Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 4, 2012

Fishing Report: 10/04/2012


LANSING — The waters of Lake Michigan between Arcadia and New Buffalo will remain open for lake trout until October 31.

Harbor Springs: Is producing chinook salmon. Lake trout season is now closed.

Petoskey: Anglers saw fish porpoise near the end of the piers but they would not bite. Boat anglers were casting spoons and crank baits in the same area. Shore anglers are fishing off the pier, wading off the beach or fishing off the docks in the marina.

Bear River: Had lots of anglers at the dam and downstream. Catch rates were still a bit slow but those using spawn, skein, yarn or crawlers might land a fish. Pink salmon were also showing up and were caught on a single green rubber egg.

Charlevoix: Even though the winds were no longer a factor, few boats were heading out. Those that did were fishing inside the breakwall near the Cement Plant. They are casting long and skinny crank baits or spoons. Those wading near Medusa Creek in the early morning or late evening caught salmon on spoons or crank baits. Spawn and skein still caught fish during the day. Smallmouth bass were caught on minnows or crawlers in the channel.

Boyne River: Has a fair to good salmon run in progress.

Traverse City: A few boats were trolling for salmon. Perch anglers had a difficult time finding fish but a few were caught when still-fishing with minnows or wigglers.

Elk River: Those fishing spawn bags near the power dam caught fish.

Boardman River: Still has a decent number of chinook and coho. Lake trout have also been caught. Drifting skein under a bobber was the most consistent.

Frankfort: Water levels are still way down and the surface temperatures were still right around 60 degrees. Boat and pier anglers have caught coho, steelhead and brown trout as they move into the area. Those jigging in the bay and near the car ferry landing have caught chinook salmon.

Betsie River: Inside the bay, boat anglers are trolling or jigging for chinook. Fish are moving up into the river with plenty of activity noted at the Homestead Dam.

Anglers are reminded that a portion of the lower river and the eastern end of Betsie Bay (also known as Betsie Lake) will close to fishing on October 10, 2012 and remain closed until further notice to protect the fall salmon run in the river.

Onekama: The lake level is down far enough that you can stand at the end of the north pier and watch the coho swim by. Boat anglers are getting out and trolling the shoreline to the Barrel. They have caught a few coho and some young chinook.

Portage Lake: Catch rates for panfish including perch are starting to pick up but most of the fish were small. Bass anglers are doing well along the drop-offs with several fish ranging 4 to 5 pounds.

Manistee: Boats were heading out to waters over 300 feet deep for salmon and steelhead. Try 50 to 90 feet down with orange or green spoons. Catch rates slowed for those trolling around the piers.

Manistee River: Is producing some chinook and steelhead below Tippy Dam. Early morning was best.

Ludington: Fishing has slowed around the piers but a few chinook were caught on plugs. A good number of fish are now in Pere Marquette Lake or up in the river. Water temperatures were still 60 degrees. Boats are heading out to waters 200 to 300 feet deep and fishing the top 100 feet of water with orange or green spoons.