Thursday, September 5, 2013

Michigan Weekly Fishing Report


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Southeast Lower Peninsula
Southwest Lower Peninsula
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With Labor Day behind us, the majority of anglers will now turn to salmon and trout fishing. The fish are starting to move in closer to shore as well as into some of the river systems. The inland lakes have been good for both large and smallmouth bass and panfish activity has picked up.

SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie: Perch fishing improved somewhat with the cooler nights. A decent number of fish were caught near the Raisin River Buoys 1and 2 and off Toledo Beach in 14 to 16 feet of water. Emerald shiners seem to work best.
Huron River: Those fishing at the Belleville Dam caught bluegill and crappie. A few walleye were caught in Belleville Lake.
Detroit River: Walleye anglers are jigging chartreuse gulp. Some are hand-lining with flat fish in the Trenton Channel. As for perch, a few were caught at the Cross Dike and the south end of Celeron Island.
Lexington: When anglers can get out, those trolling have done well in waters 100 to 140 feet deep. A surprising number of Chinook salmon have been caught along with lake trout, steelhead and walleye. Pier fishing was slow.
Harbor Beach: Look for salmon and steelhead when trolling spoons off downriggers and lead lines with offshore boards. Try J-plugs for salmon in 70 to 90 feet. Lake trout are scattered. Try cowbells with spin-glows, peanuts or spoons just off the bottom. Catch rates for walleye were slow however a few fish were taken with the salmon in 70 to 90 feet. Try small spoons or body baits in the early morning or late evening and crawler harnesses at night.
Saginaw Bay: Anglers were still taking some walleye out in the deeper waters of the inner bay when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers. The trick is to go slow. Anglers are still waiting for the perch fishing to get started.

SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
St. Joseph: Perch anglers have done well south of the piers in 35 to 40 feet of water. Those targeting salmon were heading out to waters 100 to 150 feet deep
St. Joseph River: Approximately two miles of the river will be closed to all users starting Monday, September 9 at 11 p.m. through Wednesday, September 11 at 11 p.m. Fisheries Division is developing a plan to combat Asian carp. Staff will be conducting an Early Detection and Prudent Response field exercise. The exercise will be stationed at the DNR’s Jasper Dairy boating access site in Berrien County. The river will be closed about one mile upstream and one mile downstream of the boating access site. Click here for additional information.
South Haven: Salmon anglers are trolling about halfway down in 100 to 130 feet of water. Catch rates for perch remain good north and south of the piers in 30 to 40 feet of water. Anglers are sorting out the small ones.
Kalamazoo River: Anglers are catching a few fish in the lower river as well as up near the Allegan Dam. A couple walleye were caught on Hot-n-Tots.
Grand Haven: Boats targeting salmon are starting in shallow waters then heading out deeper as the sun comes up. A few coho were caught around the piers.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are still waiting for that big push of fish to come into the river. Walleye were caught off the bridge at Fulton Street and Wealthy Street. Boat anglers are trolling crawler harnesses and rapalas. Catfish are hitting on crawlers and live bait. A good number of bass have been caught on shiners, crawlers, tube baits and spinners.
Grand River at Lansing: Is the place to go for catfish and smallmouth bass. Those fishing over at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge were taking a fair number of pike and a few walleye.
Muskrat Lake: Anglers are catching bluegills but sorting out the small ones.
Morrison Lake: Is producing a few bigger bluegills.
Reeds Lake: Is producing bluegill, crappie and perch. Try leaf worms, minnows or wax worms.
Muskegon River: Is producing some nice smallmouth bass. No word on salmon yet but it should not be long.
Whitehall: Salmon fishing picked up for those trolling 50 feet down in 100 to 120 feet. The bite was best in the early morning hours. Most are using spoons and J-plugs that glow.

NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Rogers City: Northwest winds blew warm water back into the area. Try fishing high in the water column or shallow waters in the early morning or late evening with spoons, plugs, flashers or dodgers with flies and squid. Good colors were green, white, red and silver with blue or chartreuse. Fishing in Swan Bay should be quite good in the next couple weeks.
Presque Isle: Anglers are fishing straight out of the harbor and north. Fish the top half of the water column with spoons, plugs flashers and flies. Concentrate more on the baitfish and less on water temperature.
Rockport: Anglers have caught a few walleye and steelhead. Those heading out to deeper water caught a mix of Chinook, lake trout and steelhead.
Alpena: Had a few boats looking for walleye in Thunder Bay but catches were limited. Bass fishing can be good this time of year. Look for rocks or deep structure.
Thunder Bay River: Has decent bass fishing. Try crawlers or crank baits. Anglers can also find freshwater drum, channel catfish, and the occasional walleye. Salmon are in the river, but no big numbers yet.
Harrisville: The fish were scattered. Lake trout, salmon and walleye were caught in waters 10 to 180 feet deep. When venturing out, be aware of shallow water just north of the harbor. The buoys may be removed soon.
Oscoda: Anglers had limited success. Trout, salmon and walleye were still being caught in deeper water 80 to 150 feet deep. Pier anglers have caught a limited number of salmon.
Au Sable River: Does have a low number of salmon and steelhead. No reports of walleye being caught in the river or at the mouth.
Tawas: Is still producing some walleye in the deep water south of Tawas Point.
Au Gres: Walleye have been caught straight off the mouth of the Au Gres River in 25 to 30 feet.

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Harbor Springs: Salmon and lake trout were caught on the harbor side. Most anglers are fishing between Harbor Point and Forest Beach. Chinook were caught 70 to 90 feet down but the lake trout were a little deeper in 100 to 130 feet. Try spoons, flies and squid.
Petoskey: Catch rates did improve slightly as anglers caught Chinook, coho and lake trout. The salmon were hitting on spoons, plugs and meat rigs 75 to 90 feet down in 120 to 160 feet. Lake trout were more abundant and were caught 120 feet down. Boats were fishing from the buoy near the breakwall to Bay Harbor. A couple anglers caught fish with long lines and plugs in shallower waters. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass on crawlers.
Bear River: Water levels were still very low but that has not stopped a few salmon from coming in. Try spawn bags, rubber eggs and small flies at the dam.
Charlevoix: Salmon fishing is still pretty slow. The fish were scattered but some were starting to stage near the mouth of the rivers. Many were fishing between North and South Point or near the Cement Plant but some were heading further south to Fisherman’s Island. Try anywhere from 65 to 115 feet down in 70 to 150 feet of water. A white dodger and flies with red or blue beads worked best but fish were also caught on spoons. Lake trout were caught on spoons and meat rigs 130 feet down.
Lake Charlevoix: Salmon were starting to head to the Boyne River and the Jordan River. Anglers did well where Round Lake meets Lake Charlevoix. Most were using flies in 40 feet.
Traverse City: In the East Bay, Chinook were caught on plugs 90 to 100 feet down in 100 to 150 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing was steady in 20 to 50 feet. In the West Bay, the number of salmon caught was not high but the fish are good size. Try 80 to 90 feet down in waters up to 150 feet deep with spoons, flies or plugs.
Elk River: Is producing the occasional steelhead or smallmouth bass. Try fresh spawn bags for the salmon.
Boardman River: A few salmon are in but the numbers are still low and few have been caught. Try drifting skein under a bobber. The weir grates are now in place.
Glen Arbor: Fishing has slowed as most of the fish have moved to the rivers. Anglers are finding both juvenile and mature kings in the harbor and off South Manitou Island.
Platte Bay: Is producing fish about 40 feet down in 50 to 70 feet of water in the East Bay. Anglers are using J-plugs. Those surfcasting caught fish on spinners or spawn. A dredge is now opening up the mouth of the river.
Frankfort: The Herring Hole has been doing very well for Chinook salmon. Anglers are trolling 55 to 90 feet down in 100 to 120 feet with spoons and plugs. Hot colors were orange and blue. Several large Chinook weighing more than 27 pounds were caught off the piers by those using spawn or Cleo’s that glow.
Betsie River: Was full of fast moving Chinook salmon. Not many were seen on the beds or in the holes but fishing at the dam was good.
Onekama: Those heading out to the “Barrel” had good action throughout the day for Chinook and coho. The Chinook were deep in 120 to 150 feet but the coho were found in shallow waters. Both are hitting on spoons or plugs.
Portage Lake: Anglers are starting to see increasing numbers of bluegill, perch and bass now that cooler temperatures have arrived. Working 12 to 18 feet of water with worms around the weed beds has produced good catches.
Manistee: Boat anglers are catching salmon between the piers and 60 feet of water. Chrome, green and glow J-plugs worked well. Glow spoons were best in the early morning. Pier anglers casting spoons also caught fish.
Manistee River: Has a fair to good number of salmon.
Ludington: Salmon were caught inside the piers and out to 50 feet of water in the early morning. Chrome plugs worked best. Pier anglers caught a few Chinook when casting spoons.
Pere Marquette River: Water levels were good. Salmon were caught on flat fish. Those fly fishing reported slow catch rates.
Pentwater: Had good fishing. Anglers are running lines 50 to 70 feet down in 120 to 150 feet near Silver Lake. Try pearl, green and silver J-plugs. Some large Chinook and coho have been caught.

UPPER PENINSULA
Marquette: Lake trout action was fair with some limit catches reported from Shot Point, the Clay Banks, Little Presque Isle and east of the White Rocks in 100 to 140 feet. The occasional Chinook or coho were caught near the mouth of the Carp River and the Chocolay River.
Little Bay De Noc: Catch rates for walleye were fair. Many were trolling or drifting crawlers in 18 to 27 feet near Kipling and the Second Reef. Try stick baits or crawlers in 25 feet off the east bank in Gladstone. Pike were hitting spinners and crank baits in the Yacht Harbor. Perch fishing was fair at Kipling in 8 to 19 feet or Gladstone in 14 to 25 feet with crawlers.
Big Bay De Noc: Perch were caught in 10 to 14 feet in Fayette Harbor and a few were starting to show up in Garden Bay. Smallmouth bass are hitting on minnows or spinners in 12 to 16 feet near the Big Bay Shoals. Good numbers of salmon were caught 50 to 70 feet down in 120 to 140 feet off Fairport. The fish were hitting on spoons or artificial cut bait.
Au Train: Catch rates for lake trout slowed considerably with only a few fish taken off the flats in Shelter Bay and east of Au Train Island. Try 120 to 150 feet with assorted spoons. Only a few Chinook salmon were caught. Surface water temperatures were in the 50’s.
Munising: Boat anglers targeting lake trout reported fair results while those fishing for Chinook or coho had fair to good results. Most are fishing in Trout Bay. Smaller splake were caught in Munising Bay. Lake trout anglers are fishing north of Wood Island.
Grand Marais: A few boats were lake trout fishing five to seven miles north of the bay. The fish were two to five pounds and were caught in 100 to 200 feet. Coho were caught about halfway down in 50 to 60 feet. Shore anglers had no luck.
St. Mary’s River: Walleye fishing in the shipping channel has slowed. Carlton Creek is still producing lots of walleye for those trolling crawlers over the weed beds in the early morning. Muskie were caught around Tea Cup Island. Use large body baits.
DeTour: Anglers are still fishing between Frying Pan Island, the #3 Green can and the #2 Red Can near Drummond Island. They are catching Chinook between seven and 15 pounds and some lake trout. Spoons worked best in white, green, orange, red silver or the hammered orange.
Drummond Island: Walleye were caught around Peck Island when trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers in 12 to 14 feet. Gold and purple blades worked best. For yellow perch, try Maxton Bay when drifting or still-fishing minnows, the south end of Grape Island or Arrow Island in Sturgeon Bay. Pike were on the northwest side of Grape Island in eight feet. Good smallmouth bass action for those using tube jigs in six to eight feet. Fish were also taken on crawlers along the west side of Peck Island.
Cedarville and Hessel: There was good perch fishing off the end of the marina pier and the public dock at Hessel. Use minnows or crawlers in eight to 12 feet. The south end of Hessel Bay had excellent pike fishing for those using chubs. Both the Yacht Entrance and Hessel Bay were producing salmon.
St. Ignace: Trout and salmon are being caught around the islands.