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Gone fishin’

September 9, 2011
By The Associated Press , The Mining Journal

Slow catch rates are expected for a few days in some parts of the state after a strong cold front descended on the Great Lakes region, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

However, salmon fishing is in full swing in some areas, especially the west side of the state.

UPPER PENINSULA

Marquette: Limit catches of lake trout were taken in the early morning from the White Rocks to Granite Island and near the Clay Banks. Try spoons, flies and cut bait within 30 feet of the bottom in 130 to 160 feet of water. A couple of coho were caught near the Clay Banks.

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was slow. A few salmon were caught 40 feet down in the middle of the bay with spoons. The South Portage Entry produced a couple of nice lake trout off Farmer's Reef when trolling downriggers and spoons or surface lines with body baits.

AuTrain: Surface water temperatures have cooled and limit catches of lake trout were caught in 130 to 160 feet of water from Laughing Fish Point and north of AuTrain Island. Good catches were also reported near the Wood Island Reef.

Munising: More boats are targeting coho, but catch rates were slow as water temperatures remain in the mid-60s. Those trolling are catching small lake trout or splake in and around the bay in 50 feet of water. A couple coho were caught in Trout Bay when using dodgers, flies and spoons. Catch rates were slow at the Wood Island Reef but limit catches of lake trout were reported at the "Grumps Hump" when trolling spoons, dipsies, flies or jigging. Pier and dock anglers are targeting splake but catch rates were slow. Try small spoons, spinners or spawn.

Grand Marais: Those able to get out to the shipping channel caught lake trout in waters ranging from 70 to 200 feet deep. Limit catches were seen on several occasions and the fish averaged 2 to 10 pounds. Most are trolling lures were tipped with cut bait. White, watermelon and copper were the hot colors.

Manistique: Most anglers are still heading out to waters 140 to 170 feet deep for chinook salmon. Average fish per boat was 0-3 in five to eight hours of effort.

Manistique River: Boats trolling stick baits, spoons and rapalas have caught smallmouth bass and pike near the mouth. Shore anglers caught bluegill and rock bass off the docks near the city launch.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye were caught off Kipling when trolling or drifting crawlers in 17 to 30 feet of water or the Narrows in 20 to 30 feet. The fish were suspended 6 to 8 feet down in 16 to 20 feet of water along the Black Bottom. Good numbers of fish were marked off Portage Point, but catch rates were slow. Those jigging for perch did well along the break in 20 to 30 feet of water while those at the mouth of the Yacht Harbor caught fish on crawlers or minnows in 10 to 20 feet of water. Some big pike were caught just south of the ore docks in 14 to 20 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc: Fair catches of perch are being produced in Goully Bay for those still-fishing crawlers or minnows in 14 to 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were caught in Garden Bay, off Ansell's Point and the Bluff. Try plastics or crank baits in 12 to 16 feet of water. Ogontz also had perch, but no big numbers yet. No walleye to report.

St. Marys River: Fishing has been slow for all species around Drummond Island, Kemps Point, Raber Bay, and Lime Island. Upstream on Munuscong Lake, walleye and northern pike are hitting in the channel on crawler harnesses with round or smiley V blades in orange or black and chanteuse.

Detour: Salmon are still present and averaging 8 to 16 pounds. Most are trolling the shipping channel to the 3 Green Can and the lighthouse or the Drummond Island side to the 2 Red Can or three miles south. Good colors are black with orange or copper, blue with red and green or white spoons.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing out of Hessel and Cedarville dropped off but the fish are still there and will come back around. Pike are still hitting on chubs in eight to 13 feet of water. Salmon anglers are fishing 25 to 35 feet down off Hessel, the Yacht Entrance and Goose Island. Those casting have caught smallmouth bass.

Menominee: Salmon and trout fishing were slow. Walleye anglers are catching fish near Green Island. Some were trolling stick baits and crawler harnesses, but the bigger fish were caught by jigging minnows. Anglers trolling the drop off on the Wisconsin shoreline picked up some nice walleye when trolling crawler harnesses.

Menominee River: The walleye bite picked up but most of the fish caught were sub-legal. Anglers are trolling stick baits, rapalas and crawler harnesses over the deep holes in the early morning or evening. Fair to good catches were reported from the mouth up past Boom Landing and the Mystery Ship launch. Smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum were caught when drifting crawlers. Those jigging crawlers or minnows off the breakwall in the early morning caught a few perch.

NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Rogers City: Excellent fishing was reported with good numbers of chinook salmon showing up. The average was 12 to 18 pounds, but a good number were 20 pounds or more. Hot spots were south from the Calcite breakwall and Adams Point. Depths vary, but most fish were caught in 20 to 70 feet of water. Spoons, J-plugs and attractors were all good and the hot colors were green glow, black and white, orange and silver or purple. A few lake trout and walleye also were caught. Some coho were caught straight out and north toward Forty Mile Point when trolling spoons.

Presque Isle: A mix of chinook, lake trout, walleye and steelhead were caught when fishing between the two lighthouses in 55 to 90 feet of water. Try about halfway down or find the thermocline with spoons and J-plugs with attractors, flies or squid. Good colors were green, black and white or anything that looks like smelt.

Rockport: Anglers are trolling for walleye near the point and Middle Island. Those trolling for trout and salmon had limited success.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers targeting chinook salmon at the Ninth Street Dam have limited activity. Most are drifting flies. A few smallmouth bass were caught between the Second and Ninth Street bridges.

Harrisville: Chinook were caught in and around the harbor in 50 to 90 feet of water. Lake trout were on the bottom in 120 to 150 feet. Steelhead are working their way in closer to shore and were caught in 40 to 60 feet of water. Hot colors were orange, green, black, white, and purple along with dodgers, flashers and cowbells.

Oscoda: Salmon have been caught off the piers and near the mouth of the river. The fish are healthy and decent size. The salmon are scattered between the pier and 90 feet of water. Steelhead are coming in on a more regular basis. Lake trout are working their way back to shallow waters 60 to 90 feet deep and are hitting on anything green, orange or a white and silver combination. Use attractors to get their attention. Walleye may be making their way back toward the river.

Au Sable River: There are salmon up in the river, but the fall run has not quite started yet.

Tawas: Boat anglers are taking some perch around Buoys 2 and 4, however be ready to sort out the small ones. Pier anglers have caught small perch, rock bass, and the occasional smallmouth bass.

Au Gres: Perch fishing remains very good when boats can get out. The hot spots were between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres or out by the shipping channel in 45 to 50 feet of water. Some seven to 10 inch fish have been caught.

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Petoskey: Had very good salmon fishing on Little Traverse Bay. Chinook and coho were caught anywhere from 20 to 110 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water when using rotators and flies. Pier anglers are finding salmon at night or early in the morning when using glow spoons, rapalas or deep diving reef runners.

Bear River: Salmon are in the river. However, a cool rain or a strong northwest wind will bring more fish in.

Charlevoix: Salmon fishing remains good for boat and shore anglers. Boats are trolling 80 to 110 feet down in 90 to 150 feet of water. Shore anglers are catching salmon in the St. Mary's boat slip in the morning or late evening with glow spoons, wobblers, and thundersticks in bright colors.

Lake Charlevoix: Salmon can be found near the Coast Guard station and the mouth of the Boyne River.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, catch rates were slow near Elk Rapids with only panfish and smallmouth bass caught. In the West Bay, chinook salmon were caught off the mouth of the Boardman River when using plugs and flashers. Those trolling or jigging for lake trout along the west side of the bay have done well.

Frankfort: Good numbers of salmon are being produced for boat and pier anglers. Boats are trolling spoons, plugs and meat rigs. Pier anglers are casting spoons or spawn.

Betsie River: A good run of salmon is being produced.

Manistee: Good salmon action is being produced between the piers and 90 feet of water. Anglers are bringing in some big fish weighing 20 pounds or more. Meat rigs and spin/fly combos were catching the majority of fish. Chinook were caught off the piers at dawn and dusk when using glow spoons.

Manistee Lake: Salmon is being produced for those trolling.

Manistee River: Some large chinook salmon are being produced. Overall, the fish caught are much bigger than the past couple of years. Anglers are reminded that the Little Manistee River is closed to fishing from the weir downstream to Manistee Lake.

Ludington: Boat anglers are catching salmon around the piers and out to waters 120 feet deep. Try glow plugs or meat rigs. Pier anglers are catching salmon.

Pere Marquette Lake: Has good salmon action for those trolling.

Pere Marquette River: Has very good salmon action from M-31 to the flies-only section.

SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Lake Erie: Limit catches of perch are being produced in 25 feet of water out from Brest Bay in 25 feet of water. Good numbers of fish are being caught out of the River Raisin and around the E-Buoy in 19 to 22 feet of water for anglers launching from Bolles Harbor.

Detroit River: Some perch were caught in the lower river, but anglers are working hard to come back with a few fish. Bass were caught along the shipping channel and the Cross-Dike near Grosse Ile. Shore fishing was slow.

St. Clair River: Fishing was slow, but a few walleye have been caught.

Port Sanilac: Steelhead were caught in 95 to 110 feet of water. Perch were found off the Trailer Park in 45 to 65 feet of water. Pier fishing was slow.

Harbor Beach: Steelhead fishing slowed but should pick back up straight out or north of the harbor in the early morning with color lines. Anglers should put out some long lines on boards and bright colored small spoons and start in 70 feet and head out to that 160 to 200 foot range. The top 60 feet should be fished in the morning and the top 40 feet as the sun comes up. For lake trout, try dodgers with spin glows or flies near the bottom. Catch rates for salmon were slow in 70 to 190 feet of water. Set downriggers for the top 50 to 80 feet with bright colored spoons, plugs and flies. Walleye action was slow as the fish were scattered. Hot-n-tots, small spoons or crawler harnesses should be tried in 25 to 60 feet of water. For perch, try 10 to 20 feet of water inside the harbor.

Grindstone City: Lake trout fishing was good early in the morning, straight north of the harbor in waters 120 to 160 feet deep.

Port Austin: Lake trout were caught in 125 to 140 feet of water when boats could get out. Smallmouth bass were caught off the pier and from the mouth of Bird Creek.

Saginaw Bay: Perch anglers were out in force and targeted the Spark Plug, the Black Hole, Buoy H, Buoy 22 and west of Buoys 1 & 2. Not many anglers were on the east side as most of the boats headed over to Au Gres. Walleye fishing is still slow due to the overabundance of minnows and shad, as well as the cooler water temperatures. Walleye fishing will pick up later in the fall when the fish start to follow the schools of forage fish into the river.

Saginaw River: Shore anglers caught smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and catfish in the lower river.

Quanicassee River: Had a few small perch moving in.

Sebewaing River: A few small perch were found in the lower river.

Holloway Reservoir: A few crappie, catfish and carp were being produced.

Mott Lake: Bass and bluegills are being caught, but anglers are putting in their time.

SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing is very good and boat anglers were doing the best in 100 feet of water. Pier and perch fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Salmon and steelhead are slowly starting to move into the river. Smallmouth bass are still being caught. Flathead and channel cats are hungry and hitting on crawlers, stink baits and cut bait.

South Haven: Salmon fishing is good in 80 to 100 feet of water. Pier fishing is very slow. Perch are still being caught in around 40 feet of water.

Black River: There are a few fish coming near the river, but none have been caught.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: A few scattered chinook are being caught up near the Sixth Street Dam with mostly spinners or spawn.

Grand River at Lansing: Catfish action was good for those using chicken liver or stink baits up near the North Lansing Dam and the Moore's Park Dam.

Looking Glass River: Pike were being producing; try spinner baits or large minnows.

Muskegon: Boat anglers are catching salmon between the piers and 100 feet of water. The best action is in the early morning or late evening when

Muskegon River: Salmon are starting to show up in the river system. The backwaters in Newaygo and Mecosta counties were producing excellent bass action.erior out of Marquette but salmon have been scarce, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The warm, humid weather will give way to cooler temperatures and that could slow catch rates, the department said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.

The DNR said the state gets closer to fall fishing patterns as we move into the last holiday weekend of the summer. As salmon start to show up in the rivers, anglers are reminded that snagging or retaining fish not hooked in the mouth is unlawful.

UPPER PENINSULA

Marquette: Surface water temperatures have cooled to the low 60s. Lake trout fishing was good with the light winds. Several limits were taken off the bottom near the "Clay Banks" and Granite Island in 160 to 200 feet of water. Spoons and flies with cut bait did best. No salmon to report.

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was slow except from Traverse Bay where coho were caught in 40 to 50 feet of water off Buffalo Reef. Early morning was best. Those trolling around Five and Seven Mile Reefs caught fish in 60 to 140 feet of water while Big Louie and Gay Point produced fish in 130 to 185 feet. Jigging in deep water also produced a few limits of fish.

AuTrain: Surface waters have cooled but the fish remain deep within 30 feet of the bottom in 160 to 180 feet of water.

Munising: More boats are attempting to catch coho but catch results were extremely slow. Those trolling for salmon have caught small lake trout or splake. A few coho were caught in Trout Bay. Lake trout anglers continue to take fish around the Wood Island Reef when trolling spoons or flies. Some are jigging. Pier and dock anglers managed to catch a few splake when casting spoons and spinners or using spawn.

Grand Marais: Lake trout anglers continue to do well five to seven miles north out to the shipping channel. Some limit catches were reported in waters 70 to 200 feet deep. Average size was 3 pounds. Most are trolling lures sometimes tipped with cut bait. White, watermelon and copper were good colors.

Manistique: A few chinook were caught by those putting in their time and trolling in waters 140 to 170 feet deep. No hot baits to report, instead anglers are using a variety of spoons, flies and dipsey divers.

Manistique River: Those fishing off the docks near the city launch found bluegill, rock bass and smallmouth bass when using crawlers and leeches. Boat anglers trolling stick baits, spoons or rapalas caught a few smallmouth or pike.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported good numbers of small fish from the "Narrows" north to the Center Reef. Water clarity was very good despite the wind so most were drifting or trolling crawlers in 18 to 30 feet of water. The East Bank in Gladstone also produced fair catches off the break in 30 feet of water. Breezy Point and south to Round Island produced mixed results with anglers trolling crank baits or drifting crawlers in 8 to 20 feet of water. Perch were caught near the Second Reef off Kipling when still-fishing with worms in 10 to 28 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were caught near Hunters Point and Garth Point when casting tube baits in 10 to 18 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: No walleye reported here but perch fishing was fair out from Goully Bay when still-fishing with worms in 10 to 16 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were caught off Ansell's Point, Garden Bay and Ogontz when casting tube baits, crank baits or minnows along the breaks. Off Fairport, salmon anglers reported more catches but the fish were smaller.

Try 75 to 80 feet down in 100 to 125 feet of water.

Menominee: Anglers trolling near Green Island and Chamber Island reported slow trout and salmon action however walleye were caught near Green Island. Some are jigging minnows while others are trolling stick baits and crawler harnesses. Those trolling the drop-off along the Wisconsin shoreline picked up some nice walleye when trolling crawler harnesses.

Menominee River: A few walleye have been caught in the deeper holes by those trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits upstream of Boom Landing or the Mystery Ship landing. Pier anglers jigging crawlers in the early morning found some yellow perch. Those drifting crawlers caught freshwater drum, rock bass and smallmouth.

St. Marys River: Had good walleye action in Raber Bay on the east side of Lime Island as well as between Hart Island and Edwards Island when trolling purple crawler harnesses along the weed beds in 8 to 15 feet of water. Slow pike and bass in the upper river.

Detour: Drummond Island was slow for perch and walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Salmon were caught 25 to 35 feet down in 60 to 70 feet of water off Hessel, the Yacht Entrance and Goose Island. Hessel Bay had excellent pike and perch fishing. Pike are hitting in 8 to 13 feet of water when still-fishing with chubs. Musky Bay and Government Bay are also good for pike. Good perch fishing along the south shore of Hessel Bay, off the Marina dock, Haven Island and Snows Channel. Try minnows or crawlers in 8 to 13 feet of water. A few perch were also caught in shallow waters 4 to 6 feet deep in the Moscoe Channel.

St. Ignace: More anglers are heading out for trout and salmon. The salmon are averaging 5 to 15 pounds. Hit the track between the Coast Guard Station, the old fuel tanks, Round Island and Mackinac Island. Try black and white glow, green flashers and flies, or purple with yellow. Try weedless hooks off the primitive launch for large and smallmouth bass.

NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Rogers City: Strong winds blew warm water into the area which in turn put a damper on salmon fishing. With the warm water anglers will want to fish early before the sun comes up or the last hour or two of daylight. Look for salmon to be staging in waters 50 to 90 feet deep off Swan Bay. Fish up high in the early morning and deeper later in the day. Look for structure and baitfish. A mixed bag of chinook, lake trout, brown trout, steelhead and walleye were caught up toward Forty Mile Point. A few salmon were caught on plugs and flashers or attractors with flies and squid. Good colors were black, white, green, blue or anything that glows early and late.

Presque Isle: Those working hard have caught a mixed bag of mostly chinook, lake trout and the occasional steelhead. Salmon and trout were caught around structure between the two lighthouses. Try halfway down in 45 to 90 feet of water. Those targeting walleye are trolling crawler harnesses just off the bottom.

Rockport: No limit catches this week but anglers were targeting walleye on the northeast side of Middle Island. A few fish were caught on reef runners and body baits in 40 feet of water. Those targeting steelhead found a few fish when trolling the top portion of the water column in 80 to 120 feet of water.

Alpena: The walleye seem to shut down as anglers returned empty handed.

Thunder Bay River: Shore anglers caught and released a few small rock bass and freshwater drum.

Harrisville: Those able to get out in windy conditions have caught steelhead, lake trout and the occasional salmon. Steelhead were 30 to 40 feet down in 75 to 85 feet of water while the lake trout were in 180 feet of water straight out from the harbor.

Lead core, dipseys and downriggers are all working with a variety of colors and flashers in the early morning or late afternoon. Walleye were hitting on crawler harnesses or body baits in 25 to 50 feet of water around Sturgeon Point.

Higgins Lake: Is producing a few perch and some rock bass. Those trolling will find lake trout just off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet of water.

Houghton Lake: Had good bass fishing. Try crawler or leeches with slip bobbers along the weed beds. Pike are hitting on sucker minnows but many were small.

Oscoda: Had good steelhead and lake trout fishing in 130 to 140 feet of water. A few salmon were also caught. Try spoons or cut bait. Most of the fish coming in were full of smelt so try baits that resemble them. Walleye were also caught at the same depths as the lake trout.

Au Sable River: Is producing a few walleye for those using small spoons.

Tawas: Walleye fishing was slow. Pier fishing was also slow but some perch were caught off the end on the lake side. Anglers did a lot of sorting for a few keepers. Inside the harbor, panfish, especially rock bass were caught. Boat anglers did manage to catch some perch off Jerry's Marina and the old Coast Guard Station in 12 to 20 feet of water.

Au Gres: All fishing effort is focused on perch with limit catches reported between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres or the shipping channel in 40 to 50 feet of water.

Perch ranging from 7 to 10 inches with the occasional 12 inch fish were caught.

Au Gres River: Was slow with only a few small perch caught.

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Petoskey: Salmon fishing on the bay is the best it been in a few year, with good numbers of chinook and coho. Most are using a green or white rotator with green flies or green, blue and glow spoons. Pier and shore angler have also caught fish on body baits or spoons in the early morning.

Bear River: Has seen one good push of salmon, but it will still take a good rain to put more fish in the river.

Charlevoix: Had good fishing for chinook and coho. Salmon have been hitting 80 to 110 feet down in 100 to 150 feet of water on a green rotator with green fly, glow plugs, or spoons.

Traverse City: Has good salmon fishing in the West Bay when trolling from Greilickville to the north in 80 to 120 feet of water.

Frankfort: Those fishing the landings for the car ferry have caught fish in the early morning and late at night. Boats trolling 60 to 110 feet down in 125 to 160 feet of water have caught chinook on spoons, plugs and meat rigs. Coho are starting to hit as well. The average size has been 9 to 11 pounds. Platte Bay reports say coho are passing through the lower weir.

Betsie River: The chinook salmon are stacked up in the river like cord wood. Several fish in the 20 pound range have been caught legally on flies and spawn.

Onekama: Anglers are still finding good numbers of fish in the Barrel and off the golf course. Those fishing 60 to 80 feet down in 100 to 135 feet of water caught a mix of chinook, coho and brown trout.

Portage Lake: Activity slowed this week as it seems the fish have moved to deeper water. Bluegills were found at 20 and 25 feet.

Lake Cadillac: Boat and shore anglers were catching bluegills and crappie. Pike and bass were caught along the weed beds but the pike were running on the small side. Those drifting a crawler harness with leeches or crawlers have caught a couple walleye.

Manistee: Salmon were caught from the end of the pier out to 120 feet of water on flies and meat rigs. Pier anglers caught a few salmon in the early morning.

Manistee Lake: Salmon fishing has been very good at times for those trolling.

Manistee River: Brook trout and brown trout were hitting on flies in the upper river. Salmon are in the river but no big numbers yet.

Ludington: Boat anglers are catching salmon all the way out to waters 80 feet deep when using plugs and meat rigs. Try early morning off the pier.

Pere Marquette River: Has groups of salmon from the M-31 Bridge in Ludington to the flies only water in Baldwin. The fish are consistently moving upstream at night and in the early morning but as the sun gets higher, the fish are concentrating in the deeper holes. No fish were on the gravel yet. Try flies and small streamers in the upper stretches or drifting spawn in the lower stretches.

Pentwater: Has good fishing as those trolling in 40 to 140 feet of water have caught chinook, coho and lake trout just north of Little Sable Point and north of the Pentwater pier. Green and blue spoons worked well however flasher/fly combos and J-plugs were also starting to catch fish.

SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

Lake Erie: Due to the large amount of weeds along with an algae bloom, walleye action has slowed so most boats are targeting perch. A good number of fish were found in 19 to 22 feet of water in Brest Bay. Those launching out of Bolles Harbor are doing well off the River Raisin around the E Buoy.

Huron River: Smallmouth bass are still being caught. Bluegills were hitting on leaf worms or wax worms in the backwaters.

Detroit River: For perch, try fishing around the islands such as Celeron or Sugar Island. Try jigging or hand-lining in the lower Trenton Channel for walleye.

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass action has been fantastic with fish up to 6 pounds caught in the deeper areas of the lake using a variety of baits and tactics. Walleye fishing has slowed a bit but fish were still being caught along the shipping channel or anywhere in Michigan waters over 17 feet deep. Anglers are also picking up some yellow perch in the same area. Muskie fishing continues to be very good for anglers casting along the delta channels as well as those trolling along the shipping channel and down toward the Detroit River.

St. Clair River: Smallmouth bass are being caught all the way up past Marine City. Walleye fishing in the channels has started to pick up. Try the North, Middle, or South Channels while jigging or drifting crawler harnesses.

Lexington: Perch fishing was slow but one boat fishing in 30 feet of water did come back with a very large rock bass. Pier anglers caught a mix of smallmouth bass, pike, bluegill and crappie.

Port Sanilac: Had good catches of steelhead and lake trout with the occasional salmon mixed in from 80 to 140 feet of water.

Harbor Beach: Had decent catch rates for steelhead, lake trout and the occasional chinook or coho caught in 80 to 140 feet of water. Steelhead and walleye were caught 45 to 55 feet down while the lake trout were near the bottom. Use small spoons about 2 1/2" long. One boat anchored inside the harbor caught some nice perch near the light. Bass and pike are still being taken casting or trolling spoons and body baits in close to shore or inside the harbor. Fishing around the weed beds is still giving the best results.

Grindstone City: Lake trout were caught near the bottom in 100 feet of water.

Saginaw Bay: In general, walleye fishing has been slow which is consistent with late August. This is the time of year when the number of forage fish reaches its peak, so walleye are less interested in chasing a crawler harness. One 30 inch walleye was caught by a shore angler at Essexville. Other than that, about the only thing caught was smallmouth bass, white bass and freshwater drum.

SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing remains good and boats targeting 100 feet of water are doing best. Perch fishing has slowed so most boats are targeting trout and salmon. Pier fishing is very slow however if the lake temperature changes, pier fishing will pick up quickly.

St. Joseph River: No steelhead to report however good numbers of smallmouth bass have been caught on crank baits, tube baits or crawlers. Flathead and channel cats have been caught on sucker minnows or cut bait.

South Haven: Has good salmon fishing for those starting out in 80 feet of water and heading deeper. The perch seem scattered but those willing to work a little are catching fish in the 35 to 40 feet of water. Pier fishing was slow.

Kalamazoo River: Look for walleye and catfish below the Allegan Dam. Smallmouth bass action was good. Look for salmon down near Saugatuck.

Holland: Boat anglers are finding salmon in 80 to 100 feet of water. Pier fishing was slow except for catfish and freshwater drum. Try casting spoons in the early morning or late evening for trout and salmon.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers are doing very well catching good numbers of chinook and coho 15 to 40 feet down in 100 feet of water with white or pearl J-plugs. Pier anglers have caught a few fish when casting spoons. No perch to report.

Grand River at Lansing: Carp and catfish were caught over at Moore's Park when using crawlers and bread. The North Lansing Dam is producing some fish. Carp are hitting on corn and catfish are hitting on crawlers and stink baits.

Muskegon: Boats are catching salmon 15 to 50 feet down in waters 150 feet deep. Start at the end of the pier and work your way out. Most are using J-plugs around the piers and switching to flies and spoons out deeper. Green was a hot color.

Muskegon Lake: Is producing chinook for those jigging near the Sand Docks.

Whitehall: The water turned over so salmon moved back into the 60 to 80 foot range. Pier anglers caught a few salmon.

White Lake: Salmon have started to move in so this would be a good time for anglers to try casting or trolling in the "Narrows."

 
 

 

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