Those who have not put their boats in storage yet are still fishing some of the inland lakes for walleye, perch, pike and bass, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment said in its weekly fishing report.
Skim ice is starting to appear on some of the lakes, especially in the northern sections, however there is no safe ice to report yet, the DNRE said, adding this would be a good time for ice anglers to start getting their gear ready to go.
Petoskey: Is producing good numbers of steelhead in the surf on windy days. The fish are more apt to come into the shallows when there is wave action. Most are floating spawn bags just off the bottom in 1 to 1&1/2 feet of water in the early morning. Limit catches were reported. This fishing has not slowed down at all and should continue until things ice up around mid-December.
Charlevoix: Is also producing good numbers of steelhead for those fishing in the shallows in the early morning with spawn bags. Limit catches were reported.
Frankfort: Those surfcasting or fishing from the piers have caught the most steelhead in recent days.
Manistee: Is producing steelhead for those surfcasting or fishing off the pier in the early morning or evening.
Manistee River: Is still low and clear, so steelhead fishing has been tough. Try the lower stretches, but catch rates have not been great by any means.
Ludington: Surf and pier fishing has been the best way to catch steelhead.
Pere Marquette River: Steelhead are being caught mostly in the lower river, but low water levels continue to hinder catch rates. Anglers are drifting spawn or flies.
Alpena: Whitefish are still being caught off the reefs in Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay River: Boat and shore anglers have caught steelhead and brown trout up near the Ninth Street Dam. Whitefish are in the shallows.
Oscoda: Pier anglers continue to catch steelhead and whitefish. Those surfcasting have also taken fish. Boats trolling just off the mouth of the river have caught the occasional walleye.
Au Sable River: Steelhead were hitting on spawn bags and whitefish on wax worms or a single egg under a bobber. Those using the single egg caught more fish. Most anglers continue to fish the lower stretch of the river between the mouth and Foote Dam. The whitefish will be spawning for another week or two.