Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 11, 2012

Fishing: 10/11/2012


LANSING — Windy conditions continue to hamper efforts. Low water levels in the rivers have opened up the possibility of wading in areas usually not accessible. The inland lakes have bass, pike and panfish. Fall fishing offers some good opportunities for anglers.

Petoskey: Had a large push of salmon trying to spawn everywhere. Those surfcasting off the beach or near the breakwall were getting fish. Those fishing off the breakwall did well with tiger patterns or bright colors like blue, orange and green. Along with chinook, anglers caught a couple brown trout and some nice steelhead. No coho or pink salmon.

Bear River: Had lots of fish after a large push of salmon came in. Chinook were caught in the pool near the dam or between the dam and the footbridge downstream. Anglers are still using skein, spawn, artificial eggs and yarn. Steelhead were caught down from the mouth when casting a red and white spoon.

Charlevoix: Anglers are still bringing in silver chinook and coho. Those casting inside the breakwall caught a few fish near the Cement Plant. Those fishing near Medusa Creek which is open 100 feet from the mouth caught fish in the early morning or late evening. Most fish were caught on spoons or crank baits instead of spawn. Green and orange were good colors. Salmon were caught off the North Pier before daybreak and coho were caught after dark when using blue or glow spoons.

Traverse City: Few boats were out fishing in either bay. Those able to get out did catch a couple smallmouth bass in 35 to 45 feet of water.

Elk River: Chinook and coho were hitting on spawn bags near the power dam. A couple small steelhead were also caught. Hot colors were pink and chartreuse.

Boardman River: Is producing chinook and coho along with the occasional steelhead or lake trout. Drifting skein under a bobber was best but those fly fishing also caught fish. Try a single egg or an egg-sucking leech pattern.

Betsie River: Anglers are reminded that a portion of the lower river and the eastern end of Betsie Bay (also known as Betsie Lake) closed to fishing on Oct. 10 and remain closed until further notice to protect the fall salmon run. Extremely low water levels are the reason behind the closing. The fish are having a difficult time entering the river to spawn. .

Manistee: Had windy weather. Those able to get out during a window of opportunity found trout and salmon in more than 300 feet of water. Try 40 to 90 feet down with orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Salmon and steelhead can still be found below Tippy Dam. Most are fly fishing or drifting a single egg in the deeper holes and along the gravel.

Ludington: A few trout and salmon were caught 50 to 100 feet down in 200 to 400 feet of water. Try orange or greens spoons along with green flies. Slow pier fishing.

Pere Marquette River: Salmon have been caught throughout the river, but the fish are turning dark. Steelhead action has picked up as more fish move in.

Pentwater: When boat anglers can get out, look for steelhead as they are moving in closer to shore. Try the top 40 feet of waters 100 to 150 feet deep. Pier anglers have caught chinook and steelhead when still-fishing with shrimp.