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Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Reports

Harbor Springs: Was sheltered from the wind so a few boats were able to get out but catch rates were very slow with only one lake trout caught about 125 feet down.

Petoskey: A couple lake trout were caught within 10 feet of the bottom 110 feet down. Smallmouth bass were caught off the D-Pier which is near the mouth of the river. The Bear River was a bit high after the rain. A few fish were hooked at the dam but not many were landed Most were using spawn bags or flies.

Charlevoix: Lake trout were caught about 100 feet down near the cement plant. Rumor has it a few salmon were also caught. Those fishing the channel were still targeting smallmouth bass with worms or leeches on the bottom but catch rates were slow. Freshwater drum and rock bass were caught.

Traverse City: Salmon fishing was slow in the East Bay. A couple lake trout and lake herring were caught. The east side of the bay produced some lake trout and a couple chinook salmon off Old Mission. Only a couple small lake trout were taken off Elk Rapids. Bass were caught on the east side in 15 to 20 feet or in the Elk River. In the West Bay, a nice chinook and a few lake trout were taken by those trolling near the white walls. Perch fishing was good north and south of Marion Island with minnows or shrimp in 35 feet. A few smallmouth bass were also caught. Lake trout were caught off Northport in the early morning. On the Boardman River, a couple summer run steelhead were caught at the dam when using spawn.

Leland: A few chinook along with good numbers of lake trout were caught out on the First Bank. Catch rates for chinook improved around North Manitou Island for those using spoons and hootchie mama’s with flies. Lake trout were still being caught on spin-glo’s behind a dodger, hootchie or cowbell. Smallmouth were caught in the river.

Platte Bay: Was producing a few chinook and coho. Good numbers of lake trout were also caught when anglers switched over and started targeting them.

Manistee: Surface temperatures dropped to 64 degrees. Chinook fishing was starting to pick up again. A mixed bag of chinook, coho and steelhead were caught 15 to 80 feet down in 65 to 150 feet. A good number of chinook were over 20 pounds. Flies, spoons and meat rigs were the ticket. Pier fishing was slow with a small number of chinook caught on spoons.

Ludington: Salmon fishing picked up with chinook and coho caught 30 to 90 feet down in 90 to 180 feet. Steelhead were also caught when using spoons, flies and meat rigs. One angler caught a 37 pound chinook. The end of the south pier is closed due to construction. Chinook were caught in Pere Marquette Lake when trolling or jigging.

Pentwater: Boats trolling from the dunes down to Little Sable Point caught chinook and coho 30 to 70 feet down in 70 to 150 feet with green and orange spoons, green plugs and meat rigs. Coho and steelhead were 30 to 80 feet down in 160 to 180 feet with spoons and flies.

Pentwater Lake: Anglers casting body baits or using crawlers near the bottom caught smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. Perch were caught in 15 to 25 feet with jigs tipped with a red worm or wax worm.


Fishing reports courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources


NOTE TO ANGLERS: This report is intended to give anglers an idea of fishing conditions around the state. The updates come from a combination of creel clerks and other DNR staff around the state and reflect past fishing conditions over the last seven days. Due to the nature of the Great Lakes, fishing conditions on them can change daily if not hourly based on wind and rain events.

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