Happy Thanksgiving Fishing Report

Whitetail Bucks

Not much going on as most are waiting for ice or hunting, the fish are biting but not taking advantage of the bite. Lake Charlevoix was still good for perch, but it has slowed down this week. Fishing was pretty much non-existent over the weekend because of the rain and snow. Strong winds continue to make fishing difficult especially along the Great Lakes.

Whitefish has been great at Tawas and the pier at Whitehall with wax worms working the best. Perch fishing has been good on Grand Traverse Bay by Suttons Bay, Big Glenn, Lake Skegemog, Long Lake by Traverse City, and Lake Charlevoix.

Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Cadillac and Houghton lake as guys are wading out at night throwing body bait or blues on a bobber.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Alpena: Boat anglers were targeting whitefish in Thunder Bay. This is the time of year when the fish come in to spawn.

Thunder Bay River: Continues to produce Atlantic salmon and lake trout especially up near the 9th Street Dam.

Au Sable River: Water levels in the lower river were up a bit after all the rain. Those fly fishing have caught trout and salmon.

Saginaw Bay: Boat and shore anglers have been limited because of strong winds.

Saginaw River: Is still producing some walleye in the lower river.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rivers in this area are high once again after all the rain. Steelhead fishing was slow because of the higher water and colder water temperatures.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Were pretty quiet on the fishing front. The lakes had skim ice here and there but no safe ice.

Manistee: Strong winds have hampered both pier and surf fishing but when anglers can get out they have caught a few.

Big Manistee River: Water levels are high and the water temperatures are cold. Fishing was very slow with only a couple steelhead taken.

Ludington: Pier anglers and those surf casting have not been able to get out because of the strong winds.

Pere Marquette River: Had higher water levels.

Muskegon River: Water levels are up after the rain. There is still a decent number of steelhead in the river. Boat anglers fishing Hardy Pond continue to take a fair to good number of perch and walleye.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

In the western Upper Peninsula, cold weather has formed ice on most of the inland lakes, although the ice was not safe.

Ontonagon River: Those that want a mid-day break from deer hunting are encouraged to fish the Middle Branch downstream from State Highway M-28 (Agate Falls) which offers good opportunities for lake-run brown trout.

Menominee River: Anglers targeting whitefish reported fair to good catches.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing remained good although even fewer anglers were out. Those fishing the “Black Bottom” found fish in 18 to 25 feet when trolling stick baits. The head of the bay saw the most action with the majority of anglers fishing around the Center Reef and taking good catches. Those fishing during the day were trolling stick baits or crank baits in 24 to 32 feet. Night anglers were much shallower in 8 to 16 feet.

Tahquamenon River: The Dollarville Flooding near Newberry was open in the main channel but most of the bays, backwaters and the boat launches were iced in. The launch at the Dollarville dam was iced in but the one at McPhees Landing had open water. Water levels were high with some ice floe coming down.

Snowy Fishing Report

 

We are getting some crappy weather today as this will cool off the lakes.  The perch fishing has been awesome in some places, but this weather will slow it down.

Lake Charlevoix was still awesome monday for perch but they are getting hammered with this storm so conditiond really suck for being in a boat.

Perch fishing has been great around Suttons Bay, Bowers Harbor and Northport with perch up to 16 inches reported. They are using big blues to get the bigger perch. Skegemog was really good monday for perch as photo above shows the catch, not as big as the bay but nice. Portage lake has been good but just a handful fishing. Crystal, Big Glen, and Little Glen have been fair.

Roadside  minnows reports that South Lake Leelanau on the north-end has had a good perch bite also with wigglers and minnows working great.

Captain Chuck’s reports PM lake has been slow this week but guys have been trying with wigglers and minnows.

Amstrongs and Johnson’s reports a few perch from Lake Michigan are coming into White Lake, and whitefish and walleye are being caught off the pier.

Pappy’s at Wellston report a really good steelhead bite on the big river.

Houghton Lake reports shore anglers caught walleye on shallow diving crank baits at night. The better fishing seemed to be when the lake was nice and calm and not choppy. Orange was a hot color. Decent size crappie were caught in the canals.

Saginaw River has been awesome this week for walleye with blues being the go to bait.

Most other places are waiting for the ice to form

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing is full on in all the area rivers. Salmon are pretty much done, except for a few coho that are still around. Walleye fishing is excellent this time of year, although few target them.

Lake Charlevoix: Was producing fair to good catches of perch.

Traverse City: The West Bay was still producing some nice perch in Bowers Harbor. Most fish were taken on minnows. In the Boardman River, steelhead were still being caught below the dam and down from the Union Street Bridge.

Long Lake: Boat anglers were getting some perch.

Platte River: Was still producing some coho.

Frankfort: Pier anglers were still taking a few fish when casting crank baits or spawn. Those surfcasting have also taken fish.

Betsie River: Anglers were still getting some salmon but the fish were dark.

Manistee: Pier and surf-fishing for steelhead should be good from now until freeze up.

Big Manistee River: Had good steelhead action up near Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Should also have good pier and surf-fishing for steelhead.

Pere Marquette River: Water levels are good and water temperatures are dropping. The river had a good number of steelhead move in after the rain. Those fly fishing did well with egg patterns and nymphs. Good steelhead fishing should last well into the winter months.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Continues to produce some salmon. Try crank baits, spoons or spawn bags.

Thunder Bay River: Water levels remain high and fast but those fishing right below the dam have caught Atlantic salmon, steelhead, brown trout and the odd Chinook. Boat anglers working the lower river were casting or trolling crank baits or jigging soft plastics for walleye.

Au Sable River: The steelhead action is heating up in the lower river. Try egg patterns. Atlantic salmon have been in the river for over a month and were still being caught on streamers.

Houghton Lake: Shore anglers caught walleye on shallow diving crank baits at night. The better fishing seemed to be when the lake was nice and calm and not choppy. Orange was a hot color. Decent size crappie were caught in the canals.

Au Gres River: A few more steelhead were caught down near the Singing Bridge. Try spawn, spoons or beads.

Saginaw Bay: When boats can get out, a few were targeting perch just north of Spoils Island. Quanicassee is usually a good spot to try this time of year.

Saginaw River: Walleye are apparently biting in the lower river from the Independence Bridge downstream to the mouth. Up to 30 boats were reported around the bridge and the U.S.S Edson.

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Walleye and smallmouth bass were still being caught.

Keweenaw Bay: Still had open water and was providing opportunities for lake trout, splake, and brown trout.

Menominee River: Anglers caught walleye, brown trout and steelhead from the US-41 Bridge to the Hattie Street Dam. Some very nice fish were caught on live bait, spoons or crank baits.

Little Bay De Noc: Had good walleye catches for those trolling stick baits and crank baits at night from the First Reef north to Garth Point. The better catches were in 10 feet but fish were also taken in waters up to 30 feet deep. Day anglers reported fair catches when trolling stick baits in 18 to 34 feet between the First and Third Reefs. A few dock anglers could still be found in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Those using minnows straight off the dock reported fair to good perch catches.

Here is a deer video as they play in the snow this afternoon

 

 

Northern Michigan Fishing Report 11/2/17

Skegemog perch

 

 

 

Fish above were caught out of Lake Skegemog yesterday with most running 9-10 inches nothing huge. Talked to a guy fishing Long Lake and has been catching his limit every day when he can get out with some big ones being caught.

We have had cold, windy and some places snowy weather this week. What few guys are getting out the fish have been biting. Perch have been fair on Long Lake by Traverse city, Bowers Harbor, Lees Point, Wallon Lake, Lake Skegemog, Portage lake, Lake Charvevoix and Green Lake. Also this time of year big Glenn, and Big Platte have a good bite.

Some browns being caught out of Bear Lake by Kalkaska on Blues.

 

Snow

 

 

Photo above is between Mancelona and Kalkaska today.

Steelhead fishing at Tippy Dam has been good this week with one guy bring in a 17 pound steelie. I saw another guy with three wednesday running from 3 to 5 lbs.

Walleye fishing has been good on Burt Lake the last week with most fish are big fat keepers.

Some browns and rainbows in shallow on Higgins Lake by Big Creek with blues working best.

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: The docks at the boat launch have been removed. Those fishing from the piers and the docks around the marina caught the occasional steelhead on spawn. The Bear River was still quite high and stained so not many anglers were fishing the dam. A few salmon were still up near the dam but the run is pretty much done. Most were fishing down near the mouth where they caught a couple lake trout and steelhead. Anglers are reminded that lake trout season in the Bear River is open but the season is closed in Lake Michigan. Try spawn, flies or artificial eggs.

Charlevoix: Had no angler reports. The docks were still in at the launch and the fish cleaning station was still open but not for much longer. Operations at the Medusa Weir wrapped up last week. Total fish for the egg take was 2,081 Chinook and 143 coho.

Traverse City: Windy conditions have limited reports in the East Bay. The Elk River was slow except for a couple steelhead and lake trout taken at the dam in the early morning. In the West Bay, perch fishing was good in Bowers Harbor and north of Marion Island. A few nice ones were caught south of Elmwood Marina but anglers were sorting through a lot of small ones to get a few keepers. Along the Boardman River, some nice steelhead were caught below the dam and down from the Union Street Bridge along the boardwalk. Lake trout moved into the river and were caught at the dam and at the out-flow tubes.

Manistee: Strong north winds cooled the surface water to 52 degrees. Angler activity is slow. Small numbers of steelhead were caught off the north pier when using fresh spawn. The fish cleaning station is closed but the restrooms were still open. The docks were still in at the launch.

Big Manistee River: Had good reports of steelhead being caught.

Ludington: Surface water temperatures dropped to 55 degrees. Angler activity was very low. The Loomis Road launch still had a dock in.

Pere Marquette River: Is also producing good catches of steelhead. Higher water levels increased the number of fish in the river but also made fishing a challenge.

Muskegon: Anglers were taking a fair to good number of walleye, some nice perch and a few smallmouth bass in both Croton and Hardy Pond.

White Lake: Still a good gill bite but no perch to report, some steelhead also

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Had no reports. The fish cleaning station was still open but not for long.

Cheboygan River: Had good fishing. The water levels were very high after all the rain. All the gates were open on the dam making it hard for anglers to float spawn. A few Chinook were taken on skein, spawn bags, artificial spawn, crank baits, and spoons. Crank baits worked best in the high water. The fish averaged 10 to 15 pounds.

Presque Isle: Before the weather turned, a few Chinook, steelhead and Atlantic salmon were caught in 65 to 90 feet. Look for the baitfish and use green, blue, orange, black and white or glow spoons.

Rogers City: Windy conditions have scattered the fish and slowed the bite. Surface water temperatures dropped below 50 degrees. A couple boat anglers went out but caught no fish.

Alpena: Had very little angler activity. Walleye were caught by those casting from the pier or trolling crank baits near the mouth of the river in the evening.

Thunder Bay River: Several gates were open at the 9th Street Dam and high water levels have brought a push of pre-spawn Atlantic salmon up into the river. The fish ranged 4 to 10 pounds. Atlantic salmon, brown trout, steelhead and a couple Chinook were caught at the dam when casting spoons, spinners, and shallow diving crank baits as well as when drifting beads or spawn. The water was high and turbid so use bright colors. Walleye were caught in the lower river when casting or trolling crank baits or jigging soft plastics. A few small yellow perch were caught in slow water when floating minnows or crawlers.

Oscoda: Pier anglers casting crank baits or jigs with soft plastics caught a couple walleye and smallmouth bass in the early morning or evening. Lake trout were also caught when casting spoons or crank baits. Catfish were taken by those drifting spawn bags or still-fishing with crawlers.

Au Sable River: Water levels were high. A couple steelhead, smallmouth bass, and Atlantic salmon were caught between Foote Dam and the Whirlpool Access Site. Try spoons, spawn bags, and deep diving crank baits. A few walleye were caught by those casting crank baits or jerk baits throughout the river.

Tawas: Boats trolling around Buoy #4 were still marking fish but not catching very many. Pier anglers caught the odd walleye, pike or rock bass on minnows and artificial baits.

Tawas River: Walleye were caught on artificial lures in the early morning or at night.

Au Gres River: Those still-fishing with spawn or using spoons caught a couple small steelhead down by the Singing Bridge.

Saginaw Bay: Some perch were caught on the north side of Spoils Island in 15 feet, in the old shipping channel and in the first set of buoys past the Island. A few walleye were caught incidentally. Small perch and bluegills were caught off Finn Road. Minnows appear to be in all over but anglers were not seeing good perch fishing. A few were taken off Quanicassee and very few in the cuts at Sebewaing and Bay Port. Anglers were working all day for a dozen keepers. At Caseville, a few fish were taken from the Pigeon River.

Saginaw River: Those fishing Smith Park caught a few perch, bass, channel cats and freshwater drum. There were rumors of a few walleye in the river but none were seen.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Walleye, brown trout and the occasional Chinook or steelhead were caught below the Hattie Street Dam and down to the Interstate Bridge with live bait such as minnows, plastics, or spoons.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing picked up some north of the “Narrows” when trolling stick baits or a crawler harness in 18 to 30 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. The better catches came out from the Days’ River when trolling stick baits in 8 to 10 feet at night. A few perch were taken off Kipling in 20 to 30 feet. Those fishing the slip docks in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor caught some nice perch when jigging minnows. Pike were active throughout the bay with several large fish caught in the area around Garth Point when trolling stick baits.

Manistique River: The salmon run is about done but the steelhead action has picked up and most anglers are targeting them between the bridges when fly fishing or when casting beads, spawn, yarn or flies. The steelhead action should remain good well into the winter season.

Marquette: One of the docks in the Upper Harbor has been pulled. The Lower Harbor still had both docks in. Only a few anglers were out and caught lake trout in the harbors and near the river mouths. Slow river fishing with only a couple coho or steelhead taken.

Au Train: The Brownstone boat launch is currently closed due to washout from last Tuesday’s storm and no word on when it will re-open. A couple steelhead were caught by shore anglers near the Rock River.

Munising: Strong north winds dropped water temperatures to the upper 40’s. Shore and pier anglers picked up the odd steelhead or splake with spoons and spawn sacs.

Grand Marais: Before the storm last week, a couple steelhead were caught on spawn sacs at the mouth of the Sucker River. Waves reaching 25 feet and moving sand changed the mouth of the river which now runs along the shoreline. There was some damage by the pier as the force of the water pushed all the rocks and other debris towards the museum. Anglers should be careful in this area.

Tahquamenon River: Had very few anglers, but a good number of trappers and duck hunters. The few that did fish caught a handful of perch near Mud Lake with minnows and worms.

St. Marys River: A few walleye were caught on the north end of Lake George near Hay Point with a crank bait or crawler harness in 5 to 20 feet. In the lower river, few anglers were targeting musky in Munuscong Bay. Most caught at least one fish when trolling large stick baits behind planer boards or when casting large bodied soft swimbaits near places like Moon Island. Most fish were small about 30 to 38 inches but one as large as 52 inches was caught and released. Some nice pike and smallmouth bass were also caught. Anglers tried trolling stick baits or a crawler harness for walleye but had no luck.

Cedarville and Hessel: High winds and rain kept the fishing effort down throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. A few pike were caught by those trolling spoons or drifting chubs in Urie Bay, across from Musky Bay, and off Conner’s Pointe. The fish were running bigger at 28 to 30 inches now that the water temperature has cooled to around 48 to 50 degrees. Gusty winds have kept anglers off the water in Hessel Bay and off the west shoreline of Marquette Island.

St. Ignace: Had no reports. The fish cleaning station is now closed. The Pine and Carp Rivers had no reports as all activity has been duck hunters. Water levels were very high with debris coming down the river so boat anglers need to use caution.

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.



Summer is Back Fishing Report

 

Nice perch from grand traverse east  bay
Nice perch from grand traverse east bay

Photo Above is the size of perch from East Bay.

There are reports from west and east grand traverse bay lots of perch, not the big jumbos but anywhere from 8 to 10 inches, of course there are the gobies to contend with. Some are going out of Elk Rapids going across to the peninsula in 45 to 50 feet of water and catching nice perch. West bay been good lees point, north port, and in Traverse city off of m 72 and the river.

Lake Margrethe has a good perch bite still, also the walleye fishing has been good.

Green Lake, Long Lake, Big Platte lake, big Glen, and Portage Lake have been fair for perch

 
 
 
 
 
 

nice Cisco from East Grand Traverse Bay–4.96 lbs.

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River fishing has been real good the past few days!! This is a sure sign of fall but it’s not time to put the rods away yet. Behind these giant Kings the steelhead will follow!!! Nice fish Ryan Bullard.

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Good afternoon on a an inland lake

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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Boat anglers were mainly fishing inside Harbor Point. For those interested in lake trout, there are still fish from Harbor Point north.

Petoskey: Boat anglers were coming in with a salmon or two and maybe a lake trout but some came in with no fish. Most of the salmon were coho and were taken 25 to 27 feet down in 100 to 120 feet with cut bait, spoons, plugs and flies. Try just in front of the breakwall and down near the hospital and water treatment plant. Lake trout were 50 to 90 feet down. A couple salmon were caught off the pier after sunset and before sunrise with spawn or flies. The Bear River was at normal flow and a few salmon were caught up at the dam.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers mainly caught lake trout. There should be chinook salmon staging near the Cement Plant. The weather has been so unseasonably warm and dry that no salmon had run up to the weir during the last week. There were reports of salmon caught 50 to 60 feet down in 80 to 90 feet near the plant when using spoons and flies. Smallmouth bass fishing in the channel is still drawing quite a few anglers. There were a lot of keepers along with some fish weighing in at 5 pounds or more. Most are using crawlers and putting in a lot of time some days. The Medusa Weir is in operation, which means the creek is closed to fishing to within 100 feet of the mouth.

Traverse City: Those trolling in the morning in the East Bay caught a good number of coho and a few chinook along the west bank and along the drop at the south end. Lake trout fishing was good north of the M-37 launch and off Deepwater Point. A good number of lake herring were caught by those trolling and jigging. In Elk Rapids, lake trout and lake herring were caught straight out from the marina. Smallmouth bass were taken in 10 to 15 feet or as deep as 30 feet. The Elk River was producing coho and a few chinook in the early morning. In the West Bay, chinook and coho were caught from the south end off Clinch Park. Those targeting perch did well in Suttons Bay but the fishing off Lee Point was hit-or-miss. Minnows and cut shrimp worked best. Lake trout were caught south of Marion Island and off Lee Point when jigging. The Boardman River was good for salmon anglers in the early morning especially the stretch between the foot bridge and the Union Street Bridge.

Leland: Some young chinook salmon were caught around North Manitou Island. A decent number of lake trout were caught on the “first bank”. Chinook and coho are still present in the harbor and the river but few were caught.

Platte Bay: Has coho in close in the early morning and they were hitting on smaller spoons. A few more coho have shown up in East Platte Bay and were caught by those trolling, jigging or casting.

Platte River: The mouth of the river remains open after being dredged. Anglers casting spinners and spoons caught fish at the mouth in the early morning. There are still a lot of fish in the river below the lower weir and a few above the weir. Most were taken on skein, spawn bags or flies.

Frankfort: Chinook moved into the harbor but anglers had a hard time hooking them.

Betsie River: Anglers were still landing a good number of fish throughout.

Onekama: Pier anglers are reporting coho off both the north and south piers. Try spawn or spoons especially in the early morning or late evening.

Portage Lake: Perch numbers and sizes improved over the last week. The bigger fish were hitting on minnows. Good bass fishing along the breakwall and in the shallows.

Manistee: Surface water temperatures were about 65 degrees. Fishing remains slow with fewer anglers out. A small number of chinook and coho were caught in 120 to 160 feet when heading north of the port. A couple chinook were caught in the harbor and in Manistee Lake.

Manistee River: Still had decent fishing in the lower river. Coho have been caught up at Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Water temperatures were warm and fishing was slow with only a couple chinook caught in the harbor and in Pere Marquette Lake.

Pere Marquette River: Is still producing some fish. Coho were caught as far up as the Indian Bridge.

Pentwater: Anglers caught the occasional chinook or coho 60 to 80 feet down in 160 to 200 feet. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass with crawlers near the bottom or when casting body baits.

Pentwater Lake: Those targeting bass did well jigging soft plastics or casting body baits along the drop-offs in 8 to 15 feet. Those still-fishing with crawlers or casting body baits at Longbridge Road caught the occasional coho salmon or smallmouth bass.

Muskegon: Boat anglers reported slow salmon action with only a few fish taken 50 to 100 feet down in 175 to 200 feet. Green, orange, and blue were the hot colors. Pier fishing was still slow.

Muskegon River: Catch rates for salmon slowed. Water levels are low and clear.

Whitehall: Very few boats have been out trolling as salmon fishing has been very slow. A few lake trout were caught near the bottom in 150 to 200 feet on spoons or paddles and flies. Water temperatures around the pier heads remain warm and those casting for salmon reported very slow fishing.

 

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Had few anglers. Boats pulling spoons in 60 feet had no luck.

Cheboygan River: Fishing pressure was still high. Many have caught chinook with skein, spawn bags, spoons or spinners but the skein and spawn bags did best. The fish were averaging 10 to 20 pounds.

Rogers City: The season is winding down but there appears to be a large hatch of smelt this year and the fish are starting to feed heavily on them. Adult chinook salmon have moved out deeper because of the warm spell and warmer water in the bay and river. There is cold water out deep and that is where the fish appear to be staging at this time. Those out trolling have done well with spoons, J-plugs, flashers with flies, squid or cut bait. Good colors were green, blue, black and white, bloody nose or anything that glows early and late. Anglers have caught young chinook along with the occasional Atlantic, coho, steelhead and walleye. Those looking for lake trout are getting easy limits in the bottom 10 to 20 feet in 65 to 120 feet.

Rockport: The few heading out caught lake trout near the bottom in 65 to 90 feet towards Stoneport and False Presque Isle with dodgers or cowbells with spin-glo’s. Anglers also caught young chinook along with the occasional walleye, coho or Atlantic.

Alpena: Lake trout were caught near the bottom in 110 to 150 feet out near the “Humps” and off Thunder Bay Island with spoons, meat rigs or spin-glo’s. A few chinook were found throughout the water column in 25 to 50 feet off the mouth of the river. Try spoons and J-plugs. Walleye anglers found fish when trolling harnesses with bottom bouncers off the north shore, around Scarecrow and Sulphur Islands and off the Black River in 20 to 40 feet.

Thunder Bay River: A few chinook were taken by those casting spoons and drifting skein and spawn bags. Glow, five dot, and blue were good colors. The fish were anywhere between 5 and 16 pounds. A couple steelhead and brown trout were caught by those casting small crank baits or drifting eggs and worms near the 9th Street Dam.

Oscoda: Anglers trolling in 120 to 160 feet off the river found lake trout near the bottom when using spoons. Boats trolling near the mouth of the river have seen and marked chinook however catch rates were slow. Pier anglers caught a few walleye on crank baits. Those still-fishing crawlers in the evening caught channel cats and a couple walleye. Those drifting crawlers under a float caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and a few small perch.

Au Sable River: Chinook salmon have been seen at Foote Dam, and a few decent steelhead and smallmouth bass were caught just below the dam when drifting skein and worms. An Atlantic salmon was caught near the mouth. Those drifting crawlers picked up a few walleye and smallmouth bass. Channel catfish were taken by those still-fishing with crawlers.

Higgins Lake: A few boats were still trolling for lake trout. Smallmouth bass fishing picked up off Flag Point and around Treasure Island when casting between the shallows and 20 feet deep. Perch anglers were starting to pick up a few bigger fish in 20 feet with a Hali jig and minnow. Some large rock bass are still being caught.

Houghton Lake: Water levels are down some so boat anglers will want to watch their props near shore. The walleye bite slowed with the warmer water but a few were still taken on a crawler harness or a single hook with a shiny blade. Bluegill and crappie were suspended 2 to 6 feet down in 12 feet. Bass fishing was good.

Tawas: Fishing was slow with only a few walleye taken around the weed beds. Perch anglers were sorting through lots of small ones to get a few keepers. Walleye trollers going south toward Alabaster took a few fish on a crawler harness in 24 to 40 feet. There were rumors of a few chinook staging off the mouth of the river.

Au Gres: Some perch were caught in 35 to 42 feet straight off the river mouth. Fish were also found in 10 to 15 feet off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars but no big numbers. The keepers were 8 to 10 inches. A few walleye were caught in 25 to 30 feet with a crawler harness.

Saginaw Bay: Had good perch fishing around the first set of buoys along the modern shipping channel past Spoils Island. The fish ranged 8 to 12 inches and several limit catches were reported. Other spots worth trying would be near Buoys 17 & 18, and out near the Spark Plug in 23 feet. The perch action was spotty off Quanicassee in 9 to 13 feet. The boats that got out the earliest seem to do best. A few bigger fish were taken in 15 to 18 feet. A few walleye were taken in 13 feet off the Callahan Reef and in the Slot between Sebewaing and Bay Port. Unlike last week, the key to success seemed to be moving around until you find an active school of fish.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Menominee River: Anglers caught walleye, pike, smallmouth bass and catfish when trolling or jigging between Bum Island and the mouth. No salmon were observed.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were spotty throughout the Bay with the better fishing at the mouth of the Escanaba River when trolling a crawler harness or stick baits along the weed lines. Perch fishing was good in the same area with minnows in 18 to 25 feet. Good pike catches in several areas between the south end of the Black Bottom and the Escanaba beach area. Most fish were hitting crank baits and spinners in 6 to 12 feet. A few salmon were caught near the mouth of the river as well.

Manistique: Salmon anglers reported fewer catches as water temperatures increased to the high 60’s. Shore anglers up near the dam caught coho and the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Those fly fishing took a couple steelhead between the “Big Bass Hole” and the ORV bridge. Chinook were seen jumping throughout the river and the better catches came in the late evening.

Munising: Boat anglers are targeting mainly coho and catch rates were slightly better. Scattered catches were reported by those trolling inside the bay but those trolling the west channel and in Trout Bay did slightly better when trolling 60 to 70 feet down in deeper waters. The key is to look for baitfish. Splake fishing was poor.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers trolling in 50 to 60 feet caught a few coho east of the breakwall and off the beach area when moving towards the Sable River. Some did well for coho in shallow waters less than 30 feet deep however some never caught a fish. Try very early morning or late evening. Some were fishing the mouth of the Sucker River but very few fish were caught.

Tahquamenon River: Boat anglers had luck for musky by trolling and casting upstream of the Natalie State Forest launch. Yellow perch anglers caught fish when floating a worm in the Dollarville Flooding. Shoreline fishing was slow for panfish.

St. Marys River: Up near Sault Ste. Marie, Cloverland continues to perform maintenance on the turbines, and will periodically shut the plant down. When this happens, fishing will be poor so be sure to check the flow from the park to east of the powerhouse first. Pink salmon fishing was slow with only a few taken. Yellow perch fishing was inconsistent in the North Channel. Try 25 feet with minnows or crawlers on the bottom. Walleye fishing is inconsistent in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet using bottom bouncers and a green or motor oil crawler harnesses between the 3-Mile and the 7-Mile Buoys. In the lower river, very few walleye were taken when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses over the deep weeds and rock piles. Yellow perch action remains slow with only a few caught by those targeting walleye. Musky anglers trolling or casting caught a few but most were under 40 inches. Some decent size pike were caught on spoons and crank baits in front of the two piers in Raber, near Maude Bay and Raber Point.

Detour: Was producing limits of lake trout and a few chinook. Try two miles straight south of the Detour Lighthouse when trolling the 90 foot flat with spin-glo’s and a 24 inch leader. Best colors are orange or chartreuse with white. Best area to target chinook is Fry Pan Island, which is the first island south of ferry boat lane that runs to Drummond Island. A few were caught on spoons 55 to 60 feet down in 80 feet.

Drummond Island: Yellow perch catches were decent but nowhere near peak yet. Warm water temperatures have kept the bigger fish from entering the bay. Anglers caught 5 to 20 perch above the legal size of 7 inches with a few 11 to 13 inches but were sorting through a lot of small ones. Smaller minnows seem to be the bait of choice, either drifted with small bladed rigs or floated under bobbers. The location of the schools changes daily, but some of the spots to try would include Maxton Bay and the islands of Rutland, Peck, James, Grape, and Bald. Colors to try would be green, red, and reflective silver or gold blades on sunny days.

Cedarville and Hessel: Yellow perch fishing slowed in the Les Cheneaux Islands. Those doing best were moving around the islands and targeting a variety of weed beds while casting with a slow retrieve. Both shiners and worms are good baits. Connors Pointe which sits between Urie Bay and Musky Bay is usually a good perch location in September especially when the water temperatures cool to 45 degrees. Snows Channel was productive for pike when trolling a chrome spoon with a red eye. Creek chubs were taking pike in 8 to 10 feet between Duck Bay and Little La Salle Island.

Carp River: Fishing pressure picked up but not many fish were harvested. Many reported seeing fish surface and some believe the pink salmon have already run up the river. Still lots of fishing pressure on Nunn’s Creek. Anglers are catching chinook on skein, spawn bags or spoons. Most of the fish have turned dark.

Perch are biting in many inland Lakes

 

 

 

Perch are starting to school and many are catching nice messes of perch. Lake Magrethe has been real gross this week along with a great walleye bite.

Both Grand Traverse Bays have been good but most reports are coming from Northport and Lees Point.

Also smallmouth bass is hot on East Bay out of Elk Rapids, photo of one from east bay

Skeegemog has a perch bite and many are fishing on the northwest end some sorting right now.

Crystal. Big Glen, Green Lake, Long Lake, Little Glen, Big Platte Lake, Portage are starting to get there perch on.

Salmon are up the river with lots of fish in the rivers.

 

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: A couple lake trout and salmon were caught 80 to 90 feet down. Anglers are now fishing east of Harbor Point.

Petoskey: A few chinook and coho were caught 40 to 50 feet down in 75 to 120 feet. Boat anglers were staying close to the breakwall or trolling toward Bay Harbor with flies and plugs. Lake trout were caught 70 to 100 feet down in 80 to 220 feet. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass and rock bass. The Bear River was still at a pretty high level. A couple chinook and coho were caught up at the dam with spawn and flies.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers caught chinook and lake trout. The salmon were scattered and hitting 30 to 70 feet down in 65 to 100 feet. Lake trout were 50 to 90 feet down in 60 to 150 feet. Most were using spoons and flies near the red buoy and the cement plant. Smallmouth bass fishing was hit-or-miss but a couple big fish were taken. The Medusa Weir opened early last week, which means the creek is closed to fishing to within 100 feet of the mouth. Anglers caught a couple chinook salmon when casting in the freighter slip and in front of Medusa Creek.

Traverse City: Lake trout were caught in the East Bay near Deepwater Point. Salmon fishing was spotty but chinook and coho were taken by those trolling along the west bank, south of the M-37 launch and along the south bank. Bass fishing was spotty but fish were caught north of Old Mission and south of Elk Rapids. More lake herring were showing up for those trolling off the M-37 launch and Deepwater Point. A couple more salmon are at the dam in the Elk River. In the West Bay, some nice chinook and coho were caught in the hole at the south end in the early morning. Good size perch were caught on wigglers and minnows in Suttons Bay and off Lee Point. Lake trout were caught south of the M-22 launch. Salmon were in the harbor at Northport. The Boardman River has plenty of salmon below the weir and at the dam. Good numbers of chinook and coho were caught on spawn and skein. Early morning was best.

Leland: Some lake trout along with a few lake herring and a couple salmon were caught on the “First Bank”. Some younger chinook and a couple adult coho were caught east of North Manitou Island. Lake trout and lake herring were hitting on spin-glo’s behind flashers or cowbells. Salmon were hitting on spoons. The Leland River has some coho and a few chinook but very few fish have been caught. Look for smallmouth bass in the river and the harbor.

Platte Bay: Those trolling east and west of the bays caught a few salmon and lake trout when trolling, jigging or casting as deep as 80 feet down or just off the mouth of the river. With large pushes of salmon into the river, fewer fish were marked in the bay.

Platte River: Anglers reported a large number of coho in the lower river and a good number of fish above the lower weir at times. Most anglers have done well with spawn, skein and flies.

Frankfort: Cooler water blew in and surface temperatures were in the low to mid 40’s in the harbor and off the piers. Chinook are still moving into the bay and a few were caught by those trolling around the piers.

Onekama: The “Barrel” is still producing lake trout near the bottom with spin-glo’s. A couple young chinook and coho were caught but the action was slow.

Portage Lake: Catches rates were starting to pick up with a fair to good number of good size bass taken. Perch catches have been slow but the number and the size of the fish are slowly increasing for those using worms in 12 to 18 feet. Coho were reported on the west end but the fish were not very active.

Manistee: Fishing slowed but a few boats did manage to catch a couple chinook, coho and steelhead in the harbor and around the piers. Some did better further out in 300 to 500 feet. Pier fishing was slow but a few trout and salmon were taken by those casting spoons. Try early morning or evening. Salmon are in Manistee Lake.

Manistee River: Anglers were starting to see fish in the lower river and some coho up at Tippy Dam.

Ludington: Slow fishing continues but those trolling in 250 to 400 feet as well as in the harbor found salmon and steelhead. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple chinook taken on spoons. Chinook were also caught in Pere Marquette Lake.

Pere Marquette River: Some salmon are being reported in Lake and Mason Counties with a few fresh fish trickling upstream. Anglers are waiting for a large push of fish.

Pentwater: Salmon and trout fishing was very slow and few boats have been out. Those trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 60 to 100 feet caught the occasional chinook or coho in the early morning with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier anglers casting spoons in the early morning caught the odd chinook salmon.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting crankbaits or working jigs tipped with soft plastics along the bottom caught smallmouth bass in 8 to 15 feet. Those fishing the channel with crawlers caught smallmouth bass and redhorse suckers.

Muskegon: Those trolling in the basin and near the breakwalls caught a few chinook on glow plugs in the early morning and those trolling 50 to 120 feet down in 120 to 220 feet found a few trout and salmon with green or blue spoons and white flashers and flies. Pier anglers had no luck.

Muskegon River: Has salmon with fish caught up near Croton Dam.

Whitehall: Those trolling 30 to 70 feet down in 60 to 90 feet caught the occasional chinook or coho on spoons in the early morning. Lake trout were caught in the bottom third of waters 140 to 200 feet deep with paddles and flies or spoons. Those trolling 60 to 90 feet down in 200 to 250 feet caught a few salmon, steelhead, or lake trout. Pier anglers casting spoons caught a few chinook in the early morning. Hot colors were green and silver, blue and silver or glow. Anglers casting jigs tipped with soft plastics or slowly retrieving a crawler along the bottom caught large and smallmouth bass in the channel. A few walleye were caught in the late evening by those casting body baits.

White Lake: Anglers fishing in 15 to 25 feet caught a good number of bluegills on dropper-rigs tipped with a wax worm.

 

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan: Those trolling spoons near the red buoy or in 35 feet near the mouth of the river had little to no success.

Cheboygan River: Salmon moved into the river. There was a lot of activity at the lock and dam and behind the paper mill. Shore anglers caught a few chinook on spoons, crank baits, spinners, artificial spawn and fresh spawn with an orange bag.

Rogers City: Anglers reported lots of salmon swimming in the shallows in and around the Swan Bay but catch rates were very slow. Most are trolling high-lines with bombers and J-plugs. Adult salmon were still out deeper in 30 to 60 feet. Those looking for young salmon were fishing anyway from 45 to 120 feet. Atlantic salmon, lake trout, steelhead, walleye and a few coho were also caught. Spoons worked best but J-plugs or dodgers with squid or cut bait also took fish. Hot colors are green, blue, white, purple, orange, silver and orange or glow.

Rockport: Anglers heading straight out towards Middle Island and the Nordmere Wreck or north towards Stoneport were taking a mix of trout and salmon in 45 to 130 feet. Most were running spoons, body baits, J-plugs and flashers with flies, squid or cut bait throughout the water column. Hot colors were green, blue, orange, white, black, purple or glow.

Alpena: Lake trout were found near the bottom in 120 to 160 feet. Those trolling high-lines found steelhead in the top 30 feet. Try spoons or meat rigs at the “Humps” and off Thunder Bay Island. A few staging chinook salmon were caught on spoons and J-plugs in 20 to 50 feet at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River. Walleye were caught by those trolling stick baits or crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers in 25 to 45 feet off the mouth of the river, along the north shore and around Sulphur and Scarecrow Islands.

Thunder Bay River: Chinook salmon are moving into the river and were caught by those casting spoons and spinners or floating skein and spawn bags. A few fish were decent size. Despite the warmer water temperatures, a couple Atlantic salmon and a small steelhead were taken at the 9th Street Dam. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, and brown bullhead were taken on crawlers.

Oscoda: Good numbers of lake trout were taken from the bottom in 130 to 170 feet. Atlantic salmon were caught in the top 30 feet. Try spoons, meat rigs, and flies out from the Au Sable River. Chinook are being marked near the mouth of the Au Sable River and a few were caught in 20 to 35 feet with spoons and J-plugs. Pier anglers caught fish on spoons. Walleye and smallmouth bass were taken by those casting crank baits or still-fishing with crawlers. Channel cats were hitting on crawlers on the bottom at night.

Au Sable River: Those targeting walleye found a few in the evening when casting crank baits or when drifting and still-fishing with crawlers near the mouth. Channel cats, smallmouth bass, and rock bass were taken on marabou jigs or when drifting or still-fishing with crawlers. Lots of smallmouth bass but many were sub-legal.

Houghton Lake: Walleye are still being caught by those trolling a harness with crawlers and crank baits near the weed beds in 9 to 12 feet. Bluegills and crappie have also been caught in the weed beds. Bluegills were hitting on leaf worms and leeches and crappie were hitting minnows under a bobber.

Tawas: Boat and pier anglers targeting perch were doing a lot of sorting to get a few keepers. Same for the boat anglers off Jerry’s Marina. Boat anglers fishing near the rocks around Alabaster took a few walleye when casting or jigging. Those trolling about 10 miles south of the Tawas River mouth found a few walleye in 35 to 45 feet.

Au Gres: Perch fishing off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars slowed some. A couple walleye were taken from the edge of the weed beds in 10 feet or more along the Bars.

Saginaw Bay: Some perch were caught around sailboat buoys A, B, and H but the bite was slow. Fish were also caught in the old shipping channel just north of the Saginaw River mouth and a mile east of Spoils Island. Catfish anglers fishing in the Hot Pond have done well with crawlers, shrimp and chicken liver. Anglers out of Quanicassee were targeting perch but only a couple boats caught fish. They basically stayed put in one place and let the fish come to them. Those moving around never located fish. Fish were found in 8 to 14 feet and deeper. Perch anglers were out in Wildfowl Bay between North Island and the tip of Sand Point but no reports came in. A few walleye anglers were still out but catch rates were spotty.

Saginaw River: A few perch were caught in the lower river near the Bay Harbor Marina.

 

 

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Gogebic: Walleye and perch fishing were about the same as last week. Those trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses suspended in deeper water caught a nice bag walleye, perch and a few crappie. Those drifting and anchoring caught perch and walleye but no big numbers. Sorting is a must due to the small walleye. The north end was still producing some nice bluegills and sunfish along with the small ones. Try crawlers and leeches. Those using minnows near shore have also caught fish.

Keweenaw Bay: Most boats were heading north and trolling around Pequaming where they caught lake trout and a few coho. Catch rates were getting better at the South Entry with lake trout taken off Farmers Reef when trolling spoons. Coho were showing up around the lighthouse. Those jigging caught lake trout in 150 to 160 feet.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers caught walleye mostly at night when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 18 to 25 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. Best day catches were in the southern waters between Breezy Point and the Minneapolis Shoals area when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 10 to 16 feet at Round Island or 25 feet at the shoals. Perch numbers were down but some nice jumbo perch were caught on crawlers in 17 to 23 feet off Kipling. Pike were active throughout the bay with a couple fish over 40 inches taken near Escanaba when trolling rapalas along the edge of the shipping docks. Salmon were caught at the dam in the Escanaba River.

Manistique: Salmon fishing just keeps getting better with anglers taking chinook, coho, pink salmon and brown trout. Boat anglers are trolling from the mouth to where the fast water starts using Mega lips, jointed rapalas, spoons or spawn. Shore anglers are fishing between the “Big Bass Hole” and the dam. The water is fast and muddy in this area making for poor visibility. Many of those targeting salmon have caught the bonus walleye. Anglers are reminded that the fish cleaning station is shut down but the DNR freezer is still there if you catch a fish with a missing adipose fin.

Marquette: Lake trout fishing was slow as most struggled to catch two or three fish. Coho were caught near the lower harbor and near the mouth of the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers. A couple chinook were caught in the rivers but no word on coho yet.

Au Train: Limit and near limit catches of lake trout were taken within a few miles of Au Train Island. A few coho and chinook were caught in 60 feet or less near the mouth of the Au Train River. No word on any salmon caught in the Rock or the Au Train River.

Munising: Surface water temperatures have cooled to around 59 degrees which is much cooler than last year and anglers are hoping this will bring fish in sooner. Coho salmon have been caught and while most boats were getting one to three fish, some had none. Most were trolling within the bay, towards Sand Point and out into Trout Bay and fishing in 60 to 70 feet. There has been very little activity at Bay Furnace. The city docks and the Anna River were producing some legal size splake but anglers were putting in a lot of time just to catch a couple fish. Try spawn bags or casting Cleos. Lake trout were caught near Wood Island Reef, Grumps Hump and Big Reef when the winds allow.

Grand Marais: Most boats stayed close and caught limits of lake trout about a mile out just off the break. A few coho were also caught. No activity at the Sucker River.

Two Hearted River: Coho salmon are staging outside the mouth. Few fish have entered the river as anglers have only reported a few catches. Warmer temperatures this week will most likely keep the fish out in Lake Superior a bit longer.

Tahquamenon River: Boat anglers caught a few musky but pike reports were few and far between. Fishing pressure at the dam and pier were almost non-existent.

St. Marys River: A good number of Atlantic salmon and some whitefish have been caught behind the Cloverland Power Plant. Cloverland is performing maintenance on the turbines, and will periodically have the plant shut down. Fishing is poor during these times, so check flow from the park to east of the powerhouse first. A fair number of pink salmon have been caught when jigging spoons. Yellow perch fishing was steady in the early morning until 9 a.m. and just before dark in the North Channel. Use crawlers or minnows on the bottom in 25 feet. Walleye fishing continues to improve in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet with a green crawler harness and bottom bouncer. Most were caught between the 3-Mile and 7-Mile Buoys. Smallmouth bass were caught on the rock piles. Walleye were caught on the north end of Lake George in 9 to 12 feet. In the lower river, only a few walleye were taken in 12 to 17 feet in Munuscong and Raber Bays. Yellow perch fishing was slow but a few 9 to 12 inch fish were found in the weed beds in 10 to 18 feet.

Detour: Had good catches of lake trout taken a foot off the bottom along the 90 foot flat which is two miles straight south of the Detour Lighthouse. Try an orange and white or chartreuse and white spin-glo with an 18 inch leader behind a flasher. A few smaller chinook salmon were caught when trolling 50 to 60 feet down in 80 to 100 feet from Fry Pan Island southwest to the green buoy. Hot colors were chartreuse, chrome or chrome and white.

Drummond Island: The fall yellow perch bite has started to pick up. Successful anglers caught 10 to 25 fish between 8 and 14 inches. Most were taken while drifting leaf worms and minnows on colorful perch rigs near structure The location of the schools seem to change daily, but some spots to try would be Scott Bay or around Rutland, Peck, Harbor and Bald Island. The perch are not schooled up in large groups yet, but were found in small pockets of weeds and rock piles in various depths. Hot colors were green, red and reflective silver or gold on sunny days.

Cedarville and Hessel: Cedarville had reports of a few perch caught when drifting worms and shiners in 8 feet in Musky Bay off Conners Point. Largemouth bass were very good in 3 to 5 feet off the weed beds when casting a weedless surface lure. Those casting spinners under the docks in 4 to 6 feet throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands also caught fish. Pike up to 30 inches were taken around Little LaSalle Island. Try chubs in 8 feet where there is a current. Hessel had no reports of yellow perch caught from the finger docks at the marina. A few pike were caught on chubs and spoons in the early morning. A few perch were caught by walleye anglers in Mackinaw Bay when drifting a jig with a shiner in 8 to 12 feet.

Carp River: Had some salmon activity but catch rates were slow. Pier anglers using spawn, spoons and crank baits had little to no success. Fishing slowed on Nunn’s Creek as well but anglers still managed to catch a few chinook 9 to 11 pounds with a silver and green or silver and blue spoon as well as fresh spawn.