Saturday, September 29, 2018

9/27/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

To access the original Michigan DNR fishing Report: Click Here!

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan River:  Anglers have caught Chinook salmon between eight to 17 pounds at the dam with spoons, crank baits and skein. There had been reports of pink salmon, but those reports were not confirmed. Smallmouth bass were caught on worms or crank baits in eight to 15 feet.  

Rogers City:  A good number of salmon arrived in Swan Bay but getting them to hit has not been easy. A few boats casting while anchored but had no luck. Lake trout were caught straight out near the humps when trolling dodgers and cowbells with spin-glo’s 95 feet down in 120 to 125 feet.  

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Alpena:  A mixed bag fishery has started with anglers getting Atlantics, steelhead, walleye and the occasional Chinook salmon. From the river mouth out to 60 feet was good for Atlantics which are beginning to stage off the river mouth. Try spoons, J-plugs or body baits in green, chartreuse, orange and yellow, black and white or blue. Thunder Bay Island has been good for lake trout and the odd steelhead or Atlantic.  

Thunder Bay River:  A few Chinook were spotted up near the 9th Street Dam but no big numbers yet. Anglers were casting spoons and body baits or drifting spawn under a bobber, but no fish were caught because the water was too warm.  

Black River:  Anglers trolling boards and crank baits in 30 to 40 feet caught a couple decent size walleye near the bottom. The river mouth had filled in with sand once again making it difficult for larger boats to get in or out. Shore anglers targeting salmon at the mouth were casting spoons, crank baits, or spinners.  

Harrisville:  Those trolling caught the odd Atlantic salmon between the harbor and Sturgeon Point with spoons and lead core in the top 40 of waters 90 to 100 feet deep. Walleye were caught by those trolling crank baits, reef runners, and bandits in 30 to 40 feet or casting crank baits from the harbor wall in the evening. A couple channel cats were taken when still-fishing with crawlers or raw chicken near the harbor channels.  

Oscoda:  A couple lake trout were caught on spoons and spin-glo’s near the bottom in 85 to 120 feet. Fish were marked throughout the water column but the bite was slow.  Those trolling spoons and J-plugs just off the mouth of the river were marking fish but only caught a couple walleye. Pier anglers also caught a couple fish at night when casting crank baits. Those targeting smallmouth from the pier caught a few nice fish when still-fishing or jigging with minnows. Those targeting salmon had little success.  

Au Sable River:  The lower river cooled to the mid to high 60’s but fishing was still pretty slow with very little success. Anglers were targeting Chinook by casting spoons or floating spawn bags and skein. An unconfirmed Atlantic salmon was reportedly caught, and a couple smaller steelhead were spotted moving up the river. Smallmouth bass and a few large bluegills were caught when drifting or still-fishing with crawlers.  

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Tawas:  Small perch were taken off Jerry’s Marina in Tawas Bay. A few walleye were caught in 70 feet beyond Buoy #2 and lakeward of the Bell Buoy off Whitestone Point. A few Chinook salmon were seen around the pier and off the mouth of the river.   

Au Gres:  Some perch were taken near the NOAA Weather Buoy. The perch fishing has been steady but slow with most boats bringing in less than 10 per trip. 

Your area may not be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Northeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Alcona County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Alpena County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Clare County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Crawford County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Gladwin County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Iosco County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Montmorency Public Lakes: Click Here! 
Ogemaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oscoda County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Presque Isle County Public Lakes: Click Here!

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