Thursday, August 16, 2018

8/16/2018 Northwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Petoskey:  Depending on water temperature, Chinook were caught 50 to 100 feet down in 110 to 125 feet and 90 to 110 feet down in over 120 feet.  Some reported fish as deep as 150 feet.  Most are using spoons, meat rigs and flies.  Lake trout were caught anywhere from 140 to 180 feet down.  Angles are marking a lot of fish but catch rates were slower.  The Bear River remains low.  

Charlevoix:  Boat anglers were excited about the possibility of catching salmon however they caught nothing or a couple lake trout.  The few lucky ones found good size Chinook 70 to 90 feet down in 150 to 200 feet with spoons.  Lake trout were a bit deeper.  In the channel, anglers caught decent numbers of smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and some rock bass with real or artificial worms and leeches on the bottom.  

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Lake Charlevoix:  Some good size smallmouth bass have showed up in the channel.  Lots of freshwater drum were caught around Boyne City.  

Traverse City:  Lake trout and cisco were caught in the East Bay when trolling and jigging out from the marina harbor.  In general, lake trout fishing was hit-or-miss with a few caught north of the M-37 launch, around Deepwater Point or when jigging or trolling up to and north of Willow Point.  A few nice Chinook were caught when trolling spoons at the south bank and along the east side in the morning or evening.  Bass were caught in 12 to 35 feet.  The Elk River is slow with only a few smallmouth bass taken on tube jigs at the dam and from the rocks at the end of the sidewalk.  Small panfish were caught at the kid’s pond.  In the West Bay, Chinook, lake trout and the rare steelhead were caught at the south end of the bay early or late.  Lake trout were caught along the east bank from Bryant Park to the island, around Power Island, Lee Point and off the M-22 launch.  Bass were caught in 20 to 40 feet around Power Island.  A few perch were found south of the M-22 launch.  The 
Boardman River remains slow with only a few bass caught at the mouth and catfish at the dam.  

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South Lake Leelanau:  Was producing some walleye for those trolling.  Most fish were between 13-15 inches.  Yellow perch were caught deep in 60 feet or so.    

Platte Lake:  Walleye fishing picked up for those trolling.  

Platte River:  Brown trout were caught below the Platte River Hatchery.

Crystal Lake:  Was producing rock bass and smallmouth bass.    

Frankfort Several Master Angler Chinook salmon have been caught mostly to the north.  Boats were trolling 40 to 70 feet down in 75 to 200 feet with spoons and meat rigs in green and white.  The bite was best very early in the morning or after sunset.  

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Onekama:  Anglers were working the top 60 in 120 to 150 feet with spoons, j-plugs and meat rigs.  The evening bite was better.  

Portage Lake:  Water temperatures are very warm.  Anglers reported slow fishing with a difficult bite throughout the day.    

Manistee Surface temperature readings were about 73 degrees.  Dredging has started in the channel.  Weather dependent, they are hoping to complete the job in a few weeks.  Boat anglers are asked to please be extra cautious and not produce a wake when leaving the channel.  The south pier remains closed.  Fishing slowed some however big fish including many Chinook up near 30 pounds were still being caught.  Most were caught 50 to 100 feet down in 120 to 300 feet with j-plugs, flies and meat rigs.  Steelhead, lake trout and the odd coho were also caught.  

Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops:
Don's Sporting Goods: (231) 723-5028
Tangled Tackle Co.(231) 887-4242
Pappy's Bait & Tackle: (231) 848-4142
Andy's Tackle Box: (231) 477-5737

Manistee River:  Salmon appear to be moving in closer to shore and some anglers have observed salmon beginning to move up into the river.  

Ludington:  Big Chinook salmon 30 pounds or more are still being caught, but the number of fish coming in has slowed.  Try meat rigs, flies and j-plugs 40 to 100 feet down in 120 to 300 feet.  Pier fishing was slow.  

Pere Marquette River:  A few salmon were just starting to trickle into the river.     

Pentwater:  Those getting out early and trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 70 to 140 feet off Little Sable Point caught Chinook, steelhead and lake trout.  Flies and meat rigs worked best but blue and green spoons also took a few fish.  Pier anglers drifting live bait through the channel caught smallmouth bass in the morning. 

Pentwater Lake:  Boat anglers casting spinners and body baits along the weed beds in five to 12 feet caught bass and pike.  Perch, sunfish and bullhead were hitting on crawlers and red worms at Longbridge Road.  

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