FROM DNR REPORTS
---- — Water levels are low and clear in the rivers and streams. Cold weather pushed steelhead up into the rivers however warmer temperatures by the weekend could slow the bite. Walleye are moving closer to shore. Those fishing the inland lakes for large and smallmouth bass have caught a good number of fish.
Petoskey: Pier anglers are out and trying for coho, chinook or pink salmon with spawn, small spinners or small spoons. Try orange, pink or chartreuse.
Bear River: Anglers are now catching more steelhead. Try spawn, skein or yarn. Some are fly fishing.
Elk River: Is producing coho and steelhead. Try floating spawn and skein or casting small spoons and spinners.
Boardman River: Is producing coho and steelhead even with the lower water levels. Fish the deeper holes for now.
Frankfort: Steelhead have been caught in the surf and off the piers.
Betsie River: Is producing steelhead. Those fishing up near the Homestead Dam caught fish on spawn.
Manistee: Is producing some steelhead for those surfcasting as well as those fishing off the piers. Try early morning, late evening or during the day when the weather is nasty.
Manistee River: Water levels are low and clear again which makes steelhead fishing somewhat difficult. Conditions like this require light leaders and small stealthy presentations to get them to bite.
Ludington: Steelhead were caught in the surf and off the piers. Fish early, late or when the weather is nasty.