LANSING — Cooler temperatures and windy conditions have kept anglers at bay. Shore anglers fishing the rivers need to be careful as the banks may not be stable after the heavy rains.
Traverse City: Lake trout and cisco fishing should be good in the East Bay however few boats have been out. Smallmouth bass have been caught on the beds or along the first drop off. Try green and brown tube baits. In the West Bay, smallmouth bass are being caught in the shallows. Lake trout have been caught at variable depths by those trolling or jigging.
Elk River: Has decent smallmouth bass fishing. Try crawlers, leeches or plastic baits. Many have caught smaller fish.
Boardman River: Those using crawlers and leeches have caught smallmouth bass and rock bass. Pike and carp were also caught.
Charlevoix: Pier anglers continue to catch walleye at night when casting crank baits. Lake herring are also in the channel. One was caught on a crawler in the middle of the day however most were caught at night by the walleye anglers. Salmon action is still slow however lake trout have been caught throughout the water column by those using cowbells and orange or green spin-glo’s.
Harbor Springs: Lake trout fishing was a little slower this week because of the wind. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good. Try green tube baits or pink crawlers out in front of the Petoskey State Park. A good number of the fish caught were over four pounds.
Petoskey: Pier anglers are catching smallmouth and pike when casting crank baits or still-fishing with crawlers. The old pier near the mouth is a popular spot for kids to catch rock bass. Boat anglers were still had difficulty finding salmon because of the cooler water temperatures. Lake trout were 10 feet off the bottom in 70 feet of water. Lake herring were also caught.
Bear River: Is still producing some steelhead.
Frankfort: Most anglers are catching lake trout in 90 to 115 feet of water when bouncing slide divers with chrome dodgers off the bottom. Those targeting Chinook salmon have been disappointed by the lack of warm water that is needed to bring the fish in.
Portage Lake: Bass anglers are still catching a good number of fish when casting rubber worms or crank baits along the shoreline. The annual Mayfly hatch is just finishing up. Water temperatures are still a bit on the cold side so the fish are in closer to shore. Bluegills, rock bass, perch and pumpkinseed have been caught between Little Eden and the buoy.
Manistee: Salmon fishing has been difficult. Steelhead and lake trout have been caught in the top 80 feet of water with orange or yellow spoons. Pier fishing is slow.
Lake Cadillac: Is producing a good number of largemouth bass. Try crawlers, leeches or spinners. Crappie could be found in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Lake Mitchell: Anglers are catching pike. Some are using sucker minnows. Bluegill and crappie were in deeper water. Largemouth bass have been caught in the shallows in the early morning or evening.
Au Sable River: Boat anglers targeting walleye have done very well when drifting. Catch rates were fairly consistent when using crawlers, leeches or body baits. Steelhead are still coming up into the river. Most of the fish were males that were still fresh. Try spawn, crawlers, wax worms or flies.