FROM DNR REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — HARBOR SPRINGS: Still has a good number of lake trout but no sign of salmon on the harbor side of the bay. Lake trout can be found just off the bottom. The thermocline in Little Traverse Bay was more defined in 75 feet of water.
PETOSKEY: Those fishing near the mouth of the river caught bass, bluegill, freshwater drum and rock bass. Small perch were caught inside the piers. Charter boats did manage to catch a few salmon. Lake trout were caught in front of Bay Harbor. Anglers are using glow spoons and flies. Salmon were 70 to 80 feet down and hitting on spoons, dipsey divers and flies. Some are using meat rigs. Charter captains were also catching whitefish when trolling for trout and salmon.
BEAR RIVER: Water levels rose with all the rain. This usually triggers an influx of fish. Some reported a few salmon up at the dam. A couple nice steelhead were taken on flies in the early afternoon.
CHARLEVOIX: Lake trout are once again just off the bottom in 120 feet. On the windy days, try 60 to 80 feet down in 130 to 160 feet. Most were using glow spoons. A couple salmon were caught however they are still few and far between. Salmon were caught higher in the water column. Spoons and meat rigs worked best in the early morning. Try between the cement plant and North Point. Pier anglers were catching mostly sub-legal smallmouth bass when using leeches, crawlers or minnows near the bottom. Rumor has it a couple walleye were caught in the early morning.
TRAVERSE CITY: The East Bay is producing lake trout in 60 to 110 feet of water. Those jigging caught whitefish. Chinook salmon were taken on spoons along the southern end of the bay. Try 60 to 110 feet down. Smallmouth bass were holding near the drop-off in 20 to 40 feet. In the West Bay, those trolling in 70 to 110 feet caught lake trout. Chinook were 70 to 80 feet down near “the Hole”. For smallmouth bass, try fishing along the drop-offs.
ELK RIVER: Is producing some moderate-size smallmouth bass. Try crawlers, leeches or plastic baits.
BOARDMAN RIVER: Was slow. Some decent panfish were caught near the dam. Most were using live bait.
FRANKFORT: Boat anglers were trolling 40 to 50 feet down in 150 to 200 feet of water. Hot colors were pink and chartreuse. Those trolling the harbor and car ferry caught chinook on J-plugs or brown trout on spoons.
BETSIE RIVER: Is producing the occasional chinook salmon as far up as the Homestead Dam however the number of fish is still very low. Fish coming into the cleaning station have immature eggs.
ONEKAMA: The “Barrel” and the golf course are still good for chinook and lake trout. Chinook weighing 20 pounds or more were caught in the early morning. Lake trout were caught later in the day when bouncing spinglows along the bottom.
LAKE CADILLAC: Walleye fishing has been hit-or-miss. Those trolling crawler harnesses caught a few. Crappie were hitting near the surface in the early morning. Anglers have done well for bass and pike. They are using crawlers, leeches, spinners or crank baits.
LAKE MITCHELL: Those fishing the weed beds in the early morning caught walleye on jigs with leeches. Look for bass along the weed beds in the early morning or evening. During the day, fish deep. Pike have also been active.
MANISTEE: Salmon fishing is slowly picking up with fish caught 25 to 60 feet down in 60 to 120 feet of water. Glow plugs and orange or green spoons worked best in the morning. Even with the rough weather, boat anglers have caught a mixed bag of chinook, lake trout and steelhead. The chinook are much bigger this year with many over 20 pounds and a few over 30 pounds.
MANISTEE RIVER: With cooler temperatures, a light number of salmon moved up into the river. No big numbers yet, it still too early. Those fishing below Tippy Dam have caught some nice smallmouth bass. Try crawlers, tube baits or plastics.
LUDINGTON: Salmon have been caught 20 to 60 feet down in 40 to 100 feet of water. Most are using glow plugs or green, orange and glow spoons.
PERE MARQUETTE RIVER: Brown trout are still being caught. Most are fly fishing but a few were casting small spoons.
PENTWATER: Chinook, coho and steelhead were caught 50 to 70 feet down in 120 feet of water due west of the channel, straight out from the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and off the point. Green and blue were the hot colors for salmon but steelhead were hitting on orange. Those fishing the channel caught bass on crawlers. Pier anglers caught a few perch on minnows.
— Michigan Department of Natural Resources