As the salmon runs on the west side of the state wind down, steelhead and brown trout are slowly starting to move in. Water levels were somewhat better after the last rain. Very few are fishing the inland lakes
Petoskey: Had dredging in the marina. The boat launch has been closed and the dock has been pulled out. Those surfcasting inside the breakwall did manage to catch a couple salmon on crank baits. A couple steelhead were caught on spawn.
Bear River: Has a lot of salmon after the recent rains. Anglers caught mainly chinook followed by coho and steelhead. They are using flies, skeins, spawn bags or yellow and green yarn.
Charlevoix: Boats are fishing inside the Cement Plant breakwall and into the boat slip. Most are casting crank baits or spoons but some are still-fishing with spawn. Smallmouth fishing was good in the channel. Try crawlers or leeches. A lot of anglers are salmon fishing near the Medusa Weir. Catch rates were up after the rain. Anglers wading near the slip did well with spawn during the day. Those fishing at sunrise and sunset did best with crank baits in a green tiger pattern. Those fishing at night used anything that glows.
Traverse City: The East Bay is producing smallmouth bass for those using live bait or plastics. Cisco have also been caught. In the West Bay, anglers have caught smallmouth bass and perch. They are fishing along the edge of the weeds with minnows, wigglers or shrimp. Those putting in the effort to locate the fish and stay on them have taken some decent catches of perch ranging 8 to 10 inches.
Elk River: Chinook and coho have been caught near the power dam. Coho were hitting on small spawn bags and the chinook were hitting on skein, spawn bags, deep diving crank baits and beads.
Boardman River: The chinook salmon run is nearing the end. Those drifting skein under a bobber were still picking up the occasional fish. Anglers are reminded that snagging is illegal. Look for coho and steelhead to start moving in.
Platte Bay: Fishing in the bay has slowed as most of the fish are now up into the river. Those surfcasting with spinners or spawn have still caught the occasional fish.
Platte River: Chinook and coho have been caught below the weir and the canoe landing. Try yarn flies or rubber eggs.
Frankfort: Boats heading out in waters between 190 to 250 feet and trolling 80 to 120 feet down caught coho and young chinook on spoons and plugs. Pier anglers at Frankfort and Elberta have caught steelhead on fresh spawn.
Betsie River: Still has a good number of chinook salmon but many are now quite dark in color.
Onekama: Dredging should be done sometime this week. Coho could be seen off the north pier but the fish were not willing to hit.
Portage Lake: Is producing some good catches of large and smallmouth bass. Perch and bluegill fishing slowed with the change in weather.
Manistee: Boats are catching chinook and coho salmon 80 to 130 feet down in 120 to 200 feet of water. Green flies and blue spoons have been working well. Steelhead action is slow off the piers and surf.
Manistee River: The recent rain pushed some steelhead into the river. Anglers are fly fishing or using spawn.