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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, September 22, 2016
Weekly Fishing Report

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Rain and cooler temperatures over the next week or so should help push more fish into the river systems. The inland lakes are producing bluegills, crappie, bass and the occasional walleye. Pike are also starting to feed a little more aggressively.


Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing was good overall. Those with the most success were fishing 20 to 23 feet near Buoys 1 & 2 of the River Raisin, 19 to 22 feet near the E-Buoy and 21 to 24 feet off Stony Point when using shiners on perch rigs. Those fishing La Plaisance Creek and the rocks in front of Bolles Harbor caught large and smallmouth bass when jigging soft plastics. Shore anglers at the Hoffman Memorial Access caught catfish, freshwater drum and sunfish on crawlers or yellow perch on shiners. Shore anglers at Luna Pier caught largemouth bass, channel cats and yellow perch on crawlers. Bass were also hitting on soft plastic stick baits and spinners.

Detroit River: Perch anglers are still getting fish around the islands including Celeron and Sugar. Emerald shiners are still the ticket. Walleye anglers jigging have caught a few fish throughout the river including down near the mouth. Walleye anglers have hooked into some bigger smallmouth bass.

Oakland County: Bluegill and a few crappie were caught in 4 to 8 feet in Garundegut Bay on Cass Lake. Those moving around did best. The bigger bass seem to be in shallow canals, under docks or still out deep in 16 feet and deeper. A few pike were caught along the drop-offs. On Union lake, bass anglers did best near the sunken islands and drop-offs.

Lake St. Clair: Fishing was considerably slower for all species with limited success for bass, musky, and walleye. Anglers found perch in front of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in 17 feet and near Buoy 17 when using golden shiners on perch rigs. The better perch fishing was out near Buoy 31 in 17 to 19 feet with emerald shiners on perch rigs. A few channel cats were caught in 12 to 15 feet off 9-Mile Road when drifting crawlers on the bottom. Most of the action on the north end was in the New Baltimore area, the channel straight out from the Brandenburg launch and around Grassy Island.Anglers caught pike in the New Baltimore Channel in 11 feet with blue and silver lures. Yellow perch and a few walleye were caught on jigs. Anglers drifting crawlers took smallmouth bass and perch near Grassy Island.

Lexington to Port Sanilac: Steelhead fishing was very good in 70 to 110 feet with spoons halfway down. Orange, pink and chartreuse were good colors. A large school of shiners came into Lexington and maybe they will bring some bigger fish with them.

Harbor Beach: Lake trout were caught straight out in 80 to 130 feet. Try dodgers with spin-glo's and spoons near the bottom. Anglers might find a few salmon northeast of the harbor in 90 to 140 feet with spoons and J-plugs. For steelhead, fish the color lines. Shore anglers caught bass when casting or trolling small body baits.

Grindstone City: A few boats caught lake trout and steelhead straight north of the harbor in 100 to 170 feet. Lake trout were at the bottom and steelheads at 60 feet.

Port Austin: Pier anglers might want to start trying for walleye at night.

Saginaw Bay: Perch were caught off the Eagle Bay Marina where some reported limit catches in 15 to 18 feet between the Saganing and Pinconning Bars. Fish were also caught in 22 feet in the Black Hole, 15 feet off Gambil's Marina, the old Shipping Channel, near Spoils Island, in 18 feet off Linwood, near Buoy 22 in the current Shipping Channel, the mouth of the Saginaw River, in 5 to 15 feet along the edge of the Slot off Sebewaing and in 9 feet straight north off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. Fish were 8 to 10 inches and the average catch was 25 to 30 per boat. Bass anglers took some nice smallmouth out of the marina basins near the mouth of the Saginaw River and around North Island off Bay Port. Catfish were taken out of the Hot Ponds.


Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Boat anglers targeting salmon reported slow catch rates. A few fish were caught around the piers and in 100 feet on spoons and J-plugs. Pier fishing was slow with only a few fish taken daily when casting spoons. Perch fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Those trolling have caught a few salmon on spoons while others are floating spawn bags.

South Haven: Boat anglers targeting salmon reported slow fishing. There is a lot of warm water around at this time but those able to find the thermocline and colder water did manage to catch a few fish on spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Salmon and trout have been caught 50 to 150 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with orange and green spoons and flies. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: More coho have moved up into the area and were being caught near the 6th Street Dam. Most are using spawn bags. Some have caught the occasional chinook or steelhead.

Rogue River: Also had some coho moving in.

Muskrat Lake: Was producing bluegills and crappie.

Morrison Lake: : Was also producing bluegills and crappie.

Muskegon: Boat anglers have caught a few salmon and trout 50 to 120 feet down in 120 to 220 feet with orange and green spoons along with green or white flies. Pier fishing for salmon was slow.

Whitehall: Salmon fishing was slow with the warm water. A few were caught 40 to 90 feet down in 150 to 200 feet. Pier anglers caught a few salmon in the early morning or late evening when casting spoons.

White Lake: Anglers were catching some nice yellow perch in 12 to 20 feet with perch rigs tipped with minnows and wax worms.

White River: Anglers caught a few salmon on spawn and crank baits in the lower river.


Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Mackinaw City: Had few boat anglers. Those heading out did catch some lake trout and small salmon with spoons, dodger and flies.

Cheboygan: A few boats are still trolling for salmon in front of the Cheboygan River. These boats are still catching some salmon on meat rigs as far out as the shipping channel. Most of the focus now is catching salmon in the river.

Cheboygan River: At this time, a decent number of chinook can be found between the dam and the mouth with most of the fish concentrated below the dam. Catch rates were mixed with a couple seasoned anglers taking near limit catches but most were lucky to get one fish. Best time to fish is during low light conditions including good cloud cover. Most fish were caught on skein or spawn. Hot colors were pink, orange and red. Those casting bright colored body baits and spoons have also caught fish.

Mullett Lake: Perch fishing was pretty good in Pigeon River Bay and at the mouth of Indian River. Most boats are catching 20 to 30 good size perch along with a fair number of throwbacks. Walleye fishing is good on the north end of the lake and in the bays just south of Round Point. Crawler harnesses are taking most. Smallmouth bass fishing is just starting to pick up but most are only catching a couple per trip. Once the water cools down, bass fishing should be good. No steelhead activity to report.

Rogers City: Did not seem to have many adult kings in the bay yet as most were still out in 25 to 80 feet. Those fishing the shallow waters were trolling bombers off planer boards and those out deeper were running lines with spoons, J-plugs and attractors with flies, squid and cut bait throughout the water column. Hot colors were blue, black and white, purple, red and white, orange or glow early and late. Those heading outside the bay have done well up near Forty Mile Point in 45 to 120 feet for a mix of lake trout, pinks, walleye, younger chinook and the occasional Atlantic salmon.

Presque Isle: Boat anglers are getting a nice mix of trout and salmon between the two lighthouses north of the harbor when running lines throughout the water column. When the water is colder, run the lines up higher with spoons, J-plugs and attractors with flies, squid or cut bait in the same colors as Rogers City. Look for baitfish and structure as the fish will start feeding heavy as they prepare for colder weather.

Harrisville: Anglers have caught some chinook in the harbor.

Au Sable River: Anglers caught chinook salmon down at the mouth.

Houghton Lake: Anglers were still getting some nice bluegills in 8 to 10 feet when using a small leech under a bobber. Walleye action was hit-or-miss.

Tawas: Those trolling were doing well for steelhead and walleye out past Buoy #2 in 70 feet. A few boats were taking a mix of trout, salmon, walleye and bass. Good walleye action between the Crib at Alabaster and Whitestone Point with crawler harnesses and crank baits.

Tawas River: Shore anglers floating spawn in the lower river caught a couple chinook. Catfish and freshwater drum were also caught.

Au Gres: Perch anglers were getting a few fish in 21 to 25 feet. Some managed to take limit catches of fish ranging 8 to 10 inches.

Au Gres River: Surf anglers on the East Branch were taking a few chinook salmon down at the Singing Bridge in the early morning. Perch were caught in the lower river.


Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Harbor Springs: Anglers reported lake trout and the occasional chinook caught 120 to 130 feet down near Harbor Point.

Petoskey: Boat anglers caught mainly lake trout and the odd salmon. Little Traverse Bay warmed up again so anglers had to fish deeper to find the colder water. Salmon were taken 100 to 120 feet down and lake trout were 100 to 160 feet down in 125 to 160 feet with spoons. Pier anglers caught salmon on glow spoons after dark.

Bear River: Chinook, coho and smaller steelhead were caught at the dam and down by the mouth. A couple good size brown trout and even a pink salmon were also caught for those using spawn bags, artificial eggs and flies.

Charlevoix: Warm water and air temperatures are not helping the salmon return. Few are targeting them and even fewer are being caught. Those fishing the channel are targeting smallmouth bass but getting a legal size fish was still hit-or-miss. The weir at Medusa Creek has been opened for 2 weeks and the first harvest was on Monday. A little over 300 chinook and 4 coho were harvested. While the weir is functioning, Medusa Creek is closed to fishing within 100 feet of the mouth. Some reported catching salmon in the Boyne River.

Traverse City: The lake herring bite was decent south of Deepwater Point in the East Bay when trolling. The water turned over and slowed fishing. A few nice bass were caught south of the M-37 launch in deep water. The occasional chinook was caught at the dam in Elk Rapids along with a few smallmouth bass. Those trolling in the bays caught a couple salmon and lake trout.

Boardman River: Most of the salmon caught were in the bay just off the mouth.

Platte Bay: Had reports of incredible fishing in both East and West Platte Bays. Boat anglers reported fish stacked from top to bottom. A lot of coho were caught by those trolling and jigging. Fish are moving into the river however there are still a lot of fish staging and just waiting for cooler temperatures or a northwest wind.

Platte River: Had lots of fish in the lower river below the weir

Betsie River: The number of salmon running up the river slowed to a crawl. Anglers are reporting low numbers with very little movement due to the warm temperatures.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers were struggling to land keeper size large and smallmouth. Perch and other panfish were hitting on worms in the Little Eden area.

Manistee: Dredging continues for at least another 5 weeks or so. Surface water temperatures were about 64 degrees. Chinook and coho action has slowed but some were still being caught in 90 to 130 feet. Steelhead are showing up at the same depths. Pier anglers have caught a few salmon.

Manistee Lake: Salmon fishing was slow. Some have started fishing for perch but catch rates were still limited.

Big Manistee River: Up river of Bear Creek is producing a decent number of chinook and coho for those using spawn, beads and crank baits in the early morning between 4:00 and 8:00am. Downriver of Bear Creek has been on the slow side but was still producing a few fish for those fishing the deeper holes with crank baits. Fish have also been caught in the Little Manistee River.

Ludington: Catch rates slowed but some did manage to catch chinook and coho in 100 to 150 feet. Steelhead were also starting to show up. A couple chinook were caught in Pere Marquette Lake.

Pere Marquette River: Anglers reported catching chinook as far back as Custer. A good number of fish were also reported at the weir which is why those trolling in the big lake are picking up fewer fish.

Pentwater: Salmon fishing was slow but a couple steelhead were caught 45 to 90 feet down in 175 feet.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing the channel have caught pike and the occasional salmon when casting spoons and drifting minnows.

Pentwater River: Anglers caught a few salmon in the lower end of the river.


Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Salmon have not showed up in streams along the west end but should start staging near the river mouths within the next couple weeks. Water levels are up compared to last year so the runs should be a little bit better.

Lake Gogebic: Had fairly good walleye fishing with the best catches for those using a slip bobber with a crawler, leech or minnow in the deep weeds around Bergland Bay. Some nice perch and sunfish were also caught. Walleye were caught when trolling deeper waters with stick baits and crawler harnesses but in lower numbers.

Menominee River: Continues to fish well for walleye early morning and evenings when trolling or jigging. A couple pink salmon have made their way up to the Hattie Street Dam but no reports of any fish caught yet.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported very few catches. The best areas were the southern end of "Black Bottom" and the Stonington area when trolling crawler harnesses in 16 to 30 feet. Several perch anglers reported fair catches in 18 to 27 feet near Gladstone Beach and north by the Day's River in 10 to 16 feet with minnows and crawlers. Northern pike were very active throughout with the better catches near Kipling and the southern area of the "Black Bottom". Many were caught incidental by walleye and perch anglers. Anglers reported salmon staging up near the rivers but no significant catches were reported yet.

Big Bay De Noc: Had all smallmouth bass anglers. A few fish were still caught in the Nahma area off Stoney Point in 10 to 15 feet but most anglers were fishing out of Garden Bay near the Bluff with minnows, jigs with plastics or spinners in 12 to 30 feet. The fall migration is just starting and fishing should be good in the next few weeks.

Munising: Those trolling did not have much luck for salmon but lake trout were caught in 100 to 150 feet near Wood Island Reef in Trout bay. Rivers in the area had higher water levels which brings more sediment and strong currents. Fishing was slow off the Anna River dock however a few more splake and coho were caught by those casting orange and gold Cleo's and small spoons or spawn. On a side note, fall colors were less than 5% in the area as the majority of trees have not yet begun to turn color.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers targeting lake trout caught a fair to good number of fish up to 10 pounds five miles out and near Au Sable Point in 150 to 180 feet. Water levels in the Sucker River were quite high with a strong current. Shore anglers may want to bring boots or waders.

Detour: Had excellent fishing at the Detour Reef with anglers getting a mixed bag of chinook, coho, lake trout, and pink salmon. A few chinook and coho were caught just upstream of the Drummond Island ferry boat lane that runs out of Detour Village. Try flashers and squid type baits 40 to 55 feet down in 110 feet. Limits of lake trout and pink salmon were caught two miles straight south of the lighthouse off the 90 foot flat when trolling flashers with orange and white spin-glo's attached to a 22 inch leader about 3 feet off the bottom. Shore anglers caught smallmouth bass off Hwy M-134 at Seymour Bay.

Cedarville and Hessel: Cooler night temperatures improved the yellow perch bite in the Les Cheneaux Islands of Cedarville. A few reports of fish in the 7.5 to 10.5 inch range with lots of smaller throw backs. Most were drift fishing with a small crawler harness with red beads in 10 to 12 feet. Fish were also caught mid-morning on the northwest side of Government Island with worms in 8 feet just off the underwater humps and weed beds. Pike ranging 24 to 29 inches were caught throughout Snows Channel when trolling red and white spoons or black and gold crank baits just off the weed beds. Charter boats out of the Hessel Marina reported excellent lake trout fishing around Goose Island when using spin-glo's with shore leaders 18 to 21 inches near the bottom in 80 to 90 feet. Pike were caught in Wilderness Bay in the early morning when using creek chubs in 6 to 10 feet or trolling brown and orange crank baits and red and white spoons.

St. Ignace: Boat anglers caught good numbers of lake trout along with a few smaller chinook and pink salmon. Most were caught around Mackinac Island. Dodgers were producing lake trout while spoons or flashers with flies produced salmon. The Carp River has seen a decent run of pink salmon along with a few chinook. Most are fishing upstream at the rapids with catch rates between poor and good. Cooler temperatures should bring a few more chinook in. A few pike are also being caught by those casting near the mouth of the Carp River. Good numbers of chinook were caught off the mouth of Nunn's Creek. Low light conditions and cloud cover seems to help the bite. Most are using orange and bright colored spoons and crank baits.


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