Michigan Weekly Fishing Reports – 10/9/2008
Anglers are reminded that lake trout season in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan closed on September 30th. Splake season on Lake Huron also closed on September 30th.
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie – A good number of perch have been caught however most of them were small. Boats are heading out to waters 23 to 26 feet deep off Stony Point, across the line at the Sputnik buoy, off the mouth of the River Raisin, and around the E Buoy. Some nice fish were also caught in Canadian waters. Large numbers of both largemouth and white bass were caught near the Hot Ponds near Monroe.
Huron River – Steelhead are slowly making their way into the river. Nice bluegills were caught on wax worms below the Flat Rock Dam. Good crappie fishing was reported in Huroc Park. Target the waters around docks and downed trees.
Detroit River – There were reports of perch being caught around the islands. Anglers can try Sugar Island, Mud Island and Grassy Island.
Lake St. Clair– Bass anglers are doing well on smallmouth. Fish have been caught when trolling between Nine Mile Road and the 400 Club. On the north end of the lake, those trolling around Grass Island have also caught fish. Target the weedbeds, rock piles or any other structure.
St. Clair River – Boat and shore anglers have been looking for salmon but few fish have been caught. Those drifting or slow trolling with a crawler harness managed to catch a few walleye in the upper river near the drop-off.
Port Austin – Anglers are catching the occasional walleye near the junk pile.
Saginaw Bay – Walleye have been caught off Linwood and the Pinconning Bar in about 20 feet of water. Walleye were also recorded near Buoys 1, 2, and 27. Good perch fishing at Buoys 1 and 2, the first Spark Plug, and around the Black Hole. Walleye fishing slow to non-existent but the perch fishing has picked up. Sorting will be necessary but some nice 8 to 12 inch fish have been caught. Boats were averaging 20 to 30 nice fish about two and a half miles out from Quanicassee in the early morning or late evening.
Off Sebewaing, perch were caught north of the channel near Lone Tree Island in 10 feet of water. For Caseville, perch were caught in 40 to 50 feet of water between Oak Point and Sleeper State Park.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
St. Joe – They are catching chinook, coho and steelhead when trolling 75 to 85 feet down in waters 80 to 140 feet deep. Shore anglers are starting to take more fish off the piers. Orange and purple spinners were the ticket. Perch fishing has been very good with limit catches taken in 40 feet of water.
St. Joe River – Water levels are back to normal and fish are being caught. Anglers must be catching fish above the Berrien Springs Dam and up around Niles. Look for more fish to ascend with the cooler temperatures and much needed rain.
South Haven – Chinook and steelhead were caught by those trolling about halfway down in waters up to 140 feet deep. Limits of perch were caught off the piers.
Kalamazoo River – Anglers are catching some salmon up near the Allegan Dam.
Grand Haven – Fishing has not been good as the salmon are still out deep and scattered. Pier fishing was slow and no perch were caught. Cooler temperatures and rain are needed to push the fish in closer to shore.
Grand River at Grand Rapids – Anglers are catching a good number of salmon up near the Sixth Street Dam when floating spawn or flies. A few brown trout along with a couple walleye were also taken.
Grand River at Lansing – Salmon are in the river but not in big numbers. A few fish have been caught over at the point where the Grand meets the Red Cedar. Anglers are still looking for fish downriver near Ionia and Portland. A few walleye were caught below the Moore’s Park Dam and the catfish action is still good.
Muskegon – Was also slow as the fish were out deep. More fish should move in closer to shore as cooler temperatures along with much needed rain will help to move fish closer to shore and up around the mouth of the river.
Northeast Lower Peninsula
Rogers City – The action continues around Swan Bay, Adams Point and Calcite when fishing in 25 to 60 feet of water. Good numbers of fish are staging near the mouth and some fish have started to move into the Swan River. Those fishing the deeper waters have taken coho, atlantic and steelhead. Lake trout season is now closed.
Presque Isle – A lot of young silver fish are being caught. Best spots to fish are close to shore in 40 to 65 feet of water or out deeper between the Red Can and the lighthouses, the North Bay and off Black Point. Use anything that glows early or late.
Alpena – Chinook are running in the 30 to 40 foot range and coho in the 50 to 90 foot range. There have been more coho salmon taken this year than in previous years. Chartreuse lures and stick baits have worked well this year. Salmon around the pier are hitting on spoons. Walleye have been caught at North Point in 30 to 40 feet of water. Mock perch lures have worked well. No perch activity this week and most lake trout fishermen have wrapped it up for the year.
Thunder Bay River – Salmon at the Ninth Street Dam are hitting on spawn.
Harrisville – Salmon fishing has started to pick up with the cooler weather as the fish have started to stage outside the harbor. More catches are being recorded each day. Most fish are being caught on spawn, body baits and J-plugs. Silver and chrome are the hot colors. Catch rates for those trolling just outside the harbor and those casting from the shore are about equal. A few walleye were caught just outside the harbor and north towards Sturgeon Point in 25 feet of water.
Oscoda – The action has been very slow at the mouth of the river. Water temperatures are still in 60’s. The few fish that were caught were taken on Cleo’s. Good colors were silver, blue and orange.
Au Sable River – Salmon action has been slow here as well. There have been no reports of fish in the river and very few fish caught at the mouth. Cool temperatures and rain should push more fish into the river.
Tawas – Pier anglers have caught a few salmon when casting J-plugs or Cleo’s. They have also caught a few pike, walleye and some 6 to 9 inch perch.
Tawas River – Some salmon have been caught in the lower river when using spawn, plugs or small spoons.
Au Gres – Those casting inside the harbor have caught a few salmon. Perch fishing has improved but is still spotty.
Au Gres River – Those fishing the East Branch have caught salmon and steelhead when surfcasting near the Whitney Drain. Most fish were caught on lures.
Higgins Lake – Decent numbers of perch have been caught in 20 to 40 feet of water around the Main Island and the Sunken Island. Lake trout action has slowed.
Houghton Lake – Is producing good catches of walleye and pike. Jumbo yellow perch are being taken in the south shore weedbeds with leaf and wax worms. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are also being caught in the south shore weedbeds and the west end of the middle ground. A few nice size crappies are being taken.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Petoskey – With rainy and windy conditions, shore anglers are catching more fish. Some were doing well casting lures while others were doing well when fishing spawn near the bottom.
Bear River– Good numbers of salmon have been coming in with a few pink salmon and an occasional trout as well.
Walloon Lake– Boat anglers are targeting perch, walleye, and smallmouth.
Lake Charlevoix – Anglers are turning their attention to perch, walleye and smallmouth bass.
Elk Lake– Some are targeting muskie while trolling large baits in 9 to 30 feet of water along the south end and up the east side to Kewadin. Smallmouth bass anglers are fishing the southeast corner from the Narrows to Easley Road. Those perch fishing can be found near Kewadin and the Whitewater Park when using perch minnows, crawlers, or cooked shrimp. Rock bass have also been caught.
Skegomog Lake– Pike anglers are targeting the waters around the mouth of the Torch River and the Narrows while trolling crank baits, spinners or jigs in 7 to 17 feet of water. One fish measuring 24 inches was caught. Lots of smallmouth bass anglers are casting in shallow waters near the mouth of the river and along the weedbeds. Yellow perch were caught in the flats between Baggs Road and the mouth of the Torch River. Some fish up to 10 inches were caught on minnows, crawlers or cooked shrimp. Rock bass are hitting on jigs and spinners in 4 to 7 feet of water and bluegills were caught on crawlers in 5 to 17 feet of water.
Glen Lake – The boat launch on Little Glen Lake closed for dredging on October 1st. The work is expected to be done by October 8th. The workers are aware that this is the only public launch on the lake and they will try to accommodate boaters which may have to maneuver outside the buoys until the dredging is done. Perch fishing slowed but anglers are still able to bring in a good batch even after sorting through the small ones. Wigglers are catching the most in 30 to 40 feet of water.
Traverse City– In the East Bay, salmon fishing was slow because the fish were scattered. Whitefish can be found in the southern half of the bay jigging spoons such as Swedish Pimples. In the West Bay, the salmon are scattered.
Elk River– Salmon have been caught on spawn or body baits.
Boardman River– Is where most anglers are targeting salmon. A few fish were caught on spawn but more fish should move into the river system by the weekend.
Frankfort – A lot fish were reported in the bay however warm water temperatures slowed the action. Those jigging or trolling inside the bay reported slow catch rates. Out in the big lake, anglers are catching some nice chrome colored chinook, coho and steelhead about 90 to 140 feet down in waters 150 to 300 deep. Spoons and flies were catching fish.
Betsie River – Fishing continues to be good with limit or near limit catches taken on spawn, streamers, flies or hardware. Good fishing was noted all the way up to Homestead Dam.
Onekama – Some nice chrome colored chinook salmon have been caught out past the Shelf in 210 to 400 feet of water. Some fish were caught about 180 feet down. The piers were slow except for a few small chinook and a couple pike taken.
Portage Lake – Decent catches of bluegill were reported even though anglers had to stay out all day the get them. Try wax worms or crawlers in 25 to 30 feet of water. A few decent size perch, sunfish, and rock bass have also been caught. Those trolling for pike were taking good numbers of fish on the north shore and out near the channel when trolling small spoons or rapalas.
Manistee – Some boat anglers are reporting limit catches of salmon 80 to 120 feet down in waters 80 to 160 feet deep. There have been a few steelhead caught in the top 50 feet on orange spoons. Steelhead should start showing up off
Manistee River – Water levels are low and clear but cooler temperatures along with rain this week should push more fish into the river and on the gravel as they prepare to spawn.
Hamlin Lake – Some are taking limits of panfish. Sunfish are hitting on small worms in 5 to 12 feet of water around the points and narrows. In the same area, walleye and crappie can be found in 10 to 20 feet of water when using minnows. The water has cleared up and the fish are holding tight to the bottom. Bass anglers are still catching fish but success rates slowed.
Big Sable River – The chinook are still holding in the river. Warm water and slower flows are keeping the fish off the gravel. Some found success when drifting flies the same speed as the current. Try black streamers.
Ludington – Salmon are being caught in 70 to 140 feet of water with most of the fish taken deep in the water column. Pier action was slow.
Keweenaw Bay – Those trolling for salmon picked up a few coho and lake trout near the Fall’s River, at the head of the Bay and near Sand Point. In Traverse Bay, some nice lake trout were caught near the Gay Stacks, Buffalo Reef and Five Mile Reef which is located out from Big Louie’s Point.
Falls River – A few coho were caught very early in the morning. The water levels are clear and low so the fish spook easily.
Marquette – Lake trout fishing has picked up again. Some bigger fish have been caught now that the fish are starting to stage in close to shore. Salmon fishing has picked up with chinook and coho taken when trolling near the mouth of the rivers.
Dead River – Coho, chinook, and pink salmon as well as a few brown trout are being caught in the Dead River. Water levels here are low and rain is needed to push more fish up the rivers.
Chocolay River– Anglers are catching chinook and coho.
Carp River – Anglers are catching chinook and coho.
Menominee – Chinook and steelhead have been caught off the piers in the early morning or late at night. A variety of different colored spoons have caught fish. Smallmouth bass were caught off the pier and walleye were caught in 10 to 15 feet of water in the bay.
Menominee River– A lot of chinook salmon are jumping near the Hattie Street Bridge. A few walleye were caught between the mouth and Hattie Street.
Ford River – Shore anglers have caught salmon near the mouth when casting spoons or crank baits.
Cedar River – Chinook and steelhead have been caught near the mouth by those night fishing. Walleye were caught just outside the mouth in 15 to 20 feet of water. Try a crawler harness or gold and brown rapalas.
Little Bay De Noc – Had low angler participation and catch rates were spotty. Walleye anglers did best in the north parts of the Bay when trolling crawlers and crank baits in 6 to 20 feet of water from Garth Point south to the First Reef. Only a few perch reports with most still fishing worms in 10 to 20 feet of water north of Butler Island. Good northern pike action in the harbor at Escanaba when trolling spoons or large crank baits. Several fish in the 40 inch range have been caught. Water temperatures in the low 60s are still warm for this time of year.
Big Bay De Noc – Has lots of smallmouth bass anglers. Most reported fair to good catches from Snake Island north to Garden Bluff when trolling or drifting minnows or crank baits in 17 to 35 feet of water. Several limits were reported. No walleye to report however a few perch were caught in Garden Bay by those jigging worms off the boat launch.
Au Train– One coho was caught off the mouth of the Rock River however few anglers can be found this time of year.
Munising– Coho have been caught off the mouth of the Anna River and a steelhead was taken off the Grand Island Ferry Dock. A few are still going out for lake trout in Trout Bay and around Wood Island. Those catching lake trout are using artificials and meat hooks.
Grand Marais – A handful of coho and steelhead were taken by those trolling around in the bay or casting spawn sacks near the mouth of the creeks and rivers in the area. Fishing conditions should improve this week. Those looking for lake trout will find them in 80 to 130 feet of water.
Big Manistique Lake– The boat launch on the north side of the lake will be temporarily closed for dredging on October 6th. The dredging and repairs are scheduled to be completed by October 27th.
St. Mary’s River– Pink salmon are still being caught at the Soo Power Plant when using a little bigger Cleo, about 4 inches long. Limits of smallmouth bass have been caught on the south end of Sugar Island. Try large minnows or shiners in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Drummond Island– Yellow perch are being caught around the island. Anglers are fishing around Peck Island, the west side of Ashman Island and in Scott Bay. Those trapping their own shiners in the lake have caught more fish.
Cedarville and Hessel – Perch fishing has picked up at the middle entrance of Muskie Bay in 8 to 12 feet of water. A few are also being caught at the end of Hessel’s Marina pier. Pike fishing continues to be good at Eerie Bay and Muskie Bay. Largemouth bass fishing was quite good in Snow’s Channel, Eerie Bay, in weeds along the shoreline.
Nunn’s Creek – Anglers have been catching chinook salmon casting from shore.
Bush Creek – Salmon continue to show up.
St. Ignace & DeTour – At DeTour anglers are still having success catching Atlantic salmon, Chinook and lake trout using yellow flies with silver and green spoons. At Albany Creek anglers report catching Chinook salmon at the mouth of the creek in deeper holes while wading and casting spawn bags. Walleye are being caught just north of the DNR marina around the red and green can and tripod, trolling with crawlers. North of the city launch in Maude Bay anglers are trolling and casting for northern pike and smallmouth bass with some success.