LANSING — Many anglers will tell you that as fall rolls in the fishing gets better and better. But why is this?
There isn’t much formal research to answer that question, but several factors could be contributing to this influx of angling opportunities: forage availability, dropping water temperatures, fish movement, or oxygen availability.
Some say it could just be related to less fishing pressure and/or better angling techniques.
The bottom line is, if you don’t consider fall to be an ideal time to go fishing you may want to rethink that sentiment. Some of the biggest crappie, muskellunge, walleye and smallmouth bass can be found in the fall.
Traverse City: Few boats have been out in either bay because of the weather. Those that were able to get out did manage to catch a few smallmouth bass.
Boardman River: Lake trout and steelhead fishing was fair. The majority of fish were caught on spawn bags however wet flies were also productive.
Harbor Springs: The dock at the boat launch has been pulled.
Petoskey: Pier anglers are catching steelhead with spawn bags off the Clock Dock, the D Pier and the Bay View breakwall. Most are fishing in the early morning with spawn, spinners or small spoons.
Bear River: Only had a handful of people at the dam trying for the last salmon or one of the steelhead coming in. Those fishing down near the mouth caught steelhead on spawn bags. Water levels were high and fast.
Charlevoix: Windy conditions kept smallmouth anglers in the channel. A couple anglers fishing the slip near Medusa were targeting steelhead and round whitefish. Try a single egg just off the bottom.
Elk River: Fishing has been good for lake trout, steelhead, and the occasional salmon. Try drifting orange or pink spawn bags below the power dam.
Glen Lake: Was producing some nice yellow perch.
Frankfort: Pier fishing here and Elberta has been very good for steelhead and the occasional coho. Spawn worked best. Some of the steelhead were more than 10 pounds. Those surfcasting caught steelhead.
Manistee: Pier anglers and those surfcasting have done well some days but not so good on other days.
Manistee River: Has fair steelhead fishing. The river is low and clear right now so light line and small presentations are a must.
Au Sable River: Salmon are still trickling into the river but the numbers are small and the fish are not in very good shape. Steelhead are moving in slowly. Fish were caught on spawn or flies.