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Gone fishin’

September 20, 2013
The Mining Journal

Upper Peninsula

Marquette: Boat anglers are trolling in shallow waters 60 to 100 feet deep. Catch rates for trout and salmon were slow. Surface water temperatures are in the mid 50's but warmer near the mouth of the rivers.

Dead River: Anglers were fishing between the Marquette County Road 550 Bridge and the mouth or below the generating plant, but catch rates were very slow.

Carp River: A few coho were taken on small spoons, spinners or crawlers.

Chocolay River: Catch rates were slow with only a few coho and brown trout taken on crawlers or spinners.

Keweenaw Bay: Windy conditions made fishing difficult in all parts of the bay. The bite was slow with very few coho and lake trout taken.

AuTrain: Had few anglers because of windy conditions. Surface water temperatures were in the mid 50's.

Munising: Had fair catch rates for those trolling in Trout Bay and Munising Bay. Pier fishing has increased with anglers taking a fair to good number of splake and coho. Splake were hitting on spawn while coho were caught by those casting or floating spawn bags.

Grand Marais: Had few anglers. Some are still targeting lake trout in the shipping channel while others are trolling for coho. Catch rates were slow. Shore anglers targeting coho near the mouth of the Sucker River came up empty handed.

St. Marys River: A few walleye were caught in Raber Bay by those trolling just north of the Lime Island dock in 14 feet. Purple Hot-n-Tots caught fish in the morning. Off Barbeau, perch were caught on minnows and leaf worms in 8 to 12 feet near the green buoy and rock cut or upstream of Neebish Island in 12 to 16 feet.

Detour: Catch rates were slow for chinook however coho and pink salmon were caught around the No. 3 green can.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing in Hessel continues to improve. Anglers are fishing off the pier, the east end of Hessel Bay, Snows Channel, Musky Bay, Middle Entrance, and Cedarville Bay. Most are drifting crawler harnesses. Anglers report great pike action for those still-fishing with chubs or casting in the weed beds. A good number of large and smallmouth bass have been caught and splake are moving into the Hessel Marina. Salmon are moving into Bush and Beavertail Creek.

Carp River: Chinook salmon are in. Harvest is taking place at the mouth and upstream at the McDonald Rapids. The fish are 15 to 18 pounds and were in good shape. Most are using spawn.

St. Ignace: Anglers are catching chinook between the Coast Guard Station and the flats. Orange and green lures were the ticket.

Menominee: Bay fishing was slow because of the high winds. Those able to get out were trolling for trout and salmon but none were caught.

Menominee River: Chinook salmon are moving up into the river but trying to get them to bite has not been easy. Most anglers were drifting spawn bags or casting small spoons. Shore anglers drifting crawlers caught smallmouth bass, rock bass, walleye, catfish and bluegill. Those targeting lake sturgeon caught fish near the Hattie Street Dam when using crawlers on the Michigan side and near the rock pile in the middle of the river. The area between the Hattie Street Dam and the mouth is catch and immediate release only.

Northeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Cheboygan River: Salmon fishing is starting to pick up with the rain and cooler temperatures. Those trolling will want to try plugs, spoons or flatfish.

Ocqueoc River: Is also producing a few salmon.

Rogers City: The adult chinook salmon are now staging off Swan Bay. Those trolling in 10 to 40 feet are catching fish on boards with bombers and J-plugs. A few were caught on spoons. Hot colors were green, blue, chartreuse, black and white or anything that glows early and late. The young chinook salmon were starting to show up as well. They are feeding heavily on young smelt. Steelhead and lake trout are also taking advantage of all the baitfish.

Presque Isle: The few boats out fishing caught salmon, steelhead and lake trout. The better fishing was straight out from the red can or north between the lighthouses. A lot of baitfish marked here as well.

Alpena: Very few anglers are fishing Thunder Bay. Those targeting walleye or salmon had very little or no luck.

Thunder Bay River: More fish have entered the river. Anglers are using a variety of baits including spoons, flies, crank baits, thundersticks and spawn bags.

Oscoda: Fishing was slow. The boats heading out had limited success.

Au Sable River: Fish are moving up into the river system. Those fishing in the flies only section between Burtons Landing and the Wakeley Bridge have caught brook and brown trout.

Tawas: A few salmon were seen inside the harbor but none were caught. Pier anglers took a limited number of small perch, a few rock bass and catfish.

Tawas River: Is producing a few salmon.

Au Gres: Those heading out for perch did not have much luck. They were marking large numbers of fish along with plenty of baitfish.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Petoskey: Anglers are targeting salmon off the breakwall, the Clock Dock and near the mouth of the river. Try crank baits during the day and switch to glow spoons and crank baits at night. Some are using spawn under a bobber near the mouth. Boat anglers picked up a few chinook and lake trout between the breakwall and the water treatment plant.

Bear River: The amount of salmon in the river has varied over the last week. Anglers are using spawn, yarn, flies and rubber eggs. Orange and yellow were the hot colors.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers are fishing at the Can near the cement plant or trolling near the freighter slip. Try 50 to 70 feet down in 100 to 120 feet. Those casting along the breakwall are using spoons and crank baits. Boats trolling inside the breakwall caught a few fish as did those casting glow spoons at night. Pier anglers are catching smallmouth bass on crawlers and leeches. Salmon were taken on glow spoons at night. Near Medusa Creek, anglers are shore fishing or wading near the cement plant.

Traverse City: Chinook and coho were caught in the East Bay. Try 40 to 80 feet down with spoons or plugs. Lake trout were taken by those trolling or jigging in 90 to 100 feet. Good smallmouth action in 20 to 40 feet. A few chinook were caught in the West Bay. Those casting glow spoons near the mouth of the river at night caught fish as well.

Elk River: Salmon were caught on spawn near the power dam. Hot colors were pink, orange and chartreuse.

Boardman River: Had a decent push of salmon last week. Those drifting skein under a bobber caught a few but overall the bite was slow.

Glen Arbor: The number of boat anglers continues to decline but those still heading out have caught a couple chinook off Sleeping Bear Point. The fish have found their way up into the Crystal River. Fish were seen at the tubes, along the gravel and near the log jams.

Platte River: This year's coho run arrived early and the number of fish is impressive. DNR staff estimate between 10,000 and 15,000 fish at the weir, and it sounds like there are many more in the lower river.

Frankfort: Salmon are in the bay but the bite was slow for those trolling around the breakwalls.

Betsie River: Anglers are doing well but the salmon are moving fast. A good number of males have been caught and the females with eggs were still tight.

Onekama: Catch rates were slow even for those trolling out near the Barrel. They were using spoons, plugs and meat rigs in the top 40 to 80 feet.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers continue to do very well for both large and smallmouth. Panfishing slowed a bit with the cooler temperatures. Anglers were struggling to find keeper size bluegill and perch.

Manistee River: Had a big push of fish. Anglers are catching some large fish when casting flies, crank baits and thundersticks. There is still a good number of fish staging in Manistee Lake.

Pere Marquette River: Has a good number of fish at the mouth as well as up near Custer and Walhalla. Anglers are casting flies, crank baits and thundersticks. Try anything that glows in the early morning and late evening.

Pentwater: Catch rates were slow. Charters were heading north and fishing along the shoreline but few fish were caught. Pier angler did manage to take a couple salmon. Hot colors were green and white or blue and silver.

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Perch fishing was fair as catch rates were still spotty. Those doing best continue to move around. Many are fishing in 18 to 22 feet between the River Raisin and Stony Point or out near the Michigan-Ohio line. Some are starting to fish for walleye as the water temperatures cool. There are some algae blooms but cleaner water can be found north of Bolles Harbor.

Detroit River: Catch rates for walleye were slow in the lower river however perch anglers picked up some fish in 8 to 15 feet of water when using minnows.

Lake St. Clair: Had good bass fishing near the mouth of the channels.

Lexington: Has pier and shore fishing but catch rates were slow. No trout or salmon to report.

Harbor Beach: The few out trolling did manage to pick up the odd walleye and a couple lake trout. Try just off the bottom in 80 to 90 feet.

Saginaw Bay: Few anglers were out as fishing was almost at a stand-still with the wind and rain. There were rumors of perch caught off Standish and Pinconning. Boats were launching at Eagle Bay Marina. Perch were also caught off Bay Port. The occasional smallmouth bass were taken off the wall at Port Austin.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers at Essexville picked up a few catfish and some freshwater drum.

Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: With the windy conditions, most boats were fishing around the piers but catch rates were slow. Perch fishing was also slow.

St. Joseph River: Is producing some salmon between the mouth and the Berrien Springs Dam. Many are casting spoons. Try glow spoons in the early morning or late evening.

South Haven: Pier anglers caught salmon on small spoons. Boat anglers caught salmon in 100 feet of water. Perch fishing has slowed.

Black River: Has salmon. Boat anglers seem to do better than shore anglers.

Kalamazoo River: Has a good number of coho. The fencing at Allegan Dam is complete ahead of schedule. The fishing platform below the tailrace is now open for use.

Duck Lake: In Calhoun County is producing some nice bass and a few panfish.

Holland: Had slow catch rates for those trolling near the channel and those heading out deeper for steelhead and young salmon. Most were trolling plugs.

Grand Haven: Catch rates were slow. Those targeting salmon were trolling in the channel with plugs. Colors were chrome and redhead, green or pearl with spots. Those heading out deeper for steelhead and young salmon were struggling to find fish. Pier anglers are using spoons, spawn or alewife.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Has lots of coho. Some limit catches were reported. Try small spoons; wobble glows, spawn or crawlers under a bobber. For steelhead and brown trout, try spinners, small spoons or spawn. Look for walleye near the bridges. This is a good time of year to catch some big catfish. Try live or cut bait.

Grand River at Lansing: A couple steelhead were caught. Anglers are anxiously waiting for the salmon to arrive. Catfish were caught on live or cut bait.

Clinton County: Bass fishing has picked up but panfish action was slow on the inland lakes. Pike are starting to pick up.

Muskegon River: Has a light number of salmon throughout the river. Water temperatures were still a bit warm. Most anglers are fly fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around the weed beds and the brush piles.

Whitehall: A couple salmon were taken 35 feet down in 100 feet north of the pier. Those casting mega baits off the pier caught the occasional salmon.

White Lake: Had reports of salmon but they would not bite.

 
 

 

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