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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

November 5, 2010
The Mining Journal

By The Associated Press


Marquette: A few lake trout averaging 2 to 3 pounds were caught near the white rocks when boats could get out. Lake trout were caught off the Lower Harbor breakwall by those fishing in the early morning with assorted spoons, spinners, and crank baits. Shore anglers caught a few coho at the Dead River and the Carp River. Menominee were spawning close to shore. Best bait, a small hook with a single egg.

Munising: Bad weather has hampered boat anglers. Those fishing from shore caught light numbers of splake on spawn bags. The average fish was just over a pound. Focus has turned to steelhead with fish 4 or 5 pounds caught mostly on spawn by those casting or drifting.

Grand Marais: The few anglers that have been out did catch some steelhead when trolling in 5 to 10 feet of water in the bay. Bigger fish up to 5 pounds have been caught on body baits. Shore anglers caught steelhead near the mouth of rivers and creeks when using spawn bags.

Little Bay De Noc: Strong winds may have helped here as water clarity has dropped and walleye fishing during the day has improved. Best catches where between the Second and Third Reefs when trolling crank baits in 14 to 24 feet of water. Bigger walleye are starting to show up. Good perch fishing was reported in the north end of the bay especially near Butler Island when jigging minnows or crawlers in 8 to 10 feet of water and near the Day's River with minnows or crawlers.

Big Bay De Noc: Few have been out due to strong winds. Smallmouth bass are still the primary target along the break between Garden Bluff and Snail Shell Harbor. Most were drifting minnows 15 to 30 feet down.

St. Marys River: Walleye are being caught off the south end of Moon Island which is in Munuscong Bay. Most were trolling crank baits.

DeTour: A few chinook salmon were seen in Nunn's Creek near M-134.


Rogers City: Has lots of brown trout activity. Some of these fish were just stocked and should be released to ensure returning fish in the future. Besides, there are plenty of other brown trout to be taken. Anglers reported 3 to 6 fish caught on a daily basis when using small spoons. Another good option would be body baits that look like shiners or smelt. Fishing off the wall could be good right into December.

Alpena: Brown trout along with a few leftover salmon have been caught. Whitefish continue to move in closer to shore and along the reefs. For whitefish, try ice fishing jigs and small spawn rigs with light line and a bobber. Spearing is also legal on the Great Lakes and can be very productive after dark with flood lights.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers continue to catch steelhead and brown trout. Most of the fish caught were taken up near the dam when using spawn or flies.

Harrisville: Continues to provide some fresh salmon for boat and pier anglers. Try spawn, spoons or body baits. The occasional walleye was caught by those trolling crawler harnesses.

Au Sable River: Steelhead were caught on spawn between the mouth and Foote Dam. A few leftover salmon have also been caught.

Higgins Lake: Those trolling for lake trout are still taking some fish.

Houghton Lake: A few walleye have been caught along the weed beds when trolling crawler harnesses.

Tawas: Pier anglers caught a few brown trout. Look for whitefish off the dock.

Au Gres River: Catch rates for perch slowed however some steelhead were caught at the mouth of the East Branch.


Petoskey: Pier anglers casting or drifting spawn bags have caught steelhead.

Frankfort: Pier anglers are catching steelhead on spawn and small crank baits.

Betsie River: Rain improved catch rates for steelhead and coho up near the Homestead Dam. Some fish are passing over the dam, some are holding in the holes and some are on the gravel. Try pink eggs or streamers.

Manistee: Pier anglers and those surfcasting are now catching steelhead. Try spawn or small lures such as spoons or body baits.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is the main game now. Low water levels have hampered fall fishing but the rain last week did help. Fish can now be found throughout the river. Flies, leeches and crawlers worked best.

Ludington: Pier and shore anglers are catching some steelhead.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead were caught by those casting small body baits and spoons or floating spawn.


Lake Erie: The docks have opened up at the Lake Erie Metro Marina and anglers are catching bluegill, crappie and perch. For access, be sure to take Lee Road.

Detroit River: Yellow perch are being caught in the lower river, especially in 6 to 10 feet of water around the edge of the islands such as Sugar and Celeron. Up near Gibraltar, perch have been caught off the docks. For walleye, fish the lower Trenton Channel while jigging large minnows or plastic baits.

Huron River: Steelhead are a bit scattered but anglers are catching some fish at Huroc Park and south. Most are using a variety of baits including Hot-n-Tots or a jig and wax worm.

Lexington: Perch fishing slowed however a few salmon and trout were taken at first light and by those fishing at night. Most were tight-lining small lures like body baits.

Port Sanilac: Perch fishing here also slowed but anglers did catch some chinook and brown trout.

Harbor Beach: A few walleye were caught off the north wall. Salmon and brown trout could still be seen behind the Edison Plant. Those using small lures have caught fish. At this time, there is still one dock in at the boat launch.

Port Austin: Still has one dock in at the boat launch.

Saginaw River: Try the lower river for perch and walleye.

Pine River: A good number of smallmouth bass were caught at the dam in St. Louis. The fish were not large by any means but the action was fun.


St. Joseph: Pier anglers were landing a decent number of steelhead and whitefish.

St. Joseph River: Water levels are slowly coming up however the levels were still low between the Berrien Springs Dam and Lake Michigan. Anyone operating a boat in the river should continue to use great caution. Fishing has improved with a decent number of steelhead being caught. Boat anglers were doing better than shore anglers and most were drifting spawn. A good number of catfish were caught by shore anglers targeting trout and salmon. Live bait or spawn worked best. Those after smallmouth bass have done well when casting crank baits. A few walleye were taken on minnows but the fish were on the small side.

South Haven: Pier and shore anglers are catching some steelhead.

Holland: Pier anglers are targeting steelhead in the early morning.

Grand Haven: Continues to produce steelhead and whitefish. Those surfcasting with spawn caught steelhead.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Rain continues to improve steelhead fishing. Those fishing up near the Sixth Street Dam did well when drifting or floating medium spawn bags with floaters. Pink and chartreuse were the hot colors. A good number of fish were caught on spawn bags at Fulton Street.

Grand River at Lansing: The North Lansing Dam has been good for bass and pike. Try crawlers and minnows. At Moore's Park Dam, bass are hitting on spinners and catfish on crawlers and live minnows. Those fishing near the Lyons Dam caught some nice bass and pike. With rain in the forecast, start looking for steelhead.

Sessions Lake: Had good bluegill and crappie action.

Jordan Lake: Continues to produce some nice bluegills and crappie. Wax worms for bluegills and minnows for crappie.

Muskegon: Pier anglers were starting to catch more steelhead.



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