Boat fishing was slow. A small number of steelhead were caught off the north pier and by shore anglers using spawn. The fish cleaning station is closed however the restrooms and docks were still available.

Manistee River: Still had salmon including some large fish being caught on spoons or body baits. Anglers were still finding some fresh fish mixed in the darker ones.

Pere Marquette River: Had a good number of salmon with numerous fish over 20 pounds. Anglers reported some fresh fish still pushing upstream.

Pentwater: Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum when still-fishing crawlers or casting body baits.

Pentwater Lake: Those casting body baits or spinners at Longbridge Road caught the occasional Chinook salmon in the early morning. Boat anglers caught perch and bluegills on dropper-rigs tipped with wax worms or wigglers in 12 to 20 feet.

Muskegon: Had no reports from boat anglers. Pier fishing was slow as those casting spoons for salmon had no luck.

Muskegon River: Salmon fishing picked up with the rain and cooler temperatures. The better fishing was early morning and late evening and the fish were usually found in deeper water.

Whitehall: Fishing days for boat anglers were limited by poor weather including windy conditions. Pier anglers caught channel cats, largemouth bass and bluegills when still-fishing or drifting crawlers.

White River: Chinook salmon were spawning and could be found all the way up to the Hesperia Dam.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Burt and Mullett Lakes: Were showing good perch and walleye numbers near the south end of both lakes.

Cheboygan River: Fishing pressure picked up for trout and salmon. Anglers at the lock and dam caught Chinook and steelhead with skein, spawn bags, spinners, spoons and crank baits. The Chinook were between 6 and 8 pounds and the steelhead were between 2 and 6 pounds. Anglers caught smallmouth bass and rock bass with crank baits and worms at the lock and dam and from the Bablo parking lot pier.

Rogers City: There still seems to be some adult Chinook salmon around Swan Bay. Try inside 30 feet when trolling planer boards with J-plugs and bombers. Those willing should try summer fishing patterns out deeper where there should be young Chinook, steelhead, Atlantic salmon or even walleye. Run spoons throughout the water column. Good colors to try would be green, blue, orange, yellow and silver. There appears to be a lot of baitfish in the area.

Alpena: Those trolling spoons throughout the water column in 20 to 80 feet caught a couple small Chinook and the odd coho off the mouth of the river and the north shore. Some nice smallmouth bass were taken on tube jigs and crank baits from the LaFarge discharge. Walleye were caught when trolling stick baits in 20 to 30 feet in the evening.

Thunder Bay River: Atlantic salmon have been showing up with many averaging 4 to 5 pounds. Chinook, Atlantics, brown trout and even a couple spawning pink salmon were caught below the 9th Street Dam. Most were using small spoons, spinners, crank baits, streamer flies, or drifting spawn bags and skein. A few small perch and channel catfish were caught on minnows and crawlers in the lower river.

Oscoda: Anglers trolling spoons and crank baits off the mouth of the river and around the pies were marking a few large fish along with baitfish but the large fish did not want to bite. Pier anglers caught walleye and channel cats in the evening. Decent size smallmouth bass were caught from the pier when using crank baits or jigs with soft plastics. A small number of Chinook were caught on spoons.

Au Sable River: A couple Atlantic salmon were caught below Foote Dam and in Van Etten Creek by those floating skein or casting spoons and spinners. A steelhead was caught on a spoon at the mouth. Smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, rock bass, and a couple yellow perch were taken in the lower river when floating a crawler. Water temperatures below Foote Dam were in the mid 60’s.

Houghton Lake: A few walleye were still being caught by those drifting or bouncing lures off the bottom. Panfish could still be found near the weed beds.

Tawas: Pier anglers on the state dock were starting to get a few perch inside the harbor. Minnows were just starting to come into the harbor and bringing the perch with them. On the outside, those “walking the wall” with crank baits caught a few walleye in the early morning or late evening. A few Chinook were seen jumping outside of the wall at night. Some perch were caught near Jerry’s Marina.

Tawas River: A few Chinook salmon were caught by various methods including casting or floating spawn bags in the lower river.

Au Gres: Those trolling for walleye did good in waters 30 feet and deeper when trolling a crawler harness halfway down. Perch anglers were getting fish out by the shipping channel in 50 feet, off Pointe Au Gres and off the mouth of the Au Gres River.

Au Gres River: On the East Branch, Chinook salmon were present in the lower end of Whitney Drain at the Singing Bridge access site.

Saginaw Bay: Perch were caught off the mouth of the Pine River near Standish and off Eagle Bay Marina. Good depths ranged from 8 to 10 feet on the shallow end to 20 feet on the deep end. Assorted panfish were caught in the lower Pine River at the access site. Perch fishing was hit-or-miss along the inner bay but a few were taken northeast of Spoils Island when boats could get out. Fishing on the east side was slow from Quanicassee to Caseville with only the odd walleye or perch taken. Results were a bit better inside the marina at Sebewaing and the adjacent Sebewaing River where shore anglers caught a mixed bag of panfish, a few small bass and halfway decent pike.

Saginaw River: A few walleye were taken in the lower river near Bay Harbor Marina.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: A few boats caught a decent number of walleye but there is still no pattern in regards to what methods work best. Try a leech or minnow under a slip bobber in the evening. Perch fishing was similar with a few fish caught. Bergland Bay produced some nice sunfish but anglers were sorting the small ones. The smallmouth action was still going strong. The fish were hitting on crawlers and leeches along the rocky shorelines. Pike fishing was slow. Good rock bass fishing on the south end in 10 to 15 feet with live bait.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers were marking a lot of fish but the bite was slow. A few lake trout along with a couple coho and steelhead were taken. River fishing is picking up in the area with fair catches of coho, pink salmon, and a few brown trout. In Traverse Bay, trolling was slow with only a couple coho caught in shallow water when trolling stick baits or spoons.

Menominee River: Was producing walleye and bass up near the Hattie Street Dam. Those trolling the lower river caught walleye, pike, smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum but no large numbers.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair walleye catches with the best areas between the First and Second Reefs, the “Narrows”, the “Black Bottom” and near the mouth of the Escanaba River. Most were trolling a crawler harness in 14 to 30 feet. Perch were found near Kipling in 17 to 28 feet and in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor with minnows or crawlers. Good bass fishing in the southern “Black Bottom” area with plastics or minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Some were salmon fishing near the dam on the Escanaba River but no fish were recorded. The Ford River generally gets a good salmon run but few were fishing.

Manistique River: Catch rates picked up after the rain. Salmon season will peak soon so now is the time if you want to fish this area. Shore anglers did well with most fishing the rapids just off the “Big Bass Hole” with jointed rapalas, spoons, spawn or beads. They caught some nice coho along with Chinook and steelhead. Anglers will still find some fresh Chinook although about half were dark. Walleye anglers had good catches in the evening with a crawler and slip bobber in the “Bass Hole”.

Marquette: When anglers can get out, coho were caught in the Upper and Lower Harbors as well as between the Chocolay River and Shot Point. The lake trout action was hit-or-miss however limit catches were reported on the good days. Most of the salmon in the rivers are dark now but a few fresh coho were caught as most of those fish have not run up into the rivers yet. The Dead River had Chinook and pink salmon stacked up at the dam. The Chocolay River has a few dark salmon. Those drifting in boats caught fresh coho near the mouth. The Carp River has some dark Chinook.

Au train: Boat anglers were taking limit catches of lake trout near Au Train Island. A few coho were caught when trolling the shoreline between the Brownstone launch and the mouth of the Au Train River. There was no fishing activity on the Au Train River or the Rock River.

Munising: Surface water temperatures were 59 degrees. Fishing in general slowed and the few boats targeting coho had mixed results as some maybe caught 2 or 3 fish per boat while others never had a hit. Anglers did see some coho jumping on certain days and some of the fish were dark in color. Pier and shore anglers reported slow catch rates. Most were still-fishing with spawn bags or casting spinners and spoons. Orange was the hot color. Splake fishing was poor with only a few caught. As for fall color changes, the area is about 30 percent color and still about 2 weeks away as most trees were still green.

Grand Marais: Has had few anglers and those out have only caught a couple coho. Water levels in the Sucker River were high but few anglers were out. The fall colors were more prominent in this area with 50 to 60 percent color especially along M-77 and Highway 58.

Tahquamenon River: Those casting crank baits still had some pike and musky following lures to the boat but not many were caught. Bluegills and sunfish were caught on worms at the Dollarville Dam.

St. Marys River: Salmon fishing behind the Cloverland Powerhouse was hit-or-miss depending on water flow. A few Atlantic salmon and steelhead were caught when there was good flow. Perch and walleye were slow but those lucky enough to find them did so in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet. Pike fishing was good for those using gold or silver spinners. Those fishing Lake George caught a good number of yellow perch in 50 feet. The walleye bite was starting to pick up on the north end. Try jigging soft plastics or trolling a crawler harness. In the lower river, a few walleye were caught near the mouth of Carlton Creek and south between Sweet’s Point and Pipe Island. Most of the legal size fish were taken in 28 to 35 feet when trolling deep diving stick baits. Blue and silver were a good color. Nice yellow perch were caught when drifting minnows and worms near the bottom in 14 to 20 feet on the northeast side of Lime Island and near Round Island. Weeds in both Raber and Munuscong Bay have receded allowing anglers to fish these areas once again.

Detour: Surface water temperatures at the Detour Reef were 62 degrees. Smallmouth bass anglers did well casting a dark green speckled tube jig off the first point at the DNR launch in Detour Village. Anglers may also want to try jigging in 4 to 6 feet along the rock piles from later afternoon until dark. Pike anglers did well a couple miles north of when trolling or casting a chrome spoon with a red eye off the weed beds and near the old freighter coal dock.

Drummond Island: Those targeting yellow perch were still catching a good number of fish when conditions allow. Water temperatures in Potagannissing Bay remained in the low 60’s and were not quite cool enough to trigger the jumbo perch. Anglers still caught between 10 and 30 legal size fish with most 9 to 11 inches. A few walleye were also caught by perch anglers drifting small minnows near the bottom. Hot spots were Maxton Bay and near the islands of Rutland, Ashman, James, Grape, Bald and Boulanger.

Cedarville and Hessel: Yellow perch fishing remains slow throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Those that have caught a few did best in the colder water at the Middle Entrance, the south end of Little La Salle Island, Sand Bay and off Connors Point. Use worms or shiners. At Hessel, no perch were caught at the finger docks in the marina. A few pike were caught early evening until dark when casting chrome spoons or still-fishing with chubs.

St. Ignace: Had little fishing activity. A few boat anglers casting body baits around St. Martins Island caught some 30 inch pike. The Carp River had more anglers targeting trout and salmon. Anglers could see the fish surface but few were caught. The salmon run on Nunn’s Creek appears to be done.

PM Lake in Ludington Has a Perch Bite

Lake Perch




I was at Captain Chuck’s II in Ludington and he had perch fisherman waiting for me to get minnows and wigglers today as the are doing good on perch with some jumbos. Long Lake by traverse city has been good for walleye and perch. Nice perch been g caught out of Lee’s Point and Northport   on West Grand Traverse Bay when they find them.

Portage Lake has been fair for perch this week also. Minnows and wigglers working best.

Bucs Fishing Report 10-5-2017

Perch from Skegemog lake
Perch from Skegemog lake

There are good reports from Elk and Skegemog for perch, no jumbos but nice eaters. Photo above from yesterday.

Perch fishing has been fair on the West Grand Traverse Bay for perch, East bay has been great for ciscoes. when the wind is not blowing

Lots of guys fishing long Lake by traverse for perch and walleye, it has been  spotty with the latest cold front moving though.

Lake Margrethe has been fair for perch and walleye.

Captain Chucks in Ludington reports good perch bite on PM Lake this week, minnows and wigglers

Whitehall the gill bite has been great with waxworks and worms working best.

Have not heard much on Big and Little Glen but the keep a tight lib if they are on fish.

Lake Leelanau some walleye, perch have been slow.


Cheryl & Jack Brainard from Centerville, OH are taking advantage of the warm weather and the slower pace in the fall at The Driftwood Resort on Houghton Lake. They caught over 40 fish today with Cpt Chip from Game Hog Charters. Lots of gills, crappie, bass, pike and a few small eyes. They said crank baits and golden shiner minnow rigs worked best.

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The Fish Contest 
Largemouth Bass- 20 3/4″
Smallmouth Bass- 21 7/8″
Northern Pike- 38 1/2″
Walleye- 29″
Bluegill- 12 1/2″
Sunfish- 10″
Perch- 12″
Crappie- 13 3/4″
Bullhead- 14 5/8″
Dogfish- 29 1/2″

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rivers in this region are low and clear. We need rain. Most rivers have salmon, many of which are now actively spawning. Anglers are urged to fish the holes, pools, and dark water, while avoiding the actively spawning fish. Actively spawning salmon do not readily bite, while those in the pools and deeper water will.

Petoskey: Had no boating reports because of windy conditions. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass on crawlers. The Bear River had a good number of Chinook and coho salmon after the last cold front but fishing slowed with the return of warm weather. Most fish were caught at the dam and downstream to the pedestrian bridge with spawn, flies and artificial eggs. A couple brown trout were caught however brown trout season is closed.

Charlevoix: Boat fishing was slow. Those trolling around the cement plant for salmon reported the action as hit-or-miss. A few fish were caught on glow spoons after dark. Good smallmouth action continues with many large fish 20 inches or more caught on live or artificial crawlers. The Medusa Weir is still in operation so the creek is closed to fishing within 100 feet of the mouth. Angling pressure continues to be light around the weir and cement plant. A couple small salmon were taken in the freighter slip on spawn or along the sunken barges near the cement plant with glow lures after dark.

Traverse City: Lake trout season is closed in the bays however boat anglers in the East Bay caught lake herring out from the M-37 launch. The fish were suspended in 80 feet. Salmon fishing was slow near Acme and along the east bank. The Elk River continues to produce Chinook, coho and the occasional steelhead when using spawn in the morning. In the West Bay, perch fishing slowed in Bowers Harbor. Suttons Bay was good when the fish were found. Try 40 feet with minnows. The Boardman River was packed with salmon. Chinook and coho were caught on spawn and skein during the day but the night bite was better the last couple days.

Leland: A few adult chinook and coho were still being caught along the First Bank.Younger salmon were caught around North and South Manitou Islands. The river had another push of salmon with decent numbers showing up.

Platte Bay: Some coho along with a few Chinook were still being caught by those trolling, jigging or casting near the mouth.

Platte River: A good number of coho along with some Chinook salmon moved up into the river. Spawn and skein were best but flies and beads were also producing.

Frankfort: Pier fishing and out in front of the port slowed to a crawl due to temperatures and wind.

Betsie River: Anglers are still working the river and trying to land Chinook salmon below the Homestead Dam. There is a fair to good number of fish but many have already turned dark.

Portage Lake: Perch were hitting in 11 to 14 feet in front of the city launch. Minnows worked best. Bass numbers were fair to good.

Manistee: Surface temperature readings were around 58 degrees. Angler activity was very slow. The fish cleaning station is now closed.

Ludington: Had few anglers. Surface water temperatures dropped to 60 degrees.

Pentwater: Boat anglers were few because of windy conditions and warm water temperatures. Those fishing 70 to 100 feet down in 120 to 180 feet caught the occasional lake trout or Chinook salmon on spoons or paddles and flies. Pier anglers casting body baits or still-fishing with crawlers caught smallmouth bass in the channel.

Pentwater Lake: The occasional Chinook salmon was caught by those casting body baits or spinners at Longbridge Road in the early morning or late evening.

Muskegon River: A few salmon were caught in the deeper holes. Smallmouth bass have been caught throughout the system. Walleye and smallmouth bass were caught in Hardy Dam Pond.

Whitehall: When they can get out, boat anglers caught the occasional Chinook salmon in 30 to 80 feet. Pier fishing for trout and salmon has been slow because of the warm water around the piers. Large and smallmouth bass were caught when still-fishing or slowly retrieving a crawler or minnow along the bottom.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Salmon fishing slowed as anglers were taking very few fish. Pretty much all the fish being caught were very dark. Try spoons, spinners or skein.

Rogers City: Now that lake trout season is closed angling pressure will be minimal.Anglers caught adult Chinook salmon in and around Swan Bay. Try boards with bombers and J-plugs inside 30 feet. There should be a mixed bag of smaller Chinook, Atlantics, coho and maybe even a walleye or two out deeper so fish the entire water column with spoons. Good colors were green, blue, orange or glow early and late.

Rockport: Anglers should still find a mixed bag of salmon and walleye when running spoons throughout the water column.

Alpena: A couple Chinook salmon were taken in 40 to 80 feet when trolling spoons near the first and second set of “Humps”. Walleye were caught on a crawler harness or stick baits in 20 to 40 feet in Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay River: A few Chinook salmon were caught by those casting spoons or floating skein but warm temperatures have kept the bite on the slow side. A couple smallmouth bass were caught on crawlers or crank baits.

Oscoda: Angler effort and catch rates were low. Pier anglers fishing at night caught some channel cats. A few smallmouth bass were taken on small spoons, crank baits, jigs and crawlers.

Au Sable River: Pike were caught on spoons and crank baits along the weed line in the slow water near the mouth. Smallmouth bass, a few decent channel cats, and rock bass were caught when floating crawlers. Water temperatures below Foote Dam were in the low 70’s and dropping.

Houghton Lake: Panfish anglers have done well for crappie and bluegills. The crappie were suspended about 5 feet off the bottom in 9 to 11 feet. A fair to good number of walleye were caught by those drifting and bouncing lures off the bottom.

Tawas: Walleye were caught down near Alabaster in 15 to 20 feet near the rocks. A few small perch were taken near Buoy #4 inside Tawas Bay.

Tawas River: Chinook salmon were caught in the lower river.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing off the port and near the points picked up some. A good number of fish were caught in 38 to 40 feet south of Pointe Au Gres and in 10 to 20 feet off Eagle Bay Marina. A decent number of perch were also caught.

Saginaw Bay: In general, the perch were just not biting very well along the inner bay. A few were taken off Quanicassee in 14 to 17 feet. Some walleye were caught about four miles northeast of Spoils Island, off the Callahan Reef, and the middle of the Slot. Shore and pier anglers in the Sebewaing Marina caught bluegills, crappie and the occasional bass or pike.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Fishing remained slow. A couple limit catches of walleye were taken on the north end when using leeches but that was not the case for most anglers. Those trolling, drifting or anchoring picked up a few walleye and perch but no one method worked best. Smallmouth bass were caught in good numbers. Sunfish and the occasional perch were caught on the north end with crawlers and leeches.

Menominee River: A few walleye along with the occasional salmon or brown trout were caught below the dam. Fewer salmon have been seen or caught so far this year, but cooler weather should help produce some better fishing.

Little Bay De Noc: Even with the cooler temperatures catch rates were down for all species. The walleye action was fair at best with most fishing between the “Narrows” and the Black Bottom in 30 feet with a crawler harness. Perch and walleye fishing were fair along the weed beds just off the mouth of the Escanaba River in 20 feet. Most were using minnows for perch or a crawler harness for walleye. Smallmouth bass anglers struggled as well. The better catches were in the southern bay near the end of the Black Bottom and Farmers Dock with plastics or spinners in 14 to 20 feet. A few salmon anglers were fishing the Ford River but with the high water level few catches were reported.

Manistique River: Salmon catches were down some but remained steady with Chinook, coho and steelhead caught. Shore anglers reported the best catches using crank baits or spawn between the “Bass Hole” and the dam gates. The fish cleaning station is still closed.

Munising: Had few boat anglers as most have started to winterize their vessels or are now hunting. Fishing remains slow for pier and shore anglers. Splake fishing was poor with few caught. A couple coho were caught by those casting spoons or spinners in bright orange or chartreuse. A few had success using spawn bags. Surface water remains warm as air temperatures were still close to 70. Fall color change was still only about 25% as the majority of trees were still green.

Grand Marais: A few boats were trying for coho and steelhead but very few fish were caught. No lake trout to report. Not much shore activity including no reports from the Sucker River.

Two Hearted River: Coho salmon were running in fairly good numbers as the recent cool down brought fish in. Most are using spoons but some were using spawn. Anglers are reminded that the Type-4 section ends at the High Bridge, County Road 407. Anticipate heavy traffic at the Rivermouth Campground.

Tahquamenon River: Had very little to report. A few musky were following lures right up to the boat but none were caught.

St. Marys River: Those fishing the upper river caught the occasional salmon behind Cloverland Power. Only a few walleye and perch were caught in the shipping channel in 30 feet. The pike action was good for those using gold or silver spinners. Near Sugar Island, a couple perch were found in 50 feet in Lake George. Walleye fishing was slow. In the lower river between Neebish Island and Sweet’s Point, water temperatures remain warm resulting in poor fishing.

Detour: A few Chinook and pink salmon were caught on the Detour Reef. For yellow perch, try the north side of the Detour Harbor Marina at the old dock pilings in 8 to 14 feet with worms or shiners. Pike were caught one mile north at the old coal dock when trolling a spoon with a red eye just off the weeds in 8 to 12 feet.

Drummond Island: Those targeting yellow perch had limited success. Water temperatures in Potagannissing Bay dropped into the mid to low 60s, but they are still not low enough to turn on the highly anticipated fall bite. Large schools of perch were spotted using electronics but the fish were not actively feeding. Anglers caught 5 to 15 legal size fish but sorting through lots of small ones to find the keepers. Perch minnows continue to be the bait of choice when drifting near the bottom. The location of the schools changes daily but fish were reported in Maxton Bay and near Rutland, Ashman, Grape, James and Bald Islands.

Cedarville and Hessel: Lake trout and splake season in the waters of Lake Huron closed on September 30th. At Cedarville, pike were caught throughout Snows Channel when trolling or casting a red and white spoon just off the weeds in 6 to 18 feet. Early morning and late evening were best. Some bigger pike were reported near the Les Cheneaux Islands. Try chubs or frozen smelt just off the current near Little La Salle Island. A few yellow perch were caught in Cedarville Bay by those using worms or minnows east of Buoy #26 in 8 feet. For Hessel, a few perch were caught south of the marina and at the Middle Entrance. The fish were suspended in 25 to 28 feet between Coats Point and Birch Island. Try worms or shiners.

Carp River: Anglers fishing spawn bags, spoons and spinners for salmon had no luck. A few fish were surfacing but none were caught. Fishing slowed on Nunn’s Creek with only the occasional Chinook caught on spoons. The fish have turned very dark.