LANSING — Cooler temperatures will be good for both fish and anglers. Walleye fishing continues to be good in Saginaw Bay and around the Thumb. Inland lakes and rivers are producing bass, pike and panfish.
Traverse City: Lake trout and cisco were caught in 60 to 120 feet of water in the East Bay. A few salmon are beginning to arrive. Smallmouth bass fishing was steady for those using tube baits and plastics near the drop-off in 20 to 40 feet. In the West Bay, lake trout were taken by those trolling or jigging in waters 50 to 120 feet deep. Salmon fishing was limited as the fish are just starting to come in. Smallmouth bass were caught along the drop-off in 30 feet.
Elk River: Had fair smallmouth action however some of the fish caught were good size. Try early morning with leeches, crayfish or scented plastic baits.
Boardman River: Had slow fishing except for a couple smallmouth bass or rock bass taken on crawlers, crank baits or spinner baits.
Harbor Springs: No sign of salmon yet but lake trout have been caught 80 to 100 feet down near Harbor Point. Some were keepers and some were not. Lake trout were also caught near 5-Mile Point.
Petoskey: Those fishing from the D Pier which is near the mouth of the river have caught bluegill and freshwater drum on crawlers and spinners. Small perch were caught inside the piers.
Bear River: Water levels were still quite low. Those fishing for steelhead have not had much luck.
Charlevoix: Angler effort for trout and salmon is starting to pick up. Boat anglers caught lake trout 65 feet down near the can at the Cement Plant and off North Point. Spin-glows worked best. The size of the lake trout is starting to increase. A few salmon were caught however the fish range from a couple pounds all the up to 22 pounds. Try straight out from the channel with spoons or meat rigs 60 to 80 feet down in 120 to 200 feet of water. The last thermocline was between 60 and 70 feet. Lots of smallmouth bass were caught in the channel when using crawlers or leeches.
Frankfort: Chinook are hitting throughout the area with early morning the best when fishing 55 to 85 feet down in 120 to 220 feet of water. The number of fish is down a bit for now but is increasing daily and the size of fish being caught is impressive with several fish in the mid-to-high twenties. Fish are actually breaking lines and straightening swivels so make sure you rig for big fish. Many are using blue and orange magnum spoons early and switching to UV spoons after daylight. Lake trout are hitting on spin-glows bounced off the bottom in 70 to 90 feet.
Onekama: Those fishing the “Barrel” are taking Chinook salmon early and lake trout throughout the day. The Chinook are 50 to 90 feet down in 175 to 250 feet and hitting on UV spoons. Those bouncing spin-glows off the bottom caught lake trout.
Portage Lake: Bass anglers are having some trouble landing the big ones but the bite is good for this time of year. Several large and smallmouth more than four pounds have been reported. Perch are hitting crawlers along the weed beds. Those fishing in the early morning caught bluegill, rock bass and pumpkinseed.
Lake Missaukee: Anglers caught bluegill, pike and bass.
Manistee: When boats can get out, anglers caught salmon near the Ledge and beyond. Try green or glow spoons 30 to 70 feet down in 80 to 160 feet. Coho and steelhead were caught on orange spoons.
Manistee River: Bass were still hitting on crawlers, crayfish, tube baits or plastics. Those fishing the Little Manistee have caught a few salmon.