Weekly Fishing Report

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NOTE TO ANGLERS: This report is intended to give anglers an idea of fishing conditions around the state. The updates come from a combination of creel clerks and other DNR staff around the state and reflect past fishing conditions over the last seven days. Due to the nature of the Great Lakes, fishing conditions on them can change daily if not hourly based on wind and rain events.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Weekly Fishing Report

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Windy conditions on the Great Lakes are making it difficult to get out. Salmon fishing is pretty much done and the steelhead are moving into the rivers. The inland lakes are producing perch, walleye and pike.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

St. Joseph River: Was producing a few walleye.

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

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

Lake Macatawa: Anglers have caught a few perch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

Burt Lake: Was producing some walleye.

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

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

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

Grand Lake: Was producing perch for those using minnows.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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