Thursday, October 25, 2018

10/25/2018 Northwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northwest Lower Peninsula

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Petoskey: Had no boat anglers but a few were surfcasting off the beach or pier fishing.

Bear River: Water levels were back to normal. Angler pressure continues to be low at the dam and down at the mouth. Catch rates were slow with only one coho and one Chinook caught. Anglers are drifting spawn and flies at the dam. Most are waiting for the steelhead to show up. Down near the mouth, a Chinook, coho and one lake trout were taken on spawn, spinners, spoons or crank baits.

Traverse City: Had few anglers because of windy conditions. There was one boat looking for perch in the East Bay, but none were caught. A few lake trout and a couple small steelhead were taken up near the dam in the Elk River. Spawn in the morning worked best. In the West Bay, perch fishing was slow south of Elmwood Marina and the reports from Bowers Harbor were hit-or-miss. Steelhead fishing was slow in the Boardman River.
Frankfort: Steelhead had been hitting off the piers and the shorelines in Frankfort and between the piers and stub piers in Elberta. Windy conditions made angling a challenge however those sticking it out did catch some fish.
Portage Lake: When anglers could get out, some very nice perch were caught on minnows, wigglers and wax worms in 12 to 16 feet. Most were working the west shoreline to avoid the wind.
Lake Missaukee: Was producing bluegill and crappie.

ManisteeSurface water temperatures were holding in the low 50’s. Few anglers were out. Steelhead were caught off the pier. Spawn worked best.

Manistee River: Boat anglers in the lower river are catching steelhead but there has been no word on fish up near Tippy Dam. The Little Manistee River is low and clear which makes steelhead fishing more difficult.

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 

Ludington: Had surface waters in the low 50’s. Few were out but when they could pier anglers caught steelhead on spawn.
Pere Marquette River: Water levels are low and clear. We need some rain to get the steelhead moving.
Pentwater: Has had no boat anglers. Those still-fishing with spawn bags caught the occasional steelhead in the early morning.

Pentwater Lake: Pike were caught when casting body baits in 10 to 20 feet. Boats still-fishing with dropper-rigs and perch minnows caught good numbers of yellow perch in 30 to 40 feet.

Below are links to bait shop listings organized by county: 

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.

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