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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

November 12, 2010
The Mining Journal

By The Associated Press


Marquette: Still has lake trout off the Lower Harbor breakwall. This is also the time of year for shore anglers to catch Menominee when using a small hook with a single egg or wax worm.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair to good walleye action from the Narrows north to the head of the Bay. Most are trolling crank baits in 14 to 25 feet of water between the Second and Third Reefs. Fair catches were also reported near the east bank out from the Terrace Bay Inn when trolling crank baits in 20 feet of water. For perch, the better fishing was out from Brach's Cabins in 8 to 14 feet of water, the green buoy near the Day's River in 14 to 20 feet of water or the flats in Kipling in 10 to 25 feet of water. Catch rates have improved since water temperatures have cooled. Usually when water clarity drops, walleye fishing improves.

Grand Marais: Is still producing some steelhead for shore anglers fishing near the mouth of local rivers.

St. Marys River: A fair to good number of walleye were still being caught in Munuscong Bay when trolling rapalas or deep diving crank baits.


Alpena: Whitefish are moving onto the reefs of Thunder Bay. The peak of the whitefish run will be mid-November through Dec. 1. Right now, good fishing can be had near the cement plant, Grass Island and Partridge Point. Best fishing is first light and dusk. Brown trout fishing is good but almost no one is fishing. Try the cement plant or the northern section of the bay near ''Mischley's Hole'' which is in 40 feet of water.

Thunder Bay River: Try the Ninth Street Dam for steelhead and brown trout. Good numbers of whitefish will be moving into the river soon.

Van Etten Lake: Is producing fair to good perch fishing. Try minnows in 10 to 20 feet of water near the YMCA Camp.

Au Sable River: Is producing light numbers of steelhead in the lower river. Water levels are low so concentrate on the deeper holes. Some good rain this month could actually produce some really good steelhead fishing with more adult fish coming in. Walleye were caught near the mouth by those casting rapalas. It should not be long before the whitefish start moving into the river.

Higgins Lake: Some continue to fish for lake trout and brown trout. Anglers are trolling or long-lining with rapalas or bombers.

Houghton Lake: Walleye have been caught in the evening when using blues under a bobber. At night, fish were caught in the shallows by those casting floating rapalas.

Tawas: Pier anglers are still taking the occasional steelhead or brown trout. Perch fishing has been good off the state dock. With all the minnows showing up, whitefish action should be good, especially for those fishing off the pier at first light and dusk.


Frankfort: Pier anglers do best in the early morning or evening when using small crank baits. Also try floating spawn under a bobber.

Betsie River: Is still producing some steelhead up near the Homestead Dam. Look for fish on the gravel or holding in the deeper holes.

Manistee: Pier anglers and those surfcasting have done well for steelhead with limit catches reported. Ideal conditions seem to be when there are small waves or what some call surf on the lake.

Manistee River: Has fair to good steelhead action with anglers fishing all the way up to Tippy Dam. Water levels are low and clear; so rain is needed at this point as we wait for the run to go into full swing.

Pere Marquette River: For steelhead try flies, spawn, small spoons or body baits.

Pentwater River: Should also have steelhead.


Lake Erie: Is producing some perch. Those fishing off the docks at the Erie Metro Park Marina have caught bluegills, crappie and perch when using wax worms or minnows. For access, be sure to take Lee Road.

Huron River: Anglers are getting more steelhead. The fish are scattered but have been caught between the Flat Rock Dam and the mouth. A jig and wax worm or Hot-n-Tots worked best. Those looking for some nice panfish should try the backwaters with leaf worms, minnows or wax worms.

Detroit River: Yellow perch are being caught in the lower river in 6 to 10 feet of water along the north end of Celeron Island and the ''Hole in the Wall'' which is near Powder House Island. Use shiners on perch rigs. The lower Trenton Channel is producing some walleye for those jigging with live or imitation minnows. The canals in and around Gibraltar were just starting to produce some perch.

Lexington: Fishing was slow but pier and shore anglers are still catching some steelhead, brown trout and perch. Good perch fishing inside the harbor by boat anglers fishing some weed beds that are not fishable from shore.

Port Sanilac: Pier and shore anglers have caught light numbers of chinook, steelhead, brown trout and perch. This is the time of year when small boats can fish in the harbor and just outside the piers.

Harbor Beach: Still has one dock in at the boat launch. Look for brown trout behind the Edison Plant. Walleye were caught off the north wall in the early morning or evening. Panfish should be around the docks.

Saginaw Bay: Should still have some perch and walleye for the taking.


Grand Haven: Pier and shore anglers are taking steelhead and some whitefish. Those surfcasting caught steelhead in the early morning or at night.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead can still be found near the Fulton Street Bridge and up near the Sixth Street Dam. Try flies, streamers, or spawn bags. Bright colors were popular.

Grand River at Lansing: Most anglers are heading to Grand Rapids to fish steelhead however a few fish were caught at the Webber Dam and also at the point where the Grand meets the Red Cedar. We need some rain to push more fish up toward the Lansing area.

Muskegon Lake: Had fair walleye fishing at night for those trolling or drifting the weeds near the drop offs. Perch and bluegill were also caught.

Muskegon River: Pike and a few walleye have been caught near the Reedsburg Dam which is up near Houghton Lake. Look for steelhead up at the Croton Dam.

White River: Should also have some steelhead.



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