Saturday, October 6, 2018

10/4/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

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

Overall: Lake trout and splake season in MH 1-2 closed on September 30. This includes the waters of Lake Huron from Detour all the way down to Black River. 

Cheboygan:  A few fishing Duncan Bay caught smallmouth bass and pike when trolling body baits. Those trolling spoons for salmon did not have much luck.  

Cheboygan River Fishing pressure picked up. A couple Chinook were caught on crank baits or skein. Most of the fish are dark however fresh fish are still trickling in. A good number of pink salmon were caught on skein, spoons and crank baits up at the dam. Those casting spoons and crank baits or drifting worms caught steelhead, large and smallmouth bass, walleye, pike and one muskie.  

Ocqueoc River:  Had very little fishing activity. Salmon were spotted upstream of the boat launch, but none were caught.  

Rogers City:  Swan Bay has chinook salmon. Those trolling were using J-plugs and bombers and those casting were using Cleo’s and body baits. For younger salmon and steelhead, try 90 feet and deeper with spoons throughout the water column. Green, blue and orange would be good colors.  

  • For more public lakes in Presque Isle county: Click Here!

Alpena:  Windy conditions had the water stirred up. Anglers had a difficult time finding fish though they should still be getting Atlantics, steelhead, young Chinook and walleye. Try straight out to 70 feet when trolling spoons or body baits.  

Thunder Bay River:  Chinook salmon are jumping but were difficult to catch. The Atlantic salmon fishery was still on the slow side. Anglers are casting spoons and body baits or drifting spawn under a bobber.    

Black River:  Anglers were targeting salmon while casting spoons and crank baits or when still-fishing with spawn near the mouth of the river.

Harrisville:  Fishing effort was low. A few anglers were targeting trout and salmon while trolling spoons and J-plugs but had no luck. A couple Chinook were caught when casting spoons near the mouth of Mill Creek.  

Oscoda:  Those trolling spoons and J-plugs off the mouth of the river had little success for salmon. Walleye up to 26 inches and a few pike were caught in the morning and evening by those casting crank baits from the pier. A couple good size smallmouth bass were also caught when still-fishing or jigging crawlers and minnows.  

Au Sable River:  A couple Atlantic salmon were caught between Foote Dam and the Whirlpool by those floating spawn, drifting and swinging egg and streamer flies through the holes or fishing behind the gravel. Smallmouth bass have been caught.  

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Tawas:  Had a lot of minnows inside the harbor at Tawas Bay but anglers caught very little. Chinook salmon were jumping both inside and outside the harbor as well as off the mouth of the river, but none were caught.  A couple walleye were taken off the breakwall at night when casting body baits.   

Tawas River:  A couple pike and smallmouth bass were caught in the river and off the mouth by shore anglers casting various lures.

Au Gres River:  Had some reports of Chinook salmon jumping off the mouth of Whitney Drain at the Singing Bridge, but none were caught.  

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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