Friday, November 2, 2018

11/1/2018 Northeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

Northeast Lower Peninsula

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Cheboygan River: Anglers caught steelhead and the occasional Chinook on real or artificial spawn bags at the lock and dam. The steelhead were three to eight pounds while the Chinook were three to seven pounds. Most were males.

Rogers City: The marina, the fish cleaning station and the public restrooms will be closing this week. The launch ramps are still in and should be for a bit longer. One boat was out looking for steelhead or young salmon, but no fish were caught.

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Alpena: The fish cleaning station is now closed for the season and the marina will be closing soon. The launch ramps at the city launch and Fletcher Street should be in for a while yet. No boats had been out as it has been windy and rough.

Thunder Bay River: Had lots of angling pressure as many are waiting for the Atlantic salmon to finish spawning and the bite to pick up which usually happens early to mid-November. Casting spoons and body baits worked best however some were also drifting spawn, beads or flies under a bobber. No steelhead yet but they should be in shortly. Be sure to check the Atlantic salmon for a missing adipose fin and a coded wire tag in their snout. The heads can be turned in at the Alpena Research Station or Clem’s Bait and Tackle. Both have the bags for the fish heads and the forms to fill out.
Black River: A couple anglers were casting body baits, spoons, and spinners for walleye, trout, and salmon, but catch rates were low.

Harrisville: Had no boat anglers. A few walleye anglers were casting crank baits from the harbor rocks after dark but had little success.

Oscoda: Pier anglers caught a few walleye when casting body baits or jigs tipped with minnows in the early morning or after dark. Lake trout and a couple steelhead were caught by those casting body baits and spoons or still-fishing with spawn.

Au Sable River: Atlantic salmon are in spawning mode, so it has been hard to get them to strike. Those casting spoons and spinners or swinging and stripping streamer flies had the best luck, with fish up to 12 pounds caught. Atlantic salmon with a missing adipose fin have a coded wire tag in their snout. Anglers are asked to turn the heads in at Wellman’s, Au Sable River Store, Haglund’s, The Dam Store, or Harrisville State Park. The steelhead action picked up a little bit as fish were caught by those casting spoons or bottom bouncing and floating spawn bags and beads. A few post-spawn Chinook up to 18 pounds along with the odd lake trout, coho or lake run brown trout were caught by those casting spoons and spinners or when backtrolling with plugs in the lower river.

680 River Rd.
Oscoda Twp. Mi 48750
(989) 739-5332

Tawas: Pier anglers in Tawas Bay are getting some walleye at night and a few pike during the day. Shore anglers have also caught walleye including a few limit catches at night behind the State Police Post when casting jig heads and soft plastics at night.

Tawas River: Walleye were hitting at the mouth and in the lower river up to the US-23 Bridge.

Au Gres: A couple of walleye and some perch were caught between Point Lookout and Pointe Au Gres in 20 feet.
Au Gres River: Some perch were caught in the lower river from the boat ramp lakeward.

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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