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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Weekly Fishing Report

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Improved weather should make it easier for anglers to get out on the Great Lakes. As we move further into fall anglers will start to see some of the last opportunities to get out and fish the big water. Inland, the rivers are producing trout and salmon however some areas are experiencing a much slower return so far.


Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Hopefully the weather this week will produce some good perch fishing. Water temperatures were beginning to cool into the low 60's and some fish were moving into shallower waters. Perch were caught consistently from late morning through the afternoon about half a mile north and straight out from Stony Point in 24 to 26 feet. Fish were also caught from the Raisin River Buoys 1 & 2, near the E-Buoy, around Turtle Island and a mile and a half straight out from Toledo Beach. No big numbers but some nice large perch were caught in 12 to 16 feet in Brest Bay.

Huron River: Had good pike fishing. Some caught the occasional bass. Steelhead are just getting there so very few fish were caught so far.

Detroit River: Is producing some yellow perch at the mouth and along the weed lines around Celeron, Sugar and Rat Island. Most are using shiners. Shore anglers caught perch off Trenton and Wyandotte. Those fishing in Canadian waters caught fish in 20 to 30 feet near the Colchester Reef. As for walleye, no limits but a few fish were caught in the lower Trenton Channel. Try a jig and worm.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Some anglers reported near limit catches of bluegill on Portage Lake, Little Portage Lake and Strawberry Lake. Try 8 to 12 feet. Bass were caught along the weeds and drop-offs. Warmer weather this week should bring the bass back into the shallows.

Lake St. Clair: Water temperatures are falling and smallmouth bass were moving into shallower water again. Perch fishing continues to be spotty as the schools seem to be on the move and difficult to locate from day to day. A few good reports have come from the Dumping Grounds and from the Grosse Pointe area. Carp fishing was hot at the mouth of the Clinton River.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing remains excellent near the Blue Water Bridge but was rather slow in the rest of the river. Sturgeon fishing has been good in the North Channel with crawlers. Remember, the season to harvest sturgeon ends on September 30th, but the catch-and-release season runs through the end of November.

Lexington & Port Sanilac: Fishing was slow. Anglers are still waiting for steelhead and brown trout to move in closer to shore. No sign of minnows moving in closer to shore.

Port Austin: Boat anglers were heading back out but fishing was slow along the outside of the Thumb. Steelhead and brown trout have not moved in close to shore yet. No sign of emerald shiners however they normally start coming in around the second week of October. That is when the perch and other predators follow. Decent smallmouth action off the breakwall.

Saginaw Bay: A few walleye were caught off the Hot Pond by those trolling Hot-n-Tots in 5 to 7 feet. Perch fishing off Quanicassee was hit-or-miss around the weeds in 8 to 10 feet. The ratio was one keeper to three throw backs. Some of the better fishing was inside the marina at Sebewaing. Shore anglers caught largemouth bass, pike and bluegills.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Pier anglers are catching a few salmon when casting spinners but overall, fishing was slow. Boat anglers trolling in 90 to 100 feet caught a few salmon.

St. Joseph River: Had a strong run of coho. Some are using spawn up near the dam at Berrien Springs but more fish were caught by those trolling or casting lures.

South Haven: Pier anglers caught chinook and steelhead either early morning or late evening. Boat anglers caught fish when trolling in 80 to 120 feet with spoons, spinners and glow plugs.

Kalamazoo River: Is producing chinook and coho salmon up near the Allegan Dam. Anglers are using spoons, spinners and spawn. A few brown trout were also caught.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has a strong run of coho. Most are shore fishing or wading. Try spawn sacks, Cleo's, jointed thundersticks in fire-tiger, spoons, plugs, spinners, wobble glows and even crickets. Steelhead, brown trout and walleye were also caught.

Grand River near Lansing: No big numbers yet but a few salmon were caught near the dam at Moore's Park. Anglers may also find a few walleye.

Looking Glass River: Is producing a few pike. Try casting or drifting with large minnows or lures. Look for bass near the brush piles.

Muskegon River: Salmon are moving up into the river however no big push as of yet. Try spawn, small spoons like Cleo's, plugs, spinners, spawn bags or flies. Bright colors were a good choice.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Had plenty of adult salmon in and around Swan Bay but getting them to bite was difficult. Try running bombers off planer boards far away from the boat in 5 to 20 feet. Pearl or white were good colors. Some anchored and were casting or drifting so they would not spook the fish. Try Cleo's or bombers. Young salmon, steelhead and lake trout could be found out deeper. Look for baitfish and structure and run lines up and down the water column. Try green, blue, black and white or glow spoons.

Alpena: Was still producing a mixed bag of walleye, steelhead and young salmon. For walleye, try straight out in 30 to 35 feet while trolling towards Sulphur Island. For those trolling near Thunder Bay Island, spoons were good for trout and salmon or body baits for walleye.

Thunder Bay River: A few salmon are starting to show up at the 9th Street Dam but catch rates were limited. Try natural bait like salmon eggs or artificial baits like Cleo's, rattle traps, and flies. Some caught the occasional steelhead and hopefully the Atlantic salmon will show up soon.

Harrisville: The dredging is done and the equipment north of the harbor should be removed from the shoreline this week. The channel and the mouth of the harbor are now around 15 feet deep. Anglers have caught salmon but it seems the fish have lock jaw! Salmon, steelhead and lake rout were hitting on spoons. Orange, blue and pearl were good colors. A lot of fish were marked outside the harbor which could mean they are starting to stage for the run. Steelhead were caught in 20 to 40 feet. Lake trout were moving in closer and were found in 40 to 80 feet. Walleye were in and around the harbor, try crawlers or body baits.

Oscoda: Fishing is slow as far as the salmon numbers and there are only a few making their way up into the river. Steelhead were still out in 20 to 50 feet. A lot of fish were marked but it seems they do not want to bite. This may be due to the weather patterns we are having. Lake trout moved in and were caught off the pier. Walleye were caught off the pier by those using spoons and body baits in the early morning or late evening.

Houghton Lake: Anglers are targeting walleye, bass and panfish.

Tawas: A few small perch were caught off Jerry's Marina. Boats should be able to get back out on the big water now that the winds have died down.

Tawas River: Those casting in the lower river caught a few chinook and walleye.

Au Gres: A few perch were caught straight out from the river and in 25 to 40 feet off Pointe Au Gres. There were rumors of better perch fishing in 18 to 25 feet off the Saganing Bar.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: For boat anglers catch rates were slow with only a couple salmon taken 60 feet down in 100 feet and lake trout near the bottom in 80 to 120 feet. Salmon were caught off the end of the docks by those using glow spoons before sunrise and spawn after. Those using spawn bags and skein on the D Pier and the "Bobber Hole" did well when northwest wind and higher water levels pushed a lot of fish up into the river. A few smallmouth bass were caught around Bay View.

Bear River: Had a lot of salmon moving in. The rain and windy conditions had chinook, coho and a few brown trout on the move. Anglers did best with skein and spawn bags.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers were focusing on shallow water around the Cement Plant. A few salmon were caught when trolling plugs and crank baits in 25 to 40 feet. Some were casting but few fish were caught. Pier anglers casting off the end of pier after dark had limited success. A few bass were caught on crawlers in the channel. Hardly any fish ran up Medusa Creek. Those wading at the Cement Plant slip had limited success with spoons or crank baits after dark. Most fish caught during the day were taken on spawn. Overall, fishing is still slow.

Traverse City: The East Bay had good lake trout fishing in 100 feet of water but salmon fishing was slow. Smallmouth bass action was fair in 15 to 45 feet. The West Bay had good lake trout fishing in 80 to 115 feet. Salmon fishing was slow but a few chinook were caught near the mouth of the Boardman River.

Elk River: Some anglers caught coho and chinook up near the power dam when using spawn bags. Catch rates were still relatively slow.

Boardman River: A few more salmon were running after all the rain but catch rates were still hit-or-miss. Those drifting skein under a bobber caught a few chinook.

Platte River: Fishing started to pick up with salmon caught up near the lower weir. Anglers are reminded that the river is closed to fishing within 300 feet of the weir. Water levels are high and the fish are not holding. Try stone or egg flies. The fish are running at night and in the early morning.

Frankfort: Is producing fresh coho and chinook. No big numbers but fish were caught between the piers. Those casting Cleo's in the early morning caught a couple coho off the pier.

Betsie River: Chrome chinook salmon are moving into the river every day. Those fishing have been quite happy with the run so far.

Portage Lake: As water temperatures start to drop, perch and other panfish will be heading towards shallow water. For bass, catch rates were hit-or-miss.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: Were producing some walleye and bluegill.

Manistee: Anglers trolling in the top 80 feet of waters 150 to 300 feet deep caught salmon and steelhead on bright colored spoons. Pier anglers casting spoons caught salmon.

Manistee River: Water levels are up after all the rain. Those targeting salmon caught chinook throughout the river. The cooler weather had fish on the move and not holding in the holes.

Ludington: Boats trolling in 120 to 240 feet caught coho, steelhead and young chinook. Try the top 80 feet with orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Pere Marquette River: Anglers are catching salmon on fresh spawn.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Antoine: Panfish anglers are still taking a good number of fish including a few yellow perch 11 inches or more. Most are still-fishing or drifting with crawlers. Boat and shore anglers are still getting some nice smallmouth when casting crank baits.

Marquette: Boat anglers should be able to head out with improved weather conditions this week. Some fishing in the lower harbor and near the mouth of the Chocolay River caught a few coho and those fishing in 40 to 60 feet did find a couple lake trout.

Dead River: Had few anglers at the Tourist Park Basin. Those targeting salmon did not have any luck. Water levels were still high and most of the beach area near the mouth was underwater.

Carp River: Had few anglers and catch rates were poor. On-going construction at the mouth will continue through October.

Chocolay River: A few more coho salmon were caught but anglers are still waiting for a good run. Water levels were still on the high end. Try spawn, crawlers, small spinners or spoons.

Little Bay De Noc: A few walleye were taken between the Second Reef and the Center Reef when trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 28 feet. Perch fishing was fair in 10 to 20 feet at Kipling. River anglers looking for salmon have started to show up but the fish haven't. The rivers were high and fast and will be a bit more challenging than previous years. Anglers caught smallmouth bass when they could out.

Big Bay De Noc: Bass anglers caught fish near Garden Bluff and Snake Island.

Au Train: More anglers are hoping to get out as the weather improves this week. A couple fishing the Rock River caught the occasional coho on spawn.

Munising: Boat anglers continue to target primarily coho salmon. Most were trolling in Munising Bay but catch rates were poor. Those heading out to Trout Bay caught a couple chinook in the 4 pound range but few coho. Catch rates for pier anglers improved slightly for those using spawn. More splake than coho were caught. Those that did find coho reported bigger fish this year. Those leaving with a couple fish in two to three hours of fishing had a good trip because many have left empty-handed.

Grand Marais: Pier angling was limited with no fish caught. Boat anglers were trolling around the bay and off the mouth of the Sucker River. No lake trout to report and catch rates for coho were slow. A few were caught by shore anglers casting spoons or using spawn near the mouth of the Sucker River. Some got one or two fish during several hours of effort while most others caught none.

St. Mary's River: The discharge side of the Clover Land Power Plant is producing pink salmon for those casting 3-inch pink spoons. Boat anglers are landing a mix of Atlantic salmon, pink salmon and some whitefish. The pink salmon still have good color at this time, so the run could last into October. Those fishing the waters of Lake George reported excellent yellow perch fishing in 30 to 40 feet just off the northeast side of Sugar Island. A few pike were caught near the mouth of the Charlotte River by those drifting chubs. Raber Bay is producing a few musky on the east side of Lime Island near Bass Reef. Walleye anglers caught a few musky when trolling large crank baits in 6 to 8 feet. Blue and silver were good colors. Perch were caught in 6 to 8 feet in Maxton Bay around James Island by those using flathead minnows in the early morning. Smallmouth bass were taken on the north end of Scott Bay when jigging off Bruce's Pointe. Green and brown were good colors.

Detour: Boat anglers were harvesting chinook, coho, pink salmon and lake trout near the Green Can when using yellow, orange, pink, red or gold and green lures.

Cedarville and Hessel: The north end of Snows Channel, Middle Entrance and Musky Bay are fair for perch. Excellent pike fishing continues in Hessel Bay, Middle Entrance, Musky Bay and Government Bay. Most are still-fishing with chubs.

Carp River: Anglers are seeing fish but the bite is slow. Most are trying multiple spots from McDonalds Rapids and downstream. A couple chinook and pink salmon were caught on fresh spawn bags or spinners.



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