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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Weekly Fishing Report

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Although fishing can be really good this time of year the weather can make it difficult to get out and this year has been no exception. The inland waters should be good for walleye, pike, bass and panfish.


Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Colder water temperatures were finally starting to cause the perch to school up and move into shallower waters. Fish could be found as shallow as 20 feet straight out in Stony Point in the early morning until moving back into deeper waters 24 to 26 feet by late afternoon. Larger perch can be caught straight out from the beach at Sterling State Park in 14 to 16 feet and around Turtle Island. Still not many walleye in Michigan waters but a few were taken in 22 to 24 feet straight out from the Fermi Power Plant on orange and green crawler harnesses.

Huron River: Is producing a couple steelhead for those fishing Labo Park and up near the dam at Flat Rock.

Detroit River: Anglers are getting some walleye when jigging or hand-lining on the Canadian side. Fair to good muskie action for those using large spinners, body baits and suckers around Fighting Island.

Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Anglers are catching good numbers of bluegill on various types of live bait throughout the lake system. The bigger fish seem to be in 8 to 12 feet. Those catching bass are fishing the weedy flats around the drop-offs. A few pike were caught by those trolling or casting fire-tiger crank baits.

Lake St. Clair: Bass fishing has been good with more fish showing up in shallower waters. Perch fishing is improving with good reports from the Grosse Pointe area and the Dumping Grounds. Walleye are moving into shallow waters after dark.

St. Clair River: Walleye fishing is picking up in the lower channels. Try jigging with shiners. Sturgeon fishing continues to be good in the Algonac area.

Lexington: A couple steelhead and pike were caught in the harbor. Shiners are starting to come into all the harbors.

Port Sanilac: Fishing activity was slow but anglers may find some steelhead and brown trout in waters 30 to 70 feet.

Harbor Beach: Had rumors of walleye and steelhead near the north gap. Boat anglers might want to try trolling in waters up to 70 feet deep.

Port Austin: Pier anglers were getting some perch in the morning and a few walleye at night when casting spoons or crank baits off the north wall and the gas dock.

Saginaw Bay: Perch fishing picked up along the shipping channel at Buoys 18, 11 and 12, and the Spark Plug. Fish were caught off Linwood in 16 to 20 feet. Expect to do a lot of sorting but if you put in the time, you can get a mess of decent size perch. Walleye fishing has also picked up around Spoils Island for those casting spoons and rapalas. The east side of the Bay had mainly shore anglers catching small perch at Quanicassee, Sebewaing and Bay Port. Fishing was slow at Caseville.

Saginaw River: Has walleye hitting in the lower river around the Coast Guard Station and near the Independence Bridge. Try jigs with minnows.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

This is the time of year to fish the inland lakes. Anglers should do well for bass, pike, and panfish.

St. Joseph: Fishing overall is slow. When boats can get out, anglers have caught some decent catches of trout and salmon in waters 100 feet and deeper. Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead on spawn.

St. Joseph River: The coho run is winding down and only a couple steelhead were seen on the fish cam. A fair number of chinook salmon moved through the ladder over the last week.

South Haven: Fishing was slow. Anglers only caught a few trout on spawn.

Kalamazoo River: Those fishing near the Allegan Dam have caught steelhead on spawn or spinners.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers caught very few steelhead when using spawn. Gizzard shad are around and could be used for bait but they are usually not the bait of choice.

Grand River near Lansing: Salmon are in the area however anglers are having little success. In Eaton County, salmon were observed up near the dam in Grand Ledge but the fish were turning dark.

Looking Glass River: A few panfish and bass were caught. Those fishing at Babcock's Landing have caught a good number of pike.

Jackson County: The inland lakes were producing bluegills.

Calhoun County: Fishing was slow however Duck Lake and Gang Lake were producing some nice panfish. Prairie Lake had some bluegills and a few perch. Goguac is producing a small number of decent bass and some bluegills.

Muskegon: Anglers were just starting to fish off the pier with spawn but no word yet on any salmon or steelhead caught.

Muskegon River: Water levels are up after the rain and more fish were reported in the river. A decent number of steelhead and brown trout were also reported.

Whitehall: Pier anglers are bringing in a fair number of coho and steelhead when still-fishing with spawn. A couple brown trout were also caught.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Rogers City: Most of the boat anglers are done for the season but a few are still giving it one last try. The fish are scattered including the schools of baitfish. Try anywhere from 40 to 120 feet. Spoons may be the best choice and fish summer patterns with green, blue, white and black. Try orange spoons up high for steelhead and Atlantic salmon. The Swan Bay fishery is done for the season as the fish are currently being harvested.

Alpena: The weather has been making it very difficult to get out on the big lake. If you can, good places to try are straight out in 30 to 35 feet or towards Sulphur Island, North Shore, North Point or Michelys Hole for chinook, steelhead and walleye.

Thunder Bay River: A few salmon are in the river but trying to catch them has not been easy. Try drifting spawn and flies or casting rattle traps and body baits. Steelhead should start to show up soon.

Harrisville: Salmon have been in the area but the numbers are low. Spoons, spawn, stick baits and wobble glows have produced catches. Steelhead and walleye seem to be moving into the harbor. Early morning and late evening were good for walleye. Try small spoons, body baits or crawler harnesses. Steelhead were caught in 20 to 30 feet between Sturgeon Point and Greenbush.

Oscoda: Was producing a good number of walleye for pier anglers.

Au Sable River: Boat anglers drifting spoons, body baits or crawlers have caught some walleye at night. Salmon are in the river but in low numbers. Those caught up river were in bad shape. Spawn and flies seem to work best. There are reports of steelhead and Atlantic salmon in the river, if so the number of fish should only increase as we move further into fall.

Higgins Lake: Some nice lake trout were caught in 90 to 100 feet.

Houghton Lake: Walleye and pike were caught along the edge of the weed beds.

Tawas: Had a large number of shiners moving into the harbor. Some perch and walleye were following them. Perch fishing picked up but anglers are still sorting out the small ones. Perch anglers caught the odd walleye when casting at night or when using perch rigs during the day. A few pike were caught in the harbor.

Tawas River: Still had some anglers fishing for salmon but success rates were not good. About the only thing caught was a few walleye.

Au Gres: Bass anglers continue to do well casting tube jigs. Perch fishing was spotty in 30 to 40 feet off the hotel but much better off the Saganing and Pinconning Bars in 10 to 15 feet. Those trolling for walleye got a few fish off Whitestone Point.

Au Gres River: Was producing a few perch.

Holloway Reservoir: Walleye and catfish were caught in the impoundment and below the dam.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Walleye fishing should be good on the inland lakes until ice up. Some lakes to target are Cadillac, Mitchell, Hamlin, Tippy Dam Pond, and the Hodenpyl Dam Pond.

Petoskey: Pier anglers are using spawn for steelhead but most of the fish caught were on the small side. One small coho was caught near the marina.

Bear River: The heavy rain brought a nice run of fish up to the dam in Petoskey. Mostly chinook with a couple steelhead mixed in. Water levels were high which makes it difficult to land a fish. Brown trout have been seen but anglers are reminded that brown trout season on the river closed on September 30th.

Charlevoix: Had a couple boats trying for salmon but they had no luck. Angler pressure in the channel was very low but for those looking for smallmouth bass, there may still be some fish. Shore fishing for salmon near Medusa Creek has slowed way down. There was really no run last week so it looks like the run is over. A couple anglers in the slip were trying for Menominee and steelhead when using spawn.

Traverse City: The East Bay had fair smallmouth fishing in 10 to 40 feet. Perch were caught on minnows in approximately 30 feet. Cisco and the occasional whitefish were caught by those jigging in 100 to 130 feet. In the West Bay, smallmouth fishing was fair near the first drop-off. Try working tube baits near the bottom. A few anglers targeting perch had limited success near Lee Point and Bowers Harbor.

Elk River: Salmon and the occasional lake trout were caught below the power dam. Most anglers are using pink and orange spawn bags.

Boardman River: The weir was to be pulled on October 15th. Salmon fishing has been slow. Lake trout and the occasional steelhead were caught on spawn bags, artificial egg patterns, or flies.

Platte River: Most of the fish are at the lower weir. Chinook were hitting on flies and steelhead on spawn. Chinook were on the gravel near El Dorado Park.

Frankfort: Pier and shore anglers caught some steelhead on fresh spawn. Several were 6 to 8 pounds with the occasional 11 or 12 pound fish.

Betsie River: Still had a good number of chinook salmon and the occasional fish still had good color and the eggs were tight.

Onekama: Pier and shore anglers caught fish on spawn but still hit-or-miss.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are still catching good numbers working the drops. Those trolling small spoons along the west side near the Inn have caught a few coho.

Manistee: Anglers are catching chinook 100 to 150 feet down in 150 to 250 feet of water. Meat rigs are doing well along with green spoons. Pier and shore anglers are catching steelhead on spawn.

Manistee River: The chinook salmon run will be on the downslide from here on out, with most fish actively spawning on the gravel. Steelhead numbers should start to build, as long as we continue to get rain and temperatures stay relatively warm.

Pere Marquette River: A few fresh coho were still being caught between Ludington and Scottville. They were hitting on red and white spinner baits in the fast water near the holes and log jams.

Pentwater: Is producing a small number of coho and steelhead. Anglers are still-fishing with spawn. A few brown trout have also been caught. There were no boat anglers on Lake Michigan.

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Antoine: Rain and wind made it difficult for anglers but a few were still able to catch some smallmouth bass when casting crank baits or trolling crawlers and plastics.

Marquette: Boat anglers did better catching a combination of lake trout, chinook, coho, steelhead and brown trout. Surface water temperatures were in the upper 40's to near 50 degrees. The better fishing was in the morning or early evening near the White Rocks, Partridge Island, Shot Point and the lower harbor with spoons in 60 to 80 feet. A few limits of lake trout were observed along with a mixed bag of one or two salmon and brown trout. Lake trout were up to 15 pounds, brown trout 5 to 7 pounds, steelhead 4 to 6.5 pounds and coho 3 to 4.5 pounds. Anglers tried fishing the end of the lower harbor breakwall but had no luck.

Dead River: The gates have been open at the Tourist Park Dam. Fishing pressure has been very low with little success for chinook salmon.

Carp River: Shore anglers did see small trout surfacing and they may have been undersize splake. Only one or two salmon were reported but fishing pressure was low mainly due to the sewer construction project near the mouth.

Chocolay River: A few more coho salmon and some nice brown trout were reported. The fall coho run has increased slightly with a few more reports of anglers catching one or two fish. Those seen were still chrome colored and the males are becoming ripe. Try orange spinners, crawlers or spawn bags.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches at best with most fishing the Second and Third Reefs. They were trolling crawler harnesses and crank baits in 12 to 30 feet but most of the fish were sub-legal. Pike were active throughout the Bay with fair to good catches near the mouth of the Day's River in 8 to 16 feet, the Escanaba shipping docks in 8 to 12 feet and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when trolling in the channel. Most used crank baits or spoons but some preferred minnows. Perch catches were spotty with the best action from those using minnows in 12 to 18 feet near the Day's River. Salmon were caught in the river.

Escanaba River: Salmon anglers reported several catches at the 1st Dam when using Cleo's and crank baits.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair to good catches in the Snake Island area. Most were fishing right on the break with minnows or plastics 12 to 30 feet down. Anglers are reporting a high number of sub-legal fish. Several pike catches were reported off Ansell's Point in 10 to 12 feet and near Nahma in 10 to 14 feet with minnows or crank baits. Perch anglers didn't have much to show for their efforts but keep looking. Last week they were deeper but they do move in the fall.

Manistique Lake: Perch fishing is steady with some nice fish caught right along with many small ones.

Munising: Boat anglers are trolling for coho in the Bay but average catch rates were 0-1 fish. No lake trout to report this week. Pier angling was steady but catch rates were slow for coho and splake. Those caught were taken by those casting as opposed to those still-fishing with spawn. Pink and orange lures worked best. While some are leaving with fish others are going home empty-handed. The coho were 3 to 3.5 pounds which is bigger than last year.

Grand Marais: Pier anglers were targeting menominee, trout and salmon but efforts were limited and no catches reported. Boat activity was light with most trolling within the bay and near the Sucker River. Catch rates were slow with only the occasional coho or steelhead landed even though some were marking good numbers of fish. Shore anglers were out but catch rates were poor. Those fishing near the mouth of the Sucker River were lucky to catch a rare coho or steelhead when casting spoons or using spawn.

Two-Hearted River: Anglers are catching coho at the mouth and further up river.

Tahquamenon River: Had a number of anglers fishing for muskie and catch rates were steady.

St. Mary's River: Some 8 to 9 inch yellow perch were caught at the north end of the Rock-Cut at 15 Mile Road. Try early morning up until 11am when using shiners or worms in 8 to 12 feet. Good walleye action below the Rock-Cut at Moon Island with 21 to 24 inch fish taken by those using crank baits and crawler harnesses with planer boards in 8 to 14 feet. Best color was a blue back with a chrome belly. A couple muskie were caught around Moon Island. Smallmouth bass have finally started to bite. Anglers are jigging brown and dark green tube jigs in 4 to 8 feet off the rock piles and breaks around Moon Island. Walleye, pike and smallmouth action was slow in Raber Bay and around Lime Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing has improved considerably. Anglers are fishing off Connors Point in Musky Bay and around Dollar Island in Snows Channel. Pike fishing was good for those trolling or still-fishing with chubs along the south shore in Musky Bay.

Carp River: Those targeting chinook in the river and in Nunn's Creek reported very slow fishing.



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