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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Weekly Fishing Report

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With the salmon runs winding down, anglers are now turning their attention to the fall steelhead run. Fish are being caught however it will take a good amount of rain over the next several weeks to ensure a good fall run. This is a great time of year to fish the inland lakes as the fish tend to go on a feeding frenzy before winter arrives.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Perch fishing remains the best around Stony Point in 20 to 26 feet with the fish in shallow and moving deeper in the afternoon. Fish were also caught at the Raisin River Buoy #1 as well as around Turtle Island. They seem to be holding tight to the bottom especially near the rocks. A few walleye were caught trolling crawler harnesses and husky jerks near the Fermi Plant in 24 feet and on minnows when perch fishing at Stony Point. Good bass fishing at the Hot Ponds.

Huron River: Anglers were catching more steelhead especially up near the dam at Flat Rock. Most were using spinners.

Detroit River: Perch anglers are fishing around Celeron Island and Rat Island. A few walleye were taken by those jigging near Celeron Island.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Anglers continue to do well fishing for bluegill around the river mouths and canals. A few crappie are also starting to hit. Bass fishing was fair but many were sub-legal. Little Portage and Strawberry Lake are producing good numbers of pike for those trolling or casting bright colored lures.

Lake St. Clair: Panfish action is heating up in the canals and marina basins. Good catches of bluegill, sunfish and crappie when using live bait. Some walleye, along with a couple pike and musky were caught by shore anglers after dark between Grosse Pointe and the Clinton River. Perch fishing was spotty, but anglers should find schools of fish moving into the shallows any day.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing has improved in the Marine City area and in the Delta Channels. Walleye fishing remains very good at Port Huron for those jigging or trolling. Catch-and-Release sturgeon fishing continues to be very good in the North Channel with best action after dark when using crawlers.

Lexington: Pier and shore anglers casting hardware were getting some steelhead along with the odd chinook or brown trout. Some small perch were taken on minnows off the docks. A few pike and bullhead were also caught.

Port Sanilac: Fishing pressure was very light.

Harbor Beach: Walleye were hitting at night. Those fishing off the north breakwall were casting outside the harbor.

Port Austin: Was producing walleye for those fishing off the end of the breakwall at night when casting rapalas. Fish were caught off the gas dock and at the mouth of Bird Creek. Perch anglers are getting fish but sorting a lot of small ones.

Saginaw Bay: They're getting some perch in 14 feet of water off Linwood, along the shipping channel at the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) and at Buoys 17 & 18. Some perch were also caught in the old shipping channel not far from the mouth of the river. Walleye were caught around Spoils Island. Perch fishing from Quanicassee to Caseville is spotty. Anglers are catching a lot of small ones in the Quanicassee River and the marina at Sebewaing. Figure about 20 throw-backs for every keeper.

Saginaw River: Walleye have been caught in the lower river. Perch were also caught in the lower river near Bay Harbor Marina and Aggregate Cut.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Pier anglers have been catching good numbers of whitefish. Try a single egg on the bottom. Fishing for all other species was slow.

South Haven: Pier anglers have been catching steelhead. Small spawn bags fished on the bottom has worked best. Fishing for all other species is slow. Few boats were out because of the weather.

Kalamazoo River: Continues to produce the occasional steelhead for those casting spawn or spinners up near the Allegan Dam.

Grand Haven: No boats have been out. Anglers are fishing both the north and the south piers for steelhead but few were caught. Spawn is the bait of choice. One or two menominee were caught off the north pier when using spawn. The docks at the Harbor Island launch have been taken out.

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Is producing some steelhead. Try spawn bags with 4 to 6 eggs. The salmon run is pretty much done however some have caught the occasional coho. A few walleye were caught on body baits, white twister tails or bucktail jigs.

Grand River near Lansing: With few anglers out, the only report was the occasional salmon caught near the Webber Dam.

Muskegon: Anglers are trying for steelhead off the south pier but there were no reports of any fish caught.

Muskegon River: Still has a few salmon on the gravel. Anglers are seeing steelhead and brown trout however the season to take brown trout closed on September 30th.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Windy conditions had the fish scattered so anglers were having a hard time locating them. Look for baitfish and structure in 40 to 120 feet and try fishing spoons in summer patterns for steelhead and young salmon.

Alpena: Those able to get out were trying for salmon and steelhead around North Point, North Shore and Thunder Bay Island. Whitefish should start showing up around the reefs any time now. A few walleye should still be around if anglers put in the time. Try trolling around Sulphur Island or straight out from the marina in 10 to 30 feet with body baits or crawler harnesses.

Thunder Bay River: Still has the occasional chinook salmon but anglers were having a hard time getting them to hit. Try drifting spawn on the bottom or under a bobber. Some are casting with rattle traps and rapalas. Steelhead should start showing up anytime. Anglers will want to drift spawn under a bobber or just off the bottom. A few perch have shown up but they are very small.

Harrisville: Salmon have been coming into the harbor late in the evening and before sunrise. Numbers are still low but fish seem to be in the area. Body baits seem to be working best. There have been a lot of minnows in the harbor so black and silver were good colors. Walleye have also been coming into the harbor and were caught at all times of the day and night. Steelhead were moving through the area but catch rates were slow. There have been reports of Atlantic salmon being caught.

Au Sable River: Has a few salmon but the numbers are low and anglers are having a hard time getting them to hit. Steelhead should be moving in soon but no reports of any numbers yet. Walleye are still in the area but the catch has slowed. Anglers seem to do better at night. Most were caught on body baits.

Tawas: Had mostly pier and shore anglers but one boat did pick up a couple walleye when fishing the artificial reef. At the State Harbor, those casting at night were taking good numbers of walleye including a few limit catches. Fish were also caught during the day when it was cloudy. Perch fishing inside the harbor slowed because the shiners moved back out into the lake temporarily. Near the State Police Post, those casting jigs around the pilings caught walleye.

Au Gres: Had few anglers but those heading out did catch some fish off the hotel in 20 feet or near the shipping channel in 40 feet. Those fishing in the Eagle Harbor Marina at the end of Sagatoo Road caught 8 to 12 inch perch and some had 30 to 40 fish per trip.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

The salmon runs are pretty much over in this part of the state. Attention is now switching to steelhead fishing. On the inland lakes, walleye fishing is excellent this time of year, though few pursue them. Trolling or casting stick baits at night is the most popular and effective technique.

Harbor Springs: Had one boat that caught and released smallmouth bass around Harbor Point.

Petoskey: Had few anglers on the piers. A couple small steelhead were caught on spawn. Steelhead fishing should start to improve (weather dependent) over the next week or so.

Bear River: Had a decent run of fish after the last rain. There were chinook, steelhead, lake trout and even some brown trout however brown trout season is closed. Fish were caught at the dam when using spawn or artificial eggs.

Charlevoix: One angler targeted smallmouth bass in the channel but never had a bite. The best bet is fishing the slip at the cement plant with spawn for menominee or steelhead this time of the year.

Traverse City: A few anglers caught perch on live bait in 30 to 50 feet in the East Bay. Cisco were caught when jigging in 60 feet or deeper. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair in 20 to 40 feet. The few boats that were out in the West Bay caught some perch in 30 to 45 feet.

Elk River: Fishing was relatively slow with the odd salmon or occasional steelhead caught below the power dam.

Boardman River: The salmon run is all but finished. Lake trout and the occasional steelhead have been caught on spawn bags and a variety of artificial tackle.

Frankfort: Had good steelhead activity off the Frankfort and Elberta piers and shoreline. Fresh spawn is working well with most fish landed between the elbows and the shore. Young coho are also hitting. Anglers were going through several spawn bags.

Betsie River: Salmon are slowing down and activity at the Homestead Dam has slowed to a crawl.

Manistee: Anglers are catching steelhead and a few coho off the piers and the beach. Salmon spawn is working best. When the weather allows, boat anglers found steelhead and salmon 60 to 100 feet down in 120 to 250 feet. Orange and green spoons or meat rigs worked well.

Manistee River: Is producing a couple steelhead but anglers are still waiting for a major push of fall fish. A good amount of rain will be needed in the next several weeks to ensure a good fall run.

Ludington: Pier and shore anglers are finding a couple coho and steelhead when using spawn.

Pere Marquette River: Stream anglers are catching one or two steelhead but no big push has happened yet.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow but a few coho were caught by those putting in a lot of time when trolling in 30 to 50 feet with a variety of spoons. Try from the head of the bay northward along the L'Anse and Baraga shoreline and up to Old Mission. Some coho were caught in the Falls River in L'Anse and at the Head of the Bay at the bridge. Those trolling the South Portage Entry were lucky to get a few lake trout in 50 to 80 feet on Farmers Reef and Newton's Reef.

Lake Antoine: High winds have kept boats off the lake. A couple shore anglers were targeting bass when casting cleo's but no fish were caught.

Marquette: There was no salmon reported from boat anglers however a few parties did report catches of lake trout in waters less than 60 feet deep. The areas producing a few fish were outside the lower harbor near the green can, the mouth of the Carp River and near the mouth of the Chocolay River. Surface water temperatures dropped to the mid to upper 40's. A few anglers fishing from the lower harbor breakwall caught a couple lake trout when casting spoons.

Dead River: Fishing pressure has been very low and no luck on salmon.

Carp River: Had a slight increase in coho action at the beginning of the week. The males are fresh and silver in color. Anglers caught one or two fish in the 4 to 6 pound range. Water levels were high and the current was strong so try spinners.

Chocolay River: Water levels were bank high making it difficult for shore and boat anglers. Fishing pressure was very low. A few coho salmon and brown trout were caught but most anglers reported no catches. The salmon observed were not ripe.

Little Bay De Noc: With weather a factor, walleye anglers reported very few catches with most fishing the head of the Bay from Garth Point south to the "Narrows". Those trolling crawlers or stick baits in 14 to 30 feet reported better catches off the Second and Third Reefs. It appears the fall push north hasn't arrived yet. Perch anglers reported good catches just off Butler Island with minnows in 5 to 8 feet and fair to good catches out from Brach's Cabins in 10 to 14 feet. Northern pike were very active throughout the Bay and were caught by perch anglers. Those targeting pike had fair to good catches off the mouth of the Day's River in 9 to 16 feet and south of the Escanaba ship docks in 8 to 12 feet when trolling crank baits or spinners. Anglers reported fair catches of black crappie in the many coves surrounding Kipling. Try minnows in 10 to 16 feet. Walleye anglers near the Day's River reported good numbers of salmon staging near the mouth. With the rivers running so high this year salmon have been difficult to locate but the signs show they're still running.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no walleye reports. Fair to good perch catches reported off Garden Bluff in and around 40 feet when still-fishing with minnows. Good smallmouth bass fishing between Fayette and Snake Island when using minnows or plastics in 15 to 30 feet right on the break. Northern pike are active with most caught by those perch fishing. Those targeting pike were trolling off Ansell's Point and in the mouth of Garden Bay with spinners or crank baits in 10 to 26 feet.

Munising: Had very few boat anglers however a couple were targeting coho in the bay but catch rates were very slow. No lake trout to report. For pier anglers, catch rates were between slow and fair for coho, splake and steelhead. Those casting spoons and spinners did better than those still-fishing with spawn but catch rates were slow. Pink and orange were the hot colors.

Grand Marais: Pier angling effort was limited with no catch reports. Only a couple of boats were trolling near the mouth of the Sucker River and to the east. Catch rates were very slow with only the occasional coho, steelhead or pike taken. No lake trout to report. Very few shore anglers as catch rates were poor. Those fishing near the mouth of the Sucker River were lucky to catch a steelhead or coho when casting spoons or drifting spawn.

St. Mary's River: Anglers looking for musky had success trolling 9 inch crank baits around Moon Island at the north end of Munuscong Bay. A few musky were caught when trolling upstream towards the Rock-Cut just off the shipping channel at Tea Pot Island. Use perch colored or fire-tiger crank baits in 8 to 12 feet just off the weed beds. As for walleye, those fishing around Moon Island in Munuscong Bay caught some bigger fish 19 to 23 inches when trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses in 6 to 12 feet. Try large red and blue crank baits with a chrome belly. The discharge side of the Power Plant is still producing whitefish and Atlantic salmon. Anglers are drifting artificial fly baits with a #12 hook and slip bobber about 6 feet down. Hot colors were copper and red. Walleye and smallmouth bass are slow in Raber Bay and near Lime Island. Duck hunters have occupied Raber Bay.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch are being caught at Connors Point in Musky Bay and around Dollar Island in Snows Channel. Try 10 to 14 feet with minnows. Pike fishing is still good in Musky Bay when trolling or still-fishing with chubs.

Carp River: Those targeting coho may want to try gold colored lures.

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