We are finally getting cold and ice should be next weekend on some shallow lakes

Not much going on this week, Ludington still has a perch bite and they were fishing with all the gale winds so they must be really biting. Grand Traverse Bays still has a good perch bite but the wind has been hampering fishing.

Most are thinking we will be ice fishing some of the small shallow lakes by next weekend, I will keep you updated on where they are going to fish. Some think they will be fishing Black Bass Bay on Grand Lake the first of the week as it is one of the earliest places in Northern Michigan.

Be safe and think safe ice!

Slow Fishing Report 12/1/2017

Ice on Lake Mitchell




Strong winds continue to hamper fishing and major cool down the end of next week should help start the freezing process.

Armstrongs on White Lake reports fisherman are having a good perch bite at Whitehall on the west side of White Lake with minnows, spikes and wigglers working best.

Capt. Chucks reports PM Lake is still ok for perch and some are being caught off the pier.

There was some ice on Mitchell and Bear Lake today, Houghton Lake was wide open.

Long Lake by Traverse City has been  good for walleye and perch.

Houghton Lake has been slow for walleyes from the shore, also Reedsburg been slow also.

Lake Margrethe has been great for walleye, and many report seeing big pike in the shallows.

Tippy has been slow this week with colder and more water flow this week.

Portage a couple guys have been fishing but no reports back.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Fishing will completely depend on the weather. Moderate temperatures this week means no ice fishing. Lakes in the area have some skim ice but no safe ice. Walleye will bite right up until ice up, so those trolling or casting for late fall walleye could find some fish. Steelhead fishing should be good in the rivers.

Betsie River: Steelhead fishing continues. Most are using flies and beads or spawn.

Manistee: Surf fishing and pier fishing for steelhead should remain good if the weather allows anglers to get out.

Big Manistee River: Was producing steelhead. Many are hold-overs but rain by the end of the week should bring in some fresh fish.

Ludington: Surf fishing and pier fishing for steelhead should remain good here as well.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing continues with a good number of fish in the river.

Muskegon: Pier anglers caught some whitefish.

Muskegon River: With water levels receding, those targeting steelhead have caught some nice fish all the way up to Croton Dam. Walleye and perch were still being caught in both Croton Pond and Hardy Pond.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Alpena: Boat anglers target whitefish in the shallows this time of year. Try a small hook with a wax worm or single egg. Those spearing usually do so at night with the aid of a light.

Au Sable River: Water levels dropped and cleared up over the last week. Those fly casting or drifting caught steelhead and brown trout.

Tawas: Shore anglers target whitefish off the State Dock this time of year. The better fishing is usually in the early morning when using a small hook tipped with a wax worm or single egg.

Saginaw Bay: Boat and shore anglers continue to be limited because of strong winds. Perch are in the river mouths and the cuts. Fish have been caught in the Pine and the Kawkawlin Rivers on the west side of the bay and in the Quanicassee and Sebewaing Rivers as well as the Thomas Cut on the east side. The perch move in and out, so try a spot for an hour or so and if no luck, move on to the next river or cut. Perch anglers are also fishing in the public harbor at Caseville. Some were casting for lake trout at the mouth of the Pigeon River.

Saginaw River: Anglers fishing the lower river from the Independence Bridge downstream to the mouth are catching walleye when vertical jigging with jig-heads tipped with minnows. Some perch were caught down near the mouth.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Thin ice has formed on most of the smaller inland lakes on the west end. The ice is thin and not safe for foot travel. Colder weather is predicted for the end of next week and beyond which should help with the freezing process and could provide some early ice fishing.

Little Bay De Noc: Had walleye anglers with fair to good catches reported. The best catches were in the northern parts of the Bay. Night anglers trolled stick baits in the shallow waters with best catches in 9 to 20 feet. Day anglers did best a little deeper with crank baits and stick baits in 24 to 35 feet. Most reported a good mix of large and small fish. The early ice season should be good when it gets here.

Tahquamenon River: Had no reports other than some of the river and the Dollarville Flooding had skim ice.

Perch are back in Ludington

Had to run perch minnows to Capt. Chucks in Ludington friday as the perch are back in PM lake and they are also catching perch off the pier.

Hesperia reports good steelhead on the white river with waxworms working best.

Cadillac report walleye are biting off the canal at night.

Pappy’s Bait in Wellston reports the steelhead fishing has been fair as they been dealing with high water all week on the big river, Little Manistee  has been good as they  passed a bunch of cohos up the river from the weir  and the steelhead are following the  coho eating the eggs.

Have not heard much this week on Lake Charlevoix perch but we have had gale winds all week.

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.





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.