Cooler temperatures and much needed rain pushed salmon up into the rivers. Anglers are reminded that the season to take both snapping turtles and softshell turtles will close on September 15th, 2008
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie - Perch fishing has been hit-or-miss with some boats taking fish while others were not so lucky. Most were fishing off Stony Point and the E Buoy with small minnows. Walleye fishing slowed considerably. A couple anglers caught a walleye or two when perch fishing with a crawler harness. Dark green and gold were good colors. Largemouth bass action was fair to good near the River Raisin.
Detroit River - Fishing has slowed for walleye and perch. Smallmouth are hitting near the points of the shipping channel and around the islands.
Lexington - They’re getting a few perch in 25 to 40 feet of water. Chinook, steelhead and lake trout have been caught in 90 to 110 feet of water when using dodgers with Spin-n-glows or spoons. Bass and pike were caught inside the harbor.
Port Sanilac - Perch fishing was spotty however a few fish have been caught in waters up to 40 feet deep.
Harbor Beach - Is producing limits of lake trout in 90 to 130 feet of water.
Grindstone City - Is producing limits of lake trout in 90 to 100 feet of water.
Port Austin - Limits of lake trout were reported in 90 to 100 feet of water. A few bass and walleye were caught in 40 feet.
Saginaw Bay - Walleye action slowed with the onset of cooler weather, heavy rain and strong winds but fish were still being caught in the vicinity of the Spark Plug and one or two miles east of the Plug in 19 feet of water. Some found fish near the Callahan Reef and in 15 feet of water over the Bar which is west of Sebewaing. Perch fishing is spotty with a few caught near the G Buoy, one or two miles east of the Spark Plug and about two and half miles north/northwest of the Quanicassee.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
St. Joe - Boat anglers trolling between the piers and along the mud lines are taking good numbers of chinook and coho. Pier anglers have caught trout and salmon.
St. Joe River - Water levels are still low however chinook, coho and skamania have been caught up at the Berrien Springs Dam and the Buchanan Dam. Anglers are using spawn, flies, Wobble Glo’s, Hot-n-Tots and Cleo’s. There were reports of fish up near the mouth of the Dowagiac River.
Paw Paw River - Anglers are catching salmon at the mouth.
South Haven - Salmon and steelhead are being caught between the piers and along the mud line. Pier anglers are also taking fish.
Saugatuck - Boat anglers trolling in waters up to 60 feet deep were taking chinook just off the bottom. Pier anglers casting glow spoons or plugs in the early morning have also caught fish. Perch were caught north of the pier in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Kalamazoo River - Salmon and steelhead have been caught up near the Allegan Dam. Walleye are still hitting on crawlers.
Holland - Boats trolling in and around the piers are catching chinook. Pier anglers are also taking fish when casting spoons or plugs in the early morning.
Grand Haven - Pier fishing was slow but boat anglers found them in 90 to 130 feet of water. Spinnies with fly combos or spoons have caught fish. Pier anglers are using alewife for bait. Perch were caught off the pier.
Grand River at Grand Rapids - Anglers are still finding salmon and trout up near the Sixth Street Dam. A few walleye were caught near the bridges. Catfish action continues with some nice fish taken below the dams.
Grand River at Lansing – Walleye are hitting over at the Moore’s Park Dam and catfish are still being caught along Riverfront Park and below the dams.
Morrison Lake - Has good bluegill action.
Muskegon - Boat anglers are catching salmon in 110 to 130 feet of water. Pier anglers took when jigging. No perch to report.
Muskegon Lake - Salmon have started to move into the lake.
Whitehall - Fishing has been good. Pier anglers are taking salmon on small Cleo’s and megabaits. Salmon have moved into White Lake and the lower stretches of the White River.
Northeast Lower Peninsula
Rogers City - The fish are staging off Swan Bay so most of the action has been here and Adams Point. They are fishing waters 20 to 70 feet deep while using J-plugs at least 150 feet off the boards. Bombers are also working well. Good colors were blue, green, pearl, purple or white with a black ladder back. Some nice fish ranging 10 to 15 pounds have been caught. Some are starting to turn dark but silver fish can still be found out in deeper waters.
Presque Isle - Strong winds put a damper on fishing, but those able to get out have caught fish off the red can, north between the lighthouses, in the North Bay or Thompsons Harbor. Try fishing the top 40 in waters 45 to 70 feet deep. Use anything that glow before sun up and after sun down.
Alpena - Salmon can be found in 110 feet of water while the steelhead can be found at the surface in 115 to 160 feet of water. Perch are hitting on minnows.
Thunder Bay River - Anglers are catching salmon and lake trout on spoons.
Harrisville - Fishing has picked up but is still not consistent. Anglers were successful in shallow waters and deep waters but northing really in between. Chinook were caught in 25 to 45 feet of water. Try orange and silver or blue and silver lures. Lake trout have been pretty aggressive over the last week.
Oscoda - Fishing has been slow with not many boats venturing out. Salmon have been caught around the mouth of the river. Small spoons caught fish especially orange and silver or blue and silver.
Tawas - Pier fishing is slow with a few small perch, the occasional bass or pike and some catfish taken. A few walleye were caught in 20 to 30 feet of water near Buoys 4 and 6. Some salmon were staging off Whitney Drain, but none have been caught. Surf fishing is available at the Singing Bridge access site but the walkways along Whitney Drain are being replaced and will not be available to anglers until late October at the earliest.
Au Gres - Walleye can still be found in 20 to 30 feet of water and perch in 20 to 45 feet of water straight off the river mouth, but anglers will have to work for them.
Higgins Lake - Good numbers of lake trout are still being caught when trolling just off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet of water. For whitefish, try jigging Swedish Pimples and wax worms right at the bottom. Perch are still hitting in 20 to 40 feet of water around the Sunken Island. No word on brown trout.
Houghton Lake - Walleye fishing continues to be good. Anglers are slow trolling along the weedbeds in about 9 feet of water with a crawler harness or Hot-n-Tot. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good and some nice pike have been caught.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Petoskey - Salmon can be found in and around the piers as they begin to move into the Black River.
Charlevoix - Salmon are starting to come in by Medusa Creek.
Elk Lake - Anglers are trolling for trout along the west edge of the lake in 80 to 90 feet of water but catch rates were slow. Bass anglers are targeting 10 to 20 feet of water along the east shore from Drake Lane to Easley Road and between Kewadin and the Golf Course. Perch have been caught near in Spencer Bay and near Whitewater Park when using cooked shrimp and crawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water.
Skegemog Lake - A lot of bass anglers are still taking fish in the flat between the Torch River and the Baggs Road Access, off Fairmont Drive and near the Narrows. They are using lures and natural baits such as crawlers and leeches in waters 3 to 20 feet deep. Some nice 21 to 25 inch pike were caught and bluegills can be found in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Glen Lake - The perch are starting to bite a little better on the north/northeast end of Big Glen when using minnows, wigglers, worms or shrimp. Lots of rock bass have been caught. This is a great fishing opportunity for kids!
Frankfort - There are lots of fish in the harbor, but those trolling inside are reporting slower catch rates. Nice chrome fish have been caught right in front of the piers in 45 to 60 feet of water. Those fishing up in West Platte Bay and in front of Point Betsie have taken a good mix of chinook, coho and steelhead.
Betsie River - There are fish being caught from the M-22 Bridge up to the Homestead Dam when using spinners and glow spoons. Those casting or floating spawn down near the old Elberta pilings are also catching fish.
Onekama - Has good chinook action in the Barrel until about mid-morning, then move out to the Shelf. Some nice coho and a couple steelhead have been caught in the Barrel. Pier fishing has been decent with the cold water but most are still trolling with spoons or plugs about 45 to 55 feet down in waters 80 to 160 feet deep.
Portage Lake - Some bigger bluegills are being caught when drifting however those windy days are making it difficult for anglers. Crawlers and wax worms seem to work best. A few walleye are still being caught along the weed edges during the day and the channel at night. Those seeking pike did best mid-day when trolling small spoons or body baits on the flats.
Manistee - Anglers are taking some limit catches of salmon. Boat anglers are fishing in the harbor and around the piers with chrome or glow J-plugs. Pier anglers are using glow spoons.
Manistee River - Fishing has been good but should get even better as more chinook move in from the big lake.
Hamlin Lake - Panfish action is still good when fishing in 4 to 8 feet of water with worms. Hot spots have been around Wilson Hill Park as well as the Narrow and Sable outlet. Lots of largemouth bass have been caught and many were keepers.
Big Sable River - Fishing at the mouth is starting to heat up as the salmon move in. Anglers are using Cleo’s and Kastmasters when fishing the surf and drifting spawn bags up to the highway bridge. Anglers are reminded that is unlawful to use other than one single-pointed unweighted hook measuring 3/8 inch or less from point to shank when fishing from the mouth upstream to the Hamlin Lake Dam.
Ludington - Boat anglers are taking decent catches of salmon between the Bath House and The Point and in front of the piers in 50 to 100 feet of water. Chrome or glow J-plugs were the ticket. Pie anglers have taken a few salmon on glow spoons.
Pere Marquette River -Salmon fishing is good and should only get better as more chinook move in.
Pentwater - Salmon fishing has been very good with lots of big fish caught.
Pentwater River - There are salmon in the river just above Long Bridge Road.
Black River Harbor - Coho and chinook salmon are in. Fishing in 50 to 70 feet of water with flashers and flies has been very productive.
Ontonagon - A nice mix of lake trout, brown trout, chinook and coho are showing up in 75 feet of water. Most are trolling with green spoons.
Lake Gogebic - Walleye fishing has been good for those trolling in the middle of the lake with stick baits.
Paint River - Trout fishing is good on the South Branch just west of Iron River. Grasshopper patterns are still working for those fly fishing.
Stanley Lake - West of Iron River reports musky fishing is starting to pick up.
Keweenaw Bay - Coho and chinook salmon have been caught when casting off Sand Point or trolling near Sand Point. Lake trout action was slow except for a few fish caught out from Ruona’s and around the Huron Islands. Those heading out from the Big Traverse Marina were trolling in 130 to 180 feet of water or jigging in 150 to 240 feet of water.
Marquette - Lake trout numbers have been good and the fish seem to be coming into shallow waters. Salmon numbers are down a bit from last week but chinook and coho are still being caught in both the upper and lower harbors.
Carp River - Both salmon and steelhead have been seen in the river.
Green Bay - Salmon have been caught less than four miles out in waters up to 80 feet deep. Fish spoons about halfway down. Off Menominee, the salmon have moved in closer to shore and some nice fish have been caught at the Lighthouse Pier when using aqua or silver small Cleo’s. Catfish and freshwater drum were caught close to shore.
Menominee River - There have been no salmon upstream as of this report, and no walleye have been caught. The only fish caught were smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum.
Ford River - Smallmouth bass are hitting on crawlers and crank baits.
Cedar River - Walleye fishing has picked up as more anglers are trolling in 30 feet of water along the shoreline and fishing off the bottom.
Little Bay De Noc - Walleye were caught by those trolling from Gladstone Beach north to Garth Point. The First and Second Reefs produced a few fish when trolling crawlers in 10 to 22 feet of water and those jigging crawlers or minnows off the Narrows found fish in waters up to 28 feet deep. Action around the Black Bottom tapered off this week but a few limits of perch were still taken before daylight when drifting or trolling crawlers in 18 to 20 feet of water. Fair to good perch action off Kipling as reports have been mixed. Some are jigging minnows in 20 feet of water while others are jigging crawlers in 4 to 8 feet of water in front of Brach’s Cabins. Good pike action but many are small. No salmon were spotted in the river.
Big Bay De Noc - Most anglers have been after smallmouth bass when casting crank baits and tube baits just off the weeds in 11 to 14 feet of water. Garden Bay has good action along the pilings. Perch were caught south of the Ogontz launch in 7 to 10 feet of water. Off Fairport, the salmon season is winding down as most of the larger fish are migrating to the rivers. A few fish were still caught when trolling spoons 40 to 60 feet down in 80 to 110 feet of water.
Munising - Fishing is slow however the cooler weather should help bring the salmon in. One boat caught its limit of lake trout out at Big Reef.
Manistique River - Salmon have started to move into the river.
St. Mary’s River - Anglers are starting to catch a few chinook salmon on the upper river between Rotary Park and the Sugar Island Ferry Dock and up near the Edison Power Plant. Mornings are best when trolling spoons or J-plugs a good 22 to 25 feet down in waters over 30 feet deep. Pink salmon have been caught near the Ship Museum Camp and off Portage Street. Those jigging are using a number 4 Swedish Pimple and those casting are using pink lures. Lake Nicolet has good channel cat action off 9 Mile Road and just out from the old dock pilings. Lake George has good pike action above the rapids and near Buoy 16 when trolling rapalas or rattle traps in 14 feet of water.
Cedarville and Hessel - Anglers have been catching perch off the marina pier at Hessel. The Moscoe Channel has been best for perch when using minnows, crayfish or worms in 4 to 6 feet of water. Perch and pike were caught at the Middle Entrance and the east end of Cedarville Island and Little Joe Island. Those trolling minnows around the weedbeds are taking some pike.
Carp River - Anglers are catching chinook at the mouth when casting small green and white spoons, orange and white spoons and silver J-plugs. Still-fishing with spawn bags is also working. Steelhead and brown trout have also been caught.
St. Ignace - A limited number of chinook have been caught 50 to 80 feet down when using hammered silver spoons with chartreuse. Orange, black and gold were also good colors.